Refining Domains #Thesis

I refined my domain map from the previous iterations, added more sub-domains to get some clarity. I digitized these domains, eliminated recurring subdomains that are quite common, and refined it further, using Realtimeboard. How do I consider my domain or subdomains? A lot of my work was spread across my portfolio, past work, work during my…

Domain Mapping #Thesis

I practiced domain mapping through my first semester until now. My first thorough domain mapping was in my first semester – where I spit out all possible domains that I’m interested in (sticky notes above). Then I imagined and assumed a few problems emanating from that domain, and assumed the technology space that could solve them (red). Then…

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…

The Practice of Everyday Life

Perspective vision and prospective vision constitute the twofold projection of an opaque past and an uncertain future onto a surface that can be dealt with. This article is a reflection of Michel De Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life, 1984 – “Concept of the City to Urban Practices,” and “Spaces and Places”. This above quote from the author…

Grand Central and The Holiday Market

  I have done many “New York” things so far, like eating cheeseburgers, pretzels, pizzas, being dazzled by Times Square, taking the subway and the list goes on… but for some reason, one of the best feelings of New York came when I visited Grand Central Station  and its market and also the Holiday Market…

Interaction with Technology for the Century

This is the final paper for my reflections on Design for the Century, in my first semester at Parsons School of Design. Below is the TLDR summary and following that is the final paper published from Google Drive. Summary We know what technology is. In Marshall McLuhan’s theory, all technologies are extensions of our physical…

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…

Giving Thanks to Black Friday and 34th Street

Among all my Creative Dates, truly this was a time I chose to literally forget about everything and just enjoy some time off with myself. I am really amazed and proud of myself for doing this, but I guess it was the feeling of Thanksgiving all around! Thanks to Thanksgiving for Black Friday and to…

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…

Designing Power Dynamics and Online Identities for Us

Cyborg, Justice League (2017) While reflecting on author Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto the first image that comes to my mind is that from Justice League. To me, its very interesting how the author uses the Cyborg as the metaphor to convey her view of feminism, equality and stepping away from ‘an identity’ but choosing a creature…

Algorithmic Democracy

The United States of America is reeling under the problem of Russian interference in their post-election scenario. They are indeed in the eye of a storm, but is it just the USA? I come from India and it’s been more than 3 years for the Modi Government. He was well acclaimed, popular and won his election…

As We May Think

All images in this post are taken from Trevor Smith Memex #001 ‘As We May Think’  was an article written by Dr. Vannevar Bush, published in 1945. He has written this in the pretext of the final months of World War II and the devastating bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by The United States of America. He…

MetroPolarity: Against Empire

Voodoo Loa Cards by Ula Fish We all know that the world today runs on Einstein’s E=mc2 theory of energy to mass conversion. This is scientific, yes. However, as laypersons, do we ponder about the possibility that there can be more to this? Are we running the world with this, only because it’s the best-proven theory so far? Didn’t we once live…

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…