Ever since I was a kid, I had two dreams that have yet to come true: get a degree from UBC and get a degree in Design. Those two unfinished dreams have merged with a new dream I could never have imagined: designing a healing and celebratory virtual reality marathon for the LGBTQ+ community.
As an MDes student, my goal is to create an innovative virtual reality marathon experience for the LGBTQ+ community utilizing best UX/UI practices as well as cutting edge Artificial Intelligence.
There is a lot to be afraid of when it comes to AI and marginalized communities, but there is also a lot to be excited about, such as the use of AI portraits (like this one I created of myself) for gender non-conforming people to see their inner selves more accurately reflected in their external appearance. As a community, we know that representation matters and if we can see it, we can become it.
My hope is that the final project will be a virtual reality marathon course specifically tailored to LGBTQ+ participants that helps to improve their physical health but also (perhaps more importantly) improves their mental health. I hope to create a safe, supportive, and celebratory immersive experience for participants to scroll, walk, run, or wheel their way through. I believe through AI, 360 video, and VR I can create a virtual experience that above all feels authentic and full of love.
Portfolio and Case Studies
My case studies contain proprietary information and as such are password protected.
The password can be found on the Portfolio PDF I uploaded on my MDes application.