OH my, what a journey it's been.

My simple LED coat rack, most recently deemed "DigitalMom beta" morphed into a cnc etched plexi-glass and wood interface with hooks. Still effective, possibly more so given that there are symbols to guide your interpretation of the weather, rather than color alone.

Pretty sure I've covered a robust range of feelings regarding DigitalMom - from excitement to disappointment to ennui and beyond - and in the end I managed to scrape together a moral to the story of semester one at ITP. And that is that my sole duty as a student in this program is to stay inspired. Pay attention to all the things that totally rule and remember them when idea time comes - talk to people about my projects so they can keep me juiced and give me excellent feedback, and go to places, both virtual and physical, that make me antsy to create, or at least remind me how invaluable it is to see something through.


icm: final project

I'm still working out my name game (working title)... but my physical computing final looks like it's going to be pretty processing heavy...

I'll be using a basic weather XML feed, either from the man(http://www.weather.gov/xml/current_obs/) or from a service like yahoo (http://developer.yahoo.com/weather/).

Ideally the API witll track the "chance" of future weather for each day, and that will (possibly wirelessly effect) my output, i.e. if there is a 60% chance of rain it will change to blue, if it's high winds it'll turn red, etc

There are some neat options for RGB LEDs, but they're usually very expensive (for example:
http://www.colorkinetics.com/ls/essentialwhite/ewflexslx/). So it might
be simpler / cheaper to create my own.

Still unsure about whether to use/make an RGB panel or string lights. I'm thinking panel will be more simple to implement, although string lights would be full of x-mas cheer...

I talked to my 'rents about it, and in doing so realized that it's a pretty New York-type project. I sort of forgot how people in California have big windows and beautiful weather pretty much all the time. whatevz.


visual communication: portfolio possibilities

^ possible flash site

> current wordpress site: here

> inspiration:
----------------david choe
-----------------screen bites
------------------design of today

> moving forward:
looks like i'll be doing a sort of hand illustration deal, heavily infused with my darling personality. we'll see what turns up. i'm thinking knick knacks in a basement maybe?

*the site needs to contain space for audio, video, design, text (essays), interactive, contact, cv, and resume.


physical computing: 10 final project idears

I've compiled a list of stuff I'm into from the p. comp final project vantage... Maybe by the time I've blogged this all down I'll figure out which one to run with? I think I may be leaning in a certain direction already....

1. Moss turntables. Just kidding - that's Kimi's project. Fuckin' Kimi.

2. Mouse-less digital graffiti - so you practice before you go outside and beautify the city. This would processing heavy and probably fairly small-scale initially, but (ideally/eventually) you'd be able to stand in front of a projected brick wall and move your hand (?) to make a spray-painty line. Blob detection might work well here...

3. Plant(s) theremin - only work(s) when watered. Makes theremin noises

4. Apartment/object GPS - still chewing on this one. I don't mind competing with Sirius... >:E

5. Umbrella stand weatherman - uses wireless and/or wired tech. to connect to a weather API. Lights up when it's going to rain so you remember your umbrella.

6. Weather orb - similar, maybe not as fun.

7. Build speakers.

8. Build a theremin.

9. Use the neat controller from the junk pile to make... sound? images? tactile things like wind? smell? all of the above/ some kind of total experience? ...graffiti? I could learn quite a bit about wiring this way... also processing heavy?

10. Was a bedside servo light-switch operator for the sleepy reader, but instead I'm thinking conductive and/or magnetic material on wallet, keys, phone and when all are stuck alongside each other a light goes from red to green... and... a chain of events takes place that essentially makes you a fresh cup of spicy hot chocolate while playing Boyz II Men...

