Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

At the turn of the millennium there was an infamous computer glitch known as the “Y2K bug.” This glitch promised an apocalyptic end to our beloved technology and infrastructure. Ultimately this perceived threat failed. For a brief moment, glittering utopia and faith in consumerism was at an all time high. The angsty 1990s were behind us. We were ready for the future and capitalism argued it was already here. Technology has always promised to be our saving grace. In the past we have aggrandized and aestheticized its advances as a biblical passage to Utopia. So in a modern day ruled by technology, why is our present and future looking more and more dystopic? Was the feared Y2K bug not a technological glitch but a mental one? Have we forgotten how to progress beyond materialistic possessions? Or do we live in an artificial loop: continuously pursuing a glimpse of recycled promises disguised as salvation?

Glimpse is a virtual reality experience that explores the pastiche of a technological utopia within the harsh contrast of our present dystopia. The user’s perception of technology is challenged by the visual juxtaposition with a past era that idolized the very forms now halting us from achieving serenity. This immersive world begs the user to question their growing relationship with technology. Has overuse of our devices stolen genuine human interaction and a connection to our physical world, so vital to our overall health?

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