In the age of ubiquitous cloud computing, the rise of streaming services feels like old news. Of course we love streaming! For consumers, prices are lowers, libraries bigger, and services suddenly bespoke. What could be better?
While services like Facebook have received the brunt-end of public outrage for their use of consumer data, Spotify has managed to stay under-the-radar despite its aggressive data collection practices – which are commonplace across the “app” industry.
How has Spotify managed this? By giving users just enough value for their data in return. Features like custom playlists, API tools, and social/UI features shift public perception of Spotify from a looming corporate data farmer to an enlightened data despot.
Yet upon further inspection, I believe Spotify could be doing more for both its common consumers/users and less-common developers and amateur artists folk like me.
Continue reading Spotify – The Enlightened Music Data Despot
Mood Ring is an interactive mirror that illuminates based on your mood.
Continue reading Mood Ring
Earlier this year, a classmate and I created an innocent public installation designed to make people do a “double-take” and interact with the piece.
A little chalk can bring a lot of joy 🙂
Classmate Michael Blum and I have developed a project proposal for a public intervention project that utilizes data art/visualization called ‘Invisible Crowds’.
Invisible Crowds aims to raise awareness of the sheer volume and diversity of invisible waves that are constantly bouncing around public spaces.
For this proposal we developed the above presentation and a more detailed writing below.
Continue reading Data & Publics: Invisible Crowds
Made this on an iPad app while waiting for Hearthstone to download 😀
This post is a summary of the work and learnings from ITP’s Haptics class.
Our work ultimately culminated with a fake cat that ‘purrs’ if you stroke it from top to bottom.
Continue reading Vibe, Buzz and Fuzz
Building upon my artist lyrics analyzer project, I made a small web app that searches artist lyrics for the colors that they mention in their songs.
You can try it yourself here.
Continue reading The Color of Music
Prompt: It’s the year 2118. You take your class (or your kids) to the Museum of 2018. Describe what’s in it. What feels as distant from your 2118 daily life as, perhaps, the Tenement Museum does to yours? How would it represent our time and place in history?
My museum of 2018 would be located on a spacecraft, heavily inspired by the so-bad-its-good CW show The 100.
Continue reading The 100: Museum Edition
As training to make our very own exhibits someday, my class is making dioramas of a daily ritual from our personal lives.
I chose to demonstrate the daily ritual of wireless communication!
Continue reading Diorama of a Daily Ritual
This post is a summary of the work and learnings from ITP’s Soft Sensing class.
In addition to making the conductive pompoms seen above, In this class I:
- Sewed with a purpose for the first time in my life 👨🎓
- Used this new skill to learn how to make “soft” electrical circuits and sensors. ⚡️
Continue reading Tailor Gang