About the project

We are increasingly entrusting our privacy to digital media. But what happens to our data while we surf the Internet?

The answers to these questions can be found in “D8A”, a virtual assistant that follows the user wherever they go.  



There is another side to “D8A” that reveals what’s really happening behind your back. While you use a product, companies track you, collect your data, and sell it.

About the project

Digital life surrounds us every day, and “D8A” is never far away. 

Whether you are watching videos, making purchases or planning your evening, it knows what’s going on in your head better than you do.

A cute appearance and a positive impact on your lifestyle make it impossible to discover the assistent’s dark intentions.

Dark patterns

You are being watched more than you think.

It may surprise you to learn that you are being watched more than you think. The Dark Pattern will trick you into believing that you are protected. 

The process

Thoughts behind

We can’t predict the future, but we can analyse the past and the present. 

So it all started with early web aesthetic and ended with David Rudnick’s concept of how to prevent dystopia.

With Melanie Abaron, we tried many schemes to overload the Miro board, and, after endless discussions, we finally found the problem. We visualized it, and D8A was born. It illustrates how our future will be if we do not pay attention to how we consume digital media.


This project was made during David Voss’s “The Future of the Future” course and Aylin Mirza’s “Motion Design” course at Hochschule Mainz.

Together, Melanie and I were involved in every part of the project, from the conception to delivery. My focus was the project’s concept and 3D: by planning an interface and creating a 3D character, I recreated and animated a copy of my face.

D8A screenshot 01
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