Hank Beyer is an industrial designer interested in experimenting and crafting, currently studying at the University of Cincinnati; he recently finished an internship on Google’s hardware design team. His work focuses on the intersection of furniture, technology, and sculpture.
His latest project, Caravanserai, is an ongoing speculative project that offers up a dystopian future – “In Caravanserai there exist no true urban centers. As the world’s resources became depleted, sparse and difficult to continuously extract, humanity sought space and spread. Technology exists in an entirely new way.” In the world Hank has imagined, the technological means for communication have been destroyed – “Portable, durable, and analog light communication devices are the common man’s means for tapping into a bygone era of mass communication and big data,” he explains. With pointed absurdity, this project illustrates modern reliance on technology for communication — pondering whether what we say through the systems we use, merit the systems themselves.
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