Hello, I'm Joey Lee.

Interaction designer & technologist.


Based in Brooklyn, NY

Working as an interaction designer, creative technologist, and educator.


New York University | Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP)

Thinking about

Generative design & geography, machine learning, data collection systems, climate change, urban climates, open source & access, visualization, algorithmic ethics, critical mapping, & education.

Geography of Hidden Faces

Explore the beauty of the world and find faces along the way


Hidden Faces from Space highlights how we should practice looking and questioning what we see on maps; which is to acknowledge what is represented and to respond to what is not. The AI detected faces on the map remind us that the data collected from satellites and aircrafts are being interpretted in a myriad of ways, some for better and others for worst and more than ever in automated ways.

While the world is constantly being observed, how we make sense or nonsense of those observations ultimately determine how places are acted upon. Perhaps by translating our appreciation of the beauty of the real stuff captured by these sensors can we make conscious efforts to change the harmful behaviors, practices, and policies that threaten and erase these views from existing in the future.

I hope you find yourself getting as lost in the map through this project as I have. Take notes of the things you see, the faces you find, and all the (un)familiar places you encounter—they might not be there the next time.

Read the full project description on the project homepage.

Search for hidden faces in the interactive explorer app


Concept and Development