Lecture Liveblog

Theory Axis of Time [Bardzell’s Scientific Visualization Series] “Dumb as Rocks” -> Stress Level Increases -> Apex Point -> Stress Level Decreases -> Ability to Use Theory Increases Macrotheories Ex.: Marxism Massive phenomena (economy, ideology, classes, etc) that are collectively associated with culture. “top down” view or explanation Microtheories Ex.: Goffman Look at individual people.…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 10-2-07

Jeff has been reading the blog, and he loves what is happening because it helps him to know what we know as well as what we don’t know and it’s apparent that we know phenomenology but we “don’t know dick” about structuralism.  He also noticed that we are mostly posting later in the week, he…

Read more Lecture liveblog 9-25-07

Prewriting Writing is hard. What ends up on the page isn’t like a train of thought. The synthesis is more elaborate and consists many, very different pieces. What is Prewriting? A written form of ideation (process of coming up with ideas) Think of it as a form of sketching Give your left brain a break…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 9-18-07

Relation of phenomenology to hermeneutics. For the purposes of this class, you can confuse them. Hermeneutics originally started as a exercise in biblical exegesis (very accurate reading, getting it right). Philology emerged as a practice of linguistic study, history of linguistics, etc. Hermeneutics came about as a strategy to “closely read” the Bible in order…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 9-13-07

Course Blog – Open or Closed? Either way there will be moderation of comments from outside the course. Perform phenomenological and structural analysis of a series of related fashion magazine ads: at least 3 consecutive photos from a single company. The reason we went with these instead of single ads is that the series helps…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 9-11-07

Manovich – Interaction Culture Manovich draws heavily from Russian literary theory and Marxism. A focus on modes of production and consumption. “Digital materialism … principles of computer hardware and software and the operations involved in creating cultural objects on a computer to uncover a new cultural logic at work.” (p.7) [means of production] However, he…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 9-6-2007

Liveblog for the 9-4-2007 lecture. No promises that I’ll come back and clean this up, but please comment and continue with the lecture discussions! Interaction design concerns itself with “the material without qualities.”For all design disciplines, the notion of design material is critical. In many cases, we describe design professions in regards to the materials…

Read more Lecture Liveblog: 9-4-2007