Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

While your pet plant is photogenic for instagram pictures, have you thought about making music with them? Ripple is a mobile app that can bring your relationship with nature to a new level. Natural elements like flower and leafs encompass beautifully complex geometries, and Ripple is the music box that generates a musical melody based on that geometry.

With the app, the user can snap a picture of a plant and Ripple will outline and transform it into a set of values based on the distance between the edge and the centre. An algorithm then applies these values to corresponding music notes. As the flower slowly turns like a vinyl disc, a sound will be trigged when a “needle” touches the plant. To encourage creativity, the user can also access a built-in sound library, and even customize the turning speed, frequency, and chorus. Each plant or flower then becomes an instrument that makes fun and unique music. Multiple shapes may also be combined to create multi-track creations that juxtapose sound and rhythm. Ripple aims to give access to music creation to professionals, amateur musicians, and those with little musical knowledge. Intuitive tools and icons allow the user to create with fast and easy steps.

Ripple is my way of pursuing whimsicality and beauty of the uncontrollable nature in this anthropocene era where all things are manipulated or controlled by human intervention.

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