VxD 3: Advanced Interaction
In the beginning of 2010, Microsoft Research came to our interaction class at Art Center College of Design and proposed a design challenge—”service meets social”. Being from California, our educational system has been deeply effected—to name a few of the giant issue: budget cuts, young and new teachers getting pink slips, students being packed into classrooms, and outdated standards. Our group easily, though sadly, found a field that desperately needs real solutions. Watching our family, friends, and community being negatively affected by the troubling educational system, we were motivated and inspired to find innovative ideas to solve our state’s educational problems.
We approached our project with these questions: How do we update and integrate relevant technology into the classroom? How do we allow teachers to feel comfortable to share their ideas? Most importantly, how do we allow students to get the most out of their education?
STEPS, our project, is an online resource and community for educators. With lesson plan databases, member profiles, and a series of expandable integrated applications and devices. STEPS brings networking to K-12 education and allows innovative ideas to be shared beyond the classroom.
Type 4: Space
The word HAPTIC is used for the title of Nagi Noda’s Exhibition of Animal-Inspired Hair Hats. HAPTIC refers to things relating or pleasant to the sense of touch. It is used as a guide word to indicate an attitude that takes into consideration how we perceive things with our senses.
In the exhibition, 15 headpieces are shown to celebrate one of Nagi’s skills — creating sulptures or hair hats styled out of real human hair with her hands. Thus, the logo is hand drawn in a way that make the word HAPTIC becomes a hair sculpture visually.
There are two versions of the poster. One features the pattern in order to bring impact to the audiences. The other one contains more information about the exhibition and the creator, Nagi Noda. A mail brochure for the JAM members is one of the promotional materials, which invites the members to visit the featured exhibition. The brochure includes the English and the Japanese version, and contains postcards for the members to invite their family and friends.