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For my second semester, I worked with Max Brown, Jane Yoon, and Zhoushi Xie, to create a project that aimed to address the issues of Carnegie Mellon's stress culture. Our team created a website that would allow students to anonymously talk about stress or share anecdotes in an online forum. By creating a site where people could share, read, and listen to fellow student’s stories, we aimed to open up a dialogue about stress at Carnegie Mellon. We hoped this dialogue would encourage students to be more supportive toward one another about stress. We also posters series to spread word about the site. Lastly, we placed physical telephones around campus, that would play recordings of fellow student's submitted stories once the phones picked up. These were also designed to connect students to others, through the act of sharing.
The Telestories Website
The website allows for users to submit a personal story in three different mediums: audio, text, and video. A student could also read stories in the general feed of the site, where each submission is time stamped. The top banner states the sites message and what it aims to do for its users. Once a student submits a story, a small prompt with information of CMU's help services is provided in case any student feels they may need help dealing with stress. The website allows for users to submit a personal story in three different mediums: audio, text, and video. A student could also read stories in the general feed of the site, where each submission is time stamped. The top banner states the sites message and what it aims to do for its users. Once a student submits a story, a small prompt with information of CMU's help services is provided in case any student feels they may need help dealing with stress.
Posters: Swiss & Tabloid
We created posters in the classic Swiss size of 36" x 50 ". We also created a tiled poster series that were cost more effective, printing them on 11" x 17" Newsprint paper. These were of lower fidelity and contained less information, used mostly to spread awareness of the name of the site.
Look & Feel
We were inspired by the classical shape of a telephone as an iconic image that represented communication. We felt that the classic phone was a universal symbol of communication, something we wanted to encourage within the student body. Because of the phone's iconic nature, we chose to extend that universality by pulling in some iconic imagery and colors as seen in Andy Warhol's prints. His color schemes were vibrant and positive, something we wanted to capture in our site. We also used Serifa as our font because we wanted a bold serif typeface that could balance out the vibrant colors.
"What if we placed telephone's all around campus?"
Because we were using a telephone as our initial visual element, we thought it would be really neat to physically have classic telephones placed around campus to spread the message. We worked with an Electrical Engineer, Bryston Hollis, who programmed these phones to play a recording of one of the submitted stories from the site.
Here we story boarding how the general narrative of our telestories system. We depict how student might initial interact with the phone.
We placed the interactive phones, Swiss posters, and Tabloid posters in high traffic locations around campus. We chose places near coffee shops, major hallways, the University Center, etc.
Process and Collaboration
Max, Jane, Zhoushi and I all worked together to research, brainstorm and build our ideas. We started with preliminary surveys, interview. We also collaborated in the entire scope of the project: selecting name, logo, type. We also built and prototyped together. One of the best team dynamics I've had.
For our final show, we presented our complete deliverables to our professors and our piers.
Along the way, we had a great time working on this project. We had some silly moments and some late night evenings. Here's a small glimpse.