Sep 24, 2011
liza

Module 1: Methodological

The final presentation for Module 1. The methodological module is meant to explore and investigate the types of approaches to research that are dominant in our respective disciplines. With this in mind, this presentation is an overview of methodologies applicable to my current direction, of how I might gather data for evaluation and prototypes, and is not an solidified outline of my project’s trajectory since I have yet to define the project at this point.

Sep 24, 2011
liza

Paperclip Lamp [user testing]

Jonathan was so kind as to “test” my lamp before class. One of the major issues in working with these materials is ensuring the connections are strong enough. Although the connections in this particular prototype were far from sound, it forced a new type of interaction that I considered failure, but that he considered an emergent type of play.

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Sep 24, 2011
liza

Paperclip Lamp [prototype]

The goal of this thesis prototype was to Continue reading »

Sep 20, 2011
liza

Toy Story

On my walk back from work, I happened upon a toy store and decided to stop in for some rapid prototyping. This was immensely inspiring and I recommend it to anyone of us who need a good brain cleanse. Other than playing with fun things for about 20 minutes, my main goal was to document different types of interactions that we use/associate with everyday devices. Continue reading »

Sep 19, 2011
liza

Shape Changing Interfaces [Coehlo+Zigelbaum]

Recently I have been trying to tease out the distinction between tangible interfaces and the concept of computational composites. The latter is quite elusive to grasp as a whole, largely because its conceivers didn’t provide the best examples. They were overbearing, clunky, and a tad too conceptual for my tastes. That being said, the theoretical foundation propping these prototypes up is brilliant and I still find much to take from it.

Lately I have been very inspired by the work of Marcelo Coehlo, especially his work around SMAs and paper-based computing. This particular paper he wrote with Jamie Zigelbaum crystallized some of the ideas I had thrown around, in particular how to define a computational composite and whether I should rethink that term. Continue reading »

Sep 18, 2011
liza

Whiteboards 2

This is definitely becoming a trend… Continue reading »

Sep 18, 2011
liza

Revised Methodology

Below is a quick sketch of how I will approach the rest of the semester. My goal was to break it down as much as possible into stages, goals, hows, and deliverables. This strategy was two-fold: 1) to keep myself on track when I get in a thesis pretzel twist and 2) to decide which research gathering strategies were necessary. For the moment I am very satisfied with this outline and will break it down even further in the coming days to include specific themes associated with goals and a calendar for deliverables.

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Sep 18, 2011
liza

Module 1: Methodological (Take 1)

Above is a link to my first presentation for the methodological module. I was fairly satisfied with this presentation, but still feel that I am not explaining it clearly. In terms of feedback, here are the main points:
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Sep 16, 2011
liza

Methodological Approaches

Below is a screenshot of the grid I am using to organize and document my approach and plan. There is a metalayer to consider deeply as this is still a young theoretical framework, which will add another layer of complexity.

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Sep 14, 2011
liza

Paper Circuits [prototypes]

For these circuits, I worked only on vellum as a substrate using a combination of copper tape, copper ink, liquid graphite, Velostat, annd paperclips to construct the circuits.

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