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Apr 7, 2012

Guiding Ideas from Old Research

In trying to get back to a brain space conducive to the synthesis of events, ideas, and evaluations that need to happen, I revisited some of my research from early fall semester (when I was obsessed with Richard Sennett and Organic User Interfaces). I came across three quotations that were formative then and still hold major resonance with the mission of my thesis:

“I want to make a simple proposal about this engaged material consciousness: we become particularly interested in the things we can change…. People invest thought in the things they can change…”

“…evolution occurs when a new material condition suggests the new use of a new tool.”

Richard Sennett, The Craftsman

“One of the best ways to gain a deeper understanding of something is to create it, to construct it, to build it.”

Mitch Resnick, Behavior Construction Kits

Mar 28, 2012

Thinking outside my own box

//Be warned!! It’s a long one…

This shift in focus emerged from a variety of factors. I like to think of it as debugging the delivery process. In a nutshell, I am not completely turning away from my original ideas, but I do think that in order to effectively realize them, there needs to be conversation on both ends. I’ll start with the first seed.
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Dec 27, 2011


Here sits a vast compendium of resources and information regarding my thesis. Most of them have links to the original document, but if anyone is reading this and would like a copy of one, please contact me and I will pass it along!
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Oct 3, 2011

Modularity + Construction Kits: A few thoughts

Construction kits are great. Construction kits that have a life span of two or more uses are even better. LEGO is by far and away the most pervasive (of current generations at least), and it is so successful because it allows innumerable recombinations. Lately I have been trying to decide the form of my project as it aligns with my conceptual goals. From here, I would like to classify the possible recombinations of such construction kits into two manifestations: the mini-world and the reconstruction of a object, device, or setting at a real world scale.
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Sep 14, 2011

From Use to Presence [Hallnas+Redstrom]

Hallnäs, L., & Redström, J. (2002a). From Use to Presence: On the Expressions and Aesthetics of Everyday Computational Things. Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 9(2), 106-124.

(This began as a response to the article and ended up becoming more of an initial exposition of my thesis context and concept.)

Inspired Mental Tidbit: Presence and acts of acceptance as we integrate objects, actions/habits, and environments into our daily lives.

I really like this distinction between use and presence. It makes for one of the more specific and vivid critiques of ubiquitous computing as unheard computational white noise. Continue reading »