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I’d like to return to Erik’s discussion for a moment. When considering the designer, his/her tools, and the material, I want to address experience (meaning the empirical knowledge, procedural knowledge, the “know-how,” etc. in observing or working with a thing or event). To use the carpenter as an example again: The carpenter’s material is wood,…

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At the beginning, Lev Manovich proposed a lot of question,  “Where were the theoreticians when….?” These questions show us another aspect of design, theory, progresses, or we can say change: it’s unpredictable character. Although we are always trying to predict the future or the result of some action or design. “I aim to describe and…

Read more Reading diary and questions about “Theory of Present”

I’d like to go back to the subject of Erik’s example about material vs. tool vs. designer with the tool being a hammer, wood the material, and the carpenter the specific “designer.” Though it seems clear, remember we reached a point where the line begins to blur between material and tool; for example, a hammer…

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 I was concentrating on the verbal ‘Edit’ used in jimmy’s article when reading it. Rather than to answer for his questions, I wanted to ask for myself that how much I/we have missed my/our originality or properties by editing them with other things.  I guess that we have already performed digital handicraft based on cutting-edge technology…

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Before I begin, grrr at having to write this blog twice because it didn’t save the first time. I’d have an angry emoticon here, but I can’t find one… which oddly enough is also making me mad at this time. Actually, this point directly relates to the article “Designing for Everyday Life” by Gilliam Smith.…

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There is a theme in the “What is Culture? What is Cultural Theory?” reading that I just can’t get through. It states that “culture tends to be opposed to the material, technological, and social structural” (Smith). We didn’t get a chance to discuss this reading in class, and maybe I’m going beyond (or completely missing)…

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I personally have little experience with online social networks and games. This first week of classes, I have been fascinated by the relationships between students and professors on networks like Facebook, MySpace, and Second-Life. At first, I was excited by the possibility of connecting with a professor or mentor on a level that didn’t exist…

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Is there any interest out there in taking up the practice of liveblogging the course lectures? Entering the lecture material into the blogstream will give us an easy method for continuing course discussions as well as opportunity to reflect on lectures while increasing the size of our course related blogosphere. Given the number of people…

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