Blog Category: Multimedia Experience


By Erika Goering,


iPad – Community

tap on header 
tap on the map


drag the options tab down


fill out criteria and tap the search icon


tap the top broccoli icon


tap the RSVP Now link


read comments and info

iPad – News

tap the image 
tap the article about animal shelters


after reading drag the sidebar over


tap a username to start a conversation


drag the sidebar back to the left


continue conversation

iPhone – Before You Go

tap the advanced search icon


fill out search critera


tap search button


tap Blue Nile Cafe


tap menu button


view menu

iPhone – Second Look

tap on the screen


scan product with iPhone camera


tap confirm


read company info and scroll down


fill out feedback and tap save


view alternatives

Website – Ordering Food Online

log in


click Mud Pie


click gray items to see details. add items to cart. view cart


review order confirmation

Website – Dashboard

user dashboard section 
click and drag the sidebar’s tab
click on analysis 
view your behoof info and scroll down 
view your behoof activity compared to other users

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Scenario: Behoof News & Chat

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Behoof: 3 Design Directions

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Animal Welfare

By Erika Goering,

MX: Animal Welfare: Wireframes

3 Devices:

  • iPhone software
  • Website
  • Hub (displayed on-site at partner locations)


Community: People who care about the use of animals in their lives.

How the online system is improving an offline activity: The online system facilitates communication between people within the community. It helps to create a dialog between people of varied mindsets and continues a dialog between those of similar mindsets. It also helps to keep track of what the users are doing on their iPhones, aggregating their information and displaying it for other users to see.

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By Erika Goering,

Humans are social beings. We’re hard-wired to lean on each other and form alliances.

I belong to several groups, and the dynamics are all very different.

My studiomates are our own little micro-community of friends. We do more than just get along. We have this unspoken bond, and we genuinely care about each other.

My local vegetarian/vegan group is much larger, and much less personal. I feel like we are obligated to socialize because of our location (KC), shared ethical beliefs and similar diets.

I feel like the size and circumstances of a group definitely affects how people feel about it and interact with it. Groups are more effective when people care. They are even more effective when there are similarities between the people involved.

The strongest and largest communities somehow evolve into subcultures, and individual personal convictions become less important. Those groups are vastly different from small niche communities, and their dynamics are less like ripples and more like waves. Larger groups make more of an impact, but the subtleties can be lost. And smaller groups are incredibly varied and full of personality.

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The Stuff of Growth

By Erika Goering,

1: Makeup Tutorial

I’ve learned that one’s appearance as a teenage girl in high school or college is very important. However, as a jaded mid-20-something-year-old who’s been in college entirely too long, I choose to rock my dreadlocks and pseudo-professional attire in lieu of sweatpants, a messy bun, and a shit-ton of eye makeup.

That’s just how I roll (which is pretty much the point of this entire post). And my brain isn’t so bad either.

2: Theory of Multiple Intelligences

Let’s start this semester off with a personal backstory:

I’ve lived my entire life thinking I was “weird.” I was in my school district’s gifted program from 4th grade to 10th grade, so once a week I was confined to a bubble of established-but-unspoken superiority comprised entirely of pre-pubescent misfits (pretty much wedgies and pocket protectors all around, in contrast to and in result of our supposedly brilliant minds). Throughout middle school and high school, I mostly kept to myself, even while among my own similar breed of academic success.

Despite my achievements, the public school system had failed me.

Elementary school housed a completely different Erika. One that I currently strive for and long to become again. I was warm and caring, creative and uniquely myself. It was during this time in my life when I was more myself than I had ever been and probably ever will be again.

Somewhere down the line, between 4th and 10th grade, I was forced into this mold of what an ideal student was. I lost my original self, and my grades suffered. I stopped caring and I forgot how to be engaged in my own education.

I didn’t stand a chance unless I re-learned how to learn in a way that worked for me.

3: My Own Learning Style

Over the course of my life as a student (and validated by the learning style assessment we did for MX class), I somehow discovered that I’m pretty much all over the place when it comes to learning. I can do pretty well with both the abstract and concrete, but I tend to lean more towards the concrete (thus my mad skillz in standardized testing). This explains my interest and aptitude for geeky things that involve absolute answers (such as coding/programming). I’m definitely more reflective than active, which makes for some interesting dynamics between my geeky side and my artsy side. I’m very much into the philosophy of why things happen. But I also like to break things down and see how they work.

Knowing that people’s brains work differently is crucial in utilizing educational tools. Duh, y’all.

4: Education Paradigm TED Talk

Collaboration is the stuff of growth. True dat. Different types of thinkers bring unique perspectives to the table. But if we don’t nurture these perspectives, we all go bland. We get uninspired, depressed, hollow. We try to occupy our minds with distractions, regardless of the repercussions.

I think my saving grace in my high school and early college years was that I surrounded myself with people who had different traits than my own. I knew I needed some balance, and I believe that balance is what helped me succeed.

5: Paradigm Shifts of the Future

I’m expecting and anticipating some exponential growth and changes in education and technology. The trends are there.

Back in my day, the Internet was a new concept. My first computer was a gray box running Windows 3.1 (later upgraded to 3.11, I might add). Dot-matrix printer. The whole shebang.

As a child, I was fascinated with that machine. I absorbed every aspect of how that magical thing worked.

My second computer was a Compaq Presario desktop running Windows ME. (This was back when you didn’t need a shiny new device every other year. Any progress worth a damn took time. There was almost a decade between the two PCs of my childhood.) The Presario was my gateway drug to programming and design. It was on this monstrous device that I discovered HTML and Photoshop. We all know how that ended up.

I used the tools at my disposal to self-teach. Because that’s just who I am.

Fast-forward to today. I’m typing this post on a 15-inch, wafer-thin supercomputer that’s worth more than my car. To my left is an even smaller 7-inch supercomputer, with a quad-core processor and hardly any physical buttons. In my pocket is a smartphone of similar (albiet a bit outdated) capacity. I have the internet in my pocket, on my lap, and at my side. I literally have the world at my fingertips. How friggin’ cool is that?

It blows my mind every day that I’ve got cutting-edge technology at my disposal that was just a twinkle in someone’s eye a few years ago. I am learning both crucial and useless information every day at my own volition. Because it’s engaging. Maybe even habit-forming.

I can learn anything I want at anytime I want. That’s hella powerful.

As far as paradigm shifts go, we’re definitely in one.

The merging of education and technology is in itself a huge leap forward. With something as simple as the addition of tablets in the classroom, textbooks are no longer a limitation; they’re now interactive and engaging and dynamic. And this is just what we need to make learning worthwhile.

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