What is fun?

February 25, 2011

The toy I brought to class was a wooden frog instrument, basically it could serve as a decorative piece, a toy, and an instrument. How it works is you can remove the wooden stick from its mouth and when rubbed against its back it makes the sound that resembles a frog. I noticed that many […]


Excercise 8: persona

February 24, 2011

  THE NO SLEEP DRAWER Name: Frank Resident: an unit in a condo, with roomates on Colledge St. Wear: generally wears loose clothes include T-shirts, hoodies, sneakers (with laces untied) Diet: Prefer fast foods; usually eat pizza, chips, and pops. Heavily dependent on coffee. Also loves sushi. Love/Interest: free drawing, his dog, interpretive dance, sewing, talking, coffee […]


exercise 7 photoshop tennis

February 23, 2011

Hilda Lam + Yizhen Jia(Kenny) Hilda_Kenny_1 Hilda_Kenny_2 Hilda_Kenny_3 Hilda_Kenny_4 Hilda_Kenny_5 Final


Project Two; Mhairi Robertson

February 23, 2011

Step One; Ideations Well after reading the assignment wrong and designing toys for 3-6 year olds, I’ve redone this assignment designing for people our age. For my ‘toys’ I decided to focus on things that we use all the time. As design students, we all use the same basic tools for school. I wanted to […]


Exercise Seven: Caroline & Jacky’ Photoshop Tennis

February 23, 2011

Final image sources: *BUSY* gigarimini, cocoip, leafar & koorizero


Project one: tying shoelaces

February 21, 2011

Tying show laces by: Cornelia, Marco, Cindy, Brian, Joanna, Carrie Obeservations the basic function of shoelaces is to secure foot wears there are many kinds of shoelaces, of different length and made from different materials the most common ways of tying shoe laces are the “standard knots” and the “two loop knots”         […]


Exercise Six: Part 3

February 21, 2011

Exercise Six: Part 3 People keep rotating different layers of the cube when they are playing with it.  Some people found it challenging and some people think it is easy to solve.  There are solutions to solving the cube from absolutely any legal position. But, when people don’t know the solutions to solve the cube, […]


Exercise Eight

February 20, 2011

Terry the sleepless sketcher Anonymous, Judy, Prisilla, Marco Age: 22 Major: Illustration Credits earned: 6.5 Residence: Oakville sublet Income: OSAP and part time food services (independent from parents) Combined Workload: >60 hours per week Diet: Frequently coffee and fast food, nutritionally unbalanced Wardrobe: Comfortable, inexpensive, unvaried Music preference: Obscure hipster bands, Black Eyed Peas Device preference: Apple products […]


De-constructing an interaction: Opening a Straw & Inserting it into the Drink

February 20, 2011

Design Observations Forces to open wrapping before using the straw The straw has to slide out of the paper to be removed To be able to drink, straw must be inserted into hole If straw is damaged, it will most likely be used anyway Interaction Observations blindly stabbing the drink quickly taking off the wrapper […]


exercise 6 what is fun

February 19, 2011

Jenga My toy “Jenga” is a set of building blocks. Defination from Wikipedia: “Jenga is a game of physical and mental skill created by Leslie Scott, and currently marketed by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro. During the game, players take turns to remove a block from a tower and balance it on top, creating […]


Project Two: Feedback Post

February 19, 2011

As discussed today in class, your feedback on a minimum of three of your collegues’ detailed toy concepts should take the form of answers to the following questions: How (or how not) is the prototype fun? Here, discuss the design specifics of the toy–communication strategies, clever mapping, appropriate affordances, etc.–either in terms of design successes, […]


Toy sketches

February 19, 2011

Top three ideas: 1) rubber stress ball/toy keychain – basically a keychain that has multiple functions, it can be a stress ball for when your stressed out and need to take it out on something! as well has a laser attached to it. 2) blanket/plush – a plush that stores a blanket inside and allows […]


Exercise Six, Part Two: What is Fun?

