Information Visualization

January 28, 2011

Click here to download pages 201-240 from Information Visualization. — “The brain is a powerful pattern-finding engine; indeed, this is the fundamental reason that visualization techniques are becoming important. There is no other way of presenting information so that structures, groups and trends can be discovered among hundreds of data values. If we can transform […]


Envisioning Information

January 28, 2011

Click here to download pages 12-35 from Envisioning Information. — “Even though we navigate daily through a perceptual world of three spatial dimensions and reason occasionally about higher dimensional arenas with mathematical ease, the world portrayed on our information displays is caught up in the two-dimensionality of the endless flatland of paper and video screen. […]


Flow Charting

January 28, 2011

Click here to download Martin Stevens’ handout on flow charting. — “A flow chart is a diagram that visually displays interrelated information such as events, steps in a process, functions, etc., in an organized fashion, such as sequentially or chronologically.” (Stevens)


Basic Principles Presentation

January 28, 2011

Click here to download my presentation about Basic Principles of Interaction Design.


Project One Release Form

January 28, 2011

Click here to download the release form required for Project One: Deconstruct an Interaction.


Exercise Six: Deconstruct a Toy — What is Fun?

January 28, 2011

Part One (Before Class): Please bring, beg, borrow or steal (OK, don’t steal) one or more toy from home or elsewhere to class next week. Our definition of a toy is as yet undetermined, so feel free to challenge our preconceived notions. The only restriction is that the toy not be something that you already […]


An Object Jesse Loves, An Object Jesse Hates

January 28, 2011

An object I love is my STAEDTLER Mars technico 780 C lead holder. I have 4 of them. One I’ve had since 1996, and the rest I’ve acquired later. In each I keep a different weight of lead: 6H, 4H, 2H and HB. Affordances are subtle yet clear. The knurled end gives a tactile indication […]


Exercise Five: An Object you Love, an Object You Hate

January 28, 2011

In your home, find two functional objects: one that you love, and one that you hate. Make a brief post to the blog where you describe your love/hate relationships, using (as much as possible) the tools and vocabulary introduced in the Basic Principles of Interaction Design presentation. Before you post, download and review the following […]


Alignment & Closure: Maggie, Queenie, Jessica, Heejae, Yurria

January 28, 2011

Alignment Alignment: the placement of elements such that edges line up along common rows or columns, or their bodies along a common center. It creates unity in a design and helps create flow throughout it. Alignment can be created in the rows and columns in a grid to cause the viewers eye to move from […]


Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram

January 28, 2011

In Exercise Four, you will create a music video using iMovie (or another movie making program of your choice), and then make a diagram of the interaction model of your experience. Please read the instructions that follow carefully, as there are many steps and a number of deliverables. 1) Locate the source files for your […]


Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Uniform Connectedness: Josef, Debbie, Sara, Ainura

January 28, 2011

Signal-to-Noise Ratio Refers to the ratio of relevant, important information to irrelevant distractions or ‘background noise’ A higher signal-to noise ratio is preferable, as it conveys maximum relevant information with minimal distraction Signal can be improved through clear writing, appropriate use of correct graphs and images and keeping the design as simple as possible to […]


Layering, Orientation Sensitivity, & Proximity: Talisa, Lauren, Katie, Anna, Eman

January 27, 2011

Layering “The process of organizing information into related groupings in order to manage complexity and reinforce relationships in the information” Two basic kinds of layering: two-dimensional and three-dimensional Two-dimensional Layering: involves the division of information into layers so that only one layer can be seen at any one time; can be displayed in a linear […]


Common Fate & Figure Ground Relationships: Jane, Joshephine, Minjee, Reid

January 27, 2011

by. Jane, Josephine, Minjee, Reid Common Fate It is one of the principles referred to as Gestalt principles of perception. It groups the elements that move in same direction. It is perceived to be more related than the elements that move in different direction. The elements are grouped by their common motion and direction. Their […]


Information Presentation

January 27, 2011

Click here to download my presentation about Establishing Structure, Maps and Diagrams and Conveying Information.


Ethnography Presentation

January 27, 2011

Click here to download my presentation about Usability Research and Ethnography.


