notes

<Presentation>

1. Talk about my approach: Two directions

a. Collaborative approach / Optional collaboration

Items to use to support the idea:
Point out the two projects that I’m showing on the wall, the cube and the miss project. Use print out panels to show case these projects. Include project name and a brief description.

b. Journalistic approach / Journalism as a public forum

Items to use to support the idea:
Point out the experiments I did, the mosaic and the poster project. Talk about what I learned from these projects. Consider to use a screen to run through these projects instead of using print panels

2. Talk about that my thesis is to find the situation and scenario where these two concepts can integrate with each other, and become a useful or productive act of interaction. (say that as a media designer, I am interested in….blahblahblah)

Use the big model on the wall as a reference. The model will have to show how information can be shared among the users.

3. Talk about the 4 scenarios that I found. Point out the highlights of the three of them that I didn’t use, then talk about the one that I decided to use as an exploration.

Items to use to support this idea:
The scenario boards and photos of these locations.

4. Talk about the 4 main functions of the interface: Search, Share, Recommend and Collect. Talk about the detailed functions that the motion doesn’t have to support the concept.

Items to use to support the idea:
Motion and a one sheet storyboard for people to follow through my talk.

5. Talk about the Future directions for this interface. Separate it into two directions. The multiple user direction and the journalistic direction.

What might be possible in the future, as a media designer, what do I want to focus on in the future. What are my expectations of myself in the future and the areas that I’m interested in to explore more. Also talk about what I’ve learned in my thesis term as well as my journey in grad school.

<Refined Scenario for Motion>

Things that need to be shown in the motion.

4 main concepts: Search, Share, Recommend and collect.

Jae and friends come to the library to use the news archive table to do research. They need to use the table to look for news articles about the history of urban plans for major cities in the US.

// Mari type in keywords to generate search
1. Generating a search.

// Mari sees her friends keywords, she drag it out to create a different search
2. Sharing the keywords, getting other persons keywords.

// Mari browse through content, see an interesting article and then share it with friends.
3. Browse through the search result, find the article you like, share it to the recommendation pool.
4. Recommend an article to the users next to you or to the recommendation pool.
*Most complicated part!!!! Push this through and then it gets easier!!!!! Don’t focus on the small functions, focus on her finding the article and then recommending it to the community or other users.

// Mari recommend the search combination to friend
5. Recommending the search combination to the user next to you.

// Mari collect the articles in the recommendation pool with her ID card.
6. Collecting the articles in the recommendation pool.


<Exhibition>

Things to build:

*All designs needs to be done before wk12
*Build stuff on wk13

1. news wallpaper                                                       //design on wk 11 and print on wk 12
2. Panels and descriptions for past projects        //design on wk 11
Two project for Collaborative approach / two project for journalism as public forum.
For past project:
1. Project name,
2. Photo of project
3. Project description

3. Table model <before wk12>                                //build on wk 11
4. Printouts and name card                                     //design one sheet on wk 11, print card on wk 12
5. Scenario boards                                                     //design and build on wk 12
6. Projector hanger                                                         <wk 13>
7. Wall                                                                                <wk 13>
8. Test projection length                                               <wk 11>

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Scenario3

I’ve been approaching my thesis projects from two different angles, one is the exploration of the relationship between the individuals and the community they participate in. The other is the idea of using journalism as the facilitator of a public forum.
I am especially interested in the way of how the individuals contribute to it’s community and how the community brings effects upon them. My thesis project tends to tap into the area where people collaborate with each other through a passive sense of participation. The idea of collaboration needs not to be an enforced or active way of participating. The decision of whether they want to participate or not are always made by the users themselves. Even if there were forced to read a certain article, it is still up to them to make the decision to participate or not.  This leads into the second approach of my project, Journalism.

In the book “The Elements of Journalism” written by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. They mentioned that journalism should be able to serve as a facilitator for public forums. They also mentioned that the first type of journalism existed in the ancient Greek markets. It was a time where the citizens would just come to the market place and exchange “news” with each other. This was the first type of journalism, everybody was their own editor and everybody was the publisher. In a world where information can be found everywhere on the internet, I tend to bring back this concept of creating a physical space for discussions of news articles.  This would be a space where people can connect with each other through the discussion of news.

My thesis project has been an exploration in how social interactions and news reading can become a part of each other. However, this is not to say that this is a better way of reading the news or even a better of connecting with people. News reading has always been a very solitary act, and it is almost in every situation against the idea of social interactions within a community. But there are some situations where these two ideas merge well together, and can actually become a meaningful act in our life and society. My thesis is about finding and locating these situations where these two ideas can merge together and become meaningful and helpful to our life.

