Upload your own? A Chance-it Design Question
The Chance-it Team is close to having their multi-touch table completely specified. One special feature: this table will be at coffee table height!
While Yi-Wei and Stan are doing the figuring to make that happen, Jessica and Jhang are detailing the table’s first application. If the goal is to study the many different ways that individuals might put a set of images together, or the ways that they might share collections… would it be better to provide a certain number of images, or to allow participants to upload their own? And what functions should be allowed or enabled with each image?
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GROCS Plays the Carillon
What does it feel like to play a bell? How big are they? How heavy are they? Can you feel them vibrate? How loud is it up there? Is it dizzying?
Moving In – Get Ready for the Gallery Show!
A week off from Design Reviews gave us a chance to meet as a group and discuss our upcoming gallery show. It is looking like all six teams will be able to showcase their work this semester in one space (or one plus a storage area, at least).
More details to come, but for now, block off April 10 from 5 to 8 pm for an opening reception, celebrating all the hard work of the teams thus far!
The Group that Rocks Together Stays Together
Thank you so much to Urmila for hosting the GROCS get together last Friday. Between the snacks and the songs of Rock Band, the group got a chance to get to know each other outside of the meeting setting. One of the greatest effects of the GROCS program is bringing together people of all disciplines and schools and allowing them to connect in a way that just isn’t possible in the bounds of a department. And what better way to take advantage of these connections than a party!
While it would be fun to do a gossip column style recap of the soiree, I’ll keep this short. This Friday is a double design review featuring the work of GroupLoops and Slowly Ambient Kinetic Pavilion, so look forward to a more extensive entry next week. Until then, enjoy the warmth!
Font 1 or Font 2 – GROCS Meeting January 23
Another week and tons of progress on the GROCS front. August 23, 1966 has been moving rapidly towards a multi-touch table interface. Slowly Kinetic Ambient Pavillion showed us a working model of one of their panels that will eventually comprise their structure, complete with working SMA. Digitizing Knowledge is about ready to start the interview process, and will be hosting a design review this week, January 30. Group Loops have their iPod Touch units in hand and completed a crash course in existing music software for upper-level users. Our Changing World of Sounds has started to move towards a final wrap design, a “sound gallery” of sorts, as well as starting to research the connection between psychological state and sound environments. ReFab is experimenting with both reusable materials and software schema in order to move forward with their database concept.
We also led a sample design review, critiquing this site! Hopefully this exercise got to the spirit of the design review: it’s a time to discuss issues that are plaguing a team, ask specific advice about design questions and present ideas at any stage of development without feeling the pressure of a formal critique. It isn’t a time for other members to solve the team’s questions, or present full solutions, but rather to discuss the possibilities and bring attention to topics or areas of interest that may have been overlooked. The Font 1 or Font 2 issue became a sprawling debate on serif or non serif fonts, but it was the type of discussion that many teams can contribute to, rather than a niche skill or idea that might be harder to discuss with the wide range of skill sets present in the group.
This week we’ll be interviewing each other, and giving feedback to Digitizing Knowledge as they have their first Design Review. Looking forward to see you there!
Fun and Factual: The First All-GROCS Meeting of the Year
The first meeting of the 2009 GROCS season was a rousing success – a full house, and every team had made significant progress since we met last. We saw models, heard about tire destruction, talked about the possibility of archiving of paper scrolls, realized how distracting background noise is even in DL-1, thought about our place in the universe and discussed iPods – and this was just the first meeting. With energy like this, our weekly meetings should be a stimulating and rewarding place to meet and share ideas.
I am hoping to capture bits about each team to publish in a weekly update, gleaned from the meetings on Fridays. In addition, look for links to the web presence of individual teams to appear here in the next few weeks. There should be a variety of media and information online for you to help keep track of the progress of the teams, from media assets in Bluestream to team wiki pages.
More extensive entries will follow Design Reviews, to serve as both a capture of the review and a place to direct any future thoughts for the team. I’m hoping to capture video of each design review for the archive as well. Design Review Guidelines and Worksheett are here for your convenience.
Head shots were also taken, so look for a brochure to be coming out soon!
As always, this Friday’s meeting (from 3 to 5 pm in DL-1) is open to drop-in guests. See you then!
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