Hey! I’m Pearlyn P. Lii and my initials spell PPL. I design interactive experiences for PLCS and I like to make THNGS. I’m a visual experience designer who believes in a future where digital and physical spaces interplay seamlessly to bring a new dimension to storytelling.

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  • Ω#spatial
  • #bookdesign
  • #physicalcomputing
no.1
I hacked an interactive drawbot that queues between drawing typography and portraits of Eno from the ’60s. Each visitor is presented with a unique scribbled sheet so that they can use it as a dust jacket for the book that accompanies this exhibition.
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    The drawbot is sound-reactive, meaning that it’ll continue drawing portraits of Eno until it hears a tap of the foot, a snap of the finger, or a draw of the breath—each varying its line quality.

    This spatial component is part of a larger project. In a span of 14 weeks, I dove deep into the life of one of my favorite ambient musicians. Although Eno is best known for being a musician and a producer, he is much more—The Guardian describes him as an “intellectually mobile loner, scene-setter, systems lover, obstinate rebel, techno-prophet, sensual philosopher, courteous progressive, close listener, gentle heretic, sound planner, adviser explorer, pedant and slick conceptual salesman, and devoted fan of the new, undrab and surprising…” (Morley, 2010).
    Brian Eno was born in 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Eno is a musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the innovators of generative and ambient music.

    Through the genuine desire to portray and visually represent these aspects of Eno, I also created an interactive triptych and book all centered around his life. Check out part two here.

    Melamine (final material)
    Chipboard (prototype)
    Coloring marker,
    or highlighter
    Two sprockets, one gondola
    to hold the marker

    White sheet of poster paper
    String
    Counterweights
    Arduino
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Developed under the guidance of Brad Bartlett. Special thanks to teacher assistants Phil Enzler & Robert Wilmans. This drawbot was based on Sandy Noble’s Polargraph. This project recently earned a 2016 SEGD Honor Award.
  • π#interaction
  • #bookdesign
  • #print
  • #typography
no.2
I designed and created a 250-page book, along with an interactive triptych, to promote Brian Eno’s lecture at the opening of an imagined exhibition (which also features a sound-reactive drawbot) at his alma mater.
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    In a span of 14 weeks, I dove deep into the life of one of my favorite ambient musicians, Brian Eno. Although Eno is best known for being a musician and a producer, he is much more—the Guardian describes him as an “intellectually mobile loner, scene-setter, systems lover, obstinate rebel, techno-prophet, sensual philosopher, courteous progressive, close listener, gentle heretic, sound planner, adviser explorer, pedant and slick conceptual salesman, and devoted fan of the new, undrab and surprising…” (Morley, 2010). Through the genuine desire to portray and visually represent these aspects of Eno, I created an interactive triptych to promote his lecture at the opening of an imagined exhibition, which features a sound-reactive drawbot and a book centered around his life.
    Brian Eno was born in 1948 in Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. Eno is a musician, composer, record producer, singer, and visual artist, known as one of the innovators of generative and ambient music.

    Three printed posters,
    projected on
    200+ page book,
    expose-bound
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Developed under the guidance of Brad Bartlett. Special thanks to teacher assistants Phil Enzler & Robert Wilmans. The interactive triptych, along with the sound-reactive drawbot from part 1, recently earned a 2016 SEGD Honor Award.
  • #leadership
  • #creativedirection
no.3
Along with two other co-organizers and two advisers, I led a 23-student transdisciplinary studio course to create TEDxACCD 2015: Systems by Design, a conference around the dissolving borders between disciplines.
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    TEDx conferences are the means for any community to create a local TED event with “ideas worth spreading.”

    Inspired by ArtCenter’s first TEDx in 2012, I co-organized a year long-effort which resulted in TEDxACCD 2015: Systems by Design. My responsibilities included creative direction, coordinating 10 keynote speakers and 2 performers, and facilitating partnerships.
    This TEDx event encouraged cross-pollination between seemingly disparate ideas. In our sophisticated global community, new patterns are emerging from unseen dots across cultures, disciplines, and platforms — reframing the way we understand our environment.

    Who are the clever innovators drawing collaborative lines between these overlooked dots? How are these new landscapes changing our world for the better?

    See the full speaker line-up at tedxaccd.com

    350 attendees
    12 speakers/performers
    4 activated spaces
    2 meals
    1 keg of
    grapefruit shandy
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Developed with Connie Bakshi and Eduardo Atjian II, along with 23 future creative geniuses, under the guidance of Sherry Hoffman and Gerardo Herrera. Special thanks to Fred Fehlau, Dr. Lorne Buchman, Nik Hafermaas, India Dunnington, Petrula Vrontikis, Rob Ball, Regina Dowling-Jones, Christine Hanson, Jojo Tardino-Diedrich, Jered Gold, Kristine Bowne, Robbie Nock, Jess Rivas, Ty Powe, Jeffrey Ruiz, David Cawley, and Celeste Guarneri. Commercial below shot by Marz Miller and edited by Aaron Bencid. All event photos by Lindsey Best.
  • Ω#spatial
  • #bookdesign
  • #print
  • #typography
no.4
A compendium of books, printed matter, and spatial installations were shown as our exploration of space using the city as a medium over a 14-week span. Fringe Intermission is an exhibition of prompts sparked by our surroundings.
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Done in collaboration with Jena Myung and Patrick Slack, under the guidance of Stephen Serrato.
  • Ω#spatial
  • π#interaction
  • #print
  • #typography
no.5
I created an interactive installation, museum title wall, collectible catalogue, and website for DEPTH (Department of Theater), a proposed museum sub-entity within the Center of Performance & Design in San Francisco, CA. DEPTH features Wearable Senses, an exhibition that explores the human body in relationship to worn technology. Artists Ying Gao, Hussein Chalayan, and Stelarc, all who exploit wearable technology in the context of performance, are featured.
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    The DEPTH narrative celebrates performances that share technology forward-thinking ideas.

