Category Archives: Workshops

Week 12: Motion, Part 2 (Flip Dots)


In this workshop, we unpacked the word “binary” in a Collect and Clustering post-it exercise, then observed flip dot examples in action. We learned about the nature of magnets and electromagnetism as a mechanism for creating motion, then constructed our own flip dots.


  • Finish your 1-bit swatch. (Optional: Place it in a narrative context based on our mapping exercise)
  • Post your ideas and any inspiration/precedents for your final project. (SEE EMAIL)


Key moments:

  • You need an additional power source for activating nitinol – Arduino alone will not get the job done. It cannot output enough current.
  • Simplicity is beautiful. Elegance, delight, and complexity can be found without all the trappings and features.
  • Binary mapping themes / takeaways:
    • Duality stands alone.
    • Reality vs the ideal.
    • Most binaries are human constructs.
    • Systematized mystery is universal.
    • Groupings feel close, but far. Spectrum unites them.
    • Overall, the process was energizing.
  • Water needs to be extra hot for polymorph to change states.
  • The number of coils counts.
  • Be sure to leave extra wire to solder to.
  • Crocheting is always hard at first 🙂



Paper Circuits: Week 2

In Class

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  • materials used
    • paper
    • conductive tape
    • LEDs
    • Scissors
  • problems encountered
    • I learned that different LED colors have different power draws and so if you have two different colors and not enough power, one may not light up.
  • brief description
    • It’s a little ghost!

Illustration project

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig. Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me. When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.No rhetoric, no tremolos,no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell. And of course, no theology, no metaphysics. Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light. So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling,on tiptoes and no luggage,not even a sponge bag, completely unencumbered.”

― Aldous Huxley, Island

I adore the book Island by Aldous Huxley. I chose this quote because I though there was something clever about using a quote about living ‘lightly’ in a project with LEDs.


Printed Cardstock


Cutting and gluing the paper to some foam core board.img_2008 img_2009

I made two of these parallel circuits with Chibitronics LED stickers. I carved out a place to enclose the battery and assembled the object, tying it together with a rubber band.

Week 6: Capacitance + ATtinys

All code is here.

Sketches include:

  • softwareSerial_ATtiny
  • softwareSerial_LEDs_ATtiny
  • softwareSerial_LEDs_Mapping_ATtiny
  • CapacitiveSensing
    • Arduino
      • CapSense_Arduino_with_LED.
      • HumanCircuit_with_Arduino_LED
    • ATtiny
      • CapSense_ATTiny
      • CapSense_ATTiny_SoftwareSerial
      • CapSense_ATTiny_SoftwareSerial_FadingLEDs
      • Touch_ATtiny_Mellis

Week 4. Assignment_Paper craft_Misung

Designer, Educator

I am a graphic/UX designer, and eager to design user-friendly, easy-to-access. I enjoy teaching what I’ve got and interacting with students, so during my undergrad, I achieved the official teacher’s license. I was an instructor at design hight school in Korea, and from there I tried to introduce and make them use various material. Since then, I’m interested in creating education tools.


I usually try to get inspirations from anyplace, anything, anyone by walking around the city. (Especially, listening to what people say, observing their behaviors, habits and trying to catch their needs, habitual patterns)I also like to learn/research new skills in order to broaden my design spectrum. (So exicited about learning Aruduino!!)


Love making things by hands! any materials are welcome. (Maybe I enjoy making tangible things rather than screen-based designs)

Favorite Tool

is paper, pen, cutter, 401bond. It’s enough to create prototypes, and final works as well. It’s the most accessible, easy to handle for me than other materials. I also like knitting. I usually weave my warmers in winter: but just a warmer.

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For this week assignment, I used paper-engineering. Basically each part is twisted against each other to be able to be elastically stretched out and flat as well.

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At first, I start making it with delight, and after several trials, failures, I noticed there was a paper size issue. If somebody want to try this, I’d recommend to keep the alignment when folding it and use a bit harder paper otherwise, it’ll be crumpled. I also tried it with a paper writings on it, and found if there are too many patterns, they distract the lines to make you hard to see.

I refered to this tutorial.



When constructing sensors, remember your three variables:

  • Distance: Resistance increases over distance no matter what the material
  • Pressure: Some materials are pressure sensitive will decrease in resistance when pressure is applied to them.
  • Surface Area: Increasing the size of the area for electricity to flow will decrease the resistance. For example, a foot of resistive thread in a line would be more resistive than a foot of the same thread that is stitched close together.

Week 2 : Sublime Light – Sofia Aronov

Two fishes are fascinated by a shiny course in the sky.

When the user’s hand gets closer to the sensor (distance or light sensor) a light on the back of the frame, much stronger, turns on more and more intense, backlighting the shape of a huge abyss monster predator who was generating the shiny source itself.

The small light is connected to a battery with copper tape after a failed attempt to connect it through conductive thread through the 3 juxtaposed plastic sheets that support the paper components of the abyss monster. This attempt necessary to hide the circuit through the shape and the patterns of the fish itself.


Week 2. Assignment_Illustration Project -Misung


‘No one in his family thought of giving him a hug.’
I chose a sentence from ‘Hug me’ by Simona Ciraolo.

It’s the story of the universal need for affection and friendship. I decided to give him a hug(touch).

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This is my sketch.

I imagined that the little cactus has a heart like a human. When it’s touched or pressed, the cactus react to it presenting its delight (by turning lightings on).
I tried to make a parallel circuit using only two lines, and linked each side of LED node with a line of copper tape passing through the cactus.

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Since copper tape lines looked messy, I decided to hide them and the battery as well. So I overlapped the bottom of cut outs and also for hiding LED nodes, I covered them with paper flowers.

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Hug->Delight = Touch->Lights on