The goal of the competition is to brainstorm different ways to aid users select a specific object among a group using the least time possible. Methods to make choices more salient compared to others, or cursor snapping are used by the team. The pale blue denotes the square that needs to be clicked, and the darker blue indicates the next square to be clicked. The final design included more visual feedback for users such as adding a blue background to let users know the cursor is above the correct square to click, snapping cursor to the edges of the squares. We also limited the boundaries the cursor can travel, reducing the distance the cursor can travel between buttons.
Team: Isha Laad, Sayan Chaudhry, Scarlet Tong
The goal of the competition is to design a two layer hierarchical selection (where there are four choices on the first layer and two choices in the second layer) method on a smartphone without using the touch screen. Other built-in sensors of the phone is utilized, such as the gyroscope, accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass, etc. Tests are ran were average time for users to complete each two step selection would require.
Above: First prototype uses the gyroscope sensor, the first choice is made by tilting the phone to the side highlighted in green (left, right, up, down). The second choice is detected by the accelerometer when the user flicks the phone to the direction of the arrow (up or down).
Below: Final prototype which refines the interface and parameters in the code
As a team, we are asked by a local non-profit organization Just Harvest to help them improve their SNAP application program by increasing number of applicants. Just Harvest is a non-profit organization that aims to reduce hunger through sustainable, long-term approach in Allegheny County. Addressing the issue of stigmatization towards SNAP and food stamps users, the team decided to “humanize“ SNAP benefits recipients and spread awareness regarding food insecurity through a community cookbook. By featuring a mix of community recipes and Just Harvest success stories, we hope that more people in the greater Pittsburgh community will apply for SNAP if they qualify, will better empathize with SNAP recipients, or will reach out to Just Harvest for volunteer opportunities or donations.
Overview of generating the Community Cookbook
Step by step breakdown and organizational flow of creating the Cookbook.
Step 1: Advertising
A series of posters, social media posts, and blog posts will ask individuals within the Pittsburgh community to share their favorite recipes
Step 2: Gather
Recipes collected can be filled into already-made templates. Just Harvest success stories and SNAP information can be placed within recipe features.
Distribute recipes online and in books to improve social presence of Just Harvest and awareness for food insecurity.
Final Cookbook Mockups
The borough of Wilkinsburg is facing a period of displacement and property vacancy that is being to affect the quality of life of local residences. Once coined as the “Holy City“, Wilkinsburg has a high concentration of churches and was a prosperous transition town into the City of Pittsburgh. Borrowing existing individual signage in the borough, the project aims to increase pedestrian activity throughout the neighborhood by creating a cohesive signage system.
Colors are chosen between existing color scheme the neighborhood has (left image) and the color scheme for a recent signage project which is used in this proposal.
Creative Coding with P5.js
The clock mimics the view as if one would look into a microscope to see a small bacteria that is moving around in a petri dish. The bacteria changes color according to the hour color that is found on the outer color ring. The longest “leg” on the bacteria correspond to the minute hand on a typical clock, with a small grey dot showing seconds. The specimen name is the listed as month/date/year format. See the clock here.
Composition with Curves
The project uses the Conchoid of de Sluze equation found on Wolfram MathWorld as a base curve before layering more mathemtical manipulations onto the curve to create the final configuration. Motion and color of the dots are created by tracking the coordinates of the cursor (mouseX and mouseY) and the curves evolve when the cursor is in a different quadrant. Play with the curves here.
This is a simple audio and visualization program that deals mainly with interaction of the keypad with music and geometric visualization. To start the program, press enter and play around with timing of sounds and visualization by pressing keys such as “W”,”A”,”S”,”D”, “I”, “J”, “K”, “L” that will work with the background music. Users could create their own version of the song by mixing up different sounds and visual effects. Check it out here.