More and more people are using digital technology and social media in their daily lives. As a result, it seems like there is a lack of emotional interaction with each other. For example, more people prefer to stay at home and just connect with the outside world through the Internet and their digital devices. Even when they have dinner with others, they often focus on their smartphones and seldom talk with each other. Unfortunately, these scenarios indicate that many people can only communicate electronically, which is very common nowadays.

This project is focused on creating a way of communicating that motivates people to relate with each other in person instead of being addicted to social media and smart phones. The idea is to create a communicating zone that can separate digital devices from the users and encourage them to enjoy face-to-face interaction.

The communicating zone will be designed to accommodate the outside area especially on campus. The whole design will be simple and clean. In addition, the space design will attract people to go there and result in helping them not be so addicted to the virtual world.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Seating (Furniture)--Design; Conference rooms--Design; Interpersonal communication--Psychological aspects; Smartphones--Psychological aspects

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Document Type


Student Type


Degree Name

Industrial Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)


Alex Lobos

Advisor/Committee Member

Stan Rickel

Advisor/Committee Member

Dan Harel


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NK2715 .W45 2016


RIT – Main Campus

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