Mortality as Framed by Ongoingness in Digital Design

Jayne Wallace, James Thomas, Derek Anderson, Patrick Olivier

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This article presents a number of perspectives on mortality in light of both Victorian mourning and memento mori jewelry and bereavement therapy and grieving. Both help to reveal valuable qualities for digital design. The article then illustrates how these qualities influenced the design of four digital lockets, examining how both Victorian and modern practices relate to mortality, mourning, grief, and death, and exploring possibilities for digital design. Finally, ongoingness—by reference to the work of artist Moira Ricci—is explained as both a theoretical construct and a resource for design practice. Central in the proposal is the notion that, rather than being distanced or detached from the deceased (as has been the predominant grieving therapy approach of modernity), the bereaved can continue to have an active and growing relationship with them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-107
Number of pages13
JournalDesign Issues
Issue number1
Early online date3 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jan 2018


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