Free Communities is an information toolkit intended to improve public awareness of human trafficking in the United States, in the hope of fostering communities where freedom is protected for every member of society. Recently, human trafficking has gained visibility through news reports and documentaries. However, there is still a significant disparity between the number of estimated victims in the U.S. and the number of victims who have escaped their traffickers. Human trafficking in the U.S. remains largely unseen and misunderstood amongst the public, as current information is often convoluted, impersonal, or sensationalized. With Free Communities, my primary goal was to use storytelling to improve awareness of human trafficking in a way that is clear, personal, informative, and memorable.
Marko: Travel Guide
Like a local friend, Marko shares the best local spots as you explore a new city, and helps you get to the places you know you canâ€™t miss. As you research your trip and wander around the city, Marko can store must-see locations from the internet, as well as photo, text, and voice memos. Everything you save is displayed in Markoâ€™s queue: a dynamic list that helps you plan where to go next, based on time, location, and business or museum hours. If you run out of things to do, or just want a surprise, Marko has a Black Book of local recommendations for activities, sightseeing, restaurants, and more.
The Legend of the Fire Spirit
The Legend of the Fire Spirit installation was designed and built for the culture and history of the Eastern Washington town Twisp. It builds on the regional tradition of myth and storytelling to explain the dynamic between people, forest, fire and how it evolved as time passed.
The installation provides a cyclical experience, where the viewer first travels forward through the installation, seeing a myth about fire and the Methow Valley. The story is depicted through a series of projected icons upon the boards which create a perspective illusion, changing the experience depending on where the viewer stands. The installation was built into a shed on the site of TwispWorks, a community organization.