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A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships with all cultures, without having ownership of anyone. The design of this poster aims to bring people together and share their experiences and similarities by picking tabs. Through communication and sharing experiences, it is my hope to normalize the third culture experience for this growing population.
The ideation process involved reading the book, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds by David C. Pollock and Ruth E. Van Reken and interviewing up to 15 TCKs. Understanding the stages of transition lead me to create a poster that sparked discussion and reassurance for TCKs.
The interactive visual poster reassured TCKs that they were not alone in this journey. It also interested people who are non-TCKs to relate to the questions on the tabs. As the tabs disappeared, the audience felt a sense of consolation knowing that they are not alone. It helped me understand the importance of crafting an experience.