February 18, 2011


Exercise Eight: OCAD Student Personas

February 18, 2011

“Personas (figure 5.8) are a documented set of archetypal people who are involved with a product or a service. . . . To create a persona, designers find a common set of behaviours or motivations among the people they have researched. This becomes the basis for the persona, which should be given a name, a […]


Designing for Interaction

February 18, 2011

Click here to download pages 89-119 from Designing for Interaction. — “The craft of interaction design is really the craft of creating the models, diagrams and documents that communicate the designer’s designs. These representations, and the testing of those with clients and users, are the designer’s bread and butter. They are what designers use to […]


My Toy Designs: Marco Paravani

February 18, 2011

My first intinct was to create something soft and squishy. Whatever I was to make, I wanted it to invoke a sense of comfort as its main function. A favourite design of mine was my Plush Transformer Couch, that stands as a soft robot, and transforms into a miniature couch. I moved on from the […]


Exercise Seven: Photoshop Tennis

February 18, 2011

In this Exercise you will be playing Photoshop Tennis: a game with a partner where you’ll create a series of images that will form an emerging narrative. We will begin with a brief Photoshop tutorial, where we’ll go through the following steps as a group. It’s important that you follow these steps carefully so that […]


project 2 Toy

February 18, 2011

rough sketches: 3 ideas: 1. the ” I ♥ beer” Rubik cube It is a rubik cube for adults(since it is about alcohol). Player is suppose to play it like a regular rubik cube, but instead of matching the colors, s/he should match the formula like image down below. (age: 19+) 2. fetch, fish This […]


toy project by Cornelia Li

February 18, 2011

“Pop!” The key to succeeding this game is quick reaction.  It can be played by a single person or a group of people. The toy itself is shaped like a toaster with 4 toasts in place. Each player has a pan for catching the toasts. Players press down on the toast as they would operate […]


Project 2

February 18, 2011

_____________________________________________________________________________ Six Independent Toy Ideas ________________________________________________________________________________ Three Detailed Toy Concepts 1. Making it Balance This is a game that tests player’s sense of balance. There is a center scales which attached with two more scales on both ends of the center scales with different height levels. Players will be given different weight of subject matters, […]


An Object that Andrew W. Loves/Hates

February 16, 2011

I positively love my millennium edition of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I’m so proud to own it, and I gaze at it lovingly each night as I go to sleep. I don’t just love it because LotR is just a wonderful book, but also because it is divided into six volumes, […]


Andrew Walker- Project Two

February 16, 2011

Six Rough Ideas I apologize for my egregious handwriting. Come to think of it, maybe I should’ve typed them… Three In-depth Concepts 1. Emoti-blocks. A series of five therapeutic stress balls in the shape of emotive rounded cubes. Each one is a different colour, and has a different expression, corresponding with the amount of resistance […]


Project 2: Sandra’s Toy Ideas

February 15, 2011


Project 2: Caroline Van

February 15, 2011

ROUGH sorry you can’t see my writing FINAL IDEA #6 : so i reaaaalllly wanted the fort tent thing to work, as a kid (and even now) i love to make forts out and sheets and stuff. One problem about the fort that i always hated was that you were always limited to what you […]


Project Two

February 15, 2011

SIX TOY IDEAS: THREE TOYS IDEAS DEVELOPED:   Mini Airdancer [Formally known as Mini Wacky Wailling Inflatable Arm Tube Man] This toy would be part of a collectable series that features differenct faces, colours and bonus features. The toy would be battery operated so it’s portable. Makes a great gift. The air dancer would have […]


Sandra’s Love and Hate Objects

February 15, 2011

An object I love is my consistently used BlackBerry® Curve™ 8530 that I acquired in 2009. Since then I have been inseparable with this device. The reasons I am inseparable with this specific brand/device because it has never failed on me. It keeps all my contacts, text messages, and data plan that include Internet and […]


Project 2

February 15, 2011

Detailed roughs: Celeb Makeover Placemats Bored? Tired of the same old placemats? Draw on the faces of your favourite (or least favourite) celebrities with Celeb Makeover Placemats! This placemat has three acetate layers: One to protect your drawing from food spills, one for drawing on, and one to help hold the photo in place. In […]


ideas for toys

February 14, 2011


Project 2

February 13, 2011

Sketches: Comments: Cindy: There is certainly a market in novel variations upon art supplies. I have an anatomical figure I’ve never studied. Mostly it’s posed in weird ways with props. Its premise as being a tool gives adults an excuse to furnish themselves with variations even as strange as alien proportioned models (or in my […]


