Visualizing Digital Identity

By Theodore Folstad

We cannot see what our digital identity looks like or view what it says about our behavior, feelings, or actions that are stored online. The data that is collected by surveillance from our smartphones build a fragmented and distorted reflection of ourselves. This stockpile of our data and this mirrored self it creates have become an increasingly valuable commodity that fuels the surveillance economy. While the existence of these datasets is not always obvious, they are attainable by request, while the reflection of yourself they create is a heavily guarded secret. By working with these requested datasets, I visualize what my digital identity could look like. These visualizations become representations that invite and reveal critical reflections that may have not been realized before.


Theodore Folstad is a visual design communicator and researcher. He has worked as a freelance designer in the San Francisco Bay Area for several years before attending KMD in Bergen Norway to receive his masters in visual communication. His previous experience with graphic design, UX, and UI design has led to his artistic research that explores the deeper meaning behind data collection in technology, it’s influence on society and culture, and the designers role in its usage.

Portrait picture of Theodore Folstad