Leslie Liu is an aspiring morning person living in New England. Leslie works primarily across print and interaction design, with additional interests in creative technology, user research, exhibition design, and new media. / Resume / Email / LinkedIn / Colophon

I am 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. Dedicated to silly and serious things.

I enjoy making friendly and generative tools, books, and programs and wading the handmade web. Recent topics that are important to me include mass/pop aesthetics, cringe and embarrassment online, and media both harsh and soft. I would like to become part of the background; always down for a chat or to collaborate.

Thank you for looking at my work.

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Fresh Not Frozen screengrabbed view of a red and yellow-white website with moving text on the left. to the right, a video of a person's hand holding a phone and tilting it around, against a black background. A small mobile site that delivers bite-size factoids about the American TV dinner, perfectly portioned for distracted reading. 2022
Ouija Board Seance two blocks of wood next to a set of densely textured posters, against a black background. A crowdsourced poster that plays with the gesture of obscuring and revealing information. A collaboration with Betsy Ellison. 2021
This book you are holding is a junkyard open spread of an essay, typset in a green font with cut areas of the page revealing the textures of surrounding pages. the background is a black void. 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. 2020
Basic Space screengrabbed view of a cursor moving around a light-gray website, with the title 'BASIC SPACE' in bold black outlines. the cursor alternates between bubbling dots of blue, red, purple, and green. 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
Are.na Annual open spread of a tall book, with text and imagery in black and white, against a black background. Editorial design with Daniel Pianetti for the 2022 Are.na Annual, a collection of essays, interviews, and artwork from the Are.na community. 2022
Refringo abstract composition of various distorted rectangles and shapes, each of which shifts color swiftly. An interactive modular alphabet that explores chance relationships between part and whole. 2021
Remake open spread of a book with text and imagery in full color, with brightly tinted margins. the background is a black void. Editorial design for REMAKE, an annual journal celebrating first-year work. Dedicated to changing the top-down hierarchy of creative and academic content, REMAKE showcases student work ranging from art and research to creative writing and interviews. 2021
Songs for a Summer Stroll cropped view of a graphic with nested images of a person, with fanciful doodles and writing in white all over. Playlist cover for A24’s “Songs for a Summer Stroll”, promoting the film MEN. With RegretsOnly. 2022
Nostalgia Loop open spread of text in a newspaper, with imagery shaded red in some areas. the background is a black void. 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
Washington University Political Review a magazine's front and back cover, against a black void for a background. the colors across the covers range from red, yellow, and orange to olive. Assorted illustrations for WUPR. 2020–22
A Window For Two variously sized rectangles of varying opacities floating on a blue-orange gradient background. A program exploring the poetics of screenshots; watch digital sunsets with your computer. 2020
On Work six coffee sleeves with green illustrations and text, scanned against a black void for a background. A set of four coffee sleeves that link to a prototype of a selfie filter. Pondering the nature of work and coffee culture. (Prototype contains flashing images.) 2021
memory garden a grid of glyphs, some flickering and changing symbols. as the cursor passes over certain glyphs, a black rectangle appears, containing white text. A digital zen garden: collecting worldwide memories submitted anonymously on the little memory app, this prototype explores ASCII art and the metaphor of memories as blossoming flowers. 2020
Computer Grass is Natural Grass closeup of a poster with several images in full color and annotations/captions in small blocks scattered about. A poster/website about the materiality of interfaces and the metaphors that shape them. One side of the poster references interface elements characteristic of macOS and neumorphism, whereas the other is heavily influenced by the Talmud and other scholarly texts that use a bracketed composition for discussion. 2020–
Some texts on the iPhone sheets of clear plastic shaped like smartphones, with a hole punched in the margin to the left, displayed against a concrete background. other sheets of plastic are placed across a wooden board. An art book containing various writings about and imagery of the iPhone to explore the device’s role in contemporary American society as status symbol, erotic object, spectacle of lightness, and luxury destroyed. 2022
Meme Engine Sampler open spreads of a zine, printed with wojacks and dense text, boxed in to form various compositions. the background is a black void. Abstracting meme formats via a custom-made Drawbot program. A collaboration with Nathan Springman. 2021
Feelings at the Edge: A Chumbox Tour An essay about sketchy internet chumbox ads. For Coven Berlin. 2022
The Mockup Aesthetic: Gestures of Transgression An interactive essay about the politics of wheatpaste mockups. For FLAT. 2022
On Connection Blog post about my Are.na channel exploring connection and intimacy online. 2022