URL/IRL BEAUTY: Defining & Designing Contemporary Intersections of Beauty, Social Media, and Screen Technology

MFA Thesis | ArtCenter College of Design | Media Design Practices | 2017

This project explores the spaces of beauty technology, screen media, and social media in both digital or URL environments (URL standing for Unicode Resource Language ultimately indicating an online presence) as well as in-real-life (IRL) applications. Additionally, the project interrogates these spaces through the lenses of feminist design and pop-culture analysis, aiming to understand the feminist roots of beauty technology. Overall, this project is intended to help readers understand how technological engagements with beauty are not manifestations of vanity, but expressions of agency. Thought my analysis exemplifies beauty as a form of power in a capitalist society, beauty’s overall cultural value lies in its ability to enable individuals autonomy over their own bodies.