Visual designer & researcher in visual communication

Instagram Stories
Design Research  –  2020

In 2016, Instagram introduced Stories, a feature resembling Snapchat, allowing users to share short-lived photos and videos with playful filters. Contrary to Instagram's curated vibe, Stories were spontaneous and fleeting, vanishing after 24 hours. Surprisingly, Instagram secretly archived these ephemeral moments, revealing insights into users' emotions and interests. Reflecting on my own Stories, I printed a year's worth—over 600 copies—through a Risograph, only to realize the loss of their uniqueness in mass production. Packaging them as mysterious artifacts, I discovered a paradox: while hinting at value, they amounted to little more than impulsive snapshots, prompting reflection on the true worth of our digital archives.

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