Class of 2015 student Jung Soo Park's Tape of Honor explores the notions of value, recognition, and pop culture. Appropriating the iconography of medals, Jung created stickers of recognition on a tape spool—rendering them disposal, yet spontaneous. "If you could acknowledge accomplishment or valor, or simply give someone a thumbs-up in a way that was frictionless and social, what might you reward?" he asks.
Taking a cue from the collectables world, Jung then created a blind assortment package of pre-cut medals, designing 12 different designs of varying rareness, and therefore "value." He placed his prototypes in retail environments to learn more about how they would appear and how they might be perceived.
Ultimately, it was the interaction through the product that won the day, with students presenting—and applying—stickers on disparate occasions: A nicely-built prototype by another student; a well-taught class by a faculty member; a "thank you note" for participating in a group project.