Exercise Six

February 12, 2011

For Exercise Six, I brought in a Barrel of Monkeys and observed peers engaging in simian delight. The official instructions on the barrel are to “Dump monkeys onto table. Pick up one monkey by an arm. Hook other arm through a second monkey’s arm. Continue making a chain. Your turn is over when a monkey […]


Introduction: Sandra Frankel

February 11, 2011

Hi All, My name is Sandra Frankel, by now everyone should know that I am the spontaneous, at times loud, and small girl in your Experience Design class. I love to travel I have been to a few countries since I was young. I was given birth to in the coldest of winters in the […]


Emotional Design

February 11, 2011

Click here to download pages 99-133 from Emotional Design. — “Fun and pleasure, alas, are not topics often covered by science. Science can be too serious, and even when it attempts to examine the issues surrounding fun and pleasure, its very seriousness becomes a distraction. Yes, there are conferences on the scientific basis of humour, […]


Project Two: Design for Fun

February 11, 2011

Click here to download Project Two: Design for Fun.


Exercise Five

February 11, 2011

An object I hate: Patton PUH680 I can not say that I have interacted with a sufficient variety of space heaters to hold a preference or be knowledgeable of any models which would be completely satisfactory, but I find the presence of just about any space heater to be preferable to an otherwise inadequately heated […]


Exercise Five; An Object Mhairi Loves, An Object Mhairi Hates

February 11, 2011

An object  I hate is defintely my phone the Huawei U7519. I was drawn to this phone by the allure of having a touch screen at a lower price than an iphone. Unfortunately, the touch screen on this phone is not very responsive. I am constantly getting comments like ‘Why are you tapping your phone […]


exercise 5. what kenny love and hate

February 11, 2011

by: Yizhen Jia (Kenny) It is my pleasure to introduce the first object: my cell phone charger!!! Yes! This cell phone charger is what I like the best in the package that came with the purchase of my cell phone.  it excellent performance won over both of my dad’s heart and mine. the plug in […]


Exercise Five: Love/Hate Relationship of a Drummer

February 11, 2011

Vic Firth’s American Classic Hickory HD9 are drumsticks that I LOVE. I haven’t always been using these particular kind of sticks though. I went through many different brands and styles over the past few years before I used these and realized they were the perfect fit. The shape and feel of the sticks are perfect […]


Exercise 4: Let’s Go Crazy!

February 11, 2011

I had alot of fun making this minute music video! Enjoy! Music- “Let’s Go Crazy” by Prince Below is the flow chart explaining the making of this production.


Exercise Four-Music Video by Andrew W.

February 11, 2011

I had planned to do a slightly more complicated video, but alas, the weather was uncooperative for the footage I had planned to take. Perhaps I’ll return to that idea at a later date. And so, we get violent explosions and heavy metal. In case you’re curious, that’s Matthew Chapman running after those pigeons. I […]


And Object that I Love/Hate

February 11, 2011

An object that I really love is my DOMO bag. (see figure 1) Reason being, it is extremely functional, the mapping of the functions is clear, and obvious. I know that the zipper to the pockets are going to be at the side, and that they all line up at the right hand side.  The […]


Dissecting an Interaction; Sharpening a Pencil

February 11, 2011

By; Mhairi Robertson, Sam Stadden, Olivia Shin, Jacky Tse Pencil sharpening is a common interaction that many people perform everyday. While wooden pencils may be loosing popularity due to mechanical pencils, drawing pencils are usually still made of wood. As OCAD students, we use drawing pencils on a regular basis and we felt that this […]


Exercise five: An object I love, an object I hate

February 11, 2011

I love my Copic markers – particularly the type I have. Copic markers (from what I’ve seen) come in 4 types of marker shafts: ciao, original, sketch and wide. In terms of affordance, the ‘sketch’ type markers are in my opinion the best, hence why I prefer to buy those now. Not only does the […]


Exercise 4: Music Video

February 11, 2011

Here is my one minute music video set to a reworked version of Nancy Sinatra‘s, Bang Bang using stock footage courtesy of Internet Archive. Also, take a look at the lovely Interaction Flowchart I made for this music video. Cheers.


