Laurel Schwulst — Resume (Linked from PDF)
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Laurel Schwulst
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laurel.schwulst@gmail.com
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(630) 631-7174
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BiographyLaurel Schwulst is a designer and artist. She is known for her interactive, web-based projects, both independently and with Linked by Air, a design studio focused on the production of public space. She has been teaching interactive design at Yale University since 2012.1988 –Born in Normal, IL / Lives and works in New York, NYhttp://www.laurelschwulst.com
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EducationRhode Island School of Design2007 – 2010BFA — Graphic DesignProvidence, RI
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Macalester College2006 – 2007St. Paul, MN
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ExperienceBeautiful Company2013 –DesignerNew York, NYManages and designs independent projects such as "When all of my friends are on at once" and panel discussion identities for Rhizome at the New Museum.http://www.beautiful-company.com
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Yale University2012 –LecturerNew Haven, CTInstructs primarily undergraduate students: give lectures, conduct critiques, and teach HTML, CSS, and some Javascript. See more information below.http://art.yale.edu
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Linked by Air2010 – 2014DesignerNew York, NYWorked on web and interactive projects in the arts and culture sector for clients such as Printed Matter, Yale AIDS Memorial Project, the Whitney Museum, and ArtAsiaPacific Magazine. Roles included ideation, design, front-end web development, website maintenance, and project management.http://www.linkedbyair.net
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Wolff Olins2010Design InternNew York, NYFocused on large branding projects with clients such as the Asian Art Museum and Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art.http://www.wolffolins.com
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Rita2009Design InternMontreal, QCCompleted print and event design for "Montréal: Ville de Verre", Redford Garden Festival, and Atelier-Punkt.http://ritaritarita.ca/en/
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RISD Writing Center2007 – 2010Writing TutorProvidence, RIWorked both one-on-one and online with undergraduate and graduate RISD students. Helped students learn to self-edit and improve their writing.http://www.risdwritingcenter.com
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TeachingInteractive DesignSpring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015Yale UniversityNew Haven, CTCourse for junior and senior undergraduates and preliminary year graduate students that includes four online design projects.http://art.yale.edu/Art369
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Interactive Concrete PoetryFall 2014Yale UniversityNewly developed course for freshmen only about concrete poetry (the movement and genre) and how it applies to present-day notions of digital space.http://art.yale.edu/Art005
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Designs for ScreensArt Handler Magazine2014as Beautiful CompanyTemporary site for forthcoming magazine about art handling that features a jungle gym layout with fluid navigation within landing page and to and from blog.http://art-handler.com
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Future Expansion Architects2014with Linked by AirPortfolio for Future Expansion architects that features a browsable, filterable architectural plan.http://future-expansion.com
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Julia Kim Smith2014with Linked by AirArtist portfolio for Julia Kim Smith whose playful, satirical work manifests itself in a homepage game board.http://juliakimsmith.com
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Printed Matter, Inc.2013with Linked by AirWebsite for a New York bookstore centered on browsing the store’s vast inventory in different ways. The site combines point-of-sale and inventory in a single online system, easy to use by shoppers and shopkeepers.http://printedmatter.org
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Yale AIDS Memorial Project2013with Linked by AirOnline archive to honor and document the lives from Yale who perished during the AIDS epidemic. The website uses hypertext specific to the profiles to connect them in a monumental yet seamless browsing experience.http://yamp.org
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When all of my friends are on at once2013as Beautiful CompanyAnthology of writing by 47 artists about early internet memories that features an intuitive rock/blob navigation.http://allmyfriendsatonce.com
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Midnight Madness player app2013with Linked by AirApp to be used one night only by 20 teams of 8 players each for a massive urban scavenger hunt, Midnight Madness.http://youtu.be/CNXBP9sYsXU
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ArtAsiaPacific Magazine2011with Linked by AirFirst website designed while working at Linked by Air. It allows easy flow through articles laterally or by country of interest.http://artasiapacific.com
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Multimedia ProjectsPerfume Area2013 –with Sydney ShenLyrical fragrance review project that has taken the form of blog, zine, and radio reading.http://perfume-area.com
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Hand Object2014 –Ongoing collection of images found on Instagram of a hand holding an object.http://instagram-research.tumblr.com/tagged/handobject
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Man and Mirror2012 – 2013Looping animation on website of a man interacting with a mirror.http://nonstopnews.org/man-and-mirror/
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Invoice Poem2011 – 2014Spiral-bound book of 28 of my invoices that take the form of concrete poems.
