“Snail Mail My Email” is a volunteer project that aims to re-discover the personal, emotional aspect of writing physical letters. Users type up an email, choose their recipient and then send it to the website of the project, where volunteers physically write out the letter and add flower petals or doodles.
The month-long project, beginning July 15, was started by San Francisco-based designer and art director, Ivan Cash, and he originally planned to do all the letter writing himself. Thousands of requests later, Cash was forced to ask for volunteer help in order to not cancel the project.
The service may hint at a commonly-shared deep emotional reverence for the act of physical letter writing in a world where information, text and ideas can be communicated within split-seconds. Of course, these days, a concept promoting a “deep personal emotional reverence” still involves outsourcing and unloading.