Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington Design Team: Principal: Kristine Matthews Project Lead: Ian Campbell Designer: Jazmine HoyleCollaborators: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center's Youth Ambassadors program and Storytellers for ChangePhotos: Tony Archie Kim / ALT240, Ian Campbell, Storytellers for Change
#OurSpace was an invitation to share a moment of connection, empathy, and belonging with a total stranger. At this installation for the Seattle Design Festival’s Block Party, participants were encouraged to meet a new person, pick a story prompt, have a conversation, take a polaroid to commemorate the moment, and share the picture on the #OurSpace walls. At the end of the day, the displays were filled with photos of people who met as strangers and walked away knowing a bit more about each other. We loved working with the Gates Foundation Youth Ambassadors on this project; they worked on design ideas with the Studio Matthews team, prototyped the concept, and helped to install the pop-up with us at the Festival.