Department of Digital Remains

by Anjali Nair

In 50 years, the dead will outnumber the living on Facebook1 and it will turn into a virtual graveyard. The Department of Digital Remains is a fictional federal agency that keeps a tab on all your virtual actions which will determine your fate in the digital afterlife.

In an age of immortal digital presences, this is a speculative look at what happens to our online selves after we die. This project uses design fiction to examine digital lives through the lens of digital death while trying to answer the question: If we have found ways to treat physical remains of the departed with dignity, why not digital remains?


Gold in Integrated Graphic Design 2021, Student

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Lead Designer

Anjali Nair

University or Design School

Maryland Institute College of Art

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Individual Credits

Thesis Mentor: Ellen Lupton
Thesis Mentor: Jennifer Cole Philips