Eve Li
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Memento Mori

 
 

There is a moment in our lives when we start growing up and can begin to see our parents aging– like those extra white hairs or the forgotten words they’ve just said. Those moments make me scared and they make me realize I have about twenty years or so left with my parents. And then it’ll be my sisters. And then me. But we all know we are going to die, we just don’t like talking about it. Not talking about death constrains us from understanding the human experience. 

Memento Mori is an audio collection about death, which features a website narrative with people who deal with death almost everyday in their careers. 

 
 
 
 
 I create flowcharts when I get lost. This exercise helped me clarify my direction.

I create flowcharts when I get lost. This exercise helped me clarify my direction.

 
 
 Because Memento Mori lives beyond its installation, it is formatted for every device. 

Because Memento Mori lives beyond its installation, it is formatted for every device. 

 
 

My original prototype was inspired by “The Gift of Grace”, an end-of-life advance care planning card game, to create a conversational game. However, after rounds of testing, people felt either too vulnerable or not serious enough when answering thoughtful questions. 

 
 
 
  My Gift of Grace

My Gift of Grace

 
 
 
 An example question from the original game prototype. The game was divided by three levels of seriousness in order to ease players into deep, genuine conversations; this was a level two question, assigned to be neither too playful nor too serious.

An example question from the original game prototype. The game was divided by three levels of seriousness in order to ease players into deep, genuine conversations; this was a level two question, assigned to be neither too playful nor too serious.

 
 
 
 Jeremy Mende, my boss at the time, gave me this important tip when I was struggling with my prototype. He told me the power of the idea was more important than my logic, which may seem offensive at first, but was incredibly helpful to clarify that the message and the power of how it was being conveyed was more important than the form I thought it should exist in.

Jeremy Mende, my boss at the time, gave me this important tip when I was struggling with my prototype. He told me the power of the idea was more important than my logic, which may seem offensive at first, but was incredibly helpful to clarify that the message and the power of how it was being conveyed was more important than the form I thought it should exist in.

 It was clear that there was a decision to be made. 

It was clear that there was a decision to be made. 

 
 
 
  The Wake Up to Dying Projec t helped inspire me create an audio collection because it shows the power of audio and how even a couple thoughts can convey deep emotion. 

The Wake Up to Dying Project helped inspire me create an audio collection because it shows the power of audio and how even a couple thoughts can convey deep emotion. 

 
 
 

The process of finding the appropriate branding for Memento Mori had to meet the tone of being genuine, sentimental, and optimistic. 

Skin is a large element of Memento Mori because flesh is a reminder of our own mortality. It is also why every audio clip features the skin of the interviewee, which provides an intimate visual with their story. 

 
 
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“Memento Mori” in Latin means “remember death”, which is also the tattoo I have on my left arm. The project is inspired by the same sentiment as a constant reminder that we will all die and to appreciate what we have. 

Hear the story behind this project:

 
 
 
 An application idea featuring the Memento Mori app that would record daily logs with meditative prompts about death. This was never produced– but it tackled the questions: how would Memento Mori live after its project lifetime? How would it be integrated into the real world? 

An application idea featuring the Memento Mori app that would record daily logs with meditative prompts about death. This was never produced– but it tackled the questions: how would Memento Mori live after its project lifetime? How would it be integrated into the real world? 

 
 An installation mock-up.

An installation mock-up.

 
 

This installation was showcased for CCA’s Graphic Design Thesis Critique and the CCA Graphic Design Program SYN: Synthesis Print x Digital Senior Show (sponsored by Facebook Design) in May 2017. 

 
 
 
 
 
 Honorable mention by  You're Going to Die , a open mic event held by my interviewee Ned Buskirk.

Honorable mention by You're Going to Die, a open mic event held by my interviewee Ned Buskirk.

 
 
 

By facing death, people have found their own truths. Memento Mori is a way for users to interact, reflect, and even engage with the subject. My hope with this project is to let people use this as part of navigating to find their own truths. 

 
 
 
 

This project has received a 2017 Adobe Design Achievement Award as a semifinalist in Social Impact. 

 
 
 
 

This project was also showcased as a part of Reimagine End of Life week in San Francisco April 2018. 

 
 
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