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project_03 - Interactive Proposals

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We have made it to the final project!

Read through the project_03 description in its entirety, make a post that fully answers all of the bullets (below) by 11:59, 11/3/18.

This description will serve as the backbone to your storyboards that we are to discuss in class this Wednesday. Do not go into depth on how the sounds will be integrated, but instead focus on the different structural elements that your Processing Sketch will contain.

DO NOT LIMIT YOUR PROJECT BASED ON ANY CODING LIMITATIONS. At this stage it is best to put forth your ideal project- it is my job to then help you pull back, find solutions and help you execute your vision. 

Your proposal should answer ALL of these points:

(roughly a sentence each)

  1. What is the theme? 

    • Why are you inspired to explore this selected theme?

  2. What will the structure be? 

    • Will it be abstract, page-based, and linear or non-linear, etc.

  3. What are the ways we will interact? 

    • Key presses and mouse clicks are the most common, but you can explore depth data from an XBOX Kinect, motion tracking data from the webcam, keyboard presses, etc. 

  4. What type of experience do you hope to inspire through this hybrid work? 

    • If you think of this project as yourself being a good party host, what do you hope to deliver to your guests/users? Will it be uplifting, thought provoking or explorative?

    • One good reference is to think of how long people will spend interacting with your project; if it is short and repetitive, it may not end up being as exciting as something that is abstract or non-linear. 

Note: if you do not know what to commit to, you must come up with three rough ideas (and then do three short storyboard sketches for Wednesday) that we can then mull over and figure out which might be the best fit.

We will be reviewing these with each other in small groups, so please copy and paste of your response on a single page page (to cut up and hand out) and bring them to class on Monday with your storyboards. make sure you upload all your sketches and audio snippets that you are to share(submit for sketch credit) to the class Google Drive.

Here is a decent video on how to storyboardREMEMBER! be drawing in a fine-point permanent marker large enough for people to read your notes from a distance. The quantity and quality is not important, but should be enough to pair with your proposal to effectively demonstrate your idea in full detail to others.

Part II - Extended Crit Feedback

In an attempt to bolster our projects even further, this exercise is to get you tall to give each other critical feedback that you can then implement into your projects. You must select TWO different projects by fellow classmates and give feedback to by using ALL the bullets in the guidelines below (separate answers into new paragraphs).

Note: if you want feedback, ensure the zip that you have uploaded has sketches with enough working content, both interactive and audio, that others can give adequate feedback to.

project_03 critique files <— Google Drive URL

Feedback guidelines

  • What interactive elements are working and what need improvements? What improvements would you suggest? (give positive or negative specific feedback)

  • What audio elements are working and what need improvements? What improvements would you suggest? (give positive or negative specific feedback)

  • Do the interactions/audio elements (knowing what they hope to achieve) seem to be enough so that the project is not too repetitive? (what ways could they improve playability? - positive or negative specific response)

  • Once their project structure is established and working, what small “finishing touches” could you suggest for them to think about implementing? This could be simple elements like rollover effects on buttons, giving alternative options to interactions, etc.

  • Having now commented on various elements of their project, how do you feel about the project as a whole? Does it abide to their theme successfully? For example, if they are striving for something abstract and explorative, are all elements working towards this. Alternatively, if they are creating something comical, do all project elements combine to uphold a sense of a positive experience?

Please have your responses completed by tomorrow night, Tuesday Nov. 20th, by 11:59pm.

 
 

project_03 proposals - digital audio

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After reading over the project_03 assignment page, submit 3-5 sentence proposal that gives an overview of what you hope to achieve with this project. Due to the open nature of the assignment, you should make sure you accurately specify your baseline.

This project is one that you could approach by creating a systematical list (generative art), choosing a theme or articulating the terms of your abstraction.

You do not necessarily need to know how these sounds will work together, but rather try to focus on experimenting with the unique medium of audio itself to generate interesting and creative files that we will then repurpose for your Processing projects. Establish a roadmap for success: how many clips will you create; how long will they all be; how are each of the clips going to be different, or are they all abstract explorations; how might you be forming a stereo track; etc.