I decided to build my idea on the library scenario. I made this pick out of several different reason. First, the library has always been a place full of information. It has always been a place where people come for information and archives. It is also a place where people gather and discuss about their projects and works. I believe that there is am opportunity here to marry the two concepts here, and create a interface design for the users to be able to not only browse through news in a solitary act, but also share and recommend the news to each other.

Scenario: Library

Description:

While doing a group project, it is important that we find a way to share the research results that we find interesting or useful. We used to do this through email or by printing it out on papers. This device could enhance the experience of collaboration and cooperation within a small group of researchers-in this case, students. The idea is to provide the students a better way to share the results that they find, and be able to talk and discuss about their findings in a much more direct and easier way. For example if they were all researching on the topic “China”. They could easily divide their task in three ways. One could probably look for articles about the industrialized history of China, whereas the other two could look into the cultural or the geographical elements of China. The device provides the opportunity for them to do separate tasks, but gather and collect the useful ones and share it with other researchers.

Location:
A research room in the public library

Users:
Three college students doing a group project could come and use the device as a group research tool.

Situation:
Three college students from Pasadena Community College is conducting a research project about Los Angeles. They came to the library to look through the news archive in order to know more about stories and events that’s been happening in Los Angeles.
They all came to the library around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, they meet each other and went to the News archive room. There were some tables and some chairs in the room, but there was not bookshelves and no books at all. They started to discuss what they need to do for the day, and also divided different research tasks to each other.
The Project was about the change of the  cityscape in Los Angeles in the past 50 years. The students want to explore their research in several different directions. Manny was responsible for the research in the public transportation plans of Los Angeles, Jae was responsible in the change of the business structure in Los Angeles and Scott was responsible for the demographic of different ethnic groups.
They all had their own direction to research on, and had the overarching theme they needed to work in. They then started to type in the keywords and started to combine them with different keywords to generate search results. Sometimes they would exchange the keywords they use, or add different keywords to each others search results to look for commonalities in the articles. While reading through the news articles, they would sometimes drag articles to the recommendation pool to create a body of recommended articles. These were articles that they thought was very useful to their project and wanted to revisit them later.
Besides of saving articles to the recommendation pool they also shared the articles by directly dragging the articles or the search results to each others control panel. Sometimes they would also switch panels to switch their directions in the research in order to pull themselves back from the project and to refresh their minds by looking into different articles.
After a while of searching browsing and discussing about the articles they found. They decided to have all the selected articles to be emailed to them, so they could go home revisit it again if it was necessary.

Scenario2

These are the two scenarios that I picked out to develop a bit more details.

<a> Airport

Description:
In an international airport. Where people are waiting for a transition flight. It’s very normal and usual for travelers to be stuck in airports waiting for their transition flights for almost 4 to 5 hrs. During that waiting time, a lot of people ether go to tax free stores to shop or they would just sit on the chair and surf the internet with their laptops. Having a device like this, would actually help people kill time but in a much more effective and useful way. The device provides the users the ability to search for news articles that date from a century ago. The travelers would have the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the place they are going to, they could also have the results be emailed or downloaded to their computer or handheld device so they could bring it along with them.

Location:
The waiting room for international flights

Users:
Three people that are traveling to London, two of them are a couple and is on a honeymoon trip. Both of them are from San Francisco, they are waiting for a transfer flight. The other person is a sixteen year old teenager from LA, he too is waiting for a transferring flight to London.

Situation :
It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon, 2 hrs away till the flight to London departures from JFK. John and Mary are wandering around in the airport. Both of them are  in their 30s. They are waiting for a transfer flight to London, which won’t be departing for another 3 hours. Both of them are not interested in the duty free stores.
They then came up to this device, and decided to search for information and articles about London. They typed in the keywords of the topics they were interested in, and generated different search results by combining the keywords. They both typed in the keyword “London” since that is the topic they want to know more about. John then combined “London” with “castles” and Mary combined “London” with “movie”. They both generated lots of search results, and read through the results that they thought was interesting. They also shared the interesting articles with each other by dragging them onto each others control panel, or by dragging it into the recommendation pool.
Jack, a teenager from LA who is on his way to London to visit his relatives, saw the couple using the multi-touch interface. He then came over and wanted to use the device to find some interesting articles to read through. He didn’t had a specific thing he wanted to search for, so he just simply tried to type in different words to combine together, and wondered what kind of results would come up. He then saw some of the searches created by John, and figured that these couples were looking for articles about London. He then dragged one of the searches created by John about London, and added another keyword to it to alter the search results. As he was browsing through the results, he came upon this article about a giraffe catching a fire on it’s tail in London zoo. He thought this article was super interesting and so he dragged it into the recommendation pool so John and Mary could also read it.


