COVID -19 started spreading in the U.S. at the beginning of 2020. During 18 months of trauma, more than 3,600 U.S. health care workers perished on the frontline in the first year of the pandemic. We are losing our guardians who fight against the disasters and save human beings' lives. With deeply in pain the lost, survived people desire to remember and perpetuate the history. However, there is less data support to track health worker deaths in the nation, limited places to gather for the vigil, extend heartfelt condolences and remember the deceased. We want to know what health care workers have done to take care of their patients and let future generations remember those who put their life in harm’s way to make today what it is. This project, which explores a new experience to remember and memorialize their stories, builds an interactive digital memorial that offers people a window to honor thousands of nurses, doctors, and support staffers' sacrifices during COVID -19. It helps us transform our private pain into public dignity and to carry forward the legacies of those we’ve lost.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

COVID-19 (Disease)--Patients--Biography--Interactive multimedia--Design; Medical personnel--Biography--Interactive multimedia--Design; Memorials--Interactive multimedia--Design

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Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CAD)


Adam Smith

Advisor/Committee Member

Mike Strobert


RIT – Main Campus

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