Ilya Yavnoshan is a designer in New York City currently working at Wax Studios  Instagram

MFA in Communications Design, Pratt Institute, 2018
BS in Computer Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014

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For two years photography of corporate identities within art museums was collected. These identities are found on TVs and projectors containing the artwork. Museums and galleries can hang these banners to advertise what is already being promoted within their walls.

By utilizing Bitcoin, this project speculates the possibility of seeing every transaction made within a local area. Aside from eliminating the power of existing financial institutions by using Bitcoin, advertisements can be generated by purchases made in the neighborhood instead of having ads that are purchased by corporations to influence what gets bought. For example, if an iPhone is bought and that information is represented on these new, digital billboards, then an iPhone advertisement is shown. Other transaction types are also displayed including salaries, campaign contributions, donations, and returns. Having financial transparency exposes all controlling infrastructure.

In being told what to buy, consumers are not fully aware of what is behind products. Companies are selling their goods and services, while also controlling consumer data within their imperfect infrastructure. This control of data is not what customers are choosing to buy, but does still come with the product. Within the corporate infrastructure that maintains data, the customers become the products themselves.
Within the website experience of Selling Data Breaches, the bottom layer consists of various corporations explaining their data breaches and the top layer contains QVC screenshots. The products are removed from QVC to unveil the hidden corporate identity behind them. The text describes how companies should approach data breaches and is produced by the Federal Trade Commission. When viewing the project online, sound can also be heard both from the corporations explaining their data breaches and the QVC hosts repeating positive adjectives and phrases that are used to sell products.

Identity proposal for Flatiron Moon. Developed during Typography Summer School 2017.
Flatiron Moon

Horoscopes for Teen Vogue.

Pretending to be Google, a short survey was sent out to over 100 emails. The email asked “What is your resolution? Describe your quality. What file format are you?” Those who did not respond to the cultural probe were sent a virtual world full of symbolism to the cloud. Constructed cloud was built using the physical structure of the Google offices in New York City, various computer hardware pieces, and text explaining the control of data by cloud platforms. This project is the beginnings of an exploration to build a virtual world that represents the physicality of the cloud that users are unknowingly living in.

Spreads for ADER error.

In understanding the blurred line between the physical and digital in regards to infrastructure, Plain Data asks: What if data traveling through the cloud was visible and tangible? The network is surveilled by this device to obtain data packets and automatically print them out on a receipt printer– allowing the digital to become the physical. In the not so distant future, the receipt printer is repurposed to sell data. Each piece of data printed is only one copy of the product. The same packet can be resold by data providers to an endless amount of new buyers.

Exhibition art direction.

Looking at architecture as the most intuitive example of infrastructure, it is immediately seen how built structures confine humans. While we are not using all of the architecture around us, we are controlled by how we navigate around it. In Exposed, the parts of buildings that did not contain light were removed to create a new, distorted skyline. This distortion conformed to people and not the inverse.