“Translation is that which transforms everything so that nothing changes.” ― Günter Grass

Language is our greatest mediator that allows us to relate to and understand each other.
However, linguistic boundaries cause a massive downside for travelers. They often find it
difficult to communicate with locals in another country to learn more about the foreign culture,
country, aesthetics and life. It is even more critical for the people who are deaf.


Travelers often rely on computer-generated translation that result in more confusion when
the person is trying to communicate with in a foreign language. My thesis will address this
issue using social media. A social network brings people together to help each other and
exchange experiences. The ultimate goal is to eliminate language barriers for travelers by
connecting them to interpreters through video chats.

The thesis project explores interaction, user interface and visual design to build a digital media
platform for interpreters and travelers to use. In addition to digital design elements, an identity
for this service will also be designed in order to support marketing and promotional strategies.