Glasses: This Object and its Origin

Objects exist in multiplicity. The physicality of this specific pair of glasses is just one perspective in defining these glasses. From where did these glasses come? Of what materials are these glasses crafted? What parts of these glasses are unique to myself? What important milestones have these glasses passed? Where and when do these glasses …

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Research Methods: Readings II

"Why Should Engineers and Scientists Be Worried About Color?" Link Bernice E. Rogowitz and Lloyd A. Treinish With the color map on the left, elevation is a continuous variable. However, its corresponding color scale ranges among approximately 5 discrete color categories. This confuses the reader. "One result of this work has been a set of colormaps …

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Research Methods: Readings

The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations Ben Shneiderman (1996) Information Seeking Mantra: Overview first, zoom and filter, then details-on-demand An issue arise as information systems grow in size--how to design for two cases: known-item search and browsing for patterns (In 1996) GUIs are becoming more advanced, more detailed, …

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MBTA Accessibility Workshop

Beaconing: when a system offers information to users Puddling: when sonic information is contained within, and only within, a distance appropriate to those who need the information Information Equivalency: information in different forms (visual, tactile, sonic) remain distinct from each other, yet allow equal access to information The most important concept gathered from this workshop …

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Sound and Memory: Sketches

To first understand how perception of sound and memory of that sound, our team began to take walks around the Northeastern University area, near Ruggles Station. We then traced our path on an aerial map and recounted when we remember certain sounds sources being perceivable and which weren't. We then took a survey of patrons …

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Perspective Mapping: South Station

Tasked with returning to South Station, the following observations were made in light of an essay by urban media designer, Martijn de Waal (of The Mobile City) entitled The City as Interface: How New Media Are Changing the City. In the essay, de Waal specifies some public space as part of the "urban public sphere," namely any accessible …

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Plot and ggplot2 with R-Studio

Data from Vision Problems in the U.S. provides estimates of the prevalence of eye-disorders in the US by state in adults 40 and older. Here is the initial outputs of my work with R-Studio statistical software: When plot() is envoked on R-Studio, a matrix of plots are established by header columns. This particular function ran very slow, …

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Learnable Programming

http://worrydream.com/LearnableProgramming/ Article by Bret Victor, Sept 2012 How do we get people to understand programming? We change it into something understandable. The environment differs from the language: The environment allows users to read the vocabulary, follow the flow, see the state, create by reacting, create by abstracting. The language provides identity and metaphor, decomposition, recomposition, and readability. "In a modern environment, memorizing the minutia of an …

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