Below are common deadline for all sections. Some instructors may ask for additional deliverables or provide more details
May 7: Last week of classes
– Bring results of both of your extended units to pin up or display for a walkabout
– Critique in your section
May 19: Sophomore Reviews
– Bring actual reflective document. Overview of that.
– Send electronic files to your instructor for results of all units and reflective document: a minimum of six files (pdf, etc.). This may be done via Dropbox, email, etc.
– Work from outside this class is also required for sophomore review. The above is what is needed from DS2.
Many great projects related to Unit 8. Particularly Ben’s collaboration with the Elevator Repair Service performance troupe. Their collaborative works show how manual execution of recordings and automated processes lead to interesting results. See: Shuffle Arguendo
OTTO, Jürg Lehni, 2014
Brushless DC motors, chalk tool head, sprung steel reels, cables, custom made controller, Paper.js software
Based on VIKTOR (vimeo.com/16379803), and developed further as part of a commission by the Long Now Foundation in San Francisco to create a permanent installation at their space «The Interval»: longnow.org
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
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?
– 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