Monday, September 30, 2013

MX: Wireframes from start to production

Wire Frames

WEB [Librarians]

Group Discussion

Making an Update


Leader Boards

Group Discussion 

Reading Schedule


Friday, September 13, 2013

MX: Scenarios

Our mission is to get the community more involved in their local library by creating a strong, fun, and academic environment that encourages the sharing of information and ideas between community members locally and across the country through technology. 

Website: Administration based tool that helps develop content for the app

How can I show the new books we have received?
On the site, librarians have the ability to pick and choose what content gets pushed to the apps and speculative table. From the main page, the librarians select from the widgets "the new book" option and drag it to the spot they want in the reactive gridded layout. 

How can I get library visitors more engaged in reading?
The site will track how many books have been read by each town's library and visualize it in a competitive mode in which books stack and race to the finish point.

App: User social media, enhances the library by helping control the speculative elements also tracks competitive elements such as badges.

How do I create a reading schedule?
Time management is really difficult when you're in demanding studies such as graphics design, pre-med, or law school. The app will assist you to create a reading schedule by having the user or student input all of the readings required and the time span allotted. The app will create the perfect study schedule for you so that you can retain the maximum amount of information possible.

What do I get from participating in group activities?
All group activities have badges associated with them, by collecting badges you can not only show off to your friends but also climb the ladder to become the #1 reader. Leader boards are shown in-app and also in the physical library.

How do I earn Edgar Allen Poe badge?
After reading selected works listed in the badge objectives you will unlock the edger allen poe badge. This badge can be put into the "featured badges" section of your profile. Each reading is tracked via your app-carrying device which understands if you've actually done the reading. If not complete your phone tracks the page and sentence you are on.

Who else has my mutual taste?
The app will show the user who has similar tastes in music/books/movies/ect in their library community but also around the country. From there the user can suggest a book for them to read or add them as a friend.

I like a lot of different things, how can i find a book that contains all of it?
In the app you can find a match by imputing all the things you like and the app will find a book thats right for you.

I can't Make it to the book club tonight but I still want to be a part of the discussion. How do I do that?
The user opens the app to join the discussion and it will connect with the people in the book club group. Everyone will be able to communicate verbally, text and able to see the imagery as everyone else is in real time. 

How do I find a book in the stacks?
By using the app, the user can see an augmented version of the library which will help direct them through the shelves by a compass like feature.

Which book is better for this topic? (ex: civil war politics.)
You will be able to read the opinions of people who are fluent in each genre to find out which books provides the best information available on that topic.
What are more challenging books related to this one?
The site and app will track what the user has read and rated, so it will calculate book options based of the user's feedback as well as other user's ratings. 

Physical Library/Speculative: Reading stations that enhance the traditional library experience

How can my station become a space where I feel more comfortable reading/working?
when you arrive at a station, it will sync to your profile and re create the settings that you have previously previously set up. For example, some people like to read at the beach so their station will become beach themed with sounds and imagery. 

I like this page and want to remember it. How can I save it for later and share it with people in my group?
The station will recognize the book and page you are on so the user can pinch and drag the page onto the desk surface of their station. On the surface, the user can write on/ highlight parts of the page with a stylus and save it to their profile. Then from either the station or their app, the user can send their notes to the group.

How can I see the notes that my friends have made in this book?
When you sit down at the station and turn to a page, the user has the option to see their friend's notes. If its turned on, their friend's notes will be displayed on the actually book as if they wrote in it.

How can I find out more about what I'm reading right now?
as the user reads "Moby-Dick", Images of whales will pop up on the station and the user can sift through the images with their hands and put them into piles for organization. Then when they come along an image that they like, they can grab it to find out more information about it.

Help me critique my short story/response paper

Users will be given the opportunity to get their work critiqued by their fellow peers by uploading their work to the site.
(If it receives a high enough rating it is integrated into the library archives.)

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Monday, September 9, 2013

VA: Logo revisions, reading response, problem statements

How can we provide the neighborhood with a newsletter both on and offline? How can we get people to read and contribute to the community newsletter? In order to get people to be more active members of the Manheim Park community, a newsletter would be designed that could be accessed by anyone. This newsletter would exist offline (for those who do not have internet) and would exist as a large installation in a public space. This installation space would serve as a collaborative news experience in which members of the community could physically add commentary or updates, creating a manifestation of the opinions of the people. This of course, would be carefully curated as to not allow any inappropriate contributions. An example of something like this: BEFORE I DIE Another newsletter would be curated and designed to be emailed and posted online, reaching out to more than just Manheim Park. — How can we provide the neighborhood with signage, giving the neighborhood an identity as well as updating it's "look and feel"? Most of the surrounding neighborhoods in Kansas City have signage or banners dictating the boundaries of their neighborhood. Most of the signage is pretty dated, and giving Manheim Park similar signage, or even metal signs would give the neighborhood an uplifting, more modern feel.

