News Feed

Typography

ROLE
Graphic Designer
TEAM
Jason Gong
PROJECT DURATION
September - November 2021

Sixty days of aggregated news conveyed through expressive typography.

According to media theorist Nick Couldry, the wave of digitalization creates a new kind of media environment with greater interrelatedness than earlier media environments. While Henry Jenkins highlights that digitalization did not make 'old' media obsolete, their functions and status would evolve. For example, as news content recirculates within the more extensive online network, its capacity and influence on the public are enhanced by recommendation engines and individuals' selective exposure.

The Concept

To further inquire about these phenomena, I subscribed myself to a news aggregator service for a period of sixty days. Every morning, I would receive an email with a digested version of the day's top stories straight to my inbox. I would then document the headline that provoked the most visceral first impression and engages in visual and critical discourse analysis, specifically how it manipulated my thoughts and feelings. This is then followed by a design response for each headline I have collected, using only expressive typography techniques to reflect my personal reaction.

The headlines from the first few days appear to be typical of what you would expect to see on the front page or prime-time TV news. However, as the app tracked my interaction and personalized my content, I noticed more financial and technology articles began to dominate my feed. For the remaining duration of the project, I found myself stuck in my own filter bubble, only to dwell in my comfort zone. Although this is not entirely surprising, to experience it firsthand does strike a personal sense of urgency. I hope that this project will stimulate more conversation about our media consumption and how we should design a better way to connect with complicated but necessary facts.

The Archive

The headlines from the first few days appear to be typical of what you would expect to see on the front page or prime-time TV news. However, as the app tracked my interaction and personalized my content, I noticed more financial and technology articles began to dominate my feed. For the remaining duration of the project, I found myself stuck in my own filter bubble, only to dwell in my comfort zone. Although this is not entirely surprising, to experience it firsthand does strike a personal sense of urgency. I hope that this project will stimulate more conversation about our media consumption and how we should design a better way to connect with complicated but necessary facts.

At the end of my project, I created a webpage to archive all entries within my sixty days of news journal. Each thumbnail is linked to the original article providing access to the whole story. The collection poses itself like a wall of information constructed from individual brick fighting to grab your attention.

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