Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

In today’s world, there are many ways that we can read a paragraph of information. We have applications that function as e-readers, and bookshelves, but there is no way to customize your reading experience. Binder is a project that proposes new and intelligent ways to interact with text, literary works, and bodies of information. It is an interactive e-reader for self-selected content.

It provides an interface that consolidates material from different sources and different formats like PDFs, articles, newspapers, books, e-books, and scholarly websites into one “binder.” It is a shelf that plays host to your required reading material, as well as your notebook, journal, sketches, or notes section. It allows you, as the user to make decisions about type, color, text size and scrolling speed. Using easy to access tools from the toolbar a user can switch to night mode, track their reading speed, record a lecture, have the binder read aloud to them, highlight, look up a definition of a word, switch over to the notebook section, type out a summary, and even scribble doodles in the margins.

By integrating familiar aspects of physical pages with the freedom and interaction potential that the digital medium provides, it makes different kinds of content easier to read. Everybody interacts with information differently. In our daily lives, we are constantly making decisions about the way in which we process information. We curate everything we see. We choose how we read what we want to read. I believe this luxury of choice should be extended to academic material. We live in an age of confusion and are stuck between digital and physical media. Binder brings the intuitive part of paper, to the screen. This allows easy usage as well as flexibility. By allowing people to tailor their experience to what works best for them, we give them the chance to really dive into their material, they way they like.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou