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Final Assignment: Presentations

The final presentations will take place during the final two classes on December 7th and December 14th.

There are notes on the presentations below. I would like to receive a summary of your talk, and a draft slide deck, by the end of Wednesday 28th November. We can then discuss over email and in class.

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Final Presentations

The final presentations are intended to show your understanding and development of the ideas discussed in class, and your ability to research your own interests, make connections, and articulate your own ideas.

The presentations should be 10 to 15 minutes in length, and contain visuals.

Keynote/Powerpoint/etc are powerful tools for storyboarding ideas, as well as giving talks. I recommend reading Russell Davies on powerpoint as a toy for thought and watching this short video on creative speaking (youtube link dead, you can watch the movie here).

The content of the presentation is up to you, and feel free to email with thoughts and ideas and we can bounce them back and forth. I would expect your presentation to be one of the following – but feel free to argue:

  • an elaboration of an idea discussed in class, developed with further examples and connections
  • an explanation of a phenomenon you’ve identified and have evidence for
  • or, a development of a previous assignment with more research and prototyping

Remember, the important thing is not the conclusion, but articulating a process.

Go back through the blog you’ve been keeping all term, and find the common threads within it. This is your subject. This is why you’ve been keeping it.

Hopefully, this makes sense from what you’ve seen me doing all term. Here are some more angles to come at this from, with the examples we’ve covered:

  • How a technology came to be (the history of GPS)
  • The background to an artifact (map projections, the Earthrise photo)
  • Unexpected consequence or use of technology (Kinect, Dronestagram)
  • Unexpected connections between technologies (the wine press, book press, book scanner)
  • Echoes or refractions of technologies (Lenna, the story of the MP3)
  • The consequences of history on data and networks (souvenirs, the Time UI and interactions)
  • Tracing or mapping the physical development or aggregation of a technology (sourcemap, gizmo landscapes)

As ever, email if you have questions.

Class 11: Digitisation – Links

From the Lecture:

From the class:

Class 10: Maps – Links

From James’ presentation:

Assignment 8: Maps

Create a mapping based on something personally significant, or newsworthy. Base it on publicly-available data and mapping imagery and tools, and explain its relationship to the issues raised in the Maps class. Alternatively, create a mapping tool or application, for navigation.

Reading for the week is Keller Easterling’s “The Action is the Form” – which has been emailed to you.

Class 8: Digital Souvenirs – Links

From the presentation:

And discussed in class:

Assignment 7: Souvenirs and Time

This week, please read Paul Ford’s essay Time’s Inverted Index.

Please identify, or make, and write about a souvenir of a digital experience. Explain what makes this a “digital experience” and also what qualities make your thing a “souvenir”.

Please post this to your blog, and send me the link, by the end of Thursday 1st November.

Assignment 6: Prep

For next week, prepare for one-on-one conversations. Timetable below; email if there’s a problem.

Liz: 3:30
Adria: 3:45
Ingrid: 4:00
Jannae: 4:15
Matt: 4:45
Melissa: 5:00
Bill: 5:15
Jorge: 5:30


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