design thinking initiatives for a better urban life
When using MYPS, the authographer (author + cartographer) links each PS they upload to a “Journey”, which will be compiled into a map with the geotagged messages and sent to the listed recipients. The preferences for each journey are set up by the authographer when the journey is initiated, including the contact information for the recipients and the intended length of the journey. The lifelong journey cannot be closed until the entire account is deactivated; the planned journeys have established dates when they will close, and the unplanned journeys can be closed manually at any time. Your companions are the journeys fellow authographers have sent to you.
Deactivation and recipient contact information are controlled and updated, respectively, through periodic emails. An e-prompt will ask you once every 3 months to update your contact information, your recipients’ contact information, and to confirm your continued use. If the authographer does not respond to 3 successive prompts, the entire account will automatically deactivate. This can be disabled, temporarily, if the authographer does not plan on having e-mail or internet access for an extended period of time.
Each PS can be a note, a photo, a video, a recording, a sketch or a placeholder, which will allow you to revisit the PS and add a message later off-site, or simply remain as a “place” on the map.
My Postscript is a cloud to ground cartographic composer that allows an individual to gradually create a map of messages for their loved ones to discover after the individual is gone. The process is incremental, both in design and delivery, so senders and recipients can handle the farewells at their own pace. A PS can be a note, picture or video and as small as a tweet or as long as a letter. Each PS is geolocated so recipients can visit (or happen upon) the place where the message was left for them and feel that much more connected to the sender.
The Prototype – MYPS v0.1 …
If you are interested in helping me develop MYPS, please send me an e-mail with your name, your intended recipients’ names and whichever of the following you are comfortable providing:
– your recipients’ contact information (e-mail or snail mail) if you want me to send them the maps directly
– your age (can be approximate)
– current city
– religious, spiritual or philosophical affiliation
– any other information you think is relevant to your use of this prototype (are you tech savy? tech terrified? pragmatic? a hopeless romantic?)
Once I have your information I will send you the username and password for the blog so you can start posting. For each note, picture or video simply add a tag with the intended recipient(s) and as specific a location as you can give. When the trial is done I will compile the maps and send them to you or to the recipients if you provided their contact information.
Ideally these will be real messages for real people so that I can get a better sense of how MYPS would be used in the real world. However, silly messages to fake people, silly messages to actual people and sincere messages to fake people are also acceptable (and may help me add humor to my final presentation at the end of the semester).
** This is currently in a blog format so that the posts are easily editable and so your input format will be as close to the final version’s input format as possible – if you have privacy concerns let me know so you can e-mail the PS’s to me and I will keep them solely on my harddrive till the trial is over. Also, the Tumblr is not searchable so only other reviewers will see the content**
Feedback or questions are welcome at anytime through email or as blog posts. At the end of the trial I will send participants a short, optional survey to see how I can improve MYPS for version 0.2
For those of you with smartphones, iPads, etc…
Feel free to post PS’s to whatever platforms you already use (twitter, instagram, facebook, flikr) with #myps2u and I will add them to the blog. Please make sure to tell me what platforms you use beforehand.
For those of you who want a more private option or do not blog, tweet, instagram, etc…
E-mail me your PS’s with the subject line MYPS and I will add them to the blog for you. Make sure to include an approximate location for each PS and an intended recipient. For example, “to Buzz Aldrin: Remember when we became the first people to walk on the moon – those were some good times! Location: West Crater, Earth’s Moon.”
Thank you for your help and feedback. Hope you enjoy MYPS v0.1
Jennifer Lee Mills