Category Archives: Project #2

Progress & Parts

Here’s the list of parts I’m thinking this will need to function (with assistance from people much more computery than me):

  • Super AMOLED display with capacitive multitouch
  • LTE/WiMax data radio (I still don’t know what this is?)
  • a mobile processor of some kind (found a “Hummingbird” model)
  • storage ROM
  • batteries…?

All of these will be accounted for and then projected out for 5-1o years by multiplying their ability by 2x or 3x.

Samsung Super AMOLED video

‘Airnergy’ Wi-Fi charger explained

Google: ‘Social Circle’


“results from my social circle” = Allison & Carolyn

Project II: Current Criteria

– the future will have internet everywhere, all the time so it will be less of a priority
– because everything and everyone will have internet access, we will turn our attention back towards physical objects and interactions
– this ‘picture device’ will serve as a digital artifact and a tool for personal, face-to-face communication
– it’s contents will be based upon your own unique, personality
– it’s display will be an honest representation of who you are: gathered from website input you have chosen (like how Google knows that I like designer reproduction furniture from overstock.com) and your own tendencies and ‘likes’ (often used words, phrases, color pallets, etc.)
– you ‘subscribe’ through the one-time purchase of your device
– it will be paid for by ads on the actual internet
– wirelessly charges through wi-fi
– a monthly, tailored print out ((on your wireless printing device)) would encourage and further the social interaction aspect
– comes on a necklace: removable to put wherever you like (pin it on clothes, wrap necklace around your wrist = bracelet)
– picture vs. video still to be determined…

– changes based on people around you, in proximity: when alone, just shows your most favorite things
(mine would be a cardigan or a giraffe…)

– form to be optimum for visual output: golden rectangle, minimal frame, focus on screen and image itself

I made another board; this one is more of a visual show of what I want this product to invoke about physical social networking.

More Personal Notes on: Social Networking

“Social Internet Networks” get boring, but also guilt you into feeling like you “have” to keep them and/or keep up with them. They are also sort of remind me of video games and other computer related activities: you have to put a lot of time into maintaining your “Facebook friendships” to get lots of comments/notes/messages/whatevers back.

But, also, think of all those notifications! You ‘like’ something or comment on one thing of a sort-of friend, and then suddenly 12914 of THEIR friends do the same and Facebook tells you EVERY SINGLE TIME*.

*I realize you can change this notification, but then you would never know and then that would be annoying probably right? Do you see how hard this is yet? No? I have so many more reasons.

You feel obligated to check all of these things because you still have them and maybe because someone maybe wrote something somewhere. Keeping and maintaining these websites are a learnt behavior; I repeatedly check things because I did yesterday and I don’t want all of the internet stuffs to pile up!
Another popular excuse, at least for me, is “well, how would I get in touch with those people if I got rid of my account??” How would they have my email? These sorts of sites are really great to sort of know people that other people sort of know and it’s *slightly* less awkward to approach people via internet than on the phone.

Groups. Events. You want EVERYONE to join the thing you sent an invitation out about (on the internet, which is soooo personal *sarcasm*), but you don’t care about Miss-So-and-So’s tea party for grassshopers or whatever.

People don’t take things seriously on Facebook. You can make an event about ANYTHING and one of the options is “maybe”. I hate having looming event invitations. I maybe everyone of them and usually miss all of them.

But then again, people take EVERYTHING on the internet seriously. Not everything needs to have a ‘comment’ section. People make FOOLS of themselves on the internet allllll of the timmmmeeeeeeee. Plus, there is no inflection – just words out there for everyone to interpret their own way.

Everyone is on a different site. Myspace, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. You don’t want to be left behind, you don’t want to miss out, you need as much exposure as possible – especially as a “creative”.

OVERWHELMING – there’s no “easy way” to communicate with people. For IDSA I have to update the official Facebook group, message all the members from the FB group, make a FB event for it, message all of those people specifically, EMAIL people from the IDSA email address, update the tumblr which feeds to the IDSA website. Then I usually use twitter to talk about things right before or while their happening as a reminder, which also updates my FB status to tell people their….and I still end up printing out posters and announcing IN classes to try and get people to attend.

too

much

stuff

It is hard to get out of networking sites! If you’ve ever tried to delete an account on almost any website, there are lots and lots of screens to jump through, plus usually an email confirmation at the end. Getting rid of my Myspace was hard, not because I was going to miss it, but because they wanted me to explain why, and was I really sure? Yes. Plus all that guilt of missing out and not being able to reach those people (that you aren’t really friends with).

The internet promotes procrastination, which promotes procrastination, which etc.
It’s usually never a “quick check” of a website; it’s usually a 2-3 hour internet bout.
Like a disease.
Sometimes I have to use a timer to keep myself in check!

“Don’t want to miss out on things! Want to keep up with what everyone is doing!” on a networking site or even “Looking for inspiration!” on cool design blogs prevents people from doing their own things. This happens to me with Tumblr much too often.

Plus, the internet sometimes makes me over-aware of things. I mock people’s design concepts because I’ve already seen it done 2910312830 times and way better on the internet. And I often sort of judge people for not using the internet more, because, hello, these things are already out there!
But at the same time, I feel like it stunts my imagination.

