As part of an exploration of my thesis topic through a lens of screen design with web designer Brent Arnold, I developed many wireframes of a speculative web services for encryption and anonymity. My first sketch was of a digital encryption plug-in that automatically turns quotidien emails and texts into subversive messages. I even imagined using augmented reality to remake physical “dropsites” for secret messages.

A majority of my wireframing was for a speculative service I developed under the guidance of Steven Dean called Gild. It is a network of shared fake identities for people to browse the internet as someone else. The idea is inspired from web proxies for surfing the web anonymously. Current anonymous proxy servers and Virtual Private Networks help users browse the Internet anonymously by replacing a computer’s IP address under a digital disguise. Gild would be an interface of anonymous web proxy server that takes on the disguise of a perceived ghost identity.

The site itself is a simple interface of eight ghost identity accounts that act as anonymous web proxies. Users can choose to surf the web anonymously by hiding behind one of these accounts. They can see how many users are also surfing the web as this “person” and how the speed and bandwidth of the connection fares. Hundreds of users can surf the internet together under one name, making it harder to trace individual activity back to a single point of origin.

Other digital interface experiments included hidden UI for log-in screens and imagining a conversational user interface to help with lying and scamming.