Harish Pillai, MDes Candidate

“The Variable Limits”

Fitness tracker software prototype visualization system


The objective of this thesis was to explore a new paradigm in how Fitness Trackers could be designed for users. Current Fitness Trackers are designed around tracking the user’s activity levels. With the application of cybernetic principles of self-modeling in the design of tracker software. Visualization is designed with the intent of providing users a better experience that curates data visualization over a long a term period. The visualization is primarily aimed to foster long term use of trackers by
aesthetic and analytical visualization integrating elements from gestalt theory to simulate a perceptual model of consciousness.

The aesthetic visualization interface termed as Art Graph attempt to merge the aesthetic and functional visualization to provide a user greater incentive in using the system that position users as both the participant and collaborator in an experience of personal examination of data analytics that becomes a type Rorschach test analysis of mind-body synergy in the design of
the interaction.


James Essex, MDes Candidate


Scaffolding motion-based paired play creation

This project creates a motion-based play system that allows pairs of people to create their own play. It is an investigation in scaffolding an emergent play creation process. In it, players are placed in a minimal environment, provided with control over a digital body that emits sets of effects, and play emerges based on how players they express these effects in tandem. This paper describes the research and development that drove the creation of the underlying play model and system architecture that support the intended system, as well as the results of user testing. A variety of research approaches were undertaken in project, including readings, interviews, low-fidelity and high-fidelity prototyping. Relevant research was explored in the areas of play, open-ended play, emergent play, and digital performance. The core objectives of the research were to build the system and then validate its efficacy.


Tuesday, August 15th,

Digital Futures Summer Thesis exhibition, examination and Defense:

9:00 – 10:30am: Harish Pillai Thesis Examination

11:00am – 12:30pm: James Essex Thesis Examination



Harish Pillai August 16th 12:00 -17:00

James Essex 14:00- 19:00

The exhibition and defense will take place in the Graduate Gallery and Experimental Media Space on the G Floor at 205 Richmond St. W.