Assignment: Re-Design a Social Network
Concept: Today, we are being introduced to new ways of connecting with friends using technologies and a majority of internet-based networks. Although this is great at keeping in touch, we are losing “touch” of what it was like to receive a hand-written, personal letter. There is nothing more personal and sentimental than receiving a letter from someone and knowing that it traveled some type of distance to physically get to you.
Although my initial thought was to create a simplified bulletin board post social network, I slowly realized in my process that what I was creating was moving in a different direction from what I believed in. This is where “Snail Mail” really started to develop. “Snail Mail” creates a social network the “old-fashioned” way.
How it Works: The key components of “Snail Mail” was to first send a letter to three friends. When you do this you also send two additional note cards and postage so that person has the opportunity to send their own mail to another friend. This is where the “network” is created. Whether the person decides to send mail back to you, or to two new friends, it opens up communication through letters. It is a conversation starter, a trail maker, and a friend connector.
Here is my complete Snail Mail Presentation with pictures and my thought process.