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Zoom Raleigh @ Fayetteville Street November 12, 2009

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zoomRaleigh_logoZoom Raleigh is a rich interactive interface that has been installed in the window of the Urban Design Center right on Fayetteville Street.  Further refining and developing 3D interfaces for exploring urban spaces. This project is the culmination of that work along with the refinement of large touch-screen interfaces.

Zoom Raleigh is co-sponsored by the Raleigh City Museum, City of Raleigh Planning Department, American Image Graphics, and Empire Properties.

Zoom Raleigh has incorporated multi-media montages, archival materials, historic photos, and interviews with Raleigh leaders like Greg Hatem.  The result is a massive interactive screen that sits behind glass that entices passers-by to reach out and play with the interface.  Part art, and part technical feat, the work both educates the public and reinforces the technology culture of Raleigh.

Zoom Raleigh as a 3D interactive digital installation allows viewers to interact with digital media related to the history of hte arts, architecture and culture of Raleigh, NC. Featuring an interactive 3D visualization of downtown Raleigh, viewers can manipulate the digital model by rotating the city itself, selecting buildings of interest and interacting with narrated slideshows of historical photographs and text specific to selected sites.

Exploiting experimental touch and hand gesture recognition technology developed by students and staff a the Advanced Media Lab at NC State University, College of Design, this system utilizes camera recognition, back screen projection and large-scale store-front windows as display screens.  Zoom Raleigh represents a new generation in inexpensive human/computer interaction platforms that can be operated in interior/exterior urban environements.

The installation will be available from October 23 through December 31, 2009.
Location: Fayetteville Street and Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC


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Innovation in a Down Economy July 15, 2009

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A great panel interview with guests:

Monty Montague – Co-founder and Design Principal, BOLT Group
Paul Wetenhall – President, Ben Craig Center Business Incubator, UNC Charlotte
Barbara Spradling – Director, Innovation Institute, McColl Center for Visual Art

The concept of using innovation in business has gained popularity in this difficult economy. Companies are working to “gain a competitive edge” by being more creative and innovative about the products and services they provide.

A few comments on the  balance of risk, not too much on accepting the possibility or  consequences of failure. They talk a little about the willingness of people/organization to accept change or be comfortable with new innovation/innovative thought – it’s more then just difficult. Good overview of some different strategies at approaching innovation or introducing it to newcomers.

It’s unfortunate to see businesses now “finding” out that design practice is something that can be introduced throughout the process and not just “lipstick on a pig” or to be ascertained only at the tail-end of the process. With the change in climate and the economic pressure it is a good time as any for design to be brought into the forefront to help change what has been longstanding ideology and practice. It’s not a silver bullet for all the problems but it can be a good way to get people and organizations out of their comfort zone and be more forward thinking about their product or industry as well as their customers.

I had a great chuckle when there was this awkward momentary pause as the panel was asked whether it was easier to “teach” an artist/designer about business or a business person about design… coming from both I knew exactly what was mulling in their head.

Listen in…

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5D [Five Dimensions] April 3, 2009

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5 Designers

Designer Profiles + Open Dialogue

Design is everywhere: in your classroom, in your transit from home to school, at the club, at the movies, at the park, in your kitchen, and even on your body. Whether you realize it or not, you are constantly in dialogue with design. You can be literally so at the April 7 Open Dialogue between you and the people on the other end of design.

As our society continually faces new challenges within racial and cultural realms, it is especially necessary and beneficial to have designers who are driven by cultural perspectives and awareness, and who are fluent in the languages (literally and figuratively) of those cultures.

Thus, AADSA is welcoming five (5) local African American designers to discuss their roles and experiences as African American designers, and their design perspectives as they relate to culture.

After each designer provides his/her “profile,” the audience (you) will have the opportunity to converse with and ask questions of the panelists about various aspects of design.

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FEATURED DESIGNERS
+ McArthur Freeman | Associate Professor of NCSU Art + Design Program
+ Tobias Rose | Principal + Creative Director, KompleksCreative, Inc.
+ Zena Howard | Senior Associate, The Freelon Group
+ DeMarcus Williams | Owner + Art Director, FreshDezigns, LLC
+ Sharvin Whitted | Interactive Art Director, Howard Merrell + Partners

Date:     Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Time:     6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location:  Belk Rotunda, circular room on 3rd floor of Brooks Hall
Street:     Pullen Road
City/Town:      Raleigh, NC

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Design Expo (DXR) Expands to Charlotte in 2009 February 20, 2009

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After two extremely successful years, Design Expo Raleigh will expand to a second location (Charlotte, NC) in 2009 and will simply be known as Design Expo or DXR.

The theme for DXR’09 is “Designing Change.”

The purpose of DXR ’09 is to present great design to the public and to give designers, both professionals and students, a forum to display and discuss their work. A unique showcase of applied arts coming together as a whole, Design Expo promotes broader awareness of many different design disciplines and creates an opportunity for local designers to network with each other, students, and the public. Among the diverse applied arts to be represented at DXR ’09 are Animation, Architecture, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Textile/Fashion Design.

The schedule for this year’s event will be:

Raleigh: May 1-9 at Flanders Art Gallery
Charlotte: August 20-22 at the Mint Museum of Craft and Design

DXR’09 depends on innovators like you to make it a success. Come be a part of this great celebration and show what you have created!

