The brief was entitled “Hello World” and the first thing that came to mind is that first line of code I wrote in my HTML class, that one line of code that outputted a black serif font on to a white screen, spreading the message that; yes indeed you are here and you’re ready to take over the world and hack the pentagon but unfortunately HTML cannot do that not alone at least. but that was years ago, I was only fourteen then and now, I have much more programming abilities and yes I can hack the pentagon, I know Obamas emails, I can launch nukes from a mobile app and quite evidently I am stuck in utopia. (Maybe I have some growing up to do)
Hang on I’m digressing. Where was I? Oh yeah that’s right the brief. I was asked to reduce a fellow student (one whom I had barely known) to an object, film or a computer program. We needed to assemble something, not just find something and most importantly: show your skills
I was partnered up with this lovely girl named Yadi. We agreed that we would meet over drinks to get to know each other a little better. Now keep in mind this is the first week of my Masters course, 2nd week in a new country, I have no accommodation, (geez, I should’ve planned earlier huh?) and basically I was not settled. Our conversation lasted around 20-40 minutes, which was barely enough time to get to know someone, but it had to do for the brief was due in a few days.
I gathered that she was a lovely 24 year old Chinese girl, who enjoys handcraft, cooking and Iceland. She too, was new to the country, having spent her summer improving her English and settling into London whist satisfying her inner tourist by visiting some of the city’s attractions. One unique thing I found about her was that she had the tendency to be funny without realizing it, a trait that I quite enjoyed.
So here I am, challenged with reducing Yadi into an object, film or computer program. With the little knowledge I gathered I went on to design an interactive website that was built with the intention of creating the same experience one would get by meeting the human version of Yadi. Incorporating colour, flat design techniques and actual recordings of Yadi’s voice the finished project can be found here