Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2018

When thinking of powerful personal experiences, we often think about the specific locations that have shaped our memories. Over time, memory has been proven as a tool to place our experiences and when we revisit certain locations, emotions are triggered, transporting us back in time.

Mapping Manhattan is a location-based app, allowing users to discover memories from various New Yorkers. The app notifies users when they are in the geographic location of a recorded memory, and allows them to move through that memory. The app is a collection of archival photographs that leads to the written and aural recording of an experience. As the user moves through the images and quote, the larger picture from the past is revealed. The final piece of the experience is an external article that expands on the quote, providing more insight into each memory. The past is highlighted in this app to emphasize how much New York City has changed architecturally and culturally as a city. The color blue is utilized throughout, highlighting the modern architectural infiltration alongside shades of gold, symbolizing the 1970s and the past.

Manhattan is an island of memories that are inextricably linked to place. Modern changes in the city allow for new memories to be made, but also for the erasure of previous historical experiences and architectural relics. It is important to preserve what was by embracing memories of the city’s past; but also by embracing what is, we can pave the way for the city’s future.

Maxine Joy Almendra

Daniela Al-Saleh

Amon Dario Appelt

Shruti Ashok

Whitney Badge

Jaire Berkel

Ingrid Bonetti

Victoria Boyd

Madison Bozinoff

Malulani Bria

Kaylin Brown

Rachel Brownjohn

Olive Burd

Germán Castellanos Reyes

Madeline Cericola

Vicky Chau

Amber Chen

Victor Chen

Wendy Ching

Connie Chu

Channon Chung

Leonardo Cilmi

Emma T. Conway

Nicole Corso

Qamile Dani

Magdalena de la Torre Suárez

Amanda Ericson

Dan Feldman

Anna Feng

Natalia Flores

Peter Frasco

Lucia Garza

Mariana Gaviria

Mikey Hefez

Adrianna Hinsey

Avinash Hirdaramani

Marielle Holland

Grace Hong

Surkho Shane Hong

Pauline Hotelier

Dylan Hughes

Jiyoung Hwang

Sonali Jain

Andrea S. Jassir

Christina Jenkins

Maria Jessica

Erin Johnston

Javarius Jones

Yea Ji Jung

Rachel Kahn

Anastasia Kharchenko

Jonathan Haojaq Kho

Alexa Kim

Cindy Dawon Kim

Sang Dennis Kim

Somin Kim

Yoonji Kim

Kyungmin Ko

Sidney Law

Kevin Lee

Jane Lee

Matheus Dal Santo Lewis Sage Smith

Kristiana Marcon

Hannah Marshall

Kruti Mehta

Gabriel Mester

Charlotte Miller

Mintra Morrison

Tamir Moses

Kaisha Murzamadiyeva

Thomas Nghia Nguyen

Lanie Nowak

Satoe Onizuka

Steven Orts

Owen Pace

Tatyana Palacios

Herin Park

Olga Pavlova

Luli Peralta-Esquivel

Lindsay Petricca

Constanza Pinto

Shreya Razak

Costanza Reiser

Vincent Riportella

Bateel Saber

Ahana Seth

Cristina Soberon

Rebecca Speiser

Natalia Spotts

Sabrina Steck

JD Stephenson Jr.

Richard Supriano

Eden Tartour

Jissaura Taveras Hernandez

Nathalia Tello Arias

Liz Tsai

Altyn Turdukulova

Amena Tyebji

Gabriela Vieira

Juan Diego Villegas

Yige Wang

Evelyn Wu

Jessie Yao

Crystal Yin

Rebecca Jiayi Zhou