Chia Amisola
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Chia Amisola

Designer & Net Artist in SF, they/them

I want to do tiny interviews about you & your website(s). Our interactions with websites often obscure all the thought, labor, history, & care behind them. Websites hold a history of you: each upload some act of intention, they have crevices and unlinked pages, they're ephemeral & go through thousands of iterations, they don't even have to exist anymore. The story of your website is also your story.

Let me know if you're interested at website@websiteweb.site.

4 months ago

About

creating radical things
website at chias.website
comprehensive at chia.design
net art at ifyouknewmewouldyoulove.me/

Teams

Current
Figma Design

Side Projects

2023

I'm beginning a personal (& potentially lifelong) research project to document & preserve Philippine internet history and culture, starting the Philippine Internet Archive. As our lives are increasingly entwined with the web, internet preservation is also the preservation of our people.

The Philippine Internet Archive is beginning with a timeline of the internet's beginnings in the Philippines, profiles of key figures & institutions (in written & audio forms), and hopefully the archival of projects like Engr. Ramon Ramirez' Arkibong Bayan. Along with the stories of people like Jim Ayson and Dr William Torres, I'm interested in paying special care to hyperlocal internet histories and the 'grassroots', homegrown communities outside of the academe: hobbyists, bloggers, and enthusiasts that shape the majority of the communities that have made the internet into what it is today.

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2022

A tiny tool to create, publish, and play collage stories & games — that is a game in itself. A mini fantasy console with its own personality, an accompanying soundtrack & world; a love letter to early operating systems, creation culture, and what it means when our tools have life, too.

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2022

A glimpse into Pinoy tape culture and its ephemera. Conceptualized, built, designed, and archived by me.

2022

Collecting resources & educational material related to the Marcos regime and its dictatorship. A folk archive made to counteract the current regime.

2021

I started playing Genshin Impact (50M+ players), liked its story, then founded the largest English-language lore community with my friends. I lead a moderation & volunteer team on Discord, designed the identity, organized events and streams with 100+ attendees, and grew us to 5K+ members, 15K+ followers, 150K+ monthly sessions all organically. We archive scattered fan speculation, write & organize resources/prints/databases for theorists and casual players.

2019

Uplifting progressive politicals to the masses in digital spaces in the 2019 Philippine midterms, impacting millions of Filipinos & collaborating with leftist senatoriables with a team of 25. I led, designed, and built everything leading strategy.

Work Experience

2016 — Now
Manila

Developh is a critical technology institute based in the Philippines. We reclaim technology as a tool for liberation rather than oppression. Since 2016, we've been working across research, education, advocacy, publishing, and venture-building to rethink the Filipino relationship with technology.

2020 — 2021

#1 Social App in the Philippines—worked on Editor, Social Features, and Games for over a year in both in-house teams & as sole designer with external vendors. Helped evangelize design from hiring a Design Lead, establishing & standardizing our design system including patterns & components, design operations process.

2020 — 2020
Product Design Intern at Teleport
2019 — 2019
Twitter

Features

2022

"Chiara Amisola took a close look at the stories and revelations that people leave below online videos." Featuring thesoundof.love.

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2018

Spoke on the GHC 2018 Keynote stage.

Education

2018 — 2022
Computing & the Arts at Yale University

Sudler Prize (Top arts award given to two graduating seniors), Distinction in the Major, Cum Laude

Everything before at De La Salle Zobel
Philippines

Awards

2022
Design Fellow from Kleiner Perkins
2022

Top Arts award at Yale

2020
Women in Tech Scholar from Palantir
2020
Design Circle Scholar from Adobe
2021
2020
Speaker at UXPH
PH
2019
Speaker at Grace Hopper Australia
AUS

Writing

2022

Millions of reads. Since 2016.

Volunteering

2016 — Now

Hosting & running 20+ workshops, talks, & other programs a year. Some things we've done: a Fellowship for Filipino creators under the Processing Foundation, an Arts festival raising 70K+, a student startup event featuring 12+ teams at the AWS Philippines office, a voter education project reaching 5M+ Filipinos.

Contact

Website
Website
Are.na
Twitter
Instagram
GitHub