I’m interested in combining the tools of Live Web with the concept of another final in an effort to both lighten my workload and enhance another class’ project. Here are two ideas I’m working with: Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about things I regret. Though I generally try to avoid speaking for every person in the world, I think we all have regrets. With regret comes guilt and shame, emotions that manifest as a mental “weight” that can feel very physical. For my midterm, I want to explore the concept of regret, and create a collaborative platform where users can work to reduce the weight of the regrets of others.
I envision a few elements combined to create this environment. The first, which I will require each user to do at least once before being able to interact with other elements, is a place to enter regrets. As regrets are added, some variable controlling weight increments upwards. I’m not sure what visual cue there will be connected to the “weight,” if any.
Combined with this will be a chat interface for users to discuss regret as a concept or the specific regrets that users have contributed. There will also be a collaborate drawing portion that would ask folks to draw the opposite of what they regret – that is, what they are most proud, happy, or content about in their life. Interacting with either the chat or drawing interface will reduce the collective weight over time.
All of this seems doable to me in a week. I never managed to get collaborative drawing working without massive glitches, so that will be a small challenge. How to display things visually in order to strengthen the conceptual framework will also be a challenge. I look forward to working through them for my midterm.
There’s a lot to write about the power of storytelling, and within that the power of telling a story visually. I arrived at the concept of sending stills from the webcam to tell a story because I thought it represented the most powerful potential of a technology that doesn’t seem to have much power.
I think this concept has a lot of potential if I choose to build off it as a midterm or final project.
In America, the military and civilian worlds exist with extremely little overlap. That’s a massive problem for those few (extremely few, 0.5% of the population few) who have to suffer the consequences of the ignorance arising from this gap. In expanding on the chat example, I wanted to try and create something that would make a statement about this divide and the need to reduce it. Continue reading
See it here.