• MFA in Design

  • Alingo Loh
    Jason Harrow
    Shayna Proctor
    Treanndis Hurst

  • William Isaac Newton - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    William Isaac Newton

    Podcasting Tools
    Podcast Logo Iteration
    Probes
    The KNOW Project
    HUSH
    Rock It!
    Rockwell / Specimen
    For Us All
    Midterm presentation

    Podcasting Tools

    How to effectively raise awareness and start conversations about the digital transition, even among the non-technologically or non-visually literate? Podcasting.

    Podcast Logo Iteration

    Branding & identity explorations for 'Tales of the Future'.

    Probes

    Thesis probes. Various PSA strategies and 'Social', a playable 'Monopoly' analog replacing money with 'likes' and properties with followers.

    The KNOW Project

    Early thesis exploration. 'There's only one you.' PSA campaign designed to encourage taking the same care of one's physical and virtual selves.

    HUSH

    Interaction design exploration. HUSH, a responsive projected space that rewards stillness and quiet by drawing the user from an urban to a pastoral setting.

    Rock It!

    Business of design exploration. How to marketably leverage technology to encourage participation in non-technological activities? Rock it, an app designed to help kids master piano practice.

    Rockwell / Specimen

    Typography exploration. 'Rockwell' typeface set to Ernest Hemingway's 'A Clean, Well-lighted Place'

    For Us All

    Media theory exploration. A visual depiction of FCC 'public trust' cell & wireless bandwidth sold to private interests in the past ten years; QR code leads to the Electronic Frontier Foundation website.

    Midterm presentation

    Podcasting: direct, interstitial, human. Draws on our long history of affection for spoken narrative, from radio serials to campfire stories.

    Podcasting Tools thumbnail
    Podcast Logo Iteration thumbnail
    Probes thumbnail
    The KNOW Project thumbnail
    HUSH thumbnail
    Rock It! thumbnail
    Rockwell / Specimen thumbnail
    For Us All thumbnail
    Midterm presentation thumbnail

    williamisaacnewton@gmail.com

    williamisaacnewton.com

    Thesis Abstract

    We are undergoing a profound shift in the way we work, write, speak, decide, love, and remember; the engine behind this change is social media. My peers and I are the last generation who will remember the Before Time: life without ubiquitous screens, self without ceaseless quantification, expression without relentless monetization. As such, we have a civic duty to preserve the memory of the old reality and fearlessly discuss the ramifications of the new.

    My thesis uses audio design to encourage a pause in our headlong rush towards the future, exploring the consequences of our changing notions of privacy, mortality, and community. The made product is a downloadable podcast entitled ‘Tales of the Future’, with episodes exploring the economy of ‘Liking’, the development of thanatosensitive design, and a previous instance of technological criticism: Thoreau’s opposition to the railroad.