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Parsons School of Design MFA Design and Technology program theses2016 ➔ Post from the Past


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Colleen Macklin (thesis advisor)
Ethan Silverman (thesis advisor)
Sven Travis (thesis advisor)
Loretta Wolozin (thesis advisor)
Joanna Chin (designer)


May 11 2016


A box arrives. And when you open it a voice emanates out: "Dearest, I am to be executed today..." Contained within is a pearl necklace, some old photographs, a small glass bottle, a sachet of some herb, and a letter addressed to you. What do they mean…and who sent them? Posts from the Past is a subscription service in which you receive mysterious packages from people in the past. Hear their voices and solve their stories through an immersive physical and digital journey. After exploring beautifully crafted artifacts, explore the parallel online experience: answer questions about the items, hear the voices of other characters in the story, watch video about WWI spies, or uncover documents about invisible ink kept secret for decades. This project begs the question of whether real-life, evocative, touchable objects and minimalist technology can create enough suspense, engagement, and emotional connection to a person from the past such that learning history can feel exciting and relevant to this and future generations.



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