So what is it that I did yesterday?

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Yeah.. I mean you would ask such as question, as the one above in the title of the post, to yourself when you probably had worked really just a day before and today you happen to be comparatively a little eased. So in retrospection I am posing this question to myself, “So what is it that I did yesterday?”.  Apparently the answer to this question is relatively simpler than I imagined. It is either one activity or the other… something with a well define goal to be completed in a shorter time. However what is interesting me more now, as I look back, are a bunch of new things which I discovered. I was involved with an UI assignment where I was struggling to produce quick prototypes. For those who are not familiar with the domain, UI is an acronym for User Interface. The assignment demands me to create sufficiently detailed prototypes which I can use to illustrate the workflows and individual screens. Fighting against the time I tried couple of things, right from Photoshop to Illustrator, Balsamiq, Pidoco and so many of these. Every link got me to a new product page where I am shown a tutorial video telling me how to use the specific tool. Come on.. I have no time to view tutorials, give me something easy to understand and operate. At least for god’s sake please don’t ask me to Sign Up to try. Soon I realized that perhaps I’m asking for too much or I’m knocking at the wrong door. I could also be blamed as a hurried user who wants things at his finger tips. Whatever, my reality stays with me at the end. I just could not use these tools.

Anyways lets come to the interesting bit. At the time when I started putting off with this show I came across, almost accidentally, a webpage. It showed me simple tools to help one creating paper prototypes. Let me insert that link here. It is simply amazing. What they provide is a set of layouts as PDF files which you can print. These include different graph layouts like equally spaced dots, grids, storyboard etc. These layouts are flexible enough and one can feel at home while creating paper prototypes. The layout which I used is a dot graph. I printed several copies of dot graph on A4 papers. Paper prototyping was so quick with these dotted graph papers. I think I discovered something simple, yet highly effective yesterday. BTW, if you notice the image that I have used at the beginning of this post is one of my paper prototypes 🙂

Here is something else for designers.

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Collaborative Gaming in an ubiquitous computing environment

Collaborative Gaming Concept 1 from Abhishek Shrivastava on Vimeo.

Tactile Computing Prototype

The video shows a prototype exploring the idea of making ambient lighting sensitive to the presence of people dwelling in a home. During this project, we created electronic sensors using textiles and other components. We used these sensors in the floor to sense the people walking over it. Inputs from these sensors are then used to control lighting in the space.

Tactile Computing- Video 1 from abhishek shrivastava on Vimeo.

 

Light Sensitive Home Lighting System – Prototype iteration from Abhishek Shrivastava on Vimeo.

 

Art in a restroom- An attempt to explore Dadaism.

Art in a restroom from abhishek shrivastava on Vimeo.

This video gives a glimpse of our attempt to put ‘Objects of art’ in a space like “public restrooms”. We explored an art movement like ‘Dadