I have a hard time wrapping my head around how long a human life really is and what we actually do with all that time. I started this project when I was 21, which meant that based on the national average, I was almost one third into my life. So to reflect on my own mortality and on how I'm using my time, I wanted to design an experience that visualizes the average human lifespan.
In our modern society we rarely take the time to pause and reflect on how we spend our time; to really think about how that time contributes to our goals and purpose, and how much time we spend worrying versus doing something we love, or how much time we spend complaining versus how much time we spend translating thoughts into actions.
I want people to understand how relatively short our lives are, shift their perception of time, and reflect on self purpose.
Setting up the core conceptual model. Each dot equals a week.
Expanding on that concept if there is a line of 52 dots this represents a year of your life.
After the beginning sequence has completed the user is presented with the lifespan grid. Each column is a year.
To understand how much time the user has spent they need to enter in their date of birth.
The time they have spent is represented as filled in dots.
The user is then free to select different modes. The Phases mode breaks up the grid into the average phases of one’s life.
The Milestones mode displays when major events occur in one’s life. The Life Expectancy mode displays the average age of death for men and women.
At the end of the experience the user is ask about their next week with a new perspective on time.