Stella Richman is an Austin-based graphic designer who loves bright contrasting colors, analog objects, and playful typography.

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Here and Now


Here and Now

Out of touch with my personal values, burnt out from being sucked into a device for hours a day, and craving quality time with those important to me, I embarked on an inquiry of the ways in which graphic design can be used to purposely push our attention in a more meaningful direction through small, realistic changes in daily habits.

From woodwork to letterpress, the intentions of these designs are to motivate and reinforce positive behaviors around technology use and implement simple habits that push us towards the analog in order to improve quality of life. 

This work was created as my final thesis project for my MFA in Design at the University of Texas at Austin. 

No Phone Zone 
A series of posters to lightheartedly promote being present and pausing from technolgy use in the home, workplace, and school. 
Library Punch Card 
Inspired by summer reading as a child and a campus coffee shop punch card, the library punch card encourages adults to read and utilize the library as each book checked out gets you closer to the reward of a bottle of wine. 

Mindful Brushing 
A toothbrush that attaches a behavior, daily mindfulness, to an already established habit. 
‘Screenager’ and ‘I Love Quality Time’ Merchandise 
These embroidered articles of clothing are worn to show pride in the delight of person-to-person connection and reduce shame about technology use among Gen Z. 
Color Me Wine Bottles 
These interactive and communal ‘Color Me In’ wine bottles encourage creativity, connection, and presentness at the dinner table. 
Linoleum Postcards 
In a world of constant communication mediated through our phones, these postcards encourage authentic quality time, like getting a coffee, going for a run or bike ride, having a dinner party, and reignite the feelings of warmth when receiving a postcard.