All posts tagged grad school

  • What I’ve been up to

    It’s been pretty silent on the blog front last week. I’ve had full days of wrapping up my thesis and trying to keep my head above water. Last week was our last public deliverable of our thesis where we present our work to a panel of three design faculty and then there is a three hour public session where we present to the public (mostly visitors, but some wandering faculty as well).

    I presented the research that lead up to me creating this prototype of a thesaurus of interactions and, more importantly, this thought experiment that I’ve been enlisting designers and creatives to take. It’s an activity to get designers to think about the tools at their disposal differently. It’s supposed to be a little challenging, but it’s really for the benefit of the person taking the test—if you take it in earnest you have the opportunity to stretch the way you see design (I hope!).

    It was a really trying week and day, but it’s over now and I just have to keep my head down and keep working until graduation. Next on the chopping block is revising this paper that was accepted into a design conference in Milan, Italy this coming fall. Eep!

    Other than that, I’m still trying to plan my summer vacation. Although, I will happily complain to you that planning a long vacation is much more complicated than I’d like it to be. I’m more of a hermit than I let on. Does anyone want to go to China, Vietnam, and Japan with me this summer?!

    Thanks always, intimate audience, for your support and good vibes (don’t stop now).

  • Seeing with your tongue

    Someone submitted this to my thesis project and I just thought it was the neatest thing! Since seeing is just a sensation created by the brain, some researchers have found a way to recreate the sensation using stimulus from the tongue! Check it out!


  • 5: Days this week


    I wouldn’t be surprised if you forgot that this is a post series I try to maintain because it’s been so long.

    Today was my first week back over winter break, it’s 9:40 and I’m still on campus. It is my last semester and I can feel myself trying to squeeze every last bit of knowledge out of this school because I’ve been in such turmoil trying to decide what classes to take. Not only is there a fight to take the best classes, but there is this time constraint of not having enough.

    I made a pact with myself last semester that I wouldn’t stress myself out so much. Even choosing in which way not to stress myself out turned out to be stressful. The best solution, it turned out was just to take everything. It always is, isn’t it? Here are the classes I want to take and why (in the order of how they occurred throughout the week:

    Transition design, being taught by some wonderful professors in the design program. Talking about bridging the design in the already occurring the world and especially this complex present to a more sustainable future.

    Prototyping for interactions is a course taught by a visiting professor this year. It looks really fun, interesting, and challenging. And like anything that is those three things, it will also be very time consuming. In this class we would learn how to design physical prototypes for interaction from design to implementation. It involves modeling, Aurdino, processing, 3d printing, and solidworks. Yikes!

    Service Design. I was on the fence about going into this class because I had already done some reading about it and have tried to infuse it into the way I work, but the professor was just so great and was pulling out such wonderful insights that it seemed like too good of an experience to miss.

    Designing for social complexity was a class that was offered today that covers…well, its pretty explanatory what it tries to cover and the real feat is actually learning to navigate it.  I originally signed up for it, but I already knew I was over my head so I ended up so I didn’t go. But my classmates floated out of the 4-hour session in love with the class and it makes me so wistful. A huge part of me just wishes that I could attend design lecture after design lecture and soak it all in.

    Calligraphy II. If you met the professor, you’d know I was making the right decision.

    And of course, if you remember, I’m also teaching again this semester. But it’s my last semester!

    ::all the clocks explodes and iCal melts off the screen::

    Hope your new year is going splendidly!

  • Hope you all had a good Halloween!

  • Mid-semester review

    My grad school spirit animal.

    I just posted a mid-semester review on my process blog. Check it out!—you know, if you want to.


  • 5: Classes


    New year, new classes. Here they are!


    1. Graduate Design Seminar II: Topics in Communication Design
    2. Graduate Design Studio II
    3. Research Methods for Human-Centered Design
    4. Computing for the Arts with Processing
    5. Calligraphy I

    See you there or never!

  • 5: Final projects

    I am frozen from the cold breeze of ‘overwhelmed’ s as I approach my last week of my first semester at Carnegie Mellon.