Exercise 3: strategies for conveying information

January 27, 2011

by: Melanie, Dayna, Laura, Tanya and Jina INTERFERENCE EFFECTS: Perception and cognition are two different mental systems that operate seperately from each other. They recieve information from an external stimulus and send it to the brain’s memory where it is interpreted. When these outputs agree, interpretation is efficient, however if 2 or more are in […]


Introduction: Queenie Chan

January 24, 2011

Hello, my name is Queenie Chan and I am a 1st year Illustration student. Ten years from now, I see myself doing illustrations because I have always enjoyed drawing. To be fair, that’s very vague, but I hope that with my experiences here at OCAD will help me find what it is I want to […]


Tanya Ilina

January 23, 2011

Hey guys! My name is Tatiana Ilina, but I usually go by Tanya. I’m ED student. In 10 years from now I definitely want be an architect, researching and working on the projects that will make the Earth a better place to live (and not only for human beings). I’m fascinated by the biomimicry field […]


Introduction: Ainura Nifdalieva

January 22, 2011

Hi, my name is Ainura and I’m in a first year Environmental Design program. 10 years from now I hope to have a bachelor degree from OCAD U and  to do  my master degree in Architecture. Also, I imagine myself working in my own studio, with wide windows and a high ceiling. In the meantime, […]


Exercise Three: Strategies for Conveying Information

January 21, 2011

Your Project One group has been assigned two or three examples of strategies derived from the Gestalt Laws of Pattern Perception that can be employed to convey information. The strategy assignments are as follows: Group Sight: Alignment, Closure Group Touch: Common Fate, Figure Group Relationship Group Taste: Good Continuation, Highlighting Group Hearing: Interference Effects, Law […]


Visual Intelligence

January 21, 2011

Click here to download pages 173-184 from Visual Intelligence. — “I don’t want to claim only that you construct what you see. I want to claim that, at a minimum, you construct all that you hear, smell, taste and feel. In short, I want to claim that all your sensations and perceptions are your constructions.” […]


Perception

January 21, 2011

Click here to download pages 1-22 from Perception. — “The world is filled with objects and events that combine to create a kaleidoscope of potential information. Though much of that information is irrelevant for people’s daily needs, some of it is absolutely essential. So that they can use this information effectively, human beings are equipped […]


Exercise Evaluation

January 21, 2011

As discussed in class, Exercises will be evaluated as follows: Each Exercise will be evaluated out of 3. Exceptional completion of an exercise will result in a mark of 3; adequate completion of an Exercise will result in a mark of 2; inadequate completion of an exercise will result in a mark of 1, and […]


Introduction: Laura Herrera-Cisneros

January 21, 2011

Hi, I’m Laura Herrera-Cisneros. I am currently taking Industrial Design It is hard for me to see myself so far in the future, so here goes it goes (if everything goes according to ‘plan’) I see myself living in Sweden, or Mexico and I want to design for the disabled, but I am also interested in […]


Touch – Josephine Lam, Jane Kim, Reed

January 21, 2011

Your sense of touch is found all over your body because it originates in the bottom layer of your skin known as the dermis. The dermis is made up of many tiny nerve endings that carry information about things to come into contact with your body to the spinal cord, which signifies the brain where […]


Introduction: Heejae Choi

January 21, 2011

Hello, everyone 🙂 My name is Heejae Choi, and you can call me Heejae (Hee-Jay) or Heej (this slips smoothly out of your tongue). I’m in Industrial Design. In ten years…. hmmm…. frankly, I don’t see myself as an industrial designer at all since I haven’t gotten any chance yet to learn what ID is […]


ESP: The Sixth Sense Josef, Debbie, Sara, Ainura

January 21, 2011

ESP ESP is the acronym and commonly spoken form for ExtraSensory Perception. This refers to a phenomenon in which a person receives sensory input directly to the mind, without utilizing the traditional five senses. ESP can include multiple phenomena including telepathy (mind-reading), precognition (future sight), clairvoyance (viewing a distant location), retrocogniton (seeing past events one […]


Introduction: Jessica Di Biase

January 21, 2011

Hey guys! My name is Jessica Di Biase and I’m majoring in Advertising. Also, although I rarely keep up with my readings, I enjoy art history and am thinking of maybe turning that into a minor. Ideally in ten years I see myself being the creator of my own design firm although I’m not exactly […]


