Abby Golfo
Experience Designer
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Escape from Manhattan

"Escape from Manhattan" is a motion graphics representation of the transportation network that carries 1.6 million commuters to (and from) Manhattan every day.

Setting: "Design of Networked Media" Course at Georgia Tech
Team Members: N/A
Time: One week, September 2017

Role: Researcher, Motion Designer/Editor

All over the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut), people commute to their workplaces via rail, ferry, car, biking, and more. This motion graphics piece focuses on those who commute to Manhattan from beyond the five boroughs (the Hudson Valley, Western Connecticut, North Jersey, and Long Island).

"Escape from Manhattan" is an exploration on the methods and distances people travel to get to work in one of the busiest parts of the world (without having to live there).

My research on commuting to Manhattan was supplemented by my own experience growing up in Westchester, New York. For the past 20+ years, my dad has been commuting to Midtown Manhattan. Although this piece is a rather whimsical look at different commute methods, it brings about questions on why people live and work where they do. The answers to these questions span socio-economic, racial, and capitalist lines.