<b> Library

Description:
While doing a group project, it is important that we find a way to share the research results that we find interesting or useful. We used to do this through email or by printing it out on papers. This device could enhance the experience of collaboration and cooperation within a small group of researchers-in this case, students. The idea is to provide the students a better way to share the results that they find, and be able to talk and discuss about their findings in a much more direct and easier way. For example if they were all researching on the topic “China”. They could easily divide their task in three ways. One could probably look for articles about the industrialized history of China, whereas the other two could look into the cultural or the geographical elements of China. The device provides the opportunity for them to do separate tasks, but gather and collect the useful ones and share it with other researchers.

Location:
A research room in the public library

Users:
Three college students doing a group project could come and use the device as a group research tool.

Situation:
Three college students from Pasadena Community College is conducting a research project about Los Angeles. They came to the library to look through the news archive in order to know more about stories and events that’s been happening in Los Angeles.
They all came to the library around 1 o’clock in the afternoon, they meet each other and went to the News archive room. There were some tables and some chairs in the room, but there was not bookshelves and no books at all. They started to discuss what they need to do for the day, and also divided different research tasks to each other.
The Project was about the change of the  cityscape in Los Angeles in the past 50 years. The students want to explore their research in several different directions. Manny was responsible for the research in the public transportation plans of Los Angeles, Jae was responsible in the change of the business structure in Los Angeles and Scott was responsible for the demographic of different ethnic groups.
They all had their own direction to research on, and had the overarching theme they needed to work in. They then started to type in the keywords and started to combine them with different keywords to generate search results. Sometimes they would exchange the keywords they use, or add different keywords to each others search results to look for commonalities in the articles. While reading through the news articles, they would sometimes drag articles to the recommendation pool to create a body of recommended articles. These were articles that they thought was very useful to their project and wanted to revisit them later.
Besides of saving articles to the recommendation pool they also shared the articles by directly dragging the articles or the search results to each others control panel. Sometimes they would also switch panels to switch their directions in the research in order to pull themselves back from the project and to refresh their minds by looking into different articles.
After a while of searching browsing and discussing about the articles they found. They decided to have all the selected articles to be emailed to them, so they could go home revisit it again if it was necessary.

Scenarios1

There are several scenarios that my project could possibly fit in to. I’ve been trying to flush out some of them, and focus on only two of the scenarios to create my design for.

Here are the five scenes:

1. Sports Bar
Location: A small sports bar located in a crowded city.
Users: People who just came out of work, and want to meet with friends at the sports bar.

In a sports bar, where the friends come together to this interactive table and search through informations about the latest sports or things that are related to their work. The platform would provide functions for them to share the news and experience live game together. The interface would also provide an opportunity for a user to interact with a stranger through a common interest of news articles. For instance, a user might find out that a girl at the next table is super interested in Football, he could then upload the a piece of news related to football onto his cup, and bring it over to the other table to use it as an icebreaker to meet the girl.

2. Airport
Location: The waiting room for international flights
Users: People who are waiting to board the flight, especially for people who are waiting for a transition flight

In an international airport. Where people are waiting for a transition flight. It’s very normal and usual for travelers to be stuck in airports waiting for their transition flights for almost 4 to 5 hrs. During that waiting time, a lot of people ether go to tax free stores to shop or they would just sit on the chair and surf the internet with their laptops. Having a device like this, would actually help people kill time but in a much more effective and useful way. The device provides the users the ability to search for news articles that date from a century ago. The travelers would have the opportunity to have a deeper understanding of the place they are going to, they could also have the results be emailed or downloaded to their computer or handheld device so they could bring it along with them.

3. Home environment
Location: kitchen area in the home of a family of three
Users: The father, mother and the teenage son.

Many families eat their breakfast together in the morning, a typical theme is the parents would be sitting at the table reading the newspaper on a Sunday morning while their son might be surfing on the internet upstairs in his own room. The father might find an interesting article and tells the mother to read it too. If they were using their own computers, they would probably try to email each other the link or the full article. If they were reading a newspaper, one would probably than try to read it out loud for the other. There is an opportunity here for this platform to exist. The interface would allow them to be able to share and recommend articles to each other in a more direct and easier way. They could also search together on the same topic, but look into different aspects of the topic they are interested in. For example, the husband could try to search for articles about the city constructions of Los Angeles, while the wife could try to search for the urban designs of Los Angeles.

4. Library
Location:
A research room in the public library
Users: Three students doing a group project could come and use the device as a group research tool.

