Les Garcia

Vapor-Stalgia is a virtual room that focuses on the emotions of nostalgia along with memories from anonymous users. The style is heavily inspired by Vaporwave culture.
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Do you ever listen to old music or see old artworks that makes you feel nostalgic even if you weren't from that era but the images and music sends you to an Era that once was? Vapor-Stalgia focuses on the emotions from people that are longing for warm memories, even if they see them through rosy retrospection, when they listen to Vaporwave music. Vaporwave is a niche genre of electronic music that emerged in the early 2010s that is popular with Millennials and Gen-Zs. The music is known for their slowed-down, effects, and chopped samples of 1980s and 1990s music (R&B, City Pop, Smooth Jazz, Synth). It’s combined with imagery of early internet design, 3D, unnatural hues and tones, and clean grids and shapes.

Users are in a room where they can see original animations and poster designs based on the vaporwave culture. It also includes original Vaporwave music, made by Luke Mayo, greek sculptures by Oliver Laric, and small stories from anonymous vaporwave enthusiasts.

Les Garcia 
Les Garcia is a freelance designer from the Chicagoland area that loves to create designs, illustrations, and motion graphics. She also loves developing video games, whether it’s a VR game where you become a raptor or a rhythm game about frogs in a marching band. She enjoys mangonada ice cream, alligators, learning how to use Blender, and playing A Hat in Time. She’s currently an artist and UI designer for Pillars of Creation. 

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Thank you to our Capstone volunteers, including students Leslie Ramirez, Chris Keramidas, Caroline Schlegel, and faculty member Laura Rossi García. Special thanks to 2020–21 Capstone faculty Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn.

College of Computing and Digital Media
School of Design
243 South Wabash Avenue, Chicago IL 60604

Graphic Design Capstone Showcase 2020 and 2021
Advisors: Shiro Akiyoshi, Nathan  Matteson, and Heather Snyder Quinn