Design as Strategy and Practice

A/D/O and Interactivity

The work that we saw was very interesting because I have never seen a contraption such as the bike before. It was very impressive to see how the whole project went from just a concept to the reality in such a short amount of time. The willingness that everyone had to collect samples for the project was incredible. Some items were dirty and gross, but the group embraced it and made something great out of it.

The space itself was beautiful and I was very impressed by the way the space was presented. I was very blown away by the mirrors that were in the ceiling above the bike. It really is a reflection of the space around us.

Space

The idea of space is very interesting especially when it comes to personal space. Being from NYC, I think personal space is a very interesting concept. We get on the train and take public trasnportation and give up our personal space on a certain level. We are in a public area, but at the same time, we still have a certain expectation of personal space. Sometimes, people start arguments on the train due to a violation of personal space, but if you are using public transportation, do you really still have personal space? This reminded me of the work of Mike Mandel in 1970. He photographed people in their cars. It made me think of our idea of personal space in cars. We expect it to be private, but everyone can see you so is it really private?

I also thought of the public bathroom by Monica Bonvicini that was created with one way mirrors.

I wanted to explore more of the idea of a private place within a public space.

Body

After discussing this topic, I started becoming very aware of my body and my movements. The project that we saw with the shoes making a sound every time both feet touched the floor especially inspired me. It made me think about all the motions we would make with our bodies if we were all aware of it. Then I realized that I can relate to that.

I had sweaty hands for as long as I remember. It has actually shaped me as a person due to how aware it has made me feel about my body. I avoid making any physical contact such as handshakes because I am afraid that the person shaking my hands will be disgusted. After shaking hands with Despina in class, I started realizing that I am really aware of my actions because of this condition. I am afraid to touch things because of the trace of sweat and hand prints I leave behind.

What if we were able to see the trails that we leave behind through glasses? What if we each had a color that we emanate and every time we touch something, a trace of that color gets left behind? I think it would be very interesting to see other people's trails and see what they have touched and where they have been. I believe that this will force us to rethink our actions and be more aware of our bodies. I see as it's kind of like the shoes making a sound every time both feet are on the floor. It is made known to everyone and it makes you more aware of how you walk. Our color trails will make us more aware of what we touch and how we use our hands to interact with the environment.

Material

The material I tried to create is a new kind of paint. Originally, I wanted to create a type of ink out of natural materials, however, things went differently than I expected. I wanted to create an ink using tea since I am an avid tea drinker. I wanted to be able to use something that I consider to be waste. I go through a lot of tea leaves and I just throw them away afterwards so I wanted to create another purpose for it after I am done using it for tea.

I steeped the tea for a really long time and then crushed the tea leaves to get a darker color out of it. I then mixed it with corn starch to get a thicker consistency. However, the mixture was not getting thick, and I spent a long time mixing it and adding more and more corn starch. I then realized my mistake and turns out, corn starch can only be activated through heat. I put the concoction in the microwave for a few seconds, however, it started bubbling and I quickly took it out before it turned out worse. What I got was this completely thick and gloopy mixture that was really gross. I then kept mixing it with more tea to try to get it to be thinner but the color was just not dark enough. I thought that adding coffee to the mixture would make the color I wanted, so I squeezed the rest of the coffee out of the leftover coffee grinds from the coffee maker. It made the mixture darker and it did make it thinner, however, the tempurature was constantly changing it it did weird things to the corn starch iin the mixture. It was really gross, but when I eventually mixed every to the consistency I wanted, I realized that it resembled paint rather than ink.

A fun thing that I didn't expect was that it can be used as finger paint and it would be safe to use because it was only tea, coffee, and corn starch. Although I'm sure that people have done this experiment before, I challenged myself by not looking it up online and tried to do it on my own. I would say that I did a pretty interesting version of this project. The onyl thing I would change is to try different colors using different natural materials such as flowers or vegetables.

Social Design

A social problem I find particularly troubling is our addiction to technology. It is a problem that seems to affect everyone, and the issue seems to stem from the convenience of technology today. In today's society, almost everyone has a smart phone. It is extremely easy to get addicted to something when you can easily get your fix because it is right there in your pocket. There are many key factors to why this is an issue. Many people become addicted to technology because it gives an instant reward. This is common with any kind of addiction. It is also extremely difficult to solve this addiction because many people are unaware they have it.

Social media also does not help because they want you to be addicted in order for them to make more money. Every media type has a goal for you to be addicted to their content.

