The lock is a negotiation of security, control, and convenience that we engage in on a daily basis, a negotiation which serves as foundation for a pervasive narrative in North American society. I spend more time on the locks associated with the things I own than anyone else, and they likely do a better job of keeping me out than they might a nefarious interloper. What does a lock actually do? Many objects are as as much or more symbolic than they are functional but I see a lock as a particularly salient example, it is an item that has a transformative effect over those it is combined with or applied to. “Locked” is an exploration of this effect through a series of seemingly ridiculous designed objects, intended to amplify some of the underlying dissonance hidden in our tacit understanding of locks.


Traditional Lock

In the same way that locking your glass patio provides only symbolic resistance to a thief, locking this volume keeps out the casual interest but leaves room for a determined individual to cut open the spine, or simply fold the cover over to reveal its contents. The lock creates an air of secrecy or importance around an otherwise unremarkable sketchbook, the same air of mystery held by a locked door, until it is opened to reveal a broom closet.


Modern Lock

This laptop has had its usability dramatically reduced through a questionable implementation of cyber security, however it is hardly more flawed than my own understanding of the systems governing and facilitating my day to day interactions on Facebook. We entrust our lives to a digital world we know almost nothing about. Locked is a metaphor for the convenience and ease of use we sacrifice for the false sense of security that a password offers.