Yes but, No but

Final University Project

With the development of the 'filter bubble'* many people are prevented from fully understanding the context of their opposition's views. This has influenced the divide between may groups such as liberals and conservatives, and often discourages healthy conversation between people with contrasting opinions.

Yes but, No but uses design as a mediator between the different connotations of body hair. Supported by seven months of in depth research, interviews and surveys, Anna takes this seemingly mundane topic and creates an investigation into biology, gender norms, the power of the media and political symbolism. Laid out like a debate, the publication gives readers context, places conflicting views side-by-side, and asks readers to respond with their own opinion by filling out an activity page and reacting to previous viewer's responses.

Through the interactive approach and the use of visual metaphors, readers are encouraged to think more deeply about their own views without being scared off by the initial concept of talking about body hair, or pressure to think a certain way.

By using this framework Yes but, No but demonstrates the power of design to engage viewers, question society and encourage healthy conversation.


*Filter bubbles; a term coined by internet activist Eli Parisier, are website algorithms that guess the content a viewer would like to see based on information about the user such as previous searches, location or their click history.

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