Framed, mounted LCD screens, and OmniOutliner, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, TextMate, BluePhoneElite, and custom software
Face: 18 5/16 x 15 3/16 x 3" (46.5 x 38.7 x 7.5 cm); beach: 8 x 6 1/2 x 1 11/16" (20.3 x 16.5 x 4.2 cm)
Hide & See is a device that hides information in plain sight, with LCD screens displaying images that communicate coded information. On a close-up of a woman’s face, missed telephone calls are cleverly announced by the sudden appearance of dots, like beauty marks; red dots around the mouth represent calls from important numbers. An image of a couple strolling down a beach communicates someone’s whereabouts; the color of the bag held by the man in the picture changes for home or office or other set locations. The information is readily accessible only to the person who knows the code, allowing, for example, emergencies to be tracked during a meeting without the constant checking of digital devices. Hide & See also alerts us to the overcommunication anxiety that pervades everyday life.