    1. One product-service innovation/design philosophy paper.
    2. Two interactive heteronym visualizations. (Using Adobe Edge)
    3. One interactive data visualization using processing.
    4. One video sketch of said visualization being implemented in a real life circumstance.
    5. One argument paper. I wrote about the horrors of plastic.
  • Kakapo Love

    Kakapo Love: The Mating Ritual of a Nocturnal Parrot from Jacklynn on Vimeo.


    Also know as: Why I haven’t been sleeping for the past two weeks.

    Sorry for the radio silence, guys, but I have been pouring my soul into this last project and with the tremendous help of James Wagner, here it is!

    I’ll post a project brief on it on my process blog soon. I’ll let you know when it surfaces.

  • Evan Observation Narrative

    Alright, guys. I’d been avoiding it but now I have other homework to avoid so here’s my second paper for Narrative and Argument. We’re on a fourth now and I only feel like they’re getting steadily worse. As you know, I’m use to writing about myself, but writing about other people is much harder.

    In this paper we had to write about someone else. As you can see, it turned into much more of a mixed portraiture.

    (I’m recording it again because, like my first paper, I think it would be pretty boring to have to read–aka, I’m a poor writer). 

    The audio:


    The text:

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  • 5: Places in Toronto


    I am in Toronto this weekend with the Design League at CMU. We’re going on a bunch of tours of design studios here. It’ has been great to see a variety of businesses. We left on Thursday at 2am, drove all night until we arrived  at 9:15 am (thats right, the same day) and started touring. We wee all so tired. Even when the firms were interesting, it was painful and impossible for everyone to stay awake. It was not ideal, but that’s what happens when you try to cram everything in a weekend. :)

    So far, Blok has stood out as a heaven on Earth for those passionate about design. We visited today after getting an ok amount of sleep. I think the word “passion” gets thrown around a lot in the design creative field, but the owner of Block, Vanessa Eckstein, talked with this fierce sincerity about her design philosophy that said more about passion for design than I’ve ever heard, despite her calm and controlled voice. She has this intensity and love for her work and studio that I admired. I hope to have a mentor like her someday.

    But I won’t bore you, dear friends, with all the details. Here’s are five places i’ve been to so far.


    1. Royal Ontario Musuem (pictured above). We happened to come today and they happen to have a special event on Friday from 7-11:30 where they open up the museum at a cheaper price and have live music, food, and drinks. It was like a swanky party. There were a bunch of young people dressed to the nines. That was all well and good, but because they were all socializing and being loved, I got to pretty much have the museum to myself. Ideal situation.
    2. Chinatown. It was neat, we bought some cheap souvenir and ate a restaurant called Asian Legend that my housemate recommended.  Out of all the very authentic places we passed, I was surprised when I saw it and it looked the most American-ized with a modern atmosphere. He had lived in Shanghai for a time and visits Asia often and he had said it was some of the best Chinese food he’s had outside China. It was really delicious!! We got the chicken dumplings and Shanghai noodles. I’m sorry to say that I’ve never been to Shanghai so I don’t know how authentic it was, but it was delicious. It was super spiced, but it had a delicate and savory taste that made it so much more attractive to me.
    3. G is for Gelato. A divine little shop near our hostel. I was seriously blown away by how good it was. I got the coconut almond and the pistachio.
    4. Which reminds me, we’re staying at HI Ontario. I highly recommend. I’ve stayed at hotels that are much worse than the rooms and facilities here. It makes me think I should be internationally traveling more.
    5. Casa Lomo. A castle here a little north of where we’re staying. We didn’t go in ($20, we’re not made of solid gold!) but we walked around the exterior and it was pretty impressive. It looked so new though, when I think castle I think decaying a little. The windows pretty much looked dual insulated.

    Anyway, more adventures tomorrow before we leave at 9pm (and get back at the super safe hour of 3am) At which time I’ll pay dearly for this mid-semester break with piles and piles of homework.As my mom would say “Laugh now, cry later.” (I think I’ve also heard this in a movie, ha). Loving Canada though.