Assignments

Final Project: Important Dates

  • April 28: 90% done deliverable 
  • May 2: All projects for presentation at ICAT day
  • May 3: Final project documentation and presentation
  • May 10: Final individual reflection report. This 1 page report should document your critical thoughts on your experience designing and developing your final project, in addition to your overall thoughts on this capstone experience. 

Assignment:
Create an experiential media system (sensing, feedback, adaptation) encountered in an imagined reality and functioning as an act of resistance or revolution.

Groups:

  1. Karsten, Alisher, Colton, Omavi
  2. Brittany, Danny, Somn, Sam S
  3. Jamie, Latika, Ethan, Phillip
  4. Julius, Pranavi, Brandon, Cody
  5. Ransom, Matt, Victoria
  6. Dominic, Kelvin, Nicolas, Peter
  7. Andrew, Jae, Marcus, Jonathan, Evan
  8. Mark, Sam B, Ben, Sean

Prep Week:
March 17: Groups created, foundations of worldbuilding begin (see Futures Wheel post)

Week 1: Idea development and pitch
March 22: Groups 1 – 4
March 24: Groups 5 – 8

Develop a system idea inspired by the world you have crafted to pitch to the class using the following rubric:
1. The goal. Identify the core nugget that explains what your pitch is trying to achieve.
2. The idea. This is a version of your 5-second pitch.
3. The problem. This is a modified version of a pitch set-up: as it provides a framework for the idea. Perhaps you can have a tight bulleted list of data points that identify the problem or short, realistic scenarios that expresses why these problems are important.
4. The audience. Who will this idea appeal to? What is the profile of the potential customer/user/agent? What is the profile of the non-customer? (Who would never ever be interested/horrified/angered by this idea?)
5. The approach. How does the idea work? Explain, at a high level, the outline for how the idea will be implemented – background research and methods.
6. Challenges & Unknowns. What are the big open issues that need to be resolved, or are questions a reasonable person would ask? If you were being pitched to, what questions would you have? Identify them and demonstrate you’ve thought about those issues – ideally with a credible (if fuzzy) plan, or plan for a plan, for resolving.
(Pitch rubric reference)

Week Two: Field Work
March 29: Background research on prior work/art, qualitative interviews, observations, surveys and analysis.
March 31: Online documentation of findings published on class blog.

Week Three: Sketches and paper prototyping
April 5: Design sketches, scenario development, prototyping
April 7: Online documentation of paper prototypes, scenario descriptions, sketches for in class public crit session

Week Four: Prototyping (order parts/materials etc.)
April 12: in class development
April 14: in class development

Week Five: System refinement
April 19: System refinement and polish
April 21: Online documentation of design process. Development and presentation of evaluation plan (guest crits)

Week Six: Stress testing, evaluation, videos!
April 26: Conduct evaluation study and produce concept video
April 28: 90% system presentation

Week Seven
May 2: ICAT DAY
May 3: Exhibit and final presentation

Pressure Project 3: DUE THURSDAY MAR 3

Description:
* Select one of the areas of possible design exclusion: locomotion; reaching and stretching; dexterity; seeing; hearing; personal care; continence; communication; behavior; intellectual functioning; consciousness; eating, drinking, digestion; disfigurement.
* Propose a desirable system that tackles the challenges and/or embraces the differences experienced in this area, while also potentially augmenting and expanding the area for wide and diverse audiences (think of some of the examples from Design meets Disability, by Graham Pullin in last weeks presentation).
* Create a ‘quick and dirty’ prototype of your system using one of the approaches described in the February 26 readings: 1) embedding, cracking open, collating (Petrelli et al); or 2) explore, understand, communicate (Buchenau and Suri).

Please feel free to use any of the kits in my box of tricks. If you purchase small electronics/gadgets/stuff to play with, I will reimburse (keep it to about $20 per group) so keep the receipts!

Goal:
Demonstrate understanding of the challenges and opportunities within inclusive and universal design through rapid prototyping

Deliverables:
Short description of the selected exclusion area and explanation for your group interest (include links if appropriate).
Documentation of the ideation, sketching, and prototyping of your proposed system.
5 minute in class presentation (by 2 group members) and online documentation (by 2 group members) of your prototype.
Individual written reflection on your contribution to the project.

GROUPS:
Sam S, Victoria, Matt, Jamie
Somn, Philip, Jae, Brandon
Jonathan, Julius, Dan, Evan
Kelvin, Nicholas, Dominic, Peter
Ethan, Ben, Brittany, Sam B
Karsten, Omavi, Colton, Ransom
Latika, Pranavi, Marcus, Alisher
Mark, Sean, Andrew, Cody

Pressure Project 2: DUE THURSDAY FEB 18

Description:
Select a community (online or real world) that interests your group but that you have no prior direct interaction or connection with. Design and create a cultural probe kit that you believe will provide a pleasant, thought provoking, and imaginative experience for community participants.

Goal:
Demonstrate understanding of the intent and practice of cultural probes through the careful design of an aesthetically rich and culturally provocative set of artifacts/systems/services.

Deliverable:
Short description of the selected community and explanation for your group interest (include links if appropriate)
Documentation of the overall presentation of your kit, including possible instructions, timeline for completion, method of distribution and return.
Documentation of each element of your probe kit, including written descriptions, photographs, illustrations etc.
Individual written reflection on your design process and the project experience overall; and discussion of the benefits and weaknesses not only of your kit, but of the probe process in general.
5 minute (strict) presentation in class describing your approach.

Please also bring your digital/physical/hybrid probe kit to class on Thursday for review as part of your 5 minute presentation.

Groups
Dan, Somn, Jamie, Kelvin
Brittany, Sam S, Andrew, Karsten
Matthew, Phillip, Julius, Latika
Ben, Mark, Ethan, Colton
Dominic, Jae, Jonathan, Alisher
Omavi, Sam, Evan, Peter
Victoria, Marcus, Ransom, Sean

MISSING GROUP: Brandon, Nicolas, Pranevi,Cody,

Quick Critique Response: DUE THURSDAY FEB 11
Select one of your critique post-its that particularly engages you and makes you think. Create a post including a quotation of the critique comment and a follow up paragraph detailing your response to the selected feedback.

Pressure Project 1: DUE THURSDAY FEB 4
Post the assignments on the blog – use descriptive categories and tags

A) In class group exercise
“Ripped from the headlines”
Description:
Select a news story about a failed or error-laden experience between a human(s) and a machine(s). Analyze and make sense of this experience. Use a known design method to come up with a design intervention that your team believes would elevate and enrich that original experience.

Goal:
Demonstrate the ability to interrogate a mediated experience and propose a reasonable design strategy

Deliverable:
One sentence description and link to the identified story
Short description and illustration/diagram of the analyzed experience
Presentation of design process
Description and concept sketches of proposed intervention

B) Individual home exercise
“This observed life”
Description:
Observe a situation in your own lifeworld involving a failed or error-laden experience between you (and possibly others) and a machine(s). Analyze and make sense of your experience. Use a known design method to come up with a proposed intervention that you believe would elevate and enrich that original experience.

Goal:
Demonstrate the ability to interrogate your own experience and propose a reasonable design invention strategy.

Deliverable:
Written description and illustration/diagram of the analyzed experience
Presentation of design process
Description and concept sketches of proposed intervention
Written reflection on the challenges of designing for yourself.

Quickfire Blog Post: DUE JAN 21

* Post 3 links to exemplar transdisciplinary collectives/labs/companies. Write one sentence explaining what is unique about each linked entity.

* Post 3 links to exemplar transdisciplinary projects. Write one sentence explaining what is unique about each linked entity.

 

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