AVOID BEING PASSIVE. Be concise and structure your paragraph in a way that has an intro, content and conclusion. Example: instead of “I want to” say “ I will...”.

 

project_02: proposals

Have posted your response by Monday, 10/01 @ 11:59pm.

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First review the project_02 guidelines

Choose a topic that has current political energy relating to technology and and write 3-4 sentences on what type of visual statement that you will work to create. Where your sketches will serve as the visual support, harness your writing to clarify your concept. Think outside the box in the realms of where your interests lie; fashion, crime, education, video games, etcetera. Be mindful not to have the same idea as anyone else who has already posted. Remember! This project should utilize type to uphold the concept.

note: avoid the too obvious topics like Trump+Twitter, Clinton+emails, etc.

PART II

Images AND updated statements on the Google Drive folder here

By 11:59pm Tuesday night (10/16), I want you all to submit feedback here on TWO projects other than your own. These responses should try to cover new areas that were not talked about in crit, or at least more detailed aspects. Limit two feedback responses per image so that everyone gets feedback. Feel free to post links to other content for reference. DO NOT BE UN-SPECIFIC.

Please follow these guidelines for each feedback response. one to two sentences per point:

  1. In what ways do you support the ways in which the student has been successful in supporting their proposal through their current design? Primarily, does it relate to a political and technological issue? If not, how could they? (positive Specific feedback)

  2. In what ways do you not support their efforts? (negative specific)

  3. How is their attempt in creating meaning through image at text? What solutions would you offer to enact or uphold this design requirement?

 

video_02: Helvetica

Submit your Helvetica response by 11:59pm, 9/26/18.

 

Helvetica is a typeface that changed the game in terms of how we perceive and use type. Respond to these questions with a paragraph each:

  1. After seeing the movie, what is the one thing that you found profoundly interesting? (Something that you did not know about type design until you watched this movie for the first time.)

  2. Use your topic from the first paragraph to lead into this second one while also using it to form the basis of this comparison: Look up a magazine ad from before 1957 when Helvetica was designed (include the link at the bottom of your post) and juxtapose it with the Helvetica-infused Coke image here.

 

project_01: proposals

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Please post a proposal, 3-5 sentences long.

This statement should give myself and the class a clear understanding of what it is that you hope to achieve. Let this concept be a cohesive overview of your idea. So, for example, don't go into detail about what elements the image will have but rather how it is structured and with what subject matter. What do you hope to inspire or suggest to the viewer? Your final statement will evolve as you work on your projects, but this will give you a place to start.

PLEASE PROOF READ (read out loud).

PART 2

Images on the Google Drive folder here

By the end of the day (9/24) I want you all to submit feedback to TWO others projects. These responses should try to cover new areas that were not talked about in crit, or at least more detailed aspects. Limit two feedback responses per image so that everyone gets feedback. Feel free to post links to other content for reference. DO NOT BE UN-SPECIFIC.

Please follow these guidelines for each feedback response. one to two sentences per point:

  1. In what ways do you support the ways in which the student has been successful in supporting their statement through their current visuals? (positive Specific feedback)

  2. In what ways do you not support it? (negative specific)

  3. Does the image aline to at least one visual structure that is required? If so, which one do you think is the most pronounced, and if not what ways might they instill more of a visual structure?

  4. Which ways is the student being successful in upholding the visual structure through use of photoshop tools?

  5. What other tools do you think they might be able to use, and list an example of how you might implement it with the current content or new content.

 

video_01: No Maps for these Territories

Submit your response to the class video "No Maps for these Territories" by 11:59pm, 8/29/18.

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1.) Which statement within the film did you find the most intriguing?
2.) Do you think that the visuals (video effects) enhanced your perception to this thought in some way? -Explain.
3.) Gibson stated that we now live in a “mediated world” where we take a lot of technology for granted. What electronic technology do you believe you take for granted each and every day? (Think beyond the smart phone and think about other devices such as a smoke detector, a microwave or the starter of your vehicle.) Everyone should choose something different. Now close your eyes and scan over everything you have done today while envisioning this device. How would you represent it visually to make us understand what sort of visual impression you are seeing in your mind? Responses should be abstract and playful but allow us to paint an image in our head. Only at the end should you state your object.