Interface design trends: digitally physical



Wicked: design solutions creating new problems…

We have criticized Facebook as we found it invasive and manipulating to our personal information, however the danger is not in the tool but in its use and success (176,000,000 users and counting). Making more connections, now Wordle –a viz tool we analyzed in class– is being criticized with strong arguments too. See the article in this link

Can these examples be analyzed under what Horst Rittel called “wicked problems”?. In-class discussion coming.


Des 135 Project 5 handout

Dear 135ers,

P5 handout is available now here

Please read it for February 23, bring the materials listed to work in class and collect color samples (those that you can find at Home Depot or Rona) in your free time.

Have a nice reading week.

493 flashback : we saw 4 out of the 6 best viz of the year!

wordcloudLast Fall term in DES 493 Project 1 we saw an extensive compilation of case studies of data visualizations, based on students’ and instructor’s research. 4 of this cases were consider among the top 6 viz of the year by : wordle, Radiohead house of cards, Last FM streamgraphs and I Want You to Want Me. We faced a challenging project then, making a new meaningful visualization widget inspired in what we researched, and we achieved the goal indeed: proof of this is the participation of 5 projects in the WAVE exhibition “Blurring Boundaries”. We were in tune with one the most important trends in design today!

“Be the change you want to see in the World”

– Ghandi

Thanks Betina!

Our first “virtual lecture” in DES 494 was a success. Last class Betina Naab delivered from Buenos Aires a complete introduction to calligraphy and shared with us a fantastic collection of examples and projects. Thank you all for participating in this experience.



More info about Betina Naab and Calligraphy in Argentina:


We broke up with Twiddla

After trying (unsuccessfully) many different tools to create our virtual crit room, Des 494 class have broken up with twiddla, and decided to move on and create our own virtual crit blog. Thanks Kathleen for setting this up: