2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

How Digital Artifacts Help Us Process Death

Tuesday, March 15
9:30AM - 10:30AM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
531 E 4th St


Today, when someone passes away they leave behind a digital trail through social media – which often includes their thoughts, pictures, and videos. This digital presence lives on; allowing loved ones of the deceased to access and interact with these digital artifacts.

Left behind data continues to connect those who share their loss. This talk will share research on how this phenomenon both eases and prolongs the grieving process. Additionally, it will cover future design concepts for turning ‘left behind’ data into an artificial simulation of the deceased, able to interact with those still alive. Death doesn’t have to only be the end of life but also a part of life we build upon.

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Umy Boonmarlart at SXSW

Umy Boonmarlart

Principal of Design

Frog Design Inc

Umy Boonmarlart (Umy) is an award-winning interactive designer and new media artist. Currently, as Principal Designer, he delivers multi-disciplinary solutions on multiple platforms and industries ...

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