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Icon Minds

crunchy, crispy pop metaphysics

Icon Minds: Tony Dunne / Fiona Raby / Bruce Sterling on Design Fiction

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Sketching with time

This is the first time we have instructed students to use stop motion, so the project was partly an experiment in itself. In addition we wanted to find out more about the potentials and challenges of using stop motion for prototyping navimation.

Sketching with time: student projects | Navimation Research

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Designing with video

Digital video for user-centred co-design is an emerging field of design, gaining increasing interest in both industry and academia. It merges the traditions of design ethnography, participatory design, interaction analysis, scenario-based design, and usability studies into an integrated approach, which values the designer’s capacity to study and change the world creatively.

Designing with video, focusing the user-centred design process. By Salu Ylirisku, Jacob Buur.

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Designing with moving images

A significant challenge in interaction design practice is to express, shape and communicate the behavior of an intended design. Time-based media such as video can be a good choice for that purpose. This compendium presents a number of approaches to video as an expressive medium for interaction design.

Designing with moving images

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The City is A Battlesuit For Surviving the Future

There are good reasons why science fiction ideas percolate through culture like background radiation, instead of being baldly trotted out front and center. Archigram’s sci-fi flavored architecture-fiction was never commercially practical, it wasn’t meant to be, but it was usefully provocative: while pretending to be all zap-pow, pop-art and spacey, Archigram was chopping the future’s wood and hauling its water. That’s why their battlesuit ideas have survived for forty years.

The City is A Battlesuit For Surviving the Future

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Virtual video prototyping

Computing power is an integrated part of our physical environment, and since our physical environment is three-dimensional, the virtual studio technology, with its unique potential for visualizing digital 3D objects and environments along with physical objects, offers an obvious path to pursue in order to envision future usage scenarios in the domain of pervasive computing. We label the work method virtual video prototyping, which grew out of a number of information systems design techniques along with approaches to visualization in the field of architecture and set design. We present a collection of virtual video prototyping cases and use them as the platform for a discussion, which pinpoint advantages and disadvantages of working with virtual video prototyping as a tool for communication, experimentation and reflection in the design process. Based on more than ten cases we have made the observations that virtual video prototypes 1) are a powerful medium of communication in development teams and for communication with industry partners and potential investors, 2) support both testing and generating ideas 3) are particular suited for addressing spatial issues and new ways of interacting. In addition practical use of virtual video prototypes has indicated the need to take into account some critical issues including a) production resources, b) hand-on experience, and c) the seductive power of virtual video prototypes.

Virtual video prototyping (via visually)

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The architecture of science fiction

The architecture of science fiction has profoundly changed urban design. When building cities of the future, our best guides may be places like comic book megalopolises Mega-City-1 or Transmet.

The City Is A Battlesuit For Surviving The Future – Future metro – io9

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The new directions that I am looking at revolve around the idea of simulation. My last post looked at how construction and fabrication technologies are used to simulate the elements of building construction and use. In entertainment design the elements of space are a means to a different end – the simulation of experience. As a result (and thank goodness!) people are at the centre of the action.

New directions for young architects: ENTERTAINMENT

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The technique has clearly some disadvantages – it is for example hard to make subtle movements and deal with details and many elements at the same time. However, it seems especially suited for 3D motion sketching, since this often requires a lot of time and skills to do on a computer.

Sketching in time | Navimation Research

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Thesis 25: Everyware has already staked a claim on our visual imaginary, which in turn exerts a surprising influence on the development of technology.

p93 in Everyware: The dawning age of ubiquitous computing | A book by Adam Greenfield