Drawing about the old fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel

Sketch about leaving bread crumb traces

Drawing about the old fairy tale about Hansel and Gretel

Digital birds eating the breadcrumbs

Just a sketch that could change into something useful – Hansel and Gretel is a great old tale, (Grimm brothers Hänsel und Gretel) about a couple of lost kids in the woods, that use breadcrumbs to find their way back to reality. The story is now much used when talking about digital traces, getting lost online, tracking and marks,  trails and tracing your own footsteps online – but also how companies and others are using the “breadcrumbs” to trace  behavior online. And also how we use Twitter, Facebook, blogging etc. to “breadcrumb” us through life.

The old fairy tale  is very interesting in the new online context, when we monitor each other while we all leave digital breadcrumbs  online – twittering, talking, chatting and posting… I am still trying to figure out who the breadcrumb birds might be.

If the birds could be software erasing the digital traces or maybe someone living of them?

So for now I just call it a note.

illustration Keywords: trace, path, trail, orientation, user experience, digital footmarks, birds, metaphor

Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. That’s really quirky! I like it 🙂

  2. creative and interesting image that relates to leaving our “breadcrumbs” on the net. Thanks for sharing!


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About Frits Ahlefeldt

Painting watercolors, researching, writing & sketching up thoughts, understandings and ideas for a sustainable future, connecting thrive, trails, places and technology


hiking, illustrations, Storytelling, Technology


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