Today, I ran across a series of animations by design students at North Carolina State University created in an effort to raise awareness of homelessness. The project, which was part of the Advanced Media Lab program at NC State, was done in collaboration with Hidden Voices, a nonprofit organization in the community. The staff at Hidden Voices was developing an even larger project to share creative work, like writings and performances, by homeless people living in Orange County. The students from NC State were asked to create interpretive animations of recorded conversations with homeless individuals. Students explored various ways to visualize stories that focused on “medical bankruptcy, mental health conditions, domestic violence, foster children aging out of support systems, parental rejection of gay and lesbian teens and poverty.”

Some incredible and powerful work resulted and has been shown at the Chapel Hill Public Arts Office. Three chapters are also available on YouTube. Animations from chapter one are below.