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.
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.
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.
“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:
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.
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.