The Common Fate Memorial

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Common Fate Memorial
Author(s) Stiber, Sara ; Karlsson, Andreas
Date 2007
English abstract
War Memorials are often forgotten statues, right in the center of town, but still out of our sight. They do not tell you enough to understand them, neither are you interested in putting effort into getting to know and learn from them. This paper investigates how the web could be used to create a war memorial that is more alive, captivating and empathy awakening. There has been some virtual war memorials getting constructed since the web started to bloom, but we could not find a single one that had actually fully explored the potential of the web, and what it might have to offer for the creation of war memorials. Researching the web as a media, experience design, and information visualization, we find possibilities to mourn, commemorate and heal on virtual ground. Inspiring reflection and contemplation are another two purposes of The Common Fate Memorial. War memorial studies give us the background information needed, and ceremony mechanics are studied for further inspiration. Our findings are implemented in flash prototypes, which are user tested and evaluated.
Swedish abstract
Read some more and check the prototypes at
Publisher Malmö högskola/Konst, kultur, kommunikation, K3
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) experience design
information visualization
war memorials
virtual memorials
interaction design
web characteristics
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