Supposedly, the millennial generation is numb to suffering, has an inability to connect, a refusal to feel. There’s some truth to this criticism: I’ve always been intrigued and disturbed by my own lack of emotions and fear of intimacy. However, the intensity with which young people feel, especially given our overstimulation, has been grossly overlooked. The kids who grew up alongside the internet have no clear definition between what’s real and what’s virtual. At the time in a young person’s life when normality is fetishized, figuring out who you are and what is true is pretty much impossible. Combining my own story with the voice of male and female rap lyrics and “poems” compiled from hundreds of anonymous posts on confessional apps (Yik Yak, Secret, Whisper), alongside social demographic research conducted on millennials, Love, Floppy Disks, & Other Stuff the Internet Killed attempts to compose a portrait of a misunderstood generation that has a lot to feel, but doesn’t know what to do about it.
Received the RISD Graphic Design Thesis Award: One of four recipients in acknowledgment of exceptional theses.
Purchased by the University of Washington Special Collections.
Laser printed with holographic foil:
French Paper Co. Construction Pure White 80 T
French Paper Co. Parchtone Green Tea 60 T
Dur-O-Tone Butcher Extra White 70 T
Screen printed: Holographic sticker vinyl
Letterpress: Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite 100 C
Letterpress + holographic hot stamp on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite 100 C.
Supplemental letterpress print series on Mohawk Superfine Ultrawhite 100 C and hot-stamped holographic foil. Printed in black and Pantone 347 C.