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å Thursday, February 26th, 2015

í Unit 8: Assignment

Choose a manual action to automate, or choose an automated process to make manual.

This assignment asks you to consider how what we make as designers effects human interactions on the micro and macro scale.

Note your everyday actions; go out of your way to notice where technology is present. When do human interactions occur? How would the introduction of automation enhance or hinder the interaction. What would the advantages or disadvantages be if automation took over? How can you use sarcasm, exaggeration, appropriated voice to make a point?

For next week: Make a presentation showing your source material, and propose various possible re-envisionings. Your proposal may use: other designer’s work as reference, texts, sketches, actual designs, etc.

How are the scenarios different? What are its effects on social interaction? What is your point of view about technology’s social role through the project you are proposing?

Extended Portion: Create a finished prototype or proposal

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3 Responses to “Unit 8: Assignment”

  1. John Caserta says:

    Miranda July’s “Somebody,” http://somebodyapp.com

  2. John Caserta says:

    Karen is a life coach and she’s happy to help you work through a few things in your life.

    You interact with Karen through an app. When you begin, she asks you some questions about your outlook on the world to get an understanding of you. In fact, her questions are drawn from psychological profiling questionnaires. She – and the software – are profiling you and she gives you advice based on your answers.


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B Unit 8: Readings & References

Required for March 5th

As Robots Grow Smarter, Workers Struggle to keep Up”, New York Times
“The iPhone is the new Model-T”, John Caserta

Extended bibliography

“Will Your Job Be Done by a Machine,” NPR
Automation Makes us Dumber“, WSJ
Harnessing algorithms to create shape-change typography,” Wired
Nicholas Carr: The Glass Cage: Automation and Us (also see: video overview)
Lewis Mumford “Art & Technics
Miranda July’s “Somebody” app & miu miu video
Dunne & Raby Speculative Everything
Anthony Dunne lecture: “What If: Crafting Design Speculations”
Jon Sueda, Ed. All Possible Futures
Eugeny Morozov. To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.
N. Joseph Woodland, Inventor of the Bar Code, Dies at 91
“The Machines Are Coming”, The New York Times. An op-ed by Zeynep Tufekci. More writings by her on her website and on Medium

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2 Responses to “Unit 8: Readings & References”

  1. John Caserta says:

    NYTimes Discussion: Digital Friendships
    Can real relationships be forged between people who never meet?

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How can technology be used to bring people together?


The Internet age has accelerated the use of automated processes and machines at the expense of the one-off design artifact. How we choose to make our work, and the way it is consumed, has an inherently social function. This unit asks you to form an ethical stance with the technical choices that you make. What effects do these choices have on the way people interact?

Learning objectives

– Form an opinion about the role of technology in the ways humans interact
– Increase sensitivity to the integration of machines in everyday life
– Communicate ideas beyond your ability to execute it. Create a clear and coherent proposal/prototype
– Become aware of speculative or non-functional designs for rhetorical effect

Lecture Notes


ZYX iPhone Activity


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