Q & A
Q: Let me get this straight - Strata gives people a way to quickly determine the identities of an individual over the internet?
A: Yes! That's correct!
Q: And Strata enables those people to sort who appears on their feeds and who they connect with?
A: You're two for two!
Q: They can even do the same thing with Yelp or Google Maps?
A: Absolutely. Isn't it exciting?
Q: Say I'm on Tinder and I'm not attracted to black people, and I'd rather not have to swipe on them at all - I can do that?
A: Ahh, that's an interesting ques–
Q: Or I can find an ice-cream shop that doesn't have old people (I don't like old people)
A: That isn't the point
Q: How about gay people?! Can I find a bar that doesn't have gay people?
A: And you've never judged anyone based on visual identity cues?
Q: Well, I mean–
A: Strata doesn't do anything that our society doesn't already do. People had already made their exclusive groups and echo chambers long before Strata came around.
Design for Discourse
Strata is a hypothetical system inspired by how people interact in today's society - it condenses the "self" vs "other" thought process into a visual system.
Over the last year, I've used Strata as a way to begin discussions about identity and how it effects people's lives. These discussions have been everything from angry and tense to earnest and enlightening.
If you'd like to read the theoretical framework behind the project, my thesis can be found here:
- Gus Schissler