Finally: You can be anyone you want to be on the internet. Probably not who you really are at all.

Notes on “Social Networking”

“A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities.”

– usually contain “category places” i.e. former school year, classmates, etc.
– Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn ((most popular currently))
– serve as a “group meeting place” for people of similar interests; some are more specific than others (i.e. books and music)
– attempts have been made to standardize things, but to no avail (privacy issues?)
– started with chat rooms
– – most sites now have their own, individualized “chatting” system
– early sites: Friendster, SixDegrees.com
– social networking for “good” – i.e. Care2, WiserEarth, etc.
– class divide between Facebook and Myspace: often find people switch from Myspace to Facebook as they get older and move on to college
– two broad categories: internal and external social networks
— one requires an invitation, and one is for everyone
– advertising
– privacy of information, email spamming, ‘notifications’
– privacy of “friend” settings -> can guesstimate information about people from their friend’s information
– ‘admins’ that decide what’s ‘acceptable’ for the site itself
— names being approved, picture content, etc.
– selling of information to companies
– age verification and ‘scans’ do not work on the internet
harms interpersonal communication of teens/youth

**brings up issue of identity & privacy: redefines them
(you are whatever you say you are, once things are on the internet, they’re there forever, etc.)

“Friendster was founded to create a safer, more effective environment for meeting new people by browsing user profiles and connecting to friends, friends of friends and so on, allowing members to expand their network of friends more rapidly than in real life, face-to-face scenarios.”

“allows people to ask questions and voice concern without meeting face to face”
((i.e. bitch on the internet and not have to deal with the consequences that would happen in real life))
{[think YouTube or ABC.com that lets you “comment” on episodes or videos, but why??]}

“It is no secret that we often copy what our friends are doing.” (via)

people significantly influence each other’s behavior within up to three degrees of separation = influenced not only by your friends, but also by your friends’ friends’ friends (!!!!!)

“Optimists say that social networking via the Internet helps us to strengthen existing ties and forge new ones, leading to an improved social condition. Pessimists say that our online social networks keep us isolated and closed-off from other people’s worldviews.”

sources: Wikipedia, Do social networking sites improve your ability to network in real life?,

clearly different views, different pros and cons for different situations….

Reading About:

social networking.

Will respond with my thoughts and summaries whenever I’m done.

I think it’s hilarious and awesome that I’m doing in-depth research on Facebook, twitter, Myspace, etc.

On Thought Progression

I attended the Merit award presentations yesterday, where 10 hopeful senior students presented their work, design principles, and themselves as designers. It was inspiring to see how much some of us have grown, and also reminded me of important things to do in my own designs. For instance, using mood boards as an visual expression of thoughts, and making more specific criteria. I feel like it’s been too easy for me to sort of plod along lately, with the projects I’ve been given.

Anyway, I made a quick mood board of materials and forms and things like that for this project. I’ve noticed how much I’m drawn to the image and idea of smooth, round pebbles. Smooth, round, identifiable, but still unique and organic and varied.

I think that in the future, there will be internet everywhere and we will all be able to use it (either, it will be super cheap or it will just be provided by the government/city) ALSO it will be known more as ‘free data’ than internet (i.e. people will view it differently). Therefore, my project is more suitable to a larger crowd and would be much more plausible and awesome.

Recently, I’ve been looking at other digital object/human interaction projects by other people. Notably, Ted Ulrich’s “tangible email” project he did as a graduate student – looking at how an object can indicate the amount of emails in an inbox. Also, Carla Diana’s ‘Fragile‘ installation in France that allowed people to play with different eggs in a nest, each with their own RFID tag and a unique sound.

I need to squeeze a lot of thinking into a very small amount of time ASAP since we have an in-house review this Friday, and then our real review on the 19th!!!!

“Blind Camera” + The Future

Digital interface, physical object….this is the sort of thing I never thought I would have chosen for myself to design. Why? Why did I choose this? My brain is so confused right now. I’m going to post a snipet of an interesting project I recently saw, re-process everything in my life, anddddd then post some more updates later.

“Sascha Pohflepp’s “Buttons” is a sightless camera with a big red button that, when pressed, calls up a wireless Internet search for a photo taken by someone else at that moment in time.”

Designing for The Future, Cont.

I was really excited about this project when it was introduced because it gives us essentially free range over the future of products. In my mind, the future of products will be simpler and easier because technology will allow us to do things that we always wanted it to do…transition lenses that transition at a good time, thinner displays, etc. Touch screens! Thin flexible screens! Portability! Digital! Woo!

Except that…my cell phone won’t work today. It’s really only accessed by touch, and all of my touches are registering in the wrong spot so I can’t “accept” a phone call, I can’t confirm things, I can’t cancel out of certain things. i.e. it does not work

So how great and exciting is the future anyway? I feel like I’ve made design decisions that have forced me into a crappy corner – a digital picture locket! Okay. Well. That sounds like shit. Because now I don’t trust screens or touching to work and I’m angry because, how frustrating is it that you can’t use your cell phone? A basic, current product with seemingly “now” technology that’s failing.
Not in a very optimistic, future design mood.

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