Parsons School of Design
BFA Communication Design
Thesis 2019

Kyle Tranquilli
Vernda

Of the estimated 7,000 languages spoken around the globe, one dies every two weeks. When a language dies, more than just words and sounds die along with it. The differences between the languages we speak are not only evident in grammar and in vocabulary, but also in the ways we perceive and think about the world. Languages possess elements of history within their many complexities and inform every discipline within the social sciences. When a language dies, so does a culture, means of expression, and history.

Vernda (meaning protect in Icelandic) is an interactive experience that allows for users to learn more about dying languages and the people that speak them. Vernda collects elementary vocabulary from Belarusian, Quechuan languages, Welsh, Icelandic, and Macedonian speakers and introduces them through an interactive card series that acts as a foundation for those looking to learn the language.

Each card can be found at a different location in New York City by using the map feature on the Vernda app. Users can scan each card using the augmented reality portion of the app to translate each card into English. This provides access to a five-question interview with each participant that highlights their relationship to their language. By providing users with information and interviews about dying language directly from the people who speak them, Vernda creates a unique interactive experience that joins in the efforts to combat language death.

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Maria Badasian

Jenny Barroll

Bhavika Bhatia

Leehe Bok

Lauren April Brady

Elisa Bustos

Gabrielle Cantamessa

Jo Castanon

Ana Sofia Murillo Cernicchiaro

Sherleen Chen

Tiange Chen

Dahee Choi

Carol Chong

Olivia Chow

Matthew Chu

Lily Clempson

Analuisa Corrigan

Gaurika Dalal

Iyana Martin Diaz

Sylvia Epstein

Maria Farah

Vitoria Schweitzer Fiore

Jamie Fong

Bentzion Goldman

Sarah Hennessy

Irene Hernandez-Gaona

Sara Hilany

Allen Hu

Gufeng Huang

Julia Isman

Erika Jaquez

Moonnyung Jo

Adam Johansen

Souraya Jureidini

Cynthia Kamata-Banks

Zarrin Karimi

Ta Suranart Kasitipradit

Anastasia Khadivi

Peggy S. Khammanotham

Jiwon Kim

Minhae Kim

Sarah Kim

Soyeon (Chloe) Kim

Soyeon Kim

Esther Klingbiel

Rose Kramer

Clare Lagomarsino

Julia Lassen

Chloe Lee

Jahyun Lee

Nicole Lee

Ye Eun Alison Lee

Leqi Liang

Chia Ying Lin

Chih-Yi Lin

Eric Lish

Clarissa Losciale

Eileen Lu

Cobey Lusinger

Maria Magnani

Miguel Marcos

Gaebrielle McIntosh

Sarah McNutt

Mitali Mehta

Vincent Merle

Mitali Nopany

Eugene Ong Bang Jun

Diana Pak

Seongjin Park

Holly Parkin

Annika Phillips

Olimpia Pignatti-Morano

Marie Poncin

Jin Qian

Jack Rieger

Kenisha Bijoux Rullan

Joshua Ryan

Bushra Sarker

Amy Schultz

Nico Siy

Leah Slava

Demi Isabela Straulino

Anisha Subberwal

Erica Tagliarino

Cristina Cepeda Thielmann

Elisa Tordjmann

Kyle Tranquilli

Yasemin Varlik

Varun Vig

Diana Vivar

Abby Wang

Yifei Wang

Yuqi Wang

Coco Wohrle

Angela Yang

Stella Yen

Tiffany Ying

Ingrid Yiu

Kyle Yu

Celestine Yuan

Seoyoung Yun

Maria Zabolotnaya

Amanda Zaldivar

Yinglin Zeng

Junhao Zhang

Limber Lingya Zhang

Haitong Zheng

Karolina Zuchowski