Core77 Design Awards
- Other Years
How long does our digital presence last? Accounts belonging to those who've passed don't get memorialized and are lost. These people's stories are left unfinished. Loom is a digital heirloom that can be passed down through generations to tell the story of a person's life and the impact they had on others. As legacies can hold deep value, Loom is respectful of each individual's terms and privacy levels. Loom serves to cultivate a culture of intention and meaning by preserving valuable memories and creating something that lasts.
We are in a time where the eldest generations that live among us did not grow up with the internet, and those of us who did grow up in the technological age are not yet concerned with mortality. With the development of technology and social media, we tell the story of our lives online, but how long do those stories last? Will future generations be able to hear stories of their heritage? Inactive accounts are often deleted. Accounts belonging to those who've passed don't get memorialized and are lost. These people's stories are left unfinished. Not taking action to plan for what is left behind on the internet has its risks. Every spam mail and ghost message takes energy to host and store that data on the internet. Even after we pass, people are producing carbon emissions. While this impact may seem minimal to a single person, the collective whole is growing every day, and there is an underwhelming lack of thought for digital legacies. The internet is not going away, and the preservation of digital legacies is underdeveloped. It is time to start designing for the long term. For more responsible and compassionate internet habits in both the preneed and post-mortem. Now is the time to set the tone and spark the conversation of being more intentional with our actions, our story, and what we collectively leave behind.
How Might We:
How might we encapsulate digital legacies to feel as real as a physical momentum? How might we clearly communicate someone's wishes to the person left to access their accounts? How might we demonstrate the value of storytelling and motivate non-interested users to take part in creating a digital legacy, if not for them, for their loved ones? How might we accurately represent someone's life and the impact they had on others, while still allowing for control over their narrative? How might we secure people's private lives so that they feel comfortable with their digital legacy? Solution: Loom is an app designed to give people control over their narrative. It is a digital heirloom that can be passed down through generations to tell the story of a person's life and the impact they had on others. As legacies can hold deep value, Loom is respectful of everyone's terms and privacy levels. Loom serves to cultivate a culture of intention and meaning by preserving valuable memories, and by creating something that lasts.
1. Memory Marks are scannable stickers that can be placed wherever one goes to connect a memory to a place of significance. Memory Marks start the conversation publicly. By linking our stories to the physical world, we make our online actions feel more real.
2. Your Loom Profile holds the stories documented and kept in your digital legacy. Write and curate which memories are part of your lasting story.
3. Put that story in good hands by setting your Heir contacts. Heirs are given permission by the owner of a Loom to add to, manage, preserve, or complete their legacies.
4. Heirs take over a Loom as an Inheritance account. This is a memorialized account that honors the memory and wishes of a user. A place for the living to remember and reflect on those we've lost.
Loom is to provide its users relief through peace of mind knowing they have control over their legacy during their life, as well as leaving their legacy on their terms their legacy during their life. As we build this relationship of heirs and inheritance holders in the digital space, Loom allows for human connections to grow stronger and fills our digital spaces with longer-lasting compassion.