Nicci Yin is an interdisciplinary designer and artist working primarily in visual media and emerging technologies. She has contributed to design, curatorial, and editorial projects, most notably with Space Caviar and Creative Time, and was a Post Baccalaureate Fellow at Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Most recently, Nicci's work has been shown at Ars Electronica (Austria), the Post-Internet Cities Conference (Portugal), and Microsoft Design Expo (US). She is currently based in Los Angeles. Please reach out for freelance or collaboration ideas:


A flag produced as an artistic reinterpretation of “utopia.” The project investigates symbols of collectivity that arise from the Western practice and language of flags as representation: “Can we imagine a de-colonization of this word [utopia] and, in turn, of the design practices?“ 

Dislocate utopia from a physical land or space; make it fluid, borderless. Center it around each individual (are utopias ever collective?). A blue dot, each floating in digital magenta wave(length)s. Our current location, or how we recognize ourselves on screens. Even in the middle of oceans.

Exhibited at WESTOPIA for the 58º Premio Internazionale Bugatti-Segantini, curated by Parasite 2.0 (2017)

A proposal for how virtual models scanned from “real reality” can create a mixed reality landscape. Instead of sociality defined as a seamless gathering of avatars in a virtual space, scanned models become pivot points connecting mixed reality scenes and the individuals occupying them.

Presented at Microsoft Design Expo (2017)

A design fiction inspired by mafia archetypes about secrecy as part of the neighborhood fabric, and how devices with artificial intelligence can "conspire" in the Internet of Things. Previously presented as Networked Colluding, the fiction begins to imagine what AI noir as a genre might look like.

Exhibited at Ars Electronica (2017)
Presented at the Post-Internet Cities Conference at MAAT (2017)

A speculative urban landscape (a part-Bacchanalian, part-Boschian fantasy) for a near future when shorter work weeks enable more leisure time in pools. As living spaces adapt to this new working paradigm, a connected backyard mega-pool becomes the primary social space. Full video here.

The swimming pool is an interface between inside and out. In it, you can be both underwater and above ground. As an architectural element, the domestic pool typically sits outside the house, even on the roof, but within the limits of The Property. It’s a meeting point between birds eye view and picture window view. Teal and marine tones form striking, irregularly shaped specks in a quick Google Earth flyover of Los Angeles. Connect the dots and it’s almost a picture of the haves and have-nots. Leisure on display, propped up by “hard work.”

Exhibited at Postcards from the Anthropocene (2017)

An exploration of conversations as "unwanted stickiness." Conversations with strangers, often awkward or uncomfortable, are sites for the performance and transgression of social norms. How do we "unstick" ourselves from a conversation? Read more here.

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