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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


Exercise 3; Orientation Sensitivity, Proximity & Layering

January 28, 2011

Group Hearing Proximity; The principle of proximity is one of several principles referred to as Gestalt principles of perception. Items of similar size, shape and color tend to be grouped together by the brain, and the relationship between the items is formed. Items in close proximity to or aligned with one another tend to be […]


Exercise Three: Laws of Signal-to-Noise Ratio and Uniform Connectedness

January 28, 2011

By group Smell: Caroline, Alex, Phoebe and Andrew SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO Signal-to-Noise ratio is basically the ratio of what’s useful versus what’s useless. When you see something, your brain has to deal with what it’s seeing, and is always sorting out what’s important and what isn’t. The more information it gets, the more it has to […]


Intro.

January 27, 2011

Greetings! My name is Samantha Staddon, pursuing Graphic Design as my major. In 10 years I’m not too sure where I see myself. Possibly working with a company, using the skills and lessons I will take with me from OCAD. Or, if I am forunate enough, I will be halfway through my world-wide travel, witnessing the wonders […]


Excercise three: Law of Pragnanz and Interference Effects

January 27, 2011

by group taste: Marco, Cindy, Brian, Joanna, Cornelia The law of Pragnanz The Law of Pragnanz (or Gestalt’s principle of perception) suggests that, when given ambiguous visuals, humans tend to complete and interpret the image beyond what is apparent. It also states that humans simplify visuals in order to remember them; a useful tip for […]


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.


Figure-Ground Relationship, Good Continuation, and Highlighting

January 27, 2011

By Group Touch: Sharon, Hilda, Kenny, Prisilla, and Amir Figure-Ground Relationship The figure-ground relationship is one of several Gestalt principles of perception. Human perception separates stimuli into either figures (objects of focus) or ground (the rest of the perceptual field, an undifferentiated background). This principle is applicable across different media such as photographs and auditory […]


Exercise Three: Alignment, Closure, Common Fate

January 21, 2011


Introduction: Brian Pierce

January 21, 2011

Hey everyone, I’m Brian and I’m in Graphic Design. In 10 years, I hope to either be touring the world with my band SEIZE THE DAY or be a freelance designer/photographer designing album covers, packaging, posters and websites for bands. There’s always the possibility that I could do both too though! As far as software […]


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, Common Fate Group Touch: Figure Group Relationship, Good Continuation, Highlighting Group Taste: Interference Effects, Law of Pragnanz […]


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 […]


One of the Five Senses; Hearing

January 21, 2011

Mhairi Robertson, Olivia Shin & Jacky Tse Hearing is a special sense that works differently from how we process our other senses. While other senses require chemical reactions, hearing is a mechanical process. Hearing is still very mysterious because the way the brain interprets the sound signals is very complicated. There is still a lot […]


Introduction: Carrie Harden

January 21, 2011

Carrie-Anne Marie Harden (preferably just Carrie but whatever floats your boat) Graphic Design is my choice of major, though I’m still uncertain I’ve learned exactly what Graphic Design is. Two years ago, I knew I wanted to go to school, and I knew I loved learning about and creating art. I didn’t want to limit […]


Introduction: Mhairi Robertson

January 21, 2011

Hi I’m Mhairi (MAH – REE)! I’m in graphic design. Not really sure where I’ll be in ten years, somewhere fun I hope. Ideally I’d like to be working in packaging or branding but I haven’t decided on anything yet! Freelance would be fun but I think I’d prefer to work in a firm where […]


Introduction: Sharon Leung

January 21, 2011

Name: Sharon Leung Major: Graphic Design To be honest I’m not really sure where I can see myself in 10 years. Probably working as a freelance designer for people with no taste, pulling all-nighters like I’m still in school and living off meals of kimchi and rice. My interest in graphic design first began when […]


