Thesis Projects

Selected theses from the DMI Archive

Perceiving Interaction: Between Light and Illusory Perception of Space

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This thesis focuses on light as a tool to recreate the perception of space.

I created a series of experimental case studies to observe the interaction between light, physical filters and space. The experimentation was based on a three-layer projection system with light sources, physical filters and spatial surfaces including balloons, paper waves, and foam core triangular structure, among others. For each layer of the system, I used a manifold projection of image, motion and sound content, as well as various materials, textures and shapes, to test multiple variables and possibilities.  read more »

postscript: Writing in the Late Age of Print

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My thesis is an exploration in new digital writing and mark-making environments. Looking at physical surfaces such as bathroom walls and their virtual counterparts like Instant Messaging and Text Messaging, my work straddles two worlds: The virtual and the physical. By conducting a series of experiments studying written forms, multimedia environments, and collaborative writing surfaces, I will expand our definition of the writing space and uncover new methods of communicating.  read more »

Proximity Lab: Studies in Physical-Computational Interface and Self-directed User Experience

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Proximity Lab is a participatory installation to investigate the role of physical proximity in interpersonal communication and interfaces that promote self-directed exploration. The exhibit is an experimental interface platform designed to visualize relationships between users and mediated spaces.  read more »

Sensing at the Periphery

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My thesis research focuses on exploring the possibilities of dynamic media design to facilitate more human and multi-sensory, and therefore, a more natural way to access information and to communicate.

In my thesis, I researched the historical, theoretical and psychological aspects of communication and technology and developed six case studies to determine how dynamic media design can incorporate the human senses in modern communication.  read more »

Smart Intermediaries

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Abstract:
“When media progresses, at the same time, design progresses as well.” -Kenya Hara

Industrial design adapts to new technologies such as computers, GPS, and the Internet. These interactive media provides more open-ended opportunities for creative communication between users and products in a larger system with a number of different products.  read more »

Synaesthesia as a Model for Dynamic Media

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Thesis Abstract
Throughout human evolution our senses have evolved, and the tools we have invented have augmented our sensory exchanges with our surroundings. The extent to which we engage with the tools we invent, and how we use our senses to engage with them, has had a tremendous impact on our understanding of how these tools function.  read more »

The Articulation of Visual Experiences Through Algorithm

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The Articulation of Visual Experiences Through Algorithm explores the concepts and possibilities computation presents as a creative medium for design.  read more »

The Enhanced Object

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The functional analog objects of our lives: the clock, coffee maker, telephone, and many countless other devices have seen the benefits of infusing technology into their daily functions. This has allowed us to create an interactive life where we coexist with intelligent objects.  read more »

Through Hand, Through Mind: Multi-sensory Approaches to Form, Interaction, and Language Through Objects and Dynamic Media

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In order for design to communicate, it must relate content through the senses. By interacting with design — being able to handle, hear, see and change it — we arrive at our own understanding of it. In this way design leads to a form of knowledge that is affective, immediate, and visceral.  read more »

Transformation: Connectivity Through the Digital Atmosphere

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New technologies should not overwhelm us. They should open up new levels of comfort without compensating the intuitive essence of life. Activities within the digital world should mirror seamless qualities of the activities in nature. Appropriate metaphors need to be imbued within a system of interactions to occur fluidly.  read more »

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