The Paper Plane

Do you remember that the symbol of medicine used to be the red cross? Today, it’s the two snakes around the iron rod, called the “Caduceus” (the snake and rod symbol). Have you seen any symbols for attorneys or law advocates? They normally have a white-collar bow. In India, from where I’m from, this is…

Computational Form

Introduction This graduate case study is to reflect on the learning outcomes from the Computational Form course, here at Parsons School of Design. Coming from a background of Computer Science Engineering, I chose this course to use code as experimentation in design and generative art. Art for me mainly revolves around performance – song, dance, stage,…

The Idea of Emergence

This is a reflection on Steven Johnson’s, Emergence, The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities & Software, “Street Level”. While the reading explains the case of Ants, I am only reminded of the Antz movie, and movies like that made it clear on how, small little things work together to achieve mammoth tasks, or ’emerge’ as…

Defining ‘Play’ and ‘Game’

This is a reflection on K. Salen and E. Zimmerman’s, selections from Rules of Play: “Defining Play” and “Defining Games”. As an interaction designer, while I read this part of the book, the one thing that surprisingly was most interesting to me was how the authors spoke of the game setup. The setup is so important!…

Why We Need Things

This is a reflection on ‘Why We Need Things’ by author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, on ‘Objects and the Organization of Experience’. The author starts with how the nomads did not like carrying many things, nor accepted objects as gifts because that meant more luggage to carry around. And then gradually, man became a ‘hoarder’, a collector of things, artifacts and have…