Viviana Lopez
Postcards from the Afterlife

Postcards from the Afterlife depicts various locations from Norse and Aztec beliefs to mimic the receiving of a real postcard. There are 2 sets for each culture’s belief: One with a message and one with a working postcard, both with the same visual illustrations but individual introductory cards. The purpose behind this project is to normalize our ideas of death by introducing alternative views of the afterlife with visual and text information.

Postcards from the Afterlife depict various locations of Norse and Aztec beliefs regarding the afterlife. The design direction is geared towards the feelings of beauty and understanding, as the ultimate goal is a sense of comfort about death. There are 2 different sets of postcards for the individual cultures. The set of postcards that have messages, also includes stamps for each culture. I also wanted to think about the usability of these postcards in real life, so I’ve created a working backside for the postcards with illustrated visuals. Each set has their own introduction cards that provide the viewer with information that may be helpful prior to viewing the following content.

The goal for this project had different aspects. Part of it was to bring awareness to “dead” beliefs in the afterlife. I wanted to explore how things have changed while also creating appreciation for the past. Another part of the goal is to normalize the afterlife. By creating visually appealing locations, the idea is to create a sense of comfort and knowledge about various beliefs of what happens after this life. I want to use various cultures to introduce ideas that are different from the typical views of our current society. There is beauty in the ways that past cultures viewed the state after life.

Viviana Lopez
Hello! I’m Viviana! I’m a Chicago based Graphic Designer.

I’ve always been interested in various hand-making hobbies from sewing to candle making to sculpture. If I can make it myself, I’ll definitely give it a try! So, it was no surprise that I found a special love for graphic design. I love being able to imagine something in my head and executing it in my own way. I especially love all of the details that go into design.

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