Caleb Stone
Client
Nice Tapes
Web Design + Development
Almost done!
Personal
Teenage Horticulture
Graphic Design
In Progress!
School
Web Acknowledgement
New Media
2021
Client
Artists and Hackers
Web Design + Project Management
2020-Present
Client
Lindisfarne Tapes
Audio Production + Graphic Design
2021
Personal
Plywood Furniture
Product Design
2020-Present
School
Binary Opposition
Graphic Design
2019
School
ARIBITER
New Media
2019-2020
Personal
Corrocup
Product Design + Web Design + Branding
2019
Personal
Red Dot
Product Design
2015-2016
Web Acknowledgement is a an extension for Google Chrome designed and developed for Rory Solomon's Radical Software class at The New School.

I made this project with the hope that it would help dispel the myth of “the cloud.” The internet exists in physical space, and when we use the internet we use land. Most of the internet is stored within large, energy intensive spaces that we call “server farms.” However, these “farms” are not community gardens, they are industrial plantations, exploiting the land and rendering it unusable by creatures of all sorts. And like industrial agriculture on much of the American continents, these server “farms” extract value from land that doesn’t belong to those who profit from them.

This project can be used as a useful tool, but its primary purpose is to encourage users to rethink what the internet is. Acknowledging land is rather performative without considering reparative methods that attempt to cede colonial control of indigenous soil. How then, do we build a web that dismantles colonial, profit-driven digital infrastructure — a web developed by the stewards of the land it occupies? What would network infrastructure look like if designed using indigenous agricultural logic? How can we plant digital community gardens? Can there be native code as there are native organisms? 🌱

The decision to use the font, Arial was inspired by Mindy Seu's research on the demographics of the designers of default web fonts included in her Cyberfeminism Index. Additionally, the decision to place white text on a black background was inspired by American Artist and Zora Neale Hurston's analysis of the white default.
Artists and Hackers is a podcast dedicated to the community that is building and using new digital tools for creation.

The podcast interviews programmers, artists, poets, musician, bot-makers, educators, students, and designers in an effort to critically look at both online artmaking and the history of technology and the internet. The pocast’s website serves to both host the podcast and provide a central hub through which interested individuals can find new tools to integrate into their own practices.

In an attempt to humanize and materialize a topic considered so foreign and inaccessible to most people, I designed the website and social media posts using organic and whimsical illustrations.
Schumacher Tapes Cover Inspired by the famed monastery of Lindisfarne, William Irwin Thompson founded the Lindisfarne Association in 1972 to gather together bold scientists, scholars, artists, and contemplatives to envision a new planetary culture in the face of the political, cultural, and environmental crises of the 20th century.

The lectures held at the Lindisfarne Association have been recorded to tape and generously donated to The Schumacher Center for a New Economics to be restored. To make these lectures more widely availble, I was hired to restore the degraded audio and reformat them into a podcast.
I just really like to make furniture.

Button Stool
plywood stool

Tile Table
binary opposition is:

a visual dictionary entry that defines a word that does not exist.

a structuralist outline of the box in opposition to ourselves.

a hallucination of uterine comfort.

an understanding of why we box.

a way out.










For my Programming for Visual Artists class at Purchase College, I designed a piece of software as a component of a performance. I had partnered with another student in the dance conservatory to record an actual performance of the piece, yet it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

ARBITER is intended to be a reflection on the ways in which artificial intelligence algoithms subtly alter our behavior, enforcing a culture of sameness under the guise of assisted individuality. It calls upon Heideggarian philosophy, calling into question the status of our "dasein" in a world in which we use technology to mediate being.

ARBITER has two main components. The first is a piece of software that acts as a control mechanism for the performer, issuing both physical and emotional commands that the performer must endure. The second is a piece of software that tracks the motions of the performer and attempts to interpret what the original command was. As such, the performer acts as an intermediary between command and interpretation being in control of neither their own actions nor how they are percieved. A performance was scheduled in collaboration with the Purchase College Dance Conservatory but was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

An early prototype for the command issuing software component:



Intial concept sketch:

Corrocup was concieved in a high school art classroom somewhere in upstate new york. No one thought the cup project would continue considering the designer spent as much time casting as he spent cleaning the leaking slip released by the primitive plaster casts. Fortunately, the designer was able to produce two successful cups, imperfect but functional.



During his studies at Pratt Institute, the designer was able to learn more professional slip casting techniques at his internship at a Brooklyn ceramic studio called franca. The two inspiring women at franca assisted in the refinement of his design and manufacturing process, allowing him to finally produce the Corrocups that you know and love.



In a partnership with Blue Marble Brooklyn, the designer was able to sell the cups at their prospect heights storefront.

To finalize the cups for retail, the designer designed custom packaging and eventually decided to build an online store to practice his web design skills.

To see the (prototype) Corrocup Website, click here.
Red dot is an experiment in the use of a shared design language to create unity within a line of disparate products.

By creating a common design language, the user’s understanding of one product can translate to all others within the series. Each object uses the same switches, knobs, and sliders alongside a unified color theme. This concept could continue to be applied on a larger scale to create an entire line of goods, satisfying all needs of the user in a way that they understand.

toasty:



boombox:



camera:



television:



lantern:



About
Contact
  My name is Caleb Stone and I am a designer, developer, and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY.

  I am currently enrolled as a B.A/B.F.A student at The New School studying Culture + Media. and Product Design Alongside this program, I am a member of the Code as a Liberal Art minor.

As a designer, I am interested in using ethnographic research to engage in a more socially-focused design practice that relies on available materials and local histories.

Some things that I've been thinking about are: digital infrastructure, cybernetics, clicky buttons, tools and how we touch things with them, the digestive system, hypertext, and growing things from the ground.

Some books that I like are:
  • Labyrinths - Jorge Luis Borges
  • 100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Notes on the Synthesis of Form - Christopher Alexander
  • Mind and Nature - Gregory Bateson
  • Parable of the Sower - Octavia Butler
  • and a lot more.
    t - 917.207.8205
    e - bycalebstone@gmail.com

    are.na

    Resume available upon request.