HISTORY IRL Design Jan

A collaboration from A+E and The New School's Parsons School of Design

In November 2015, A+E Networks invited Parsons School of Design students to rethink their relationship with history. Students answered the call with inventive and well-executed prototypes, all created within one imaginative, history-fueled weekend.

The Design Jam was an opportunity for A+E Networks to meet, learn from, and mentor design + technology graduate students from Parsons in a structured event. Students brought their diverse backgrounds and skill sets to the design jam, and A+E Networks brought members of their creative, product, and digital media teams in to serve as judges and mentors.

Teams were tasked with addressing one of two themes. The first was Cultural Preservation, asking “How do we preserve our connection to history in the digital age?” The second theme was “Now vs. Then”, addressing “In what new ways can we visualize and imagine the past?”

All teams created a working prototype of a product, experience, or piece of technology-based art. All submissions included a mobile component, user-generated content, and an educational component. The design jam culminated in short, pecha kucha style presentations by each team, judged by a panel of faculty and A+E Networks executives.

The winning teams received cash prizes and the opportunity to pitch their prototype ideas to Nancy Dubuc, President and Chief Executive Officer of A+E Networks.


Featured Prototypes

Post from the Past

A mysterious subscription service that personally connects visitors with historical figures. Users can discover the lives of people from the past through monthly packages from another place and time.

The team recently participated in another NYC Media Lab program, The Combine