Week Eight

❊ Prototyping and Discussions


What did you plan to do?

I planned to continue on building the prototype after the feedback I got from classmates, with the propositions they gave me. 

What did you actually do?

I talked to other friends and Aynne about my idea, asking what they think. Aynne pointed out that the direction I am headed to is not quite related to my initial question and problem. She questioned how it is different from the existing photo memory features, and how will I redesign it. Adding features is great, but how much can that be done? If the final product is still the iOS photo app, I should follow their visual guidelines.

I looked back at the first proposal I had. The HMWs were : 

How might we bridge the gap between memorable tangible artifacts and their digital alternatives? 

How might we facilitate the recollection of memories with different sensory stimulations?

How might we enrich the memories through segments of artifacts?

I have headed away from physical artifacts that the idea is no longer about bridging the gap between digital and tangible, but more about the experience of recollecting memories through the photo touchpoint. I wasn't sure if that is what I wanted to do in the first place...

Then I started with other researches, and thought about mashing up "Tangible" with "Memories". 

Here is a really interesting project using mixed reality. There are other ones that create a system or processes for a topic and using the system or processes building blocks to create an experience.

After looking, this idea about communication, and started to draft another proposal... 

Technology has revolutionized the way we communicate. It allows us to keep in touch from a long distance, and stay connected without needing to meet face to face. There are a variety of communication methods and platforms to choose from, each of which serves a different purpose and gives a different experience. 

How do we communicate these days? How does the way we communicate affect our conversations? How is a conversation manifested differently through another medium? How does the medium lead to subconscious behavior patterns?  

I want to look into different communication methods and processes—specifically the nuances of the experiences they create. Eventually, I would like to present this research in the form of an exhibition where viewers can take away an experience as well as a better understanding of their communication mode. 


What surprised you?


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✦ Prototypes 


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I did the layout the platform based on the design of the photo app. How photos are sorted will be different than the photo app in which everything is randomly displayed, size-wise.  

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I want to add a feature where you can randomly draw / pick a memory from the past. It adds randomness and excitement to the experience which I like. Then it will link to other related photos to one that is viewed. 


I wasn't sure if these are interesting enough to enrich the experience when people going through photos.

What you plan to do next week?

I need to discuss with Gretchen about the new proposal and either start over the process or pivot my memory app idea. 


◆ In-class Presentation


Talking about Natural User Interface

This week, Nathalia, Elijah, Grace, and Jimmy were presenting the Natural User Interface topic. 

It started with a smoke and mirror demo they created, showing how magical NUI could be. The breadth of usage and how NUI is used in medical and gaming fields was unexpected. Students nowadays use NUI and VR to practice medical surgeries. I am not totally sure about how helpful that is, and how much I trust it, but it indeed makes practicing easier, and more accessible.

The highlight of this session was the activity. We were tasked to brainstorm NUI interactions for a task we drew in groups, where we perform it with one person, two people, and another wild way. 

Natalia, Hridea and I got Opening a Garage

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This is when we were acting out the different ideas we had. 

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That was a really fun activity. It was not simply engaging, but also helps us 


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Will Liang  ✿  2020