WOW!! That is all I can say!
Not necessarily overwhelmed by the amount of information but the QUALITY of information and resources we have available here…
For example – we have access to a 3D PRINTER – that’s right – you send them a 3D model and then you get the actual PHYSICAL object out the next day!! Not to mention the large format high-quality photo printers, full multi-media studios with video and sound editing software and hardware…
So – let’s take it one step at a time:
“Good interactive design is good story telling”
Recommended 2 books:
“Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man” by Marshall McLuhan – “old” book but still very current in its ideas.
“Charles Chaplin – my Auto-biography” – thought it was interesting how the story teller fell in love with technology.
VERY interesting homework – 55 word challenge – have to write a full story with who, what, where, conflict, and resolution in no more than 55 words. This was a “theory” that Steve Moss, the author of “The World’s Shortest Stories: Murder, Love, Horror, Suspense, All This and Much More in the Most Amazing Short Stories Ever Written, Each One Just 55 Words Long” came up with – the least amount of words you can use to write a full story is 55…
Here is mine:
“NO ONE IS WATCHING.”
THE FASCINATING JADE BUDDHA STARED AT HIM FOR ONE YEAR ON HIS DESK.
“I MUST TAKE IT BACK.”
FOUR MONTHS BY BOAT, TWO WEEKS ON FOOT.
HE PLACED THE BUDHA BACK AND HEARD A MONK SAY:
“GLAD TO SEE YOU AGAIN. YOU’VE CONTEMPLATED AND LEARNED YOUR LESSON!”55 WORD CHALLENGE BY LUCAS LONGO
“THE BUDDHA IN THE JUNGLE” by Kamala Tiyavanicht>
Seems like it will be a pretty cool class where we will look at all kinds of media and how to use them.
Introduction to Computational Media
Shawn Van Every
Basically a programing class with the focus on how to manipulate, create, and automate media… using an open-source program called Processing to start with… seems to be pretty powerfull – wanted to see if I can use it to do my M5 Bus tour presentation – wait for next post 😉
The first exercise was pretty cool… each student drew a picture with a few basic shapes (lines, squares and circles). Then we had to write instructions on how to draw it. Instructions swapped, you had to draw according to the “program” you had – and as homework – had to do the same but using Processing.
Here is my first assignment – pretty basic – “Drawing #2”