Gijs de Boer

Department: Contextual Design

Probably an ATM

What: A search for a more honest aesthetic for technological devices we commonly trust blindly, such as an ATM.
Why: We tend to have complete faith in products that look neutral and simple. Yet modernist design can be misleading, since functional appearance is a designed aesthetic too. Can we still have confidence in designed objects, Gijs de Boer asks, when we can detect that their neutrality is a mask?
How: Inspired by sampling and citing methods from pop culture, Gijs copies a seemingly neutral ATM incompletely, leaving clues to reveal its modernist mask. ‘Probably an ATM’ tests if you can trust an honest façade.

"I'm suspicious of things that look undesigned"

Copyright Design Academy Eindhoven

Copyright: Design Academy Eindhoven
Photographs: Nicole Marnati