I think a big reason why this is an issue is because people like to stay occuppied. Depression can be a large factor in technology addiction, and it is also a cause. By keeping people occuppied, it can help combat depression and give people a purpose and not stuck to their technologies

An interesting solution is to send people to help run errands in rural areas where there is limited connectivity. Some people that live in the countryside still have landlines, low internet connection, and other technological services that we take for granted. Examples can be farms and small towns away from cities. Because the countryside can be so vast and away from a lot of conveniences, residents have to spend entire days doing errands. There will be a list of errands that countryside residents need help with, whether it is to make a one day trip to pick up something, or even just pumping water from their well. They will be categorized based on how long it will take to complete the task and the complexity of it.

Every week, a person's phone usage will be logged based on the number of hours they spent on it. They then trade in hours for a task. The options would be to either pick up a series of small tasks or just a few big tasks depending on the hours they have accumulated. This system helps keep people active and off their phones and benefit the community. It will also help with depression because it gives people a purpose and a sense of accomplishment. It can also be very rewarding for both sides.

The people who are able to make a difference in adressing this problem are individuals within the community. Everyone has to be on board for this system to work. It is a system that can only work if everyone is dedicated to solving it. Everyone also has to be aware of the issue in order to make an active effort in helping out.

Designing a Network

We were inspired to create a system that involved making music. We wanted to be the hubs and the rest of the class could be nodes that had to follow the instructions of the hubs. Each hub operates by being it's own sound. Each sound is triggered by the signals from the hubs. There was one main hub that controlled the three other hubs.

We were very inspired by the way public art worked with the collaboration of people.

Social Design

A social problem I find particularly troubling is our addiction to technology. It is a problem that seems to affect everyone, and the issue seems to stem from the convenience of technology today. In today's society, almost everyone has a smart phone. It is extremely easy to get addicted to something when you can easily get your fix because it is right there in your pocket. There are many key factors to why this is an issue. Many people become addicted to technology because it gives an instant reward. This is common with any kind of addiction. It is also extremely difficult to solve this addiction because many people are unaware they have it.

Social media also does not help because they want you to be addicted in order for them to make more money. Every media type has a goal for you to be addicted to their content.

I think a big reason why this is an issue is because people like to stay occuppied. Depression can be a large factor in technology addiction, and it is also a cause. By keeping people occuppied, it can help combat depression and give people a purpose and not stuck to their technologies

An interesting solution is to send people to help run errands in rural areas where there is limited connectivity. Some people that live in the countryside still have landlines, low internet connection, and other technological services that we take for granted. Examples can be farms and small towns away from cities. Because the countryside can be so vast and away from a lot of conveniences, residents have to spend entire days doing errands. There will be a list of errands that countryside residents need help with, whether it is to make a one day trip to pick up something, or even just pumping water from their well. They will be categorized based on how long it will take to complete the task and the complexity of it.

Every week, a person's phone usage will be logged based on the number of hours they spent on it. They then trade in hours for a task. The options would be to either pick up a series of small tasks or just a few big tasks depending on the hours they have accumulated. This system helps keep people active and off their phones and benefit the community. It will also help with depression because it gives people a purpose and a sense of accomplishment. It can also be very rewarding for both sides.

The people who are able to make a difference in adressing this problem are individuals within the community. Everyone has to be on board for this system to work. It is a system that can only work if everyone is dedicated to solving it. Everyone also has to be aware of the issue in order to make an active effort in helping out.

Connectors

We discussed connectors in class and I decided that I wanted to explore emotional connectors. We looked at literal connectors and what they do for us, but we also talked about the way they affect society and the way they affect how we interact with one another. For my photo essay, I explored literal connectors first. They consisted of things such as staplers, binder clips, rubber bands, and various connecting objects. However, this got me thinking about the ways that they make us connect with our emotions and each other.

I chose to show a LEGO set I have in my room. Every Christmas, I would buy a lego set that comes in modules. My siblings and loved ones would gather around and construct the set together, So far, we have three modules that connect. Beyond that, we connected as a family and bonded that way as well. We were not only literally connecting, we were also emotional connecting.

I also visited the Freedom Tower this weekend and I saw an amazing view of NYC. This made me think of the bigger picture and realize that we also have a connection with everyone in NYC. The city itself is a connecting force, which is evident through the bridges, the tunnels, the highways and train tracks. There are so many connectors when you look at the bigger picture.