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…

a-tox-sphere

It is a collection of physical prototypes and digital concepts. A speculative environment where the earth is depleted of oxygen, filled with toxic air from pollution, the human race has diminished, thereby still leaving plenty of energy resource – an ironical state of affairs, insufficient to sustain the human race. The work, in essence, 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,…

Design Noir

This is a reflection of ‘Design Noir‘ by Dunne and Raby. I first read the single paragraph above the section of ‘Design Noir’, which spoke of electronic products as the neglected medium. While I was reading through the example of the Sony Walkman, the picture of the Apple iPod came into my mind, and I…

See Yourself Sensing

Becky Stern ‘Laptop Compubody Sock’ This is a reflection on excerpts from Madeline Schwartzman’s See Yourself Sensing – Environments and Reframing. From Maltaf’s work, it gives us the sense of experiencing the objects inside the environment and the external environment itself – in two faces – how does it cause sensation to one’s outside self and inside. Essentially…

Rise and Fall and Winter

I came to New York in July for a mission, a goal and to become the best designer I can. Design to me is about creating specific order and organizing elements within it, which best accomplishes a task and establishes a framework for future improvements. My biggest inspiration for design is nature itself. I do believe in…

First Broadway, Last Match

That’s right. This was my first ever Broadway show, and probably the first theatre shows that I have seen in a very long time. The last time I might have attended theatre was maybe during my undergrad or ever before that, which was about 9 years ago. The show was ‘The Last Match‘. Well, technically this was…

U. N. Me.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) of my school (The New School) organized a trip the United Nations, here in New York. I remember, when I applied to Parsons School of Design in December 2016, I was exploring the school and its courses etc in more detail, when I stumbled upon this ad by…

Physiognomy: Understanding Users

This is Jennifer Alexa. She lives in New York City and is a writer in a publication house. She is single and skeptical of having serious relationships. She stays away from family. They are over-protective which may have made her very intolerant and cautious.  She is trying to change that. Jennifer reads books, watches movies…

Understanding Soft Circuits

I recently attended the BF+DA ‘This is not a Sweater’ event organized by Pratt Institute and bkaccelerator. There were some beautiful samples of wearable circuits or rather fashionable technology. Here are three of my favorite ones: 1. Soft Button [This integrated the tactility of archetypal buttons into the soft textile environment. It comes as an activating…

Twelve Discontents

I am identifying one thing that troubles me about: 1. Myself Perfection indeed sounds like a good quality to have. I look at it, as a superpower. It’s mostly useful and is great to make you look good, but not everyone is happy with a superhero flying around. Some say I only do that for…

Ideas in Form: 4D

Part 4 of Ideas in Form series in my design studio: Adding element of Time to the design. Ideas in Form was a project to select a domain and a lens within or through which one would like to conduct research. Given your lens, develop a concept derived from any idea you have identified with your domain.…