How can we provide the neighborhood with t-shirts, bringing neighbors together by giving them a commonality.

A t-shirt is a good way to represent a cause or unify a group of people. T-shirts are items that no matter what your age, you need and want, making it a good item to bring everyone in the neighborhood together. The production of a t-shirt could be a community event in itself. The neighborhood could hold a t-shirt printing event in which members of the neighborhood as well as people aiding in the re-vamp could partake. People could participate in the making of their t-shirt and could choose from a selection of t-shirt colors, allowing each person to express themselves individually, while still representing their neighborhood. Profits from an event like this could provide funds for a group within the community (a sports team, a food event, etc.)

Graphic Authorship

"Designers must consider themselves authors. Not facilitators."
The designer should have a voice and develop relevant work.
Design for a higher purpose and take possession for their work using authorship.
Designers should investigate within the social world.
Rather than glorify and look at how work could develop.
Designers transform and depict content as the physical manifesto of the content.
The meaning of the work is a product of the entire production.
Authorship is only a device for designers to rethink process and expand their methods.

The Designer as Producer

Designers can now fabricate and produce their work much easier.
Innovative marketing is now the norm. New networking allows physical and material to collide.
Ecological Sustainability, health and other worlds need designers to work to create products for needs which have yet to be met.

Designers who can do all sides of work can dominate the marketplace.
Design entrepreneurs work outside of the main flow of business.
Likely to make use of advanced technology for prototypes and fabrication under small manual costs and production.
Citizens movement configuring new technologies to develop a new realm of material culture.

Design with Intent

Designers want immediate impact. Many designers are hesitant currently.
Designers are encouraged not to impose their views on the experience.
Belief that if we put a lot of effort and focus into the design of an artifact, we can improve the impact and longevity.

Persuasion Design
Design without any thought put into influence. Embeds forms of influence and architectures in products and services to promote change in positive ways. Persuasion can seem as if it is full of tricks, but it focuses more on direct outsets and impacts. Starts with results and works backward from there.
Participatory Design
Change of roles between designer and user. Big use in social media. All designers play roles, but bring community impact into the mix. Actively engage users, without obviously promoting a particular point of view. Change in mindset using social practices. Some designers may choose to internalize themselves as part of a particular community. Participation breeds enthusiasm, action and influence.
Empathy helps us anticipate the effects of our actions on others and understand the emotions of others who first hand knowledge of experiences.

Design interventions impose change through community usage of a solution.
Growing awareness of business value associated with working for social change.
Selling a new kind of design approach, particularly to corporate America, is never easy. But design firms have invested a lot of effort over the past few years to increase our influence in the business community. It’s time to use it.

Eco Effectiveness

When we are working toward design solutions, we should consider what will happen with the design in the future. If the design is print, how will the final work interact with the environment when the work has served its purpose. We must consider how it will affect society as a piece of a much larger picture. It's interesting how this article breaks down the parts of a book as an example for sustainable materials and choices for the designer to make. How can digitalizing work help? This is an interesting direction. Not everyone always wants a digital solution, however.
Efficient and eco effective buildings and structures may not fully always be the best option, as they may not be as structurally sound. Obviously, common sense comes into play when building efficient structures.
When designing for a growing world, the key is not to attempt to make the solutions smaller, but is to promote growth and design bigger and better ways to replenish, restore and nourish the world.

What might the human built world look like if a cherry tree produced it?
Considering what humans have done to the world and the waste that we have produced.

Designers should pay more attention to nature services for design solutions and focus on how things happen without the influence of man. These services could help design the most efficient and sustainable solutions to many design problems. Some obvious natural occurrences are unavoidable. However, we can do everything as designers to allow for these occurrences and focus on positive change rather than negative reaction. We need to consider the future and what we will be living in.

Human Dignity and Human Rights: Thoughts to the Principles of Human-Centered Design

Designers should consider looking at "form and function" in more of a direction of "form and content". Distinguishing factor of new design thinking.
Issues surrounding human dignity and human rights produce a new perspective for exploring moral and ethical problems using design.
This view is more specially summarized as human-centered design. This practice is rarely fully practiced and many designers speak only of user-centered design. Usability is of course important, but this does not tie directly back to human-centered design as a fundamental or affirmation of human dignity.
Designers must fully consider what can be done to support and strengthen the dignity of human beings throughout their lives in many circumstances.
Consideration of human dignity and human rights in the design process.
Often missing in our discussion of design is the connection between practice and ultimate purpose.
Design finds its purpose and true beginnings in the value and constitutional life of a country and its people.
Human rights in the spectrum of political, economic, social and culture rights. These should be directly affecting designers.

The Constitution should be an important resources for designers to focus on their responsibility of bringing high values of a country or culture into concrete reality and in a manageable format.

