Following last week’s project, we are asked to build out our sketch last week. Here’s what I planned out to do:

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Since I imagine it would be fitting the fingers like a ring, I started looking for circular objects that I can manipulate. Since I have been in quarantine for the past two weeks, I really don't have many interesting materials to work with. So I decided to take a step back and make my interface a bit bigger than a ring so that it’s easier to build. …

Reading Data for Life by Professor Schull reminded me of a conversation that I had with her during my undergraduate years. She brought up this idea of a “digital doppelgänger” where the technologies that we engage with create a self that is represented by numerous data points and information. As one of the most intimate technologies to us, wearable technologies are capable of turning every organ and part of our body into measurements of our well-being. Schull also mentioned that at one point, we become the choices we make, which offers an interesting perspective to evaluate the role of wearables…

This week, we are experimenting with servo motors and making a wearable device that would make use of it. I had a lot of ideas going into this week’s homework, but I couldn’t land on any of them. After rounds and rounds of thinking, I looked over at the red envelope lying on my desk and thought: why don’t I make something that can open the envelope for me?

For this project, I decided to attach the motor onto a wrist band and then connect the motor with the envelope using a thread. Although it sounds quite straightforward, I had…

This week, we are learning about the basics of typography, which I have always been fascinated about. Reading Ellen Lupon’s guide on letters gave me a sense of how typefaces and letterforms are talked about and solidified my understanding on type. I was surprised (but also glad) to find out that there is a difference between “font” and typeface, as I have always used these two words interchangeably. Watching her lecture on typography and feeling also prompted me to think more about the emotions that a specific typeface is capable to invoke. I really enjoyed when she talked about the…

This week, we are asked to create a physical interface for a computer. We are working with the following constraints:

  • Can’t be a touch screen, mouse, or keyboard (duh)
  • It has to be able to enter text and manipulate objects on screen
  • It should be tangible or something you can enact

I went through some ideas in my head and put down three actions that I am interested in focusing on: scrolling, hovering, and tapping. Eventually, I decided to focus my design on scrolling, because of how ubiquitous it is in our daily interactions with technologies. …

Following last week’s fundamentals on visual design, we are moving on to logo design and Gestalt theory this week. Reading Gestalt Principles in UI Design made me realize that how different groupings of information can produce different visual effects. In my past experiences designing user interfaces, I have always been conscious of how I place elements and information but lack the theoretical knowledge to actually know what I am doing. I am excited to put this into use in the future and to see how can switch things up. Airey’s Logo Design Love showed me a lot of the thoughts…

This week we are making a low-tech wearable that collects, visualizes, or represents data. Because we can’t use anything that needs to be powered by a battery, it took me a while to land on an idea. I took a look at the materials I have on hand and I realized that I could use bubble wraps to make a device that tracks the user’s anxiety level.

I cut out several strips of bubble wraps and folded them to make a thick and nicer-looking strap. For the main part, I folded a sheet of bubble wrap onto itself several times.

Here’s the finished product:

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The readings this week provided me a lot of inspiration. When I read Molly Burns’ Picture This, I loved how she broke things down and showed how different elements of composition can be used to convey a certain message, feeling, or narrative. In her example, I was inspired by her way of using sharp shapes, colors, and proportions to provide contrast and make the wolf seem scarier and more engaging. Reading The New Basics reminded me a lot of the things we talked about during the class lecture and I really liked the examples provided in the chapter. I realized…

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Welcome to the very first blog post of Visual Design for Screen & Print. This semester I will be learning about the theories and practices behind visual designs, and I can’t be more excited about it. I have always wanted to learn about design in a systematic way so that I can take advantage of my creative skills. (Also, I really wanna stop relying on Google when I have to use any Adobe stuff)

Anyways, jumping into this week’s reading. One of the first things I noticed that the readings are packed with statements; which I assume is to provide…

It’s time for finals…is time even real?? This year’s final is probably the most memorable final I have ever had. Because for the first time I’m doing my finals at home, completely away from other stressed-out NYU kids at Bobst. When I started thinking about what I’m going to do for my coding final project, I thought I would create a program inspired by something I learned from this chaotic year.

As I was talking to my dad at home, I realized that I have rarely heard him talk about his feelings. When I asked him about it, he smiled…

Cory Zhao

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