Learnings and reflections from CMU’s Communication Design Studio in Fall 2020
For this project, I’ll be investigating climate data to explore and visualize sources of greenhouse gas emissions and how might each contributor help to reach net zero carbon emission.
We started the project by analyzing existing visualization on the website Information Is Beautiful. Questions to consider include:
Based on our interviews and research on remote theater performance, we worked on refining our ideas in areas including the problem context, target users, and what technologies are involved. We first listed all the potential options and then discussed the pros and cons of each.
Our discussion led to several consensuses:
In Project 2, we are tasked with explaining an abstract concept in a short video. And the topic I received is — Internet Cookies!
Understanding internet cookies first requires an understanding of the client-server model of the internet. This model is the standard method of communication between a browser on a computer and the web server. The web server is a centralized location where data is stored. It distributes data to each individual client, or browser, after receiving the request from the client.
An internet cookie is the means by which web servers recognize the client. It is in the form of a small text file and added to the client’s browser or machine by the server when the client posts a request to the server for the first time. When the client tries to access the website again, it will send the request along with the cookie to the server so it knows the client’s information such as identity, viewing history and preferences. …
Week 1 — Tue 9/1 Course Overview
Kicking off the semester in the time of quarantine is both challenging and interesting. Especially for a class on communication design, the pandemic limits our ability to communicate the way we are used to but in the meantime challenges us to reflect on what is communication and how we can improve it for people living in this new reality. I am looking forward to taking on the challenges and exciting opportunities in this studio.
Activity 1: Exploring the appearance and mechanism of different toys
We started the first class by virtually exploring the toys our professor Stacie had laid out on her table. Someone would point out a toy that he/she found interesting and Stacie would take it to the front to let us guess how it works and when was it made. In the end, each of us pick our favorite toy. Several things I noticed from this little…
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Hillary Carey, Alex Klein, Nandini Nair, Yuchuan ShanRacial Inequity in Pittsburgh, Transition Design Seminar 2020, CMU
For Assignment #3 of the Transition Design (TD) Seminar, we use Sohail Inayatullah’s framework, Causal Layered Analysis, as a new frame to understand our wicked problem of racial inequity in Pittsburgh, PA. The TD instructors encourage this method because it is a way “to ‘deconstruct’ the problem” in “the way in which the problem is viewed/accepted in mainstream society as well as the deeper, less understood (or even hidden) roots of the problem (TransitionDesignSeminarCMU.net, 2020).” …