    Projector
    Mylar
    Muscle wire
    Arduino
    Motion sensor
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Developed under the guidance of Brad Bartlett.
  • π#artdirection
  • #photography
no.6
Born of Foam is a series about a woman born from seafoam who is discovering Earth for the first time. A neo-Aphrodite, she notices how light dances with her like moonlight does with ocean tides.
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    She envisioned Earth to be formed of water, its people forged with dreams, yet injected with black naïveté. She fantasized of cheeks flushed scarlet, foreign yet familiar feelings rushing forth as she would emerge, spine fetally arched—and that in such a moment as this, she would finally and viscerally understand what it meant to grace a new world.

    Spine unfurling, speckles of black sand dripping from silvery strands, down silky arms, unearthed from delicate fingernails, settling gracefully back into the glistening sea; now trembling, now surging, she takes full form.

    She roots pale toes in obsidian Earth for the first time, fingers running vacantly along jagged textures unfamiliar to her soul—this place was not what she expected. Uneasy, her old, otherworldly habit reemerges: she retreats to a nook, defensively waning to crescent form. Then, an odd reaction: inexplicable glimmers from skin to sky. Light begins to study her. She studies it back with equal and utter curiosity: dancing with it, letting it penetrate her being until exhaustion. Light, she finds, gives her more agency than water ever could.

    Flora and fauna wither and bloom in rhythmic churning about her step, for they certainly know: She is vivid, brilliant as the light that she dances with. She is the ebb and flow of Atlantic tides.

    She is life from foam.
    24×36″ satin prints available
    8×10″ satin prints available
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Created with Juliana Johnson. Shot in Vík, Iceland. Featured in a group show at Nous Tous Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Special thanks to Tevy Khou for making that possible.
  • #creativedirection
  • #print
  • #typography
no.7
Life’s Gr8 is a modest collaboration that catalogs the encounters in the lives of 17 people, collectively. Jena Myung and I art directed this publication.
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    Our budget-conscious approach included multiple pizza parties for parts assembly. The event poster is cut down into four parts, serving as variations on the paper shells which hold together this multipart publication.
    Sans: Berthold Akzidenz
    Grotesk
    Mono: GT Cinetype
    Newsprint booklet
    (copy side)
    Risographed booklet
    (illustration side)
    Silkscreened posters,
    cut down
    Booger glue
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Developed under the guidance of Lisa Wagner and Benjamin Weissman. Created with editors Jules Itzkoff and Caitlin Conlen; designers Kelsey Chow and Carissa Arianty; image makers Lina Yu, Hertz Alegrio, Jules Itzkoff, Tom Eichacker, Riley Gish, Jae Yoon, and Kimberly Ong; image editors Hertz Alegrio, Tom Eichacker, and Lina Yu; with the website created by Kimberly Ong and Jae Yoon.
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  • #print
  • #typography
no.8
I created a typeface which I named Sanguine Semibold. Sanguine is a reconsideration of Plantin and Galaxie Copernicus, having been influenced by the contemporary Tiempos from the Klim Foundry.
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    My design thoughts mirror that of designers Chester Jenkins and Kris Sowersby of Galaxie, both who put it best when referring to their process of creating a contemporary cut: “[We] wanted to make a Plantin for the 21st century, reflecting the technology and aesthetics of today. I would not call it a revival, but a reconsideration…”
    Full alphabet,
    lower and upper case
    Punctuation
    and select symbols
    Small caps available
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Typeface design & specimen poster developed under the advisement of Greg Lindy.
  • #transformation
  • #installation
  • #typography
no.9
On September 15, 2016, XQ launched a nation-wide contest to seek the most innovative models that they would name Super Schools to serve as pilots to the movement. Exactly a year later, I was part of the SYPartners team that designed and created an installation to help XQ announce winning schools during their Builder Week event in Washington, D.C. The installation captured the essence of each Super School.
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    XQ: The Super School Project is a national movement dedicated to reimagining high schools in America. XQ seeks to change the way America prepares students for their futures by being in service of high school students themselves, educators, entrepreneurs, education experts, and youth.
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XQ is led by Russlynn Ali, CEO, and is chaired by Laurene Powell Jobs, President of Emerson Collective. Partners of XQ that SYP collaborated with to make this event possible include MAL for Good, Lee Hirsch (Moxie Pictures), Rally, and E2K. The full bi-coastal SYP XQ team members include Jen Okimoto, Sherri Leopard, Will Guerra, Jon Kerrs, Jim Humes, Paul Torres, Matt Orminski, Vasilia Emmanouilides, Karrah Phillips, Luke Gordon, and Peter Kotvis.
  • #LArepresent
no.10
Use it or lose it.
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    Calligraphy series. Prints available upon request.
    hey@pearlyn.pl
    for
    prints
    shipped to your cat’s house
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My dearest plant Rihanno