Material Communications has the potential exists in our visual and tactile world to enhance our mental health and social intelligence.
We are starting to see a movement where education and health institutions are making curriculum adjustments that embrace social and emotional intelligence. Emotions are something that can either enhance or hinder your ability to learn and communicate, and they’re constantly affecting our ability to perform at home, school, and work. Material Communications is an initiative that suggests there is a missing variable in this new movement; the material world. Inspired by existing methods such as art therapy (drawing-based), narrative therapy (verbal communication-based), and somatic therapy (body-oriented), this project bases its modality on sets of objects and spaces in order to support a person’s social and emotional capacities. What could our visual and tactile world bring to this movement? The goal of this project is to become a design consultancy that serves the growth of multiple education and healthcare programs that are beginning to embrace mental health and social intelligence.