Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Adam Szalowski 

BA [Hons] Visual Communication Design

My name’s Adam and I’m interested in graphic image making, with an emphasis on experimentation to create design that is unique. I also have an interest in expressive motion that communicates varied ranges of tone and movement. I’m also experienced in a diverse set of mediums and use them to compliment whatever the outcome of a project needs to be. I’m always trying to find fresh ways to improve and incorporate new ways of designing and problem solving, at the moment I'm learning 3D image making.


WHITESPACE is a speculative design project that allows for patients to display their memories for the purpose of exposure therapy. A new form of exposure therapy that incorporates memory display to treat patients with the most personalised treatment. The treatment is done within an immersive sensory pod that reflects the patients memories. The experience is curated and controlled by a medical clinician that walks the patient through the process.

The goal of WHITESPACE is to show how traumatic memories undermine and paralyse people from living in the immediate reality, the service is a way of reclaiming the present. The focus is on providing a space for the patients, a space that lets them confront and deal with traumatic experiences.

From Napster to iTunes: How a Punk Vision Changed How We Consume Music

The thesis revolves around the idea of freely distributed music which originated in the punk movement of the 1970’s. Discussing how the movement’s philosophy of being a self sustained system, was governed by an organic interest which let the quality of the music rise to the top. With the advent of the internet, Napster took this ‘anarchical’ way of distributing music and made it available to the public. However through legal ramifications the movement was diluted. Soon after Apple recreated the same premise with iTunes and legitimised it, as a result changing how we consume music forever.

The main points of research revolves around how Napster and Apple chose to communicate the idea of music becoming independent. With Napster doing this through its anti-authoritative subculture and Apple on the other hand, through its appeasement to the public.