Week 1: ‘As We May Think’ blog post

Assignment for next class: Read As We May Think by Vannevar Bush and post your answer to the following questions on the documentation blog: Which similarities exist between what Bush describes and the computers that we use today? What did not come to fruition?

There are a lot of times while reading the text that I thought to myself “oh this reminds me of…”.

Bush imagined a machine that could recognise speech and dictation, then it would type it out and let the user review the speech typed out. Computers today are equipped with such functions, from Siri to dictation in Microsoft Word. When Bush described the cyclops camera, in my head I viewed the GoPro. The microfilm reduced to the size of a matchbox makes me think of a pendrive/harddrive.

One of the topics that Bush discusses in detail is how to record information, from storing, categorising and filtering. Bush imagines a device called the “memex” that reminds me of a hard drive, and can store everything. The memex is a desk that has two screens, levers and buttons, and what is interesting about it is that it is ordered, and the owner can index information by creating “trails” of associations. The memex is a huge personal encyclopedia. This resembles a computer and access to the internet where users leave “trails” of pages they have visited, and can “favourite” certain pages for easy review in the future. Computers can store huge amounts of information, and we are inventing more and more ways of storing data. These inventions that preserve data, also now enable us to access a pool of knowledge. Bush further imagined the memx to be able to think by itself like the human mind.

Even though Bush predicts this big mechanical evolution, and usage of computers for complex calculations, making systems more systematic, storing information, still, machines cannot replace “mature thought” or creativity. Additionally, while the ‘memex’ can store information on a personal level, it seems that it is hard for the memex to translate information to other professions (historian, chemist, scientist), or sharing of records between different individuals is not yet achieved.

Paper Toys, the Mighty Penguin

I finally managed to glue together my penguin by following the tutorial! It is not that easy to glue together and make sure that the elastics to be placed inside of the paper toy stay in place. The folded edges are really small but my fingers are bigger, so getting one part to stick to the other takes some skill. I think one of the most challenging part of this toy is to make attach the elastic inside of the paper toy. This was very tricky, in part because the folded edge is narrow, and also because an elastic just wants to come back in place when stretched making it hard to place across of the narrow edge.

After managing to assemble my paper penguin together and have all of the pieces glued together, I realised that the mechanism that is needed for the toy to expand when hitting the ground was not so stable for my toy. I couldn’t pass it through the hole properly and because it was fragile it did not want to stay put until i threw my toy to the ground. Thus, my paper toy always wanted to stay open.

I think I will have to try it again and make it work. Would love to try a different pop-up design for the paper toy.

Creating a mold for eggs

A part of my final project was to create a real-looking egg for the hard boiled egg and I wanted to use the mold technique we learnt in class to do that. During class time, I created a mold for a key chain that I had. This time, I modelled an egg white in Cinema 4D to be 3D printed so that I could create a egg white using silicon. I made the egg white, and I also 3D printed a sphere to create the egg yolk shape.

As I was creating the egg white, I just pushed in the sphere in the middle of the mixture to create the hollow. And afterwards, I used yellow play-doh to make a ball and place it in the hollow to fill the egg yolk part of the egg. (Somehow really looks like a real egg, and feel like it too)

Eggyprise – The Egg Project

Final Project : The concept for the final project is “Surprise”.
Design your toy using any of the techniques we have seen during the semester. You will need to define a user, and create a design concept keeping in mind that this should have a surprise element that will help to produce a playful experience.
Give your toy a name and present it as a product. (Use renders, packaging, logo, comics or any resource for it)

Final Presentation Slides: https://docs.google.com/a/nyu.edu/presentation/d/1aZIcK02KE8HdpetlGutJ2TGY9Tye-TEXwCzhwK1oq94/edit?usp=sharing

The Idea:

What Kind of Eggs will I eat today? When you receive your egg box, there is an egg inside, but the user does not know what type of egg preparation is in the egg. Once the user cracks the egg open, then they will find out what is in the egg. Ideally, this would be like a collectible toy, and users can pay more to get premium items such as a frying pan as extra accessories.

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Final Project Documentation

The Tea Shop Project

My final project aim was to design labels for a tea/milk tea shop, which could also be used as as a stencil for latte art, as well as individual logos for customers and the tea shop. I wanted to make this design so that instead of having written labels for tea/baristas in shops which were typed/written, they would be able to interpret a design with shapes instead. At the same time, I got the idea of designing latte/tea/coffee stencils from the brainstorming in class which I thought was cool. The concept of having a dynamic design is so that each person can generate their own tea logo depending on their own tea drinking preferences, and with the design, both the person and the shop would know how someone likes to drink their tea.

Here is the link to the sketch: http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/mhf273/sketches/rJBzJCsZz

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Final design in progress

I am designing labels for a tea shop’s drinks, the idea coming from latte art, and then I wanted to make readable picture stickers for drinks instead of the printed written labels. After presenting the idea to the class the previous week, one idea came up that I didn’t know existed: making stencils for coffee/tea/latte art. I looked it up and it is really cool, mainly used for sprinkling toppings in a nice design.

My questions: How do I design a label that can act as a stencil and also as a logo? How can I make it readable? How can I accommodate for each preferred way of drinking tea?

It is really hard to come up with ideas! I brainstormed pages of doodling trying to figure out the best way to represent data, but I also didn’t want to end up with simple bar charts or graphs, at least make it interesting to read. I realised that making it too abstract wouldn’t work well either so still need to rely on shapes. One of my drawings:

From there, I slowly came to this design (in progress) that I would like to make. I designed it in black and white so I had to visualise all data sets in monochrome colours because I wanted it to be readable without colours, and then (look at the picture explanation with legend/key) depending on what one likes to drink, I want the design to be different by colouring in different parts. I am still unsure of how it is going to be a stencil but I am hopeful to figure it out soon. I also haven’t yet put in place the interactive part of the design in code because I am not so sure how to go about it, it took me a while to decide on the design and I just started by drawing it out fully first so I could receive feedback before proceeding. The p5 sketch (the title was making fun of me over the break): http://alpha.editor.p5js.org/mhf273/sketches/rykh-bDeM


Toy Design and Prototyping: Final Project Idea

The concept for the final project is “Surprise”. 
Design your toy using any of the techniques we have seen during the semester. You will need to define a user, and create a design concept keeping in mind that this should have a surprise element that will help to produce a playful experience.
Give your toy a name and present it as a product. (Use renders, packaging, logo, comics or any resource for it)

Slides: What-kind-of-eggs-will-I-eat-today

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