Google Envelopes: Email Meets Snail Mail
The Google Envelopes concept tells Gmail's story in physical form by creating a letter to the recipient of a composed message for the small fee of postage.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to map the physical course of our e-mail? Asking themselves that very question, Rahul Mahtani and Yofred Moik, students from the Industrial Design program at Syracuse University created the Google Envelopes concept. Google Envelopes tells Gmail’s story in physical form by creating a letter to the recipient of the composed message for the small fee of postage. A map is also printed on the outside of the envelope with speech bubbles marking the sender and receiver’s locations. Juxtaposing the characteristics of physical and digital mail, Google Envelopes helps visualize the very real distance our electronic messages travel.