Madeline-Gannon__Term Project Ideas

by Madeline Gannon @ 8:08 am 30 March 2011

INITIAL GOAL :: to continue developing my last project, advancing it from a pedagogical tool to a design tool

+ ADD MORE TOOL PATHS
+ ADD ATTRACTION/REPULSION POINTS
+ FIX PEASYCAM ROTATION ON EXPORT
+ REFINE HOW DATA IS STRUCTURED
+ FREEZE-N-EDIT CONTROL

SECONDARY GOAL :: prove the tool’s validity

+ MAKE SOME BEAUTIFUL STUFF
+ EXPLORE FORM, MATERIAL, AND TECHNIQUE
+ + + ideas: small scale to large scale – platter, wall tiles, table, sink+counter, door
+ + + + + + laminated hardwood, paper stone, resin, mdf, plywood
+ + + + + + milling, casting (resin, rockite, plaster), vacuum forming

QUESTION

+ WHAT ELSE? to the application … fabrication techniques … stuff to be made
+ DOES ANYONE WANT TO TRY OUT THE LAST ONE!!!
+ + + + + + I’d like to have robust documentation of other people designing+making with it.

1 Comment

  1. Here are today’s comments:

    Another way to prove it’s a valid design tool is to do some user tests. Can’t believe I’ve said that. Speak to HCII folks about user observation methods, and the design of a simple study.

    There is one thing I noticed from your previous model. When you print it, depending on the material, you may have to build the model in parts (not just everything at once). I feel like understanding how to break the model such that the parts are good is an important skill Maybe your app can help students with this?

    Don’t forget about demographics when asking people’s opinion! This can help you understand a little better the results, specially if you end up getting data with high variance.

    For user studies, you will want to ask different questions depending on what you want to know. Since you are evaluating a current interface the process is a little simpler. Observe a lot, as was mentioned. Give users a set task and have them narrate their actions aloud while you watch. If you can videotape, it’s helpful to review that. If you want to make sure you are designing the right thing, there are a few other methods you can employ. Feel free to ask if you want to know more. (James)

    Document the shit out of your workshop with the freshmen. (+1!)
    Limit the output modality for this class’s presentation. One series of fabricated experiments…vacuum formed tiles which match up somehow??

    Just record whatever they are doing and then watch the heck out of it until you get an epiphany. Or rinse and repeat.

    Sounds good.

    Call me :P (NISHA – MHCI)
    This is John, MHCI, I can help. < < He's your man. I think this calls for a think aloud usability study. (agree about think-aloud -- ME TOO!<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Think_aloud_protocol

    If you need any help/tips for doing a “user test” I’m sure anyone from HCI would be happy to help! (Emily – ecschwar@gmail.com)
    —–thanks guys——I still don’t realllllly know what it is, but I’ll do it!—–maybe we can talk later today or wednesday?? SOUNDS GOOD :)

    How will this be packaged/distributed? Maybe you should put it on the mac app store or something?

    Comment by Dan Wilcox — 4 April 2011 @ 4:35 pm

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