Douglas Engelbart presenting the Mouse in 1968
The aforementioned actions largely dominate the how we interact with content on the web. They are subconscious and ubiquitous means to an end. Because of this, their use has become overlooked, we know what to expect when we click on a link, scroll down a news feed, or hover on a button. But these expectations do not define the potential that these simple activities possess. For this project you will explore them not as typical ways to get to content, but as the content themselves. In a series of short exercises, you will dive deep and analyze each experiential consequence before, during, and after an action and push them towards profound results.
Use this prompt to push your chosen action to do something it would not typically do and you may not know how to do. Do not concern yourself with ‘best practices’ or how things ‘should’ work, but experiment with alternatives and stumble upon anomalies. A good project in this sense is not code-heavy and complex but nimble in how it connects simple scripts to create rich and engaging results.
This project dovetails into guest designer / instructor Minkyoung Kim’s workshop kicking off 10.26. More details to come.
Week 6 T - Kickoff Share 1 novel interaction Begin exercise in class TR - 50 Results Review In groups choose 1 interaction, and start sketching websites Week 7 T - Review graphic proposals for single action site TR - Working Time / Technical feedback Week 8 T - Single Action website critique TR - Workshop Kickoff
The outcome portion of your grade (not counting class participation and reading) will be divided equally between: 50 Result Charrette, Single action website, and workshop outcome.
Steve Jobs announcing the iPhone in 2007
Pinch zoom patent
Due Thursday Oct 11
50 Result Charrette: working in pairs develop a single page website which documents 50 possible buttons.
Due Tuesday Oct 23
Still working in pairs, choose 1 of your results from the charrette and expand it into a full-fledged microsite. Focus on how simple events, and minimal code, can be sequenced together to make a surprising and rich website. Remember, the 'content' should be the interaction.
Project continued during workshop with Minkyoung Kim.