Exercise Four; Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram

February 11, 2011


February 11, 2011

Exercise 4: Funny Music Video


exercise 4. music video by Yizhen Jia

February 11, 2011

Its been really cold lately so I’ve been thinking of sunshine, beach, warmth… all video clips from: http://www.stockfootageforfree.com/ music: Bucket by Carly Rae Jepsen chart: i took the yellow path


Exercise Four

February 11, 2011


Exercise four

February 11, 2011

Cute animals + dramatic music. Click here for interaction map.


Exercise 5: Object I (Tse Hung Hei) love and Hate

February 11, 2011

The Object that I love is my Iphone 4. As everyone know, Iphone 4 has many functions, such as calling, texting, going on internet, checking weather, gaming, and etc. The reason why I love Iphone 4 is that the affordance is simple and unique,  plus it upgrades a higher-resolution screen, which renders photos, text, and […]


Marco Paravani’s Music Video

February 11, 2011

The only footage I had access to from home was of high school moments and graduation interviews I had art with these kids everyday for 4 years, and some are still with me at OCADU! So I decided to make an homage to my old art class 🙂 Track Listing: The Scrantones – The Office […]


Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram -Carrie Harden

February 11, 2011

Not For Sale, Cocorosie


Exercise Five: Objects that I, Caroline, love and hate

February 11, 2011

Hate: Earbuds The object that I hate is my earbuds. It does its job, outputting music, perfectly. I don’t think I could live without my earbuds. They are one of the best inventions for avoiding awkward situations or just unwanted situations, of course second to texting. For example, if your mom is nagging you in […]


Object I love and Hate

February 11, 2011

The object that I love is my blackberry curve. Pretty much this phone is good for many uses such as going on the internet, calling, texting, and anything else. What I like about it is that blackberrys have the affordance to make texting much more simpler by having every single key on the phone like […]


one minute video

February 11, 2011

my birds


Love and Hate: A Story of Two Phones by Marco Paravani

February 11, 2011

An object Inspector Gadget should never be without is the new iPhone 4. Of course, come summer it will be old news, to be overshadowed by its predecessor, the iPhone 5 (and surely enough, the iPhone 27 will come out shortly afterward). But alas, Steve Jobs and the Apple team’s marketing tactics are not the […]


two pots, two destiny

February 11, 2011

On object I love is the silver tea pot. I found in frozen in ice in in a construction area, and because it was in a good condition, I brought it back home. It is completely made out of metal; therefore it is useful for boiling water on my wood stove during winter. What I […]


Exercise 5: Sam’s Love and Hate Relationships

February 10, 2011

An object that I absolutely love is my Wacom Bamboo Tablet. I guess the main thing that I love about the tablet is that it functions like a pencil and paper, easy and direct. There are two accessories that function with the tablet: a wireless mouse and a tablet-pen. In the center of the tablet, […]


Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram

February 10, 2011

Here is the video and the diagram,  hope you all like it 🙂


Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram

February 10, 2011

So, here is the music video. I was trying to have a little fun. Enjoy


De-constructing an interaction: working on OCAD chairs

February 5, 2011

By: Judy, Renars, Sandra, Nicolas Introduction – Students are spending many hours sitting during work – The design of the chair affects students working – Necessary to allow students in OCAD to work in comfort – Main goal is to be able to work without having disturbance or being bothered: the chairs are designed to […]


Splitting the Chopsticks

February 4, 2011

by: Yizhen Jia, Sharon Leung, Prisilla Hui, Amir Kaveheit, Hilda Lam Introduction Disposable Chopsticks: 1. made of bamboo or wood. 2. used especially in restaurants. 3. partially cut and must be split into two chopsticks by the user to demonstrate that they have not been previously used. Observation  Video Interaction Interaction Analysis What problems occur […]


Project One: Final Thoughts

February 1, 2011

Some final thoughts in advance of your Project One deadline: Use an imaginary client to give your project substance. Use the title of your project to clearly and precisely establish its scope. The structure of your presentation is as open to possibility as the structure of your interaction: craft it thoughtfully. Don’t speak for more […]