Nicci is a designer and artist. Through graphic design, experimental prototyping, and writing, she develops critical discourse and productive speculations about how we live with technology.

She has contributed to curatorial projects, most notably with Space Caviar and Creative Time Reports, and produced feminist media while a fellow at Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Most recently, Nicci's work has been shown at Ars Electronica, the Post-Internet Cities Conference, and Microsoft Design Expo. She is currently based in Los Angeles.


Propositions is a student-run journal for thesis students at Media Design Practices. We use this multi-format publication as a space to construct and participate in our own unique critical discourse. What if what we put forth as design is the argument—or proposition—rather than a conventional prototype?

Co-edited with Godiva Reisenbichler & Stephanie Cedeño

Currents is a flag produced as an artistic reinterpretation of “utopia.” The group exhibition investigates symbols of collectivity that arise from the Western practice and language of flags as representation, asking whether these symbols can be decolonized.

Translation of published text: 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)
Installation images courtesy Francesco Stelitano
Publication designed by Mattia Losa


Work in progress. Surface Tension is a thesis project on “immersion," scanning technologies, surfaces + thresholds, and how swimming pools might fit into all this. Research + process here.

A proposal for how virtual models scanned from “real reality” can create a mixed reality landscape. Scanned models become Pivot Points connecting mixed reality scenes and the individuals occupying them. An earlier iteration explores a “transition zone” between RR and VR.

With Nan Tsai
Presented at Microsoft Design Expo (2017)

AI Noir is a design fiction inspired by mafia archetypes about secrecy as part of the neighborhood fabric. Drawing from real world examples (Alexa in a murder trial; Tesla’s self-driving accident), the project asks how devices with artificial intelligence might "conspire" in the Internet of Things.

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


MegaLeisure! presents a fantastical urban landscape for a near future when shorter work weeks enable more leisure time. As living spaces adapt to this new working paradigm, a connected backyard mega-pool becomes the primary social space.

Exhibited at Postcards from the Anthropocene (2017)

Instead of customizing parts of a house or a backyard, Everybody Wants Coast imagines that coastlines and nations are literally landscaped via dredging. Created in Unity, the simulation shows dredging boats spewing out sand in random patterns, algorithmically generating more boats as the land mass accrues.

All images and content (c) Nicci Yin.