Introduction: Josephine Lam

January 21, 2011

Hi, I’m I Lai Lam, otherwise known as Josephine. I’m in first year Graphic Design, but would like to switch to Illustration because I enjoy a more “hands-on” approach to art. In 10 years, I see myself being married with three kids, living in Vancouver. I will work as a high school art teacher and […]


Introduction: Josef Scholbeck

January 21, 2011

 Full Name- Josef Thomas Scholbeck VI Preffered Name- Josef Discipline- Industrial Design Future- My main ambition after finishing university is to go into carpentry and someday take over running of the family lumber yard in Germany. The business has been in the family since its founding in 1840 and I would be the sixth […]


The Nose: Katie F, Lauren, Talisa, Eman, Anna

January 21, 2011

Not only does the nose allow you to smell, it is also largely responsible for why you are able to taste things; as well, it is the main opening to your respiratory system Parts of the nose include: the nostrils and the nasal passages, which are separated by the septum (a wall, close to your […]


Introduction: Eunsung Lee

January 20, 2011

Although I planned to achieve a major in industrial design, I am currently considering switching major to environmental design. I see myself designing new cell phone models that are suitable for various age groups in the next ten years. If I get the opportunity to switch in majors to environmental design, I see my self […]


Hearing (sense) – Dayna, Laura, Melanie, Tanya and Jina

January 20, 2011

HEARING How the ear works (video) The ear is an extraordinary organ; it picks up the sound and translates it into nerve impulse – the type of signal that the brain can understand.  The peculiar thing about hearing is that it is a completely mechanical process. Other senses such as vision, taste, and smell involve […]


Introduction: Dayna Bronwyn Griffiths

January 20, 2011

Name: Dayna Discipline: Industrial Design Future: I cannot see a clear image of my future self but, at the moment, I can imagine that in ten years I will be designing and making accessories, such as jewellery, household decorations, and other such things that are used quite often, and surround us daily, yet are of […]


An Introduction: K8 MacLean

January 20, 2011

Hey guys, my names Kaitlin MacLean, but since there are so many Kaitlins in the word, I go by Kait and since everyone spells my name wrong anyway, I spell it however I like (most often either Keight or K8). I’m in my first year of illustration here at OCADU, straight out of high school […]


Introduction: Jane Kim

January 20, 2011

Name: Igyeong (Jane) Kim First year Advertising In 10 years from now, I see myself living in New York. I might be working for a big advertising agency, or I could be working at one of New York’s art galleries. My major could be changed to Criticism & Curatorial Practice in second year, that’s why. So, I’m thinking […]


Project One: Deconstruct an Interaction

January 19, 2011

Click here to download Project One: Deconstruct an Interaction. Below is the list of common interactions between people and their environment that we brainstormed in class. Gettting on the subway Watching television Turning on a tap Brushing teeth Climbing stairs Accessing a website Cooking a turkey Signing out a book from the library Being woken […]


Exercise Two: Perception and Cognition Research

January 19, 2011

In the first class, your Project One group developed a mental model for one of the senses, to the best of your knowledge. Expand your knowledge by researching the sense in question, and post the results of your research to the blog. Make your post succinct. It should no more than three paragraphs, and should […]


Exercise One: Blog Introduction

January 19, 2011

Your first task is to perform a number of administrative tasks that will help our section of Introduction to Experience Design run smoothly. 1) Log in to the blog. I have given all of you access and authorship permission on our course blog. Go to the blog, and log in with your usual OCAD username and […]


Universal Principles of Design

January 19, 2011

Click here to download pages 130-131 from Universal Principles of Design. — “Designers generally have very complete and accurate system models, but often have weak interaction models — i.e. they know much about how a system works, but little about how people will interact with the system. Conversely, users of a design tend to have sparse […]


The Design of Everyday Things

January 19, 2011

Click here to download pages 12-17 from The Design of Everday Things. — “Without a good model we operate by rote, blindly; we do operations as we were told to do them; we can’t full appreciate why, what effects to expect, or what to do if things go wrong. As long as things work properly, we […]


Two Mental Models of a Holga

January 19, 2011


Course Outline

January 19, 2011

Click here to download the Course Outline.