Parsons

Student Work

  • Transdisciplinary Design (MFA)

    Valentina Branada and Juliana Chohfi

    Storyband

    Storyband is a product and service meant to help address the psychological and emotional needs of people in emergency shelters. Being forced out of your home can be traumatic and stressful. This project aims to create community and help people make sense of their experience. Groups of disaster victims can use Storyband kits to formalize their emotions in the form of a physical keepsake. Participating in this as a group, led by a shelter volunteer, prompts people to share their stories as they build the band, which can be worn around the wrist or attached to clothing and accessories. It also serves the direct practical function of registering the user's blood type, medical conditions, and preferred languages. Storyband kits are provided to shelter volunteers as part of a larger donation campaign. Donors can add a Storyband to their gift and send a personalized message to disaster victims, building a sense of community between those inside a shelter and the larger community. In the long term, bands will form a coded language among their wearers once they have returned to everyday routines. A sense of empathy and connection is created by acknowledgment of the band and the experience it represents.
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