This summer I spent a week teaching a workshop on interaction design at the CIID Summer School.
The same time as Beijing was covered in record high pollution, we started working on an app concept for our two week course with Matt Nish-Lapidus, Blair Johnsrude and Frank Rausch. The brief was to make an app based on the UN sustainable development goals.
Our class went to Porto for our first industry project this year. Two weeks of intense research and prototyping in a new city was challenging, but really fun. One of the highlights was interviewing Eduardo Aires in his studio about authenticity, graphic design and local visual culture.
PopTag is an journaling app for people who want to keep track of their habits or behaviours. The app lets you easily track recurring keywords in a quick and simple way. Think of it as keyword journaling. The more you use a keyword the darker the bubble gets.
Exchange Point is multi-currency exchange machine with a quirk – people can haggle with it. Whether people want to trade in health data to earn some Bitcoins or simply want to get rid of an old coffee mug, Exchange Point allows people to sell both personal data and physical items in a convenient way.
What does the internet sound like? The Internet Phone was a project I worked on during a two week course at CIID. The course was called Physical Computing and was lead by Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino; and Dario Buzzini, design director at IDEO in NYC. The project won the Core77 Student Award 2017 in the category Interaction.
This project I worked on with Bora Kim and Rachel Lane during the one week course Machine Learning with Andreas Refsgaard and Gene Kogan. We decided to create a Batman Fight Simulator that would blast out the iconic fight words when it detected punches and kicks.
Inspired by environmental sound cues that allow us to feel the passing of time, Stakk is a time experiencing device. By choosing wooden blocks and adding them to the stack, you select the time intervals at which you want to feel a transition in time.
Uncanny Senses challenges our perception of machine sensors. The creature like movements and hyperreal sensor organs give the audience freedom to anthropomorphize the servo-bots and at the same time depict how human senses are fundamentally different from sensors.
Interactive Jazz Piano helps you express your complex, innermost feelings through your own improvised jazz composition. It was a project I worked on with Vytautas Gudaitis in the course Intro to Programming. We used P5 and Java connected to Ableton.
The first time I watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the summer I turned 17. Every time I watch the beginning I get transported to that night, home alone in the dark, staring in anticipation as the music played on the blank screen. That summer I got my first job.