Behavior/time - Creative strategies for culture and education

Behavior/time builds interactive visualizations used for pedagogy, like those employed in French high schools to spatialize and teach poetry. We have also grown social movements like the Dear Black Women Project, a thriving community of affirmation-based support, as well as brought to life humanitarian research such as SMS Pantry, which provides critical resources to people with food insecurity in the USA. metaLAB at Harvard, Paris-Sorbonne Université, Harvard Art Museums, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Piaggio Fast Forward, University of Michigan School of Information, The Dear Black Women Project, Alliance Française, New Geographies | Harvard University Press, Kiwiversity, The Ateliers Jean Nouvel, Japan Disaster Digital Archive

Posthuman: Cover Design

In association with New Geographies, Harvard Graduate School of Design

For its 9th annual release, the Journal of New Geographies angled its critical lens at the transformation of our globe’s environments as they are increasingly constructed and manipulated by the likes of self-directed machines, algorithms, commodity markets, large-scale ecological projects, animal farming operations, production and extraction externalities – all of which are rendering our built environments unnervingly inhuman, or “posthuman”.

The cover of the journal was to elicit this ominous moniker: “posthuman”. At first, its silvered texture invokes an organic terrain: what resolves to a mere satellite image of the earth. But upon closer inspection the cover reveals itself to be a programmatic manipulation, an arrangement of generated characters positioned by their monochromatic value. In their superficial choreography of the planet’s surface, they gesture at how inconspicuously and yet zealously posthuman processes have reshaped the post-anthropocene world.
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iterative prototyping
explorative research

Other iterations, shown below, were explored before arriving at a final version.

Co-published by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and Actar, Fall 2017.

208 pages, softcover, 20.4 x 25.5 cm, $29.95 ISBN 978-1-45150-7-22