I have not yet reached a definitive conclusion for what place i want to represent nor the method I want to employ to portray it. I suppose the method should be decided based on the place itself, but I have a few ideas for both that I want to try out.


Physical Places:

  • Church/ University Center Chapel. I come here a lot and this room holds great meaning to me. I want to capture the essence of calmness and peace that this place gives me.
  • Emergency Room. I was recently at the ER, and noted that it had a very peculiar environment, and the interactions that happen there seemed very odd, and I would like to capture that oddity in some way.
  • Margaret Morrison/ Design Studio. For obvious reasons, but I would probably focus on the competitive culture.
  • Room/ Drawers/ Bookshelf. I think my bookshelf is very important to me, and I think it would be interesting to understand certain underlying patterns that bring all these seemingly random books to the same collection.

Abstract “Places”:

  • Time. I think it would be interesting to see how we perceive time as a place. I think there could be an interesting abstraction when we visualize time as a volumetric space, with certain hours being more important than others, or even representing time as greater than just 24 hours.
  • Conversation. I wonder what conversation as a place would look like.
  • Broken Hand. I recently injured my hand, and I was able to snag the X-Ray files, and I wonder if there are any cool things I could do with those.


  • Steel Wool Photography. I’ve done this in the past, and I wonder if I can expand its usage to represent the space it’s performed in. The particles fit the trajectory of the swing, so if the swing is calculated, we could highlight/hide certain aspects of physical space.
  • I am interested in creating a similar light pole as the one that visualized Wi-Fi signals.
  • I am interested in creating a 3D light painting, perhaps as a method of 3D annotation.
  • I’d be interested in taking a stab at doing something with Light-Field cameras.
  • I want to learn how to use Computer Vision as a medium—I don’t completely understand the lengths of its capabilities.

Author: Quan

Origin of Quan: https://youtu.be/X0fizqifumk?t=30s I am a second year in the School of Design, with a concentration in Environments. I have done photography for many years, and have seen how both the camera and the photos it produces can be tools used to communicate truth, by highlighting and hiding specific elements. I am taking this class because I one day hope to be a designer who is able to develop and leverage unprecedented methods of communication, or as Bret Victor likes to put it, Seeing Tools.