Are the visitors to one of Europe’s top 5 innovation gatherings—the LIFT conference—ready to face our difficult, yet unavoidable subject? Unavoidable it most certainly was. In collaboration with architect Héloise Gailing and mortician Lea Gscheidel, we set up an irresistibly inviting booth—the Re.Death Pop-Up Salon—right in the heart of the foyer. Turning the black hole …

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Collaborating with anthropologist Inga Teitler, Virginie created these short graphic stories. Going beyond the topic of death, this brief series reframes our insights and explores what they might mean for business—and for living in general.

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What is really on people’s minds? What is the importance of pre-planning? Our four Design Ethnography students met with over a hundred people in individual interviews and workshops during their three-month masters project on Re.Designing Death.

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Talking about “a funeral” is perhaps a little misleading. This will be obvious to anyone who has ever had the misfortune of organising one. Many months of careful analysis and planning resulted in one easy-to-grasp map, making it much easier to be prepared. The resulting flow map was presented at LIFT 15.

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Words don’t always come easy. Especially not when the subject is something that most people would prefer not to ever think about. And yet, we found in our research that just having a conversation about your wishes and plans for when you die is one of the most effective ways to help your loved ones …

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