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Collaboration with Zoe Padgett, Marcus Guttenplan, and Jenny Rodenhouse.







In this collaborative project with Zoe Padgett, we were interested in the small, seemingly inconsequential daily exchanges all of us partake in.

Wearable technology enables us to not only quantify these transactions, but also allows us to carry them with us. We can feel the weight of a long winded sentence, or refer back to a recent nudge. In this project, we investigated the physical presence of fleeting interactions.

Through the design of a wearable that signifies when we have a desire to speak, and visualizes the process of expelling our thoughts, we hoped to explore how our communication can be affected by visual awareness and haptic reminders. With a small PC fan, a microphone audio sensor, and an Arduino microcontroller, we created a suit that deflates and inflates with our speech.




A collaborative precursor to Expanded Discourse, this exploration focused on the increasing trend of quantification and sharing of personal actions and habits through data collection via wearable technology devices. We sought to develop a means of quantifying brief, daily interactions that are not normally considered and through that, we hoped to bring to light how our behaviors could be influenced by a wearable.

The Luster shirt contains an LED that lights when the wearer is touched and remains on for a predetermined amount of time. The LED allows the wearer to visibly display their social interactions and the interactions are collected as "touches" which can later be accessed via a mobile application.



A system of encryption in the era of PRISM and pervasive NSA surveillance.

A family member has become increasingly paranoid and
obsessed with privacy and forces you and your relations to
adopt an encrypted form of communication for all conversations except those in person.

In order to maintain contact and humor your loved one you
must refer to the instructions and use the dictionary he has
provided. You worry what will happen if you refuse; over time you have grown more and more concerned about his well being.




Using the complex existing encryption systems as a starting point, I sought to explore a much slower, more analog method for hiding messages using common objects. After some explorations in smart phone screenshots and color coded systems, the final outcome in this project was focused around a portable dictionary and a familial context.

What happens when domestic surveillance becomes so pervasive that extreme measures need to be taken to hide the most basic communications between family members?





An Augmented Reality Tour

Using the augmentation enabled by audio prompts and small visual markers, the California Landscape Portal enables people to experience different physical locations using mostly their imaginations. The audio guide describes certain places and scenarios but no directly related visual information is given.

This project pushed the boundary of what augmentation could be by removing some sensory elements while explicitly guiding the overall process to a certain extent. The tour being situated in an austere white room forces the tourist to build the landscape within, giving each person a distinct experience.






At the end of the tour, viewers are invited to take a booklet of abstracted images correlating to the location descriptions they heard.



A futher iteration of this project includes similar audio description based on photographs. Rather than the tourist not having visuals to look at, their experience is enhanced by a booklet of google streetview images of the locations being described. The juxtaposition of the personal, human perspective illustrated in photographs being described confronts the rigid and homogenized streetview camera perspective.
This Is Not A Knob: Tangible interaction as a means for exploring an information space.

Using only one potentiometer, I wanted to explore the role of outsider participation in the physical alteration of my body. The project became an investigation of the ridiculousness of physical alteration as a method of escaping reality.

By situating the user into the position of power, I also hoped to highlight the critical relationship an outsider's perspective can have on one's own body image.

This project was a way of exploring the structural relationships of information and physical form. I chose to explore urban spatial relationships through the act of applying physical form to collected numerical data about urban park spaces.

Initially examining data on park spaces in total acreage in 50 major urban cities in the U.S., I investigated how those relationships functioned visually with the use of Processing.

The resulting information was then broken down into collections of spatial data relationships by city and the resulting built structure illustrates a possibility of what the largest park spaces could look like overlaid on the the Los Angeles landscape.

In this exercise with point-of-view augmentation I wanted to explore the possibility of a technological reality-augmenting device, akin to Google Glass, that would allow a person to augment their surroundings through simplification.

What if instead of adding information to one's sensory experiences, certain details could be removed?

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Information Design Final, Spring 2013.


Transmedia, Spring 2013.
 
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