Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design

Thesis 2016–17

Atif Azam
Tent

With electronic communication being so accessible today, society’s attitude towards direct human interactions is subverting. Studies show that the amount of face-to-face interaction between people is dwindling, while the number of text messages and social media communications soar. People are becoming distracted from the world around them and their participation in reality is becoming less frequent. Modern technology, particularly mobile devices and social media, should strive to counteract this and allow for the facilitation of direct social interaction, rather than inhibiting it. Tent is an experimental mobile application that uses geo-location to connect users with others based using a unique self-tagging system. The goal of Tent is to create surprising and valuable connections with people directly in your vicinity. The intent is to steer young people back to actively engaging and participating in the real world around them. The mobile app helps to facilitate conversations with strangers by giving you a glimpse into specific facets of their daily lives in the form of “elements.”

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Parsons / The New School

BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2016–17