Current rates of migration to Europe have generated complex challenges related to the social inclusion of migrants and the social cohesion of the communities in which they settle. The project ‘Youth in the City’ aims to explore the different sides of these cultural challenges by looking at them through the eyes of the youth. In Italy’s most culturally diverse city, Prato, a week-long workshop was held with 48 high school students, with whom these challenges and opportunities are explored. National Geographic funded the project, which was executed in collaboration with Monash University.
The project resulted in a wide range of outcomes; both by the students (interactive artworks) and by the facilitators (an interactive digital story). The works are all presented in a cultural center in Prato with more than 200 participants and a dedicated digital experience. Most importantly, the students who participated in the project described their experience as transformational.Visit Interactive Story
This project consisted of both workshop facilitation with high school students and interaction design of the outcomes. Due to its complexity it might be easiest to watch below video or visit the interactive story here.
Apart from workshop facilitation, my contribution was mostly focused on building a visual style for the project outcomes and designing the interactive story. Together with the help of a developer the interactive story came alive.
Foundational work for the interactive story was the building of a visual identity for the project. This consisted of a color palette, typography rules, a logo, images etc. These formed the basis of several designs, like a landing page and the interactive story.