A minimalistic fold of canvas and accompanying cover to keep earbuds untangled and padded, yet easy to remove for use. A simple way to keep earbuds undamaged in your pocket.
Early concept for a series of interactive public furniture (work in progress)
This was an assignment for interaction design, the prompt: Reconfigure the student services website. One thing that becomes tiresome is having to jump back and forth between MySCAD, student mail, myfile, and blackboard. I amended this by having in-site tabs that bring up each site within a browser window on MySCAD.
While the actual internet navigation remains essentially unchanged, mental navigation for the user will be simpler, because all supporting sites are now under one roof. The tabs also indicate unread mail or blackboard notifications, so that you don’t have to navigate to the site if nothing’s new.If you prefer to be directed to student mail or blackboard instantly upon logging into MySCAD, there’s a “pin” you can drag onto the tab of your choice, and whichever tab is pinned becomes your home tab.
All the other junk that was on the “home” and “student workspace” and “My info” tabs is now all located under resources. All tabs and windows are made editable when the gear icon in the top right-hand icon cluster is clicked. I also propose “widget” windows for the dashboard. Some useful possibilities include assignment due date countdowns, student home capacity, a custom links window, and a filterable SCAD events display. All native windows and widgets are transparent, allowing the image or images in the background to be displayed. A single static image or a slideshow of images can be linked/uploaded to the MySCAD page via the picture icon in the top right-hand icon cluster. We’re all creatives and artists, we should have the ability to fill our backgrounds with our own art or imagery, instead of seeing that damn balloon thing every time we log in. Another new feature is the location filter. This can be changed to any of the SCAD locations via the location icon in the top right-hand icon cluster. This changes the local time and filters SCAD events accordingly. Another feature is that the server won’t log you out even ten minutes, just every half hour to keep the load light on the server. If it turns out that’s not necessary, you’ll stay logged in for as long as you wish, your identity indicated at the top center. But I’m not sure how all that works. When you do choose to log out, do so by clicking the giant lock button in the icon cluster.
I made the scrollbars a little bit special too. Instead of being a bar you have to aim for that dwindles in size depending on the length of the page, the new bar is just a vertical zone you drag on generally. The speed of the feedback increases at a scalar rate with the length of the page (page longer, scrolls faster).
Even if you make MySCAD super pretty or easy to use, even if you put tetris or snake on the dashboard, people still aren’t going to want to hang out on it. It’s a place to get school oriented information, and that’s pretty much it. People get on, then they leave. The trick is to make it as quick and pleasant as possible.There’s plenty of room for improvement.
Conventional social media allows a user to create a profile that represents them. The content a user posts, the things they say, and the way they react to others online are all scrutinized by other users. This encourages people to filter certain parts of themselves. Before every action, users find themselves thinking about how people will view them. Eventually, nearly every contribution a user has made to his or her profile is mildly or severely mitigated by doubts about what others will think. This leads to a representation of you that is not you. It’s some weird politically correct, homogeneous, culturally relevant and more attractive version of you. This is of no use to anyone. It creates a disparity between who you really are and how people see you.
So! That’s why you need Aura. Aura allows for thirty of your closest friends, relatives, and loved ones to upload media of all kinds that they feel represent you. The result is a wall of pictures, videos, songs, quotes from all over time and space that culminate into a representation of who you are to others. At a glance you can understand what kind of person you’re seen as. You don’t have the ability to upload any media for yourself; You’re at the mercy of those you authorize to contribute. So it’s impossible to fabricate how you come across (whether it be intentionally or inadvertently). If your authorized contributors likewise authorize you, you can contribute to their Aura. Aura is available online for computers, and on smart devices as an app. Having aura on your smartphone allows you to upload a picture directly from your camera if you spot something that reminds you of a friend.
Aura isn’t made for back-patting or absorbing what’s popular. There’s no status, chat, or like function. Its sole purpose is to help others understand how they are perceived by other people. It’s okay if someone’s contribution makes you look ugly, stupid or weird because it’s honest and unfiltered. It doesn’t matter if you don’t like the way they see you, because they’ve always seen you that way and they’re still friends with you.
The core concept of the interface is based loosely on star systems. The user navigates through a simulated “space”, with a series little auras in the peripheries that represent how specific people see you, and the big aura in the center that represents all the media culminating into how everyone sees you in general.
I wanted a durable bag that could enclose six cans, to protect other items in my backpack from condensation. It’s made from polyurethane coated nylon and has a loop for keys or a bottle opener, and a pocket in the center.