2018. With Irina Shklovski.
A project made in response to a Dezeen x Samsung design competition for new uses of Samsung’s QLED panels. The screens are distinctive in that they offer an ‘ambient’ mode allowing them to blend into the surroundings of the room when not in use as a TV. Rather than a glossy black surface, you see the texture of your wall, and the lighting of the screen is subtly adjusted automatically to match ambient light in the room. The screen also features a sensor to detect when people are nearby. The design competition called for these features to be exploited.
Postscreen was one of 15 international shortlisted entries, and received a cash prize. I put it together over a weekend, and was inspired by earlier work on Family Traces.
Postscreen is meant for the ad-hoc organisation and communication needs of a household. We don’t look to the ﬁnely-curated family album or home decoration as a model, but rather the cluttered and messy fridge door, holding mementos, reminders and notes. We look to the benchtop in an entryway, overﬂowing with the bits and pieces of our coming and goings. A scrawled up shopping list. A left-behind stuffed toy. These are the mundane, yet rich traces of family life.
Postscreen is not designed for the individual, but for living together with others. Pressures on home and family, such as co-parenting, commuting and late work hours would seem to be rising. Postscreen can’t solve these challenges but could hopefully make them more bearable. It’s a way of connecting people with the home, enrichening it as a place of intimacy and significance, even if you can’t be there.
Family members use their phone to post photos and message to their Postscreen where ever they are. It’s not meant to be something to fuss over — there’s minimal conﬁguration or options for posts, and they automatically disappear from the screen.
What distinguishes Postscreen is that it is not ‘data’ like weather, news and ﬁnances. What appears is intimate, personal — by the home, for the home. It’s also not a ‘gallery’, or ‘best of’. Postscreen is temporal. Posts can be loose and rough and allowed to fade away. What appears is related to the here and now. Postscreen is designed to be neutral in how it is used and allow the household to develop their own meaning and practices. Just as a family ﬁgures over time how their fridge door should be used — what is ‘fridge worthy’ and so on.
- Child: Daiga Ellaby / Unsplash
- Vegetable basket: Leonie Wise / Unsplash
- Vegetable market: Lukas Budimaier / Unsplash
- Craft: Rawpixel / Unsplash
- Train journey: Usamah Khan / Unsplash
- Rooms: Samsung press