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Identity Bridge

An Installation on Trust

The Project: The Seattle Design Festival Block Party invited people from the city and the community to explore the concept of Trust with interactive installations throughout the park. We researched self-expression and how it affected the way communities related to one another. We hoped that, through our installation, the public could explore the contrasts in their own personal and professional identities.

Our final installation was one of forty at the Seattle Design Festival Block Party. Hundreds of participants of all ages and all backgrounds came to read our infographics and interact with the bridge, filling the installation with cards of their identities, entrusting the public with important parts of themselves.

6 months

In collaboration with Brys Fleming-Henning, Claire Kantner, Christine Lee, Patrick Mao, and Olivia Tang

 

Design Research

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User Group

We began our research of trust in the workplace through interviews and studies of the type of personal information one might keep from an employer for fear of discrimination. We then observed how people of various ages interact with installations.

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Problem Space

“In a world that appears increasingly defined by mistrust, how can design affirm and strengthen critical connections of TRUST in our community?”

Through large scale, interactive installations at the two-day Seattle Design Festival Block Party, people of all ages and backgrounds were welcomed to explore and broaden what trust meant

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Research Insights

People often tend to hide the more "controversial" aspects of themselves in professional settings.

The biggest hindrance to self-expression is fear of judgment or discrimination.

"Anonymous" online platforms often open the door to reveal deeper parts of themselves.

How might we promote self expression to better humanize coworkers to build trusting connection and community in the workplace?

Design Development

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Design Principles

Informative

Thought-provoking

Encourages Discussion

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Ideation

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Refinement & Construction

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Identity Bridge

Our final installation was one of forty at the Seattle Design Festival Block Party. Hundreds of participants of all ages and all backgrounds came to read our infographics and interact with the bridge, filling the installation with cards of their identities, entrusting the public with important parts of themselves.

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