Nicci Yin is a designer,
researcher, and artist. Her practice advocates for more inclusivity and critical thinking in design, and for bringing artistic approaches to technology research. 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.

Surface Tension,
Pivot Points,
Networked Colluding,
Everybody Wants Coast,
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Surface Tension

Surface Tension is a series of proposed scenarios and materials for a gooier take on immersion. If the screen is a meeting point between surfaces of flesh and of device, what surfaces support technological interactions as they move from the screen to the screenless? The leaks and traces of screenless interactions are gooey, destabilizing and queering the binary of physical/virtual. Full project here.

Presented at Wobbly Realities: A Happy Hour in the Post-Geographic City (2018)

Pivot Points

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

With Nan Tsai
Presented at Wobbly Realities: A Happy Hour in the Post-Geographic City (2018), Everyday Immersions Undergraduate Class (ArtCenter, 2017), and at the Microsoft Design Expo (2017)

Networked Colluding

Networked Colluding 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)


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.

Exhibited at WESTOPIA for the 58º Premio Internazionale Bugatti-Segantini (2017)
Curated by Parasite 2.0 
Installation images courtesy Francesco Stelitano
Publication designed by Mattia Losa

Everybody Wants Coast

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.

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(c) Nicci Yin.