Introduction: Judy (sohyun) Chun

January 21, 2011

Hello : ) My name is Judy and my major is graphic design. I’m not completely sure of what I want to do towards the future, but hopefully in ten years I will be employed either in a design firm or a company, and climb my way up towards being a art or creative director […]


Introduction: Andrew Walker

January 21, 2011

Top o’ th’ Mornin’ to Ye I’m Andrew Michel Walker. All parts of my name consist of six letters and the second to last letter in each of them is “e.” Isn’t that exciting!? (Well, technically my middle name is Michael but I choose to spell it the French way because shut up.) Please call me […]


One of the five senses : Smell

January 21, 2011

by Caroline, Alexandra, Phoebe, & Andrew Olfaction is another word for sense of smell. Specialized receptor cells of the olfactory epithelium detect and recognize smells. Your nose is a huge cavity built to smell, moisten, and filter the air you breathe. When you breathe in, the tiny hairs, called cilia, act like a broom and […]


One of the five senses : Sight

January 21, 2011

Nicholas Calvert, Judy (Sohyun) Chun, Sandra Frankel, Renars Dimza How does our sense of sigh work? Light from a source bounces off an object and enters through the eye through cornea (protective surface layer). The light then passes through the pupil controlled by the iris (muscle), into the lens. When light passes through the pupil, […]


Introduction: Hilda Hiu-Ying Lam

January 20, 2011

Name: Hilda (Hiu-Ying) Lam Major: Graphic Design Hi, my name is Hilda.I m from Hong Kong and I have been in Canada since grade 8. I was hoping to become an artist when I was little. And now, I think my dream kind of come true because I know what I am going to be […]


Introduction: Alexandra Weaver

January 20, 2011

Hello everyone. My name is Alexandra Michiko Weaver and I’m in Graphic Design. I’m not sure where I see myself in 10 years, but I hope it’s somewhere good! I like making both 2-D and 3-D artwork. As far as working with technology goes, I’m okay with it. I know how to do most of the basic […]


Introduction: Tse Hung Hei (Jacky)

January 20, 2011

Name: Tse Hung Hei (Jacky) Major: Graphic Design Hi, my name is Tse Hung Hei, you can call me Jacky. I came to Canada 4 years ago for high school, throughout my high school education, I focused my energies in order to become a fashion designer. However, my first year at Ryerson University led me […]


Introduction: Cindy Lubinic

January 20, 2011

Name: Cindy Lubinic (Cindy Lubnič) [pronouced: SIN-dee LOO-bee-neech] Major: Graphic Design Technology Comfort Level: Intermediate I could not possibly tell you what I’m going to be doing in ten years. However I do hope to eventually retire  in a quiet, possibly remote place of the world. For example: Bhutan. I also would like to have […]


introduction: Kenny Jia

January 20, 2011

hey, my real name is Yizhen Jia, but since most people in ocad have difficulties pronouncing it, so I go by Kenny. My major is illustration. I chose to major in illustration because graphic design is really boring, fine art drives me crazy and 3d… I almost failed form & structure. I want to be […]


introduction: Cornelia Li

January 20, 2011

Name: Shi Tong Li (Cornelia) Major: illustration In ten years I want to be a freelance illustrator or a book illustrator. I enjoy drawing pictures for texts, for I feel like images are more emotionally evoking. I also want to do my own comic with in the ten years, as well as trying a variaty of […]


Introduction: Caroline Van

January 20, 2011

Name: Caroline Van [Care~rol~line] Major: Illustration Technology Comfort Level: Low There is no set 10 year plan, but right now, the idea is to become a freelance illustrator. I want to keep my work options open,and kinda try a little bit of everything. I don’t want to limit myself to one field. This plan will […]


Introduction: Anonymous

January 19, 2011


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. Pedalling a bicycle Playing a piano Painting a picture Taking notes Peeling fruit Snowboarding Tying shoes Text messaging Grooming Sharpening a pencil Talking on the phone Dictating to a […]


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