Why Being Less Bad is No Good 

There is and has been a constant view fear for too much population growth. There are constantly questions being asked pertaining to sustainability, less is more, reduction, minimizing, etc. No one quite understands their own ability to wreak lasting destruction on the environment. Many publications have been published concerning these issues. Some use scare tactics and over dramatize situations for impact, while other state the mere truth and are looking for public action. Renewable resources are an important factor. 
Eco-efficiency would be one major method which would transform taking, making and wasting into one which integrates economic, environmental and ethical concerns. Doing more with less was being introduced into the industrial world early on. This idea spread and was adopted by many. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Regulate were four r's which arose from the movement. These views would reduce everything from toxic chemical emissions, work on landfills, reuse air, water and soil to the best of our abilities and many other methods. Essentially, this would help the world in many ways that no one was even aware of. The idea of being efficient was highly promoted. These messages and this type of information should be understood by the masses and should be incorporated into every day design. Rather than only designing with function in mind, these ideals should be obvious go to parts of the design process. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

MX: The Need to Knows


 To increase sharing of opinions, knowledge, and ideas within the local community and outward by filling the digital divide.

Young adult–Middle Age Academics.

Community Factor 
Combining physical and digital environment by uniting people and providing special affordances for visiting physical space.


How do I check out a book?
The app will be able to identify a near library and once the book is located, the user can can the option to pick it up or have it be downloaded on to their digital device. 

How do I access books online?
From the main navigation you can always access your books under the "my books" tab. The my books tab will also include your history of check-outs.

How do I find a book in the stacks?
With augmentation from the physical world you can tap the map icon in-app which, when inside the library will activate a vcompass while also highlighting the specified book when you are near.

How do I order a book from an adjacent library?
When searching for titles inside of the app or if you see an interesting book recommended within a community page you can click/tap the check out button. If the book is not available in your area, you can simply click/tap order to get the book delivered to your local library branch.

How do I access the additional content unlocked in the physical library?
Use the map function to point you to the nearest reading station where your book can be enhanced!

How can I see my reading history?
Can be seen under the users profile

Who else has my mutual taste?
In the my profile tab in the community page you can see people who have read the same books by tapping any book you've read (it will be displayed beneath the books information.)

How can my friends and I make a new group?
By going on the groups tabs  and hitting the create a groups button. here they will be able to create a group and set specifications.

How can I find out when my book is overdue?
By going online or to the app and viewing what books you currently have checked out. Also it can be synced with your calendars so you can get a notification in advance. 

How can I transfer my book loan to a friend?
By going to your books section and having a link to your groups/friends profile. You will be given the option to loan out a digital book. For a physical book, there will be a service available to connect the physical book with the digital profile.

What are other books written by this author?
The online space will be fully cataloged with the information that the libraries have as well as information from online. So the user will be able to search from all the available data. 

When does this group usually meet?
Groups will have their own profile page that shows the date and time as well as other information that is specific to that group.

What are more challenging books related to this one?
The site and app will track what the user has read and rated, so it will calculate book options based of the user's feedback as well as other user's ratings. 

Help me critique my short story/response paper
Users will be given the opportunity to get their work critiqued by their fellow peers by uploading their work to the site.
(If it receives a high enough rating it is integrated into the library archives.)

Which book is better for this topic? (ex: civil war politics.)
You will be able to read the opinions of people who are fluent in each genre to find out which books provides the best information available on that topic. 


Friday, September 6, 2013

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

MX: Topic Research

Library Issues and contributions to the community.

VA: Reading Response & Logo Sketches

Design of Dissent: intro & interview
Milton Glaser explains all of the sides of dissent however, and he implies that it is not always going to be a good thing. Dissent can be destructive just as easily as constructive, the possibility that it can alienate a group of people is important to recognize. Ignorance is not always bliss in design. As designers we should be aggressive and push ourselves to know what is right for the client. And that sometimes is not what they envision but as a designer we need to design think and rationalize our decisions in a clear way for the client. That way they understand and also the designer has a grasp on what kind of impact the design has.

Graphic Agitation: social and political graphics since the 60's

Propaganda is as old as government, this is a well known fact. The use of propaganda is both good and bad due to the control of information. Usually propaganda makes it self known in the world, due to how loud and compelling it is meant to be.Propaganda is another tool that a designer should have on hand but, designers should make a conscious choice when to accept the deployment of propaganda.

Visualizing a Revolution: emory douglas and the bpn

I believe that the key focus of this topic is really to understand the strength of people and a culture. Ignoring them and misrepresenting them can be a dumb decision and I think as designers we are to make sure we make the peoples who are ignored heard for who they are. The usage of print and mass propaganda played a big part of their message being heard. Some of the strongest opinions have had just as simple of a start and caused mass movements. It is a reasonable idea to always think about the message and how easy it is for a message to grow if you give it a small push. I think it is important to recognize the voice of others and how much of an impact their words can make.

Logo Sketches