11. Ferris Bueller's Day Off... just think about it. Oh and Rock It! also


visual communication : logos

itp logos pdf

physical comp: serial comm II

Ran into some trouble with my old blog and will be posting here until I figure out how to access that information again... :(

My serial lab was a success on a number of levels - the most awesome being that it was super fun to make and play with. The pressure sensor underwent a couple minor evolutions, first changing the ellipse fill from blue to lavender, and now operating as the x pos in my processing assignment, where it is controls a sassy gif image.


visual communication: 1


Some issues:

1. Have and idea

To display and compare unattractive and well designed sites

2. Make decisions that support the idea

A stream of information organized in a visually abrasive stream of data, not clearly directing you to the information you came for, let alone making it clear what information you will find there

3. Choose colors for a reason

Abrasive color selection that does nothing for the information

4. Make the negative space part of the design

The site doesn’t adhere to a grid, poor use of negative space

5. Communicate with clear messages and word choices

unclear a difficult to tell what the site is about, what click will lead you where, how to find the info you need. Convoluted structure doesn't express the site's content

6. Establish a hierarchy of information – little or no heirarchy

7. Stick to one layout justification – the eye likes order and consistency - but here they oscillate between center and left justified

8. Work with a grid –

inconsistent and variable grid.

9. Make the interface intuitive

Not intuitive, not clear.

Processing: Assignment 1

This is my really really abstracted rendering of a Canon AE-1.

In time I will wow the world with my processing skillz. In time.


size(600, 800);

//begin code for triangle strip (lens)
int x = width/2;
int y = height/2;
float outerRad = min(200, 200) * 0.4;
float innerRad = outerRad * 0.6;
float px = 0, py = 0, angle = 0;
float pts = 36;
float rot = 360.0/pts;

for (int i = 0; i < pts; i++) { px = x + cos(radians(angle))*outerRad; py = y + sin(radians(angle))*outerRad; angle += rot; vertex(px, py); px = x + cos(radians(angle))*innerRad; py = y + sin(radians(angle))*innerRad; vertex(px, py); angle += rot; } endShape(); //begin code for points and lines (frame) int d = 200; int p1 = d; int p2 = p1+d; int p3 = p2+d; int p4 = p3+d; size(600, 800); background(0); // Draw gray box stroke(153); line(p3, p3, p2, p3); line(p2, p3, p2, p2); line(p2, p2, p3, p2); line(p3, p2, p3, p3); beginShape(TRIANGLE_STRIP); for (int i = 0; i < pts; i++) { px = x + cos(radians(angle))*outerRad; py = y + sin(radians(angle))*outerRad; angle += rot; vertex(px, py); px = x + cos(radians(angle))*innerRad; py = y + sin(radians(angle))*innerRad; vertex(px, py); angle += rot; } endShape(); //code for shape primitive (flash) smooth(); noStroke(); fill(226); rect(45, 45, 35, 35); smooth(); noStroke(); fill(226); rect(200, 400, 35, 35);

Built with Processing


LED blink

Spent the weekend trying to make a couple of LED lights blink intermittently by tinkering with my fickle new friend, the Arduino.

It didn't happen... but I swear I will make these LED's flash if it's the last thing I do.

Also wandered around the city aiming to shoot some photos of machines with sensors. Photos to come shortly.


astral projects

From the set of My Sun and Moon:
Covered this gal's face in bright make-up, jewels and candy, sewed together a cotton-candy tulle and sequin-collage dress, poured glitter into soap that looked like honey, and painted a bald man's head entirely silver.
It was a freakish and absolutely lovely weekend.


j. s. mill


(as quoted in Stanley Cavell's Cities of Words:)

In our times, from the highest class of society down to the lowest every one lives as under the eye of a hostile and dreaded censorship. Not only in what concerns others, but in what concerns only themselves, the individual, or the family, do not ask themselves--what do I prefer? or, what would suit my character and disposition? or, what would allow the best and highest in me to have fair play, and enable it to grow and thrive? They ask themselves, what is suitable to my position? what is usually done by persons of my station and pecuniary circumstances? or (worse still) what is usually done by persons of a station and circumstances superior to mine? I do not mean that they choose what is customary, in preference to what suits their own inclination. It does not occur to them to have any inclination, except for what is customary. Thus the mind itself is bowed to the yoke: even in what people do for pleasure, conformity is the first thing thought of; they like in crowds; they exercise choice only among things commonly done: peculiarity of taste, eccentricity of conduct, are shunned equally with crimes: until by dint of not following their own nature, they have no nature to follow: their human capacities are withered and starved: they become incapable of any strong wishes or native pleasures, and are generally without either opinions or feelings of home growth, or properly their own. Now is this, or is it not, the desirable condition of human nature?

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ITP Master's Candidate at Tisch School of the Arts. Interactivity enthusiast. Cat lover.