Quick Info

Team: individual project
Year: 2017
Place: Umeå University of Design
Course: Faceless Interaction

Brief

What if tattoing a simple circuit board into one’s skin can make the owner directly connected to the internet? cINK is a design fiction project set in 2037 exploring the idea of constant connstivity. The product itself is a small tattoo with nano particles, that replaces the need of a device, such as a smartphone. The benefits: acccess information at any time, communicate from wherever you are, even if your hands are occupied, make mental notes, literally, don’t miss a single important message because you were away. But what if there is no “off” button other than A.I. recognizing sleep and high focus phases that shouldn’t be interrupted?

This project is yet another voice in the conversation about where our online habits lead to and how far can we push our need to stay connected.

Finding ground

Each generation is more accustomed to the technologies they are surrounded with from birth than the generation before them. And with the technology getting smaller, smarter and more ubiquitous it’s only a matter of time before it becomes part of our bodies. Connected, Anytime, Anywhere presents a possible scenario featuring digital natives, born in the era of internet, smartphones, wearables, who might be willing to push the meaning of “online” further.

From the Future

Part of the project was creating future artifacts, such as articles that can potentially be written by the future generations. (That said, it's difficult to predict what future web design will look like). I have also attempted to write a short story in first person point of view to create a broader narrative for the world and people living in it.

Disappear

Have you ever felt like you want to disappear? Have you ever thought that? Like everything is just too much, and you want to flick a switch, and poof, you’re not there anymore. Just instantly disappear and no one is aware of that. What if you could do that?

What a ridiculous idea. It’s impossible. Everything is connected. You can’t just erase your existence. You can’t get off the grid.

I heard that in the past people would go home to disconnect. My grandfather told me that.

Here we are, connected, at all times. There’s no off switch. There are privacy settings and you can block certain people, but that only causes stir up and more social pressure. There’s no hiding. I’m tired of that. I want to disappear. Not hear the constant flow of data, not hear the crowd, no more information. I want to just hear silence.

Why nano ink?

I thought it would be intersting to take a current trend and presnt it in a form of something mundane - it's no longer a fasion trend or a personality statment, now it has a very clear function. Also I wanted to challenge the idea of implants as something perpetuated in science fiction. I wanted to find a way that's less offensive toards the body and more likely to be publically accepted - a tattoo sems to be just that. And on top of it all, there have already been attemps at producing nano ink that can help to measure blood content.

Aesthetics

In the further stage, it could bcome a trend to embllish the cInk tattoos with differnt shaps, patterns and sizes fitting the person's style. Beside being functional it could turn into a fashion choice.

Next Project

While studying at Umeå Institute of design I helped to create the student magazine worthing as a graphic designer and an editor.