Projects (2020–)
Junkyard

An adaptation of Jussi Parikka’s essay, “Malware as Operational Art: On the If/Then of Geopolitics and Tricksters,” from Het Nieuwe Instituut’s 2019 exhibition, Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection. Parikka’s text encourages a reconsideration of glitches and instances of computer failure as the norm.

The structure of this book references the skeletal syntax of the web and the layered, nested anatomy of HTML. Smaller moves—the unravelling typography and cut paper revealing a computer-generated texture on the inner folds—seek to reinforce this theme of perceived danger, offering an uneasy, anti-reader friendly experience.

2020. 3.5 × 6.5".




Basic Space

Assets for a speculative festival, Basic Space, that explores the potential of abstracting meme formats. Hover states on the microsite reveal not only the skeleton of the title’s letterforms, but also additional information about the festival.

2021. 11 × 17".



Are.na Annual

Editorial design with Daniel Pianetti for the 2022 Are.na Annual, a collection of essays, interviews, and artwork from the Are.na community.

2022. 4.5 × 7.7".



Refringo

An interactive modular alphabet that explores chance relationships between part and whole. 

Composed entirely of <div>s, Refringo pays homage to two artworks on campus. The visitor’s errant cursor launches series of transformations—the <div>s warp and blur, withdrawing to the distance.

2021.



Remake

Editorial design for REMAKE, an annual journal celebrating undergraduate first-year work. Dedicated to changing the top-down hierarchy of creative and academic content, REMAKE showcases a range of content ranging from art and research to creative writing and interviews.

2021. 8 × 10".



Nostalgia Loop

A broadsheet housing two articles about the role of nostalgia in global and American politics. Influenced by the comfort of vintage food graphics, this newspaper considers how complacency can be dangerous.

2021. 13.8 × 19.7".








Leslie Liu

Designer based in St. Louis, dedicated to silly and serious things.

Currently open to internship and freelance opportunities. Always down to collaborate. 


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Experiments




The Shape of Language

typesetting five episodes of Everything Is Alive to explore how a conversation can take form.







WUPR: Rot & Rebirth

cover art for the Washington University Political Review







Generated Zine

generatively composed pages using data from songs by Fleece, Mac DeMarco, and Glass Animals.





Meme Engine Sampler

abstracting meme formats via a custom-made Drawbot program. A collaboration with Nathan Springman.







Glass Classification Index

generatively composed diagrams expressing different attributes of glass.






On Work

coffee sleeves that link to a prototype of a selfie filter. Pondering the nature of work and coffee culture. (Prototype contains flashing images.)

Ouija Board Seance

a crowdsourced poster that plays with the gesture of obscuring and revealing information. A collaboration with Betsy Ellison.





A Window For Two

an interactive program exploring the poetics of screenshots; watch digital sunsets with your computer.






Twitter Ban

proposed accompanying typographic illustration critiquing an opinion piece.





Dear Visitor,

        Here are some projects that I’ve especially enjoyed working on and am quite proud of. They range from publication design to one-off microsites playing around with HTML and CSS. I enjoy mixing media, shuffling the analog and digital.
        These days I’ve been digging around the web, wondering about nostalgia in tech, cringe, advertising, and TV dinners. In general I’m interested in experiences that are magical, stuff that helps us reconsider intimacy and connection, as well as overlooked or ignored spaces online, in books, and beyond.
       Thank you for looking at my work.



P.S. a note on the images on this site—many of them have been dithered to avoid lagginess.