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The class, working in small groups, has collectively created a rich resource: a blog populated and tagged with multiple examples of “design “ and “design process”. Now is your chance to mine this rich compost of ideas and possibilities.

Surf this blog. Find three cases that you find intriguing because of the negotiations, and tensions, they present.

Leave a comment for each case directly on the blogpost. Start or contribute to a conversation. Leave a record. (50 to 100 words).

NOTE: We want each student to comment as an individual through their RAND group account. The individual should log in through their group account to leave a comment. Within the body of the comment the individual should leave their name (preferably just their first name) as a signature. This so that we (the graders) can identify each individual’s contribution.

Then reflect on what these cases — the three selected by you and the one worked on by your group — suggest for how design is, or could be, carried out.

Speculate on how these cases could inform “design” and the “design process”:

  • What could designers, and design practice, learn from these cases and their negotiations?
  • What sorts of challenges and opportunities do these cases raise for the way design is normally understood, taught, and practiced?
  • How could some of these lessons have influenced your Innovations Project?

LENGTH OF ESSAY: 750-1000 words MINIMUM. We are looking for essays that are carefully thought through, well-written, and clear.

This assignment should be completed individually. You may complete this assignment anytime before Dec 16th at 5pm.

Individually, submit the url’s for the blog entry which you commented on, as well as the essay via the T-square site.

Disclaimer

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  • Blog is not intended for personal use. Do not post anything unrelated to this project.
  • You are representing Georgia Tech to the world. Do not post inappropriate material within a blog entry or a comment.
  • You must abide by GT Honor Code & GT Code of Conduct when posting to this site.
  • By registering an account you agree to these conditions.

Get approval on one of your two proposed topics from Assignment 0.

If (Not Approved)

  • Get feedback from a TA or Sabir.
  • Re-propose 2 projects by this Sunday Nov. 11th. (redo Assignment  0)

If(Approved)

  • Start Documentation & Analysis Phase for your approved project.

Documentation & Analysis Overview:

This assignment has two parts.  Begin part 1 through Nov 11-17th and work on part 2  Nov 18-24th. Both are due Nov 24th at midnight. The material you research, collect, and post for part 1 in general relates directly to the case selected.  The material collected and researched for part 2 relates to the negotiations and taxonomies identified.

Part 1 Documentation:  What is the information necessary for someone else to get a full picture of the case your group has selected to work on?  Over the next week, assemble this material and post to your blog. Review the material with your group and ask yourselves:  What else is needed?  Do we need information about is organization, its procedures, the people involved, the situation(s) within which it takes place, etc.  organize this material as clearly as possible on your blog.  Once you have done this, seek out your peers and TA’s and ask them to review it and give you feedback.  Add additional information, revise format, write explanatory text, and include imagery as necessary.

Part 2. Analysis:  What information is necessary to begin to understand/analyze the “negotiations” and “taxonomies” identified so far?  The research for this part will wander farther afield from the case since you are exploring “notions”, constructs, and “ideas”.  We will workshop this in class next Wednesday, November  17, you should have started Part 1 by this point and have at least some outline live on a “work in progress” blog entry.

The Documentation & Analysis blog entry should contain:

  • Evidence of reassessment & justification of both your taxonomies and negotiations.
  • Narrow your focus to 2 negotiations.
  • Explanatory text.
  • Sufficient supporting imagery.
  • References.

Due Nov 24th.

Research & Framing Schedule

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Research & Framing project is worth 20% of the course grade with individual assignment weighted accordingly.

Nov 03-10: Assignment 0 : 5% :  Hello World! & Research Artifacts

Nov 10-24: Assignment 1  : 5% : Documentation & Analysis Phase              

Dec 01-14: Assignment 2 : 10% :  Roaming, Grazing, & Ruminating…Reflective Essay        

Blog Entry Design Requrements

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  • When posting a blog entry do not attach a category other then what has been assigned. For example: never post under the category “Announcements”.
  • When posting a blog entry do attach your “Group Name” & “Assignment #” as a categories.
  • The title of your blog entry should be the title of your blog entry. This title should be a descriptive headline summarizing the content of your blog entry.
  • The internet is dynamic. Save all supporting resources (.jpeg’s, videos, etc) to your hard disc.
  • Unless you are familiar with HTML please use the visual editor when making a post.
  • Don’t embed images. When making a post always save imagery to your local hard disk.  Then upload via “Upload/Insert” within a post.

Test Post!

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Hello World!

I am using this test post to show you a recent project that my girlfriend and I have been working on. It is for a design competition for the MODA, where we were asked to to create a 9×20 foot donor wall.  A few nights of painstaking work lead to an interactive wall that uses computer vision to detect someone walking by it and provokes the user to discover typographic objects hidden within it. We used Processing to code it up.

I made a computer recognize a person walking by and pixelate them using their actual real world colors.

Above is actually what the computer sees superimposed on top of what the user sees. We then made text pop up on the screen to interact with the user.

Of course this is just a test image from the design document, but we did get the thing working. Just thought I’d share my first attempt at interactive art.

Update: video of me acting a fool demoing it of where it currently stands.

Untitled from Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi on Vimeo.

Assignment 0

Our goal of working with a blog is to as a class leave a digital artifact of our collective explorations into framing design, doing research, & negotiating with the outside world.

Blog  Setup

On your own form groups of 3-4 within your studio time slot. Organize with your group members & come up with a group name.

Email: blacki@gatech.edu & Sabir.Khan@coa.gatech.edu with your group name & group members ASAP. Put [COA1060 : RAND] in the subject line of this email.

Review the disclaimer post.

Register a new username (must be your group name) with a shared password for your group at the following URL (located at the login link at the bottom of every page):

http://rand.gatech.edu/wp-login.php

After registering please update your username’s (group’s) biographical information to include your group members.
Collaborate with your group to make your 1st blog entry.

Research & Selection Phase

Your 1st blog entry is intended to illustrate the research you have done thus far when identifying a case study.

The examples you chose must be something you think falls outside of your preconceived notions of what design is.

The post must include:

  • At least 2 potential case studies. Explain why chose each example.
  • Relevant background information including: Imagery, Video, & Links.
  • Preliminary notes & rationale for choosing your examples.
  • Construct several taxonomic categories for which your examples may fall in. When making a post attach these taxonomies in the “Tags (Simple Tags)” section.
  • Identify various “Negotiations” within your example.

Be prepared to present this material.

All blog entries are required to adhere to the basic design requirements of the RAND site. Review these requirements before completing your post.

Deliverables

By Wednesday Nov 10 at 8am, submit Via T-Square a URL to your live blog entry along with a word document or pdf containing all the material within the blog entry.

Grading

This assignment counts as 20% of your overall grade for this final project.

Keep in mind one thing you will be graded on how interesting and unique your examples are. How outside the frame you reached for your examples.


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