My process consisted of a lot of research and observation. A big part of my inspiration was from John Maeda's Ted Talk on "Designing for Simplicity". He put the perspective of simplicity under an interesting light, and spoke about balancing between simplicity and complexing in modern day society.
It got me thinking about seeing the concept of simplicity within other spaces. People seem to enjoy both simplicity and complexity, and one doesn't quite exist without the other. Although simplicity is used to make things easier for us, we still enjoy complex things such as sunsets and relationships. I did many explorations on finding complexity in simple things.
This was my final exhibition display. People can not only interact with the monitor, but I've expanded the therapeutic approach into a daily mood calendar, a CD, and posters. People can also take bubble wrap "stress relievers" from the basket.
I wasn't actually sure where I was going with this project or with my explorations. But I wanted to try executing my thoughts and discoveries onto different mediums. In this video, I asked 4 different people what simplicity meant to them, and asked them to try and simplify this puzzle in their own perspective.
I also explored physical objects and process. Something that looks basic and simple as a clock is actually made up of so many complex parts when you take it apart. Here is a photograph of a clock I took apart.
I interviewed people of different gender, ages and background on activities they enjoyed doing and that felt simple/effortless for them. Seeing all of them in a list, you can start to see common answers, some that you can find relatable, and some that are so personal it's not relatable.
In the end, I wanted to turn real anonymous content into an interactive visual experience of perceiving it - a platform where people can go through the visual and sound experience, and discover what interests they share and don't share with others. I envisioned that it could be used for entertainment or as a sense of therapy, and perhaps even a new way of experiencing what people enjoy/bond with. If I had more time and resources, I'd be interested in building a sense of community out of it by having a way where people could submit their own content.
For my thesis project, I chose to focus on a web platform execution
“Findings” is a web platform with an interactive visual experience that allows people to anonymously share their simple pleasures in life, whether it be an action that affects them physically or mentally. In an era where our complex world can be filled with hardships, simplicity in people’s lives can relieve their stress and be a reminder of the small special moments in life. This project explores the idea that people can find themselves relating to the community, discovering new appreciations or using it towards therapeutic solutions.