Click Here to learn more about this event and how to get involved.

www.dxraleigh.com

Brainstorming vs Brainwriting February 12, 2009

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Recently BNET1 laid out the case against brainstorming and plenty of readers chimed in to complain about how ineffective the technique is for generating quality new ideas (and a couple also leaped to its defense). Those who aren’t fans get some support today on the British Psychological Society’s blog, which reports, “research shows that people actually come up with more ideas working on their own than they do brainstorming together.” But if brainstorming is ineffective, what actually works? How about Brain

Writing::

Briefly, it involves four group members writing ideas on slips of paper in silence. Group members pass the slips of paper between each other, reading others’ ideas and inserting their own. Ink color indicates who owns which ideas and when a paper slip has four ideas on it, it is placed in the center of the table for all to see. This is repeated up to 25 times. The second stage involves group members withdrawing to the corners of the room and recalling as many of the ideas generated so far as possible – the rationale being that this encourages attention to the ideas generated. The final stage involves group members working alone for 15 minutes in an attempt to generate yet more ideas.

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(Image of human brain by Gaetan Lee, CC 2.0)

The Pumpkin King Scholarship October 21, 2008

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Pumpkin King

Deadline: Friday October 24, 2008

An award of a $2,500 Scholarship is available to any Art +Design or Industrial Design major who possess Outstanding Abilities in Drawing and/or Building. The recipient must have a strong academic record and professional promise. You must have a B average or higher. This scholarship is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of NC State University, College of Design.

Application Criteria:

* A paragraph about you and your interests in design. (limit one page in length)
* A well organized, considered portfolio of work that demonstrates your strength in drawing and/or building
* Both statement and portfolio should be presented on disk in a universal digital format ready to launch
* Disks should be delivered to either the Department of Art +Design or Industrial Design by 5pm October 24, 2008

Finalists will be determined by the Chairs of Art + Design and Industrial Design.

The final recipient will be determined by The Pumpkin King.


Job Opportunity: Visual Designer June 10, 2008

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IBM/Lotus Product Design team is looking for a person with strong visual design skills and a good working knowledge of web based applications as well as basic graphic design.

Please note that this is a contract position not a permanent IBM slot.
It is a full time position so availability would need to be generally in the 9:00 to 5:00 time range.

Any recent graduates looking for work would be a great fit. The contract is
expected to be about a year – however, it could last longer or turn into something else down the line.

Anyone interested send resume to:

“Ramona D Lewis” <lewisrd@us.ibm.com>
r a m o n a l e w i s | Lotus User Experience Design Project Manager

H: 919-461-2403 (best)
Cell: 919-656-6496
W: 486-0845

Please let Ramona know you found this posting through Lee Cherry + Pat FitzGerald out at the NCSU College of Design.

Good Luck.

Multi-Touch Flash, flosc : Flash OpenSound Control April 22, 2008

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We were using this method to track and migrate data from Processing to Flash… it’s not extremely efficient but can get the job done. I imagine this could come in handy if you wanted to utilize a single machine/camera setup that feeds data to multiple exhibit stations…

Flash Flosc

We figured It was possible to do multi-touch within Flash using this method but it required some heavy work within the application. At the moment, I have not read up on any implementation of Flash with multi-touch/multi-track or gesture via the Apple multi-touch touchpad. I have asked the question on some forum groups and emailed some inside contacts at Adobe Flash but no one has officially said that they support the multitouch classes/methods and functionality through Flash or that they have had a reason/functional applet to do so.

Blob Detection

Some garbage collection should be implemented on the Flash side otherwise it tends to crawl to a complete stop eventually. We are hoping to do more with implementing it in Flash AS3 this summer. Do let us know if you have any success or another way to implement this approach to motion tracking and gesture recognition. (more…)

NCSU Human Factors + Ergonomics Presentations March 21, 2008

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HFESFaculty from the College of Design at NCSU will give a collection of presentations next week at NCSU College of Design. They are interested in sharing their research and design ideas with the HFES community.

Time: Thursday, March 27, 5:30-8:00pm
Location: Kamphoefner Hall, College of Design complex, Burns Auditorium, NCSU

Professor Haig Khachatoorian will moderate this event. Presentations will begin at 6pm and will include the following:

  • Bryan Laffitte / Associate Professor &   ID (Industrial Design) Dept. Head – “Visualization as a Tool for Collaborative  Innovation”   
  • Percy Hooper / Associate Professor & Director  of  I D Graduate Programs – “Invention, Innovation & Design : Transforming Propositions to  Products”  
  • Bong-IL Jin / Associate Professor  – “The World Traffic Safety Design Competitions”  
  • Dr. Sharon Joines / Assistant Professor  – “Ergonomic Interventions for  Ultrasound Technicians”
  • Tim Buie / Assistant Professor – “Game Design :  Designing the Interaction Experience”

Each presentation will last approximately 20 min. and there will be a question and answer session to follow. More information about HFES Carolina chapter please visit their website – HFESCarolina.com

2008 NSF Visualization Challenge March 4, 2008

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NSF Visualization2008 NSF / AAAS Visualization Challenge
Stop, Look, and Learn

An arresting visualization will stop us in our tracks. A revealing visualization will show us more the longer we look at it. But a winning visualization will do all of that…and help us learn something new as well. Create a science or engineering visualization that addresses all three of these elements and you could be one of this year’s recipients of the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge awards.
Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

The 2008 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Awards categories include: Photographs/Pictures, Illustrations/Drawings, Informational/Explanatory Graphics, Interactive Media, and Non-Interactive Media.

Winning entries will be published in a special section of the September 26, 2008 issue of the journal Science and Science Online and on NSF’s website. One winning entry will appear on the front cover of Science.
For more information, see: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/scivis