KCAILearningSpatial Experience

February 18th, 2013 • 10:38am

north facing building means maximum natural light! so beautiful. It’s crazy to think that this was originally meant to allow natural light to come through. It’s pretty sad that it is now completely covered off. While I was out sick, Jessie Ren came up with an idea that we both ended up getting really excited  Read More

Find & Share: Deaf Device Concepts

Degree ProjectFind&ShareKCAILearning

February 13th, 2013 • 10:50am

Since I’m in an “anything goes” mindset with this project, I figured it’d be good to share some of the concept devices or peripherals that I’ve stumbled across. I will pull from some of these and apply it to my project in a way that works with my thesis question. Concept phone that translates what  Read More

Week 3: Sketches and Presentation

Degree ProjectKCAILearning

February 13th, 2013 • 9:38am

I summed up my previous couple of weeks’ progress in the form of a presentation. Some feedback I received includes: Be careful about turning this project into a cold, sterile, pragmatic, primarily geeky endeavor. Remember that these are people I am designing for. (On of my solutions to this is to make conveying emotion and  Read More

Creepy-Exciting Logistics

Degree ProjectFind&ShareKCAILearning

February 10th, 2013 • 10:16pm

I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve pretty much narrowed down what my app will be; a two-way ASL and spoken English translator, where both of these inputs (either ASL captured with a camera, or speech captured with a microphone) output to text on a mobile device (phone or tablet). Most of the things that  Read More

Map, Concept, and Integrating Technology

KCAILearningSpatial Experience

February 10th, 2013 • 6:24pm

  Jessie Ren and I have made quite a bit of progress since last week. We’ve updated our map to be easier to read and easier to use for our mockups. We’ve been developing an icon set for our wayfinding system. Icons will be used for identifying places within the context of the map, and  Read More

Week 2: Verbal Audit, Visual Audit, Personas, and Timeline

Degree ProjectKCAILearning

February 6th, 2013 • 12:37am

Over the weekend, I went to the movies with my hard-of-hearing (HoH) friend. Since the theater has changed their caption policy, we could no longer view open-captioned films. This change was actually more convenient for us, because it meant we were no longer limited to specific and rare showtimes. However, instead of simply buying a  Read More

Wayfinding Concepting

KCAILearningSpatial Experience

February 4th, 2013 • 9:36am

We quickly delved into the process of marking site identifiers, but also generally getting a feel for the campus as a whole. We began to think about the unique aspects of the school and how to translate that in the signage. Words like energetic, insightful, innovative, non-traditional, creative, and unique were all found in KCAI’s identity guide.  Read More

About My Future: Career Goals

KCAILearningProfessional Practice

February 1st, 2013 • 1:08am

I’ve always been excited by technology. I have a tendency to take gadgets apart and see how they work (I void warranties on a regular basis). This curiosity, combined with my interest in the expressiveness and visceral nature of art, ultimately led to my passion for design. Design, to me, is about the layers between form  Read More

Inspiration, Research, and Obervations

Degree ProjectKCAILearning

January 30th, 2013 • 10:40am

Inspiration: Vocre Translate: I love the idea of the translated messages being displayed in opposite directions for each user facing opposite ends of the device. This is, of course, limited to only spoken language with a text output. Swype Keyboard: Typing is gesture-based, predictive, super-fast, and error-proof. This allows for effective and efficient communication. Swype  Read More