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…

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,…

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…

#OpenFrameworks Flocking System

Extending particle systems, we can make flocking systems where we add behavior to the particles themselves, and not just make the particles follow the mouse, keyboard or other external inputs. The particles have a life of their own and here they flock towards a center of gravity or repel away. I made a modification of…

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…

Surveillance and the Global Other

Image Credit: Shutterstock There is no surprise to why we love bad news or hearing anything negative. For whatever reason, negativity sells. In the same way, the fact that big tech companies use our info for whatever means is just something that sells. Of course, this is not a good thing, then why is it that we cannot stop it…

Force Change: Engineering the Sublime

Image from the film “Lucy” where the protagonist played by Scarlett Johannson uses her exponentially enhanced human perspective and harnesses the entire power of her brain. First of all the world is waking to AI, or I guess we’re are in the age of AI already and everyone is increasingly getting aware of this. By…

Ideas in Form: 6D

Part 6 of Ideas in Form series in my design studio: Extending the element of Interaction. 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. This concept…

Ideas in Form: 5D

Part 5 of Ideas in Form series in my design studio: Adding element of Interaction 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.…

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…

The Medium is the Message

This is merely to say that the personal and social consequences of any medium… by each extension of ourselves, or by any new technology. I dive into the literal sense of “Medium is the Message” and my thoughts revolve around means of communication. The example that strikes me is wishing someone on their birthday. Do…

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.…