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Logo Forest2012 – 2013Book of reviews about a fictional forest product that grows in your home.
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Puddles2013 –Cakes that have puddles printed on them that, so far, have been made for the last day of class.
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Milk Party2008 – Physical gathering of people to drink different types of milk. Generally happens once each year.http://p-r-i-m-e-t-i-m-e.com/events/past/2013/Laurel/
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Modern Life Space2011 – 2013Collection of images culled from Airbnb listings. The collection has been described as "generic contemporary: at once depressingly empty and hypnotically attractive".http://modernlifespace.tumblr.com/
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Proposals for Future Parks2010 – 2011Collection of works that were each coined a "proposal for a future park". Some of the proposals were web-based, others sculptural. This project later took the form of an online solo show with bubblebyte.org.http://www.bubblebyte.org/2011_2013/laurel-schwulst-proposals-for-future-parks/
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Instructions for a Typeface2009 – 2010Website that collects instructions for potential typefaces.http://nonstopnews.org/instructions-for-a-typeface/
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States2010Looping flash animation of the shapes of the 50 states of the USA, from small to large and then back again but each iteration with shape memory loss.http://nonstopnews.org/states/
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WritingArt in America2014Exploration of parallel worlds within the field of graphic design that starts by inspecting some of the work from my class Interactive Design. "Does every graphic design create a parallel world?"http://beautiful-company.com/does-every-graphic-design-create-a-parallel-world/
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When all of my friends are on at once2013Early memory of growing up online which includes: real horses, model horses (The Pastel Club), sim horses (Horseland), getting scammed for the first time, and the notion of generosity online.http://allmyfriendsatonce.com/#50
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SkillsCodeProficient in HTML, CSS, Sass, jQuery, Javascript, and custom Tumblr themes. Knowledgeable with Unix and PHP.
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SoftwareProficient in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, iWork. Knowledgeable with After Effects, Robofont.
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LanguageProficient in Spanish.
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HonorsJoan Shewmon Award2010overall academic performance given to a RISD senior in Graphic Design
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Wayne E. Smith Memorial Scholarship2009outstanding work given to a RISD junior in Graphic Design
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Some Quotes by Other People“I was convinced that the line between reproduction tools and design would blur when information became electronic and that the lines between designer and artist, author and designer, professional and amateur would also dissolve.” — Muriel Cooper
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“Interactivity is boring — well, not boring, but unfulfilling. But honestly, we just didn’t know how to do interactivity. But our methods have been validated since — by you. Look at YouTube. Hit and play, hit and play. We wanted to give you a full-screen experience with little or no download time. We resolved that issue (which we consider to be of paramount importance) using just a 56k modem. 20 seconds seems to be the psychological threshold. If you had to wait any longer, you would click away.” — Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries
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“Probably the essential thesis of our firm is that things evolve over time. There is the process of developing a design, but also the life of a design after the project ‘launches.’ When we design a website or an exhibition, we want it to go places we didn’t imagine after we ‘release’ it.” — Dan Michaelson, Linked by Air
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“I am an artist. And artists are, one way or another, obsessed with form. It is the question of how we give shape to meaning that we obsessively ask. When something as intangible as an idea is out into the service of our desires to create a poster, a photograph, or a digital video documentary, a transformation takes place. Good form not only pushes that idea into a higher order of meaning. It also gives the material that shaped that idea a new reason to exist. I consider this the closest thing to magic.” — Paul Chan
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“The cultural origin of the internet is related to 60s counter-culture. The rediscovering of liminal experience is the appeal. For people who don’t have some sort of spiritual practice, technological change is the thing that comes closest to the experience of the unreal. It’s similar to the experience of getting a cell phone call for the first time. “This is weird, this is magic.” There are are all kinds of spooky experiences. It’s not just newness, either—it’s an experience where the previous understanding of the universe is broken. You don’t get many experiences like that if you don’t do drugs or have some sort of meditative practice. You don’t play with social rules or create new social spaces. Magic changes the rules of the world in a way we don’t expect.” — Eleanor Saitta
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