While doing a group project, it is important that we find a way to share the research results that we find interesting or useful. We used to do this through email or by printing it out on papers. This device could enhance the experience of collaboration and cooperation within a small group of researchers-in this case, students. The idea is to provide the students a better way to share the results that they find, and be able to talk and discuss about their findings in a much more direct and easier way. For example if they were all researching on the topic “China”. They could easily divide their task in three ways. One could probably look for articles about the industrialized history of China, whereas the other two could look into the cultural or the geographical elements of China. The device provides the opportunity for them to do separate tasks, but gather and collect the useful ones and share it with other researchers.

5. Disaster situation
Location: LA downtown
Users: Emergency response units, LAPD, LAFD,

Whenever a major disaster happens on a larger scale. Different response units are needed to get involved in the situation. They all come to the table with what their own professional skills, insights and resources. There is also always a coordinator to help coordinate all these resource and manpower. It would be important that all the commanders from different emergency units could sit at a place where they can discuss what they have, and sort out ways to utilize their resource and cooperate their manpower. In this scenario, a platform for multiple users could actually be helpful. The commanders could upload their resources to the platform, and they could cooperate or plan out rescue plans for the emergency by discussing and planing directly through the use of this platform.

Notes For Exhibition

Drafts.

1. Poster project as the entry point of thesis.

2. Intro Poster to explain the idea of the thesis.

3. Mosiac project – Collaborative process.

4. Small experiments on a mac screen. <on pedestal>

5. Motion storyboards for the last project / printed and mounted on foam boards.

6. Big screen running motion demo for interface.

*7. A flash step by step demo for interface design.

Thesis writing 1

My interest has always been in the relations between the individuals and the community.

Some of my previous works shows my interest in co-creation and the presence of  individuals working together to form a collaborative result. My works have also been about creating common grounds to serve as a icebreaker for people to interact with each other. In my thesis term, I have been drifting around different ideas and concept of how news reading can be a part of our social interaction.

This last project that I’m working on, is to create a platform that allows or maybe forcing users to search in a collaborative process. Each is allowed to implement a piece of what they want to read. Each of the three users are given control over one kind of category. Therefore, the users will be forced to work with each other in order to facilitate any results. The idea of having it in a social or public space, also gives the users an immediate response from another user. The physical aspect of this device gives it an interesting advantage in bringing it’s users face to face. The idea is to facilitate more interactions between the users, things such as conversations or physical gestures.

This is a process of give and take, what and how does the users enter the things they like into the system. Moreover, how do they collect the results? Since the users can only have control over one certain category of the search. It is almost impossible for them to get exactly what they want, unless they talk and convince the other users. However, even though it might not be what they want, there would still be a part of it that is controlled by them. Which is what makes the search result a collaborated result.

The content that I’ll be using for this search system is the news media. The reason for picking this content, is because it is already structured in many different categories. Almost every piece of the article contains the aspects of  time, space and the happened event. Every article also comes with a different voice which can be identified by the agency or the writer.

The society we live in today requires us to move faster and faster in our life. It also requires us to be more precise then ever before to just get what we want out of everything. It is almost the same for news reading, the usual reading time is less then an hour a day. People only skim the headlines and select what they want to read. This type of reading falls into a danger where people end up reading what they like. And become more ignorant to other things that are happening in the world. The main idea is to provide people a platform where they can create a body of news article that has been selected based on a public input, instead on a purely personal interest. It is about the user next to you, about the articles that you select together, and also about understanding that different people have different opinions towards news.

Like what I stated before, I have an interest in the relationship between the community and it’s individuals. How does the individual gets what they want from the community, and how is the community been shaped by it’s users? Do the citizens change the city, or does the city changes us?

Questions.

Q

Concept Ques:
Why am I doing this?
What is my point of view of multiple POV?
What is the purpose of having a Multiple POV or a Multiple perspective of news?
What is the purpose of forming a social aspect of journalism?
What is the motive that drives me to make journalism into this kind of form?
What advantages and disadvantages does my journalistic approach bring to the audience?
What kind of experience do I want the users or audience to have?
What do I want them to learn from this experience?

Design Ques:
How does media/news become something that could facilitate people to converse in a physical space?
Can media/news become part of the discussion?
How do people gather and talk about the News?
Why do we want people to facilitate conversation?
Where do I want it to take place? on the streets or in a room?
Where in space and how do I engage people?
How does it attract multiple people?
How do we package our information –> multiple source? filter? raw data?
How do we organize and sort through information?
Do we need a Newsroom to package for us?
How do I use multiple views of a piece of news as the content to facilitate conversation and interaction among the users in a physical space?
News are event based, so how do I capture people’s description and opinions of a particular event? do I do it through interviews? do I do it through documentaries?
How do I create a space where people could use news as a conversation facilitator? how and in what kind of form do I present that news to motivate people to discussions? and what does that discussion brings to the audiences?