CDAS Conference 2015: Death and its Futures: • envision 21st century futures of death, dying and bereavement, e.g. predicted trends, scenarios to be avoided, future living and dying that we and our descendants can embrace • radically re-think end-of-life policies and practices • set out future research agendas • showcase innovative research, teaching, practice, or public engagement

Salkeld, Nicola and Rudolph, Ashley (2015) CDAS Conference 2015: Death and its Futures: • envision 21st century futures of death, dying and bereavement, e.g. predicted trends, scenarios to be avoided, future living and dying that we and our descendants can embrace • radically re-think end-of-life policies and practices • set out future research agendas • showcase innovative research, teaching, practice, or public engagement. In: Death and its Futures, May 2015, Bath University.

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The practice of graphic design is concerned with the hierarchical placement of
information to deliver meaning and context. UnDead Type is a project, to create
typographic design. The brief places at the top of the hierarchical ‘process list’,
before consideration to aesthetics, form, function or legibility, the designers
emotional response to ideas concerning (im)mortality. These personal values and
beliefs then generate the rationale and system for the design thinking.
Using individual monumental characters (typographic anthropology), as a starting
point, we will be creating four open source, typefaces in response to Stephen
Caves1 : Four Immortality Narratives . Elixir ; staying alive, life extension stories.
Resurrection; life, death and rebirth, science, faith and fiction. The Soul; the nonmaterial
part of the body that is ‘the real me’, and Legacy ; cultural, genetic and
meme.
Moth is a research project, which through the discipline of Graphic Design, helps
with the unhiding of death. It aims to facilitate problem solving by making ‘tools’*
to encourage dialogue about mortality helping us to find perspective and turning
death from something we fear into something we might learn from.
*These Tools are transferable ‘kits’ for both regional and international partnerships
to run workshops, seminars and projects. Responding appropriately to the
sensitivities of each specific ‘cultural group’ and their collective perspectives on
death issues. UnDead Type is a collaborative project with students and staff from
Falmouth University and Augsburg University of Applied Sciences.
1Stephen Cave IMMORTALITY: THE QUEST TO LIVE FOREVER AND HOW IT DRIVES CIVILIZATION

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Communication > Graphic Design
Courses by Department: The School of Communication Design > Graphic Design
Depositing User: Nicola Salkeld
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 15:44
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:07
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/2008

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