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Fall 2017, Week 7: Back to the drawing board

By October 26, 2016Thesis

Back to the Drawing Board

Okay, coming back to reality, it hasn’t been a really great week. And I need to make something Physical, yup, that was the whole discussion from last week.
So I had to go back to the post-it board and I start writing down stuff, and by stuff I mean quite a lot of stuff. No, seriously a lot.

Okay, it wasn’t that much, but more notably I had to navigate my slight misdirection to including something which will combine the physical aspect associated with the same.

Jotting down a few points from the drawing board I had to focus my research upon the following points
-It should be something which you could maybe touch and feel.
-It could be looked back upon
-The element of surprise remains every time you see it
-It should be unique in itself
-It could have the capability of capturing a memory, and reliving it whenever you felt like.
-It should remind you of moments, which would bring the emotional connection back, between families.

So coming back to the question

What is Home?
For the first time ever, I did not ask this question to anyone, I did not interview anyone, I just thought of every single thing I feel has been lost and found, which when looked upon again, will bring me back to where I am. I consider different phases of my life, its all jotted down in one single word, Home. Wherever I am, with whomever I am, at that instant, I am home. And more importantly, Home isn’t just a roof with people living with each other, or the place where you originate from, or the region/culture that you belong to. Home is consisting of every relation that is around you, it need not necessarily be family. The problem here is not finding a new home, the problem here is going away from the old one. Now how does a person, irrespective of staying away from his previous home, be able to stay connected with them.

Then I researched upon what are the various ways in which moments are being relived and what’s missing in them
We have letters, we have images, we have videos.
1. Letters are a thing of the past, with the advent of technology such as email and chat, it hardly seems that the era of letters is going to be revisited. Then again, letters were one of the best kept memories which could be relived with, but they were always preserved and kept. A personal opinion here, I would still prefer a letter written to me than a voice note that I hear and never go back to it, even if I know that it exists right in my pocket.
2. Images are also a thing for the past, you do have images as hard copies, but where is the sensation of preserving and storing images. The world has reached the cloud, its time to come back down from there and understand the things which people love to preserve.
3. Videos are definitely digital but they lack the physical nature, how do I get these to be relived, or be a mode to constantly remind me of who I am.
4. We have social media, yes, a way to communicate with everyone in the world, yet why do people still feel so distant.

Okay, I never thought I would make sense, but turns out, I am actually making sense with whatever I wrote back top.

So my Question?
Find a physical aspect combined with the digital experience that people can sue to relive memories.

Here are a few iterations of my prototype

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Here is also a link to my QSPFR

Also, here are a few books that I looked upon

Habits of Highly Effective Families

Leaving Loneliness: A Workbook: Building Relationships with Yourself and Others

Beyond Texting: The Fine Art of Face-to-Face Communication for Teenagers

Family & Digital Media

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