Duty Free

Nikki Makagiansar, Tee Topor, Munus Shih

Duty-Free is a design, development and research collective maintained by Nikki Makagiansar, Tee Topor and Munus Shih. They specialize in interactive activations that leverage graphic design, algorithmic generation, and art experience as an agent of social change. Their practice is guided by the question: what could mutual aid look like within art and design communities? To them, dutyrepresents a calling to re-imagine design’s purpose as a communal tool to contribute to an informed society. To be duty free symbolizes their fundamental belief that the collection of data and resources should not only be decentralized, but also distributed amongst communities.