The theme of the final project is In Process. Over this course, we have discussed and examined processes of different practices and how to apply them to new tools, materials, ideas. We have also discussed how these tools, materials, and ideas influence process, especially in spaces where two processes collide (i.e. sewing and electronics, papercraft and interactive design). For your final project, you may choose whatever concept you like. As you move through this project, you should all consider your process deeply. Be critical of how you are approaching your concept, research, prototyping, and execution. Some questions to consider include: how do materials communicate to ideas? Do materials determine practice? What tools do you use and why? What tools do you want? What theoretical frameworks are you pulling from? How does the audience you are designing for impact your process?
You may choose your concept for the final project. It must address ideas, processes, tools, and/or materials we have surveyed over the course. You will be graded on your implementation of the materials and processes we have been studying throughout the semester. You may work alone or collaboratively (team of 2 max). Below are the deliverables and calendar for the last three (!) classes.
- Working prototype
- In-class 8-10 minute presentation
- Video and image documentation
- Blog post containing all relevant links and reflection on your process
- Instructable documenting how you made it
- At least 1 feedback sessions to a Computional craft student in Parsons New York (these can be written via email or class blog or done through skype) – this will be due prior to the final and I will help you link to a student/project there. (See schedule below)
- Nov 19 – Concept Proposal (working title, short paragraph, 1-2 precedents, at least one rough sketch)
- Nov 26 – Updated Concept + Prototype
- Dec 3 – Prototypes for in class feedback
- Dec 10 – Prototypes + feedback to Computional craft
- Dec 17 – Final + celebration!
As I mentioned, this is in collaboration with the Computional craft course (go to “Workshops” category to see work) at Parsons New-York. It will culminated in an exhibition and workshop/speaker series this spring. This is also part of a larger project called Crafting Tech that hopes to serve as an open platform for eCraft teachers and learners around the world to use in their classrooms and learning spaces.