[divine_pixels] is a collection of four ancient fortune-telling rituals—Viking runes, tarot, tea reading, palm reading—redesigned and infused with aspects of the digital age. I re-imagined what these rituals might look like in an age where emojis are part of the alphabet and Google maps hold the lines of our life.
Since the beginning of time, humans have grappled with the question, “what does the future hold.”
As a way of coping with this uncertainty, fortune-telling was born. These longstanding methods and practices help us to dispel doubts, appease our minds, and provide guidance to those who seek it. The problem with these ancient rituals is just that, they’re ancient. While the questions they aim to solve are timeless, the tools and technology they use still reflect the age in which they were built. Ancient runes use the current Viking alphabet for divination, and the Tarot reflects the socio-economic times of the medieval epoch. For my thesis, I wanted to explore ancient fortune-telling methods in order to pull them out of the past, and infuse them with technology and culture that better incorporate our state today. I decided to re-design four of the most popular methods—Viking runes, tarot, tea reading and palm reading, as my aim was to imagine what these rituals might look like in an age where emojis are part of our alphabet and Google maps hold the lines of our life.
Observer: Internet Yami-Ichi Feature
Category: concept design, graphic design, programming, digital fabrication
Date: May 2017