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project_03b - interactive proposals

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 11:59am, 4/20/19.

Remember to bring your sketches Monday and have posted your images to the class Google Drive.


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. 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 clearly answer ALL of these points:

  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 should come up with three rough ideas (and then do three mini storyboard-type outlines for Monday) that we can review and help you decide.

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.

Please review this quick STORYBOARDING VIDEOREMEMBER! Use 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.


project_03a - Audio Proposals


Post your project proposal by 11:59pm, Friday April 5th.

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. For instance do not think of a simplistic underwater scene or a simplistic jungle theme because the final outcome will not be much different than just slapping together a bunch of animal/fish noises. Instead, what about an underwater jungle hybrid? Think deeper on the various aspects, including where your content is coming from and how it can play a part.

Establish a roadmap for success by considering these questions in your post:

  • What is the mood that you hope to instill with the listener?

  • How many exported clips will you create?

  • How long will they all be? For example, will you create a single background track and several foreground sound effects?

  • How are each of the clips going to be different?

  • How will you utilize your ability to pan your audio with the stereo track to enhance the theme that you are creating?

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. Generate interesting and creative files that you then have the option of repurposing for your Processing projects.


project_02 proposals


please post your proposal by Saturday, 3/2 by 11:59am.


Following the guidelines laid out on the project page, answer the following questions when proposing your second project below.

  • Who is your client/audience?

  • What visual attitude will you use to communicate the meaning behind the message? This relates to how you are going to be implementing type.

  • What technology are you focusing on and how does it relate to politics? (research accordingly)

  • Why is this topic important to you?


remember to post photos of your sketches to the google drive before class this Monday.

video_02 - Helvetica


Please post your response to the in-class video by 11:59 on 2/27/19.

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 (past the URL to the image at the bottom of your post) and juxtapose it with the Helvetica-infused Coke image here.


project_01: proposals


Please post your 3-5 sentence concept based on the guidelines below:


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 yet concise overview of your idea. So, for example, don't go into detail about what elements the image will have; present to us how it is to be structured. Your final image should not look like it is cut/pasted but rather a totally new image derived from your compilation.

Questions to ask yourself and potentially answer:

  • What is the purpose of this idea (why are you choosing to do it)?

  • What is the structure and theme? (Hyperreality or simulacrum; graphic, fantastic and/or photographic).

  • Where will you source your content from? (google images, personal photos/home-video stills, book scans etc.)

  • Who/what is the content of/on?

  • Who is your audience?

  • What do you hope to instill to your viewers? 

Your statement will evolve as you find content and work on your projects through completion. This proposal will give you a structured place to begin.

- - PROOF READ (read out loud) - -


Responses - video_01: No Maps for these Territories


Submit your response to the class video "No Maps for these Territories" by 2/03/19 at 11:59pm.

Respond to all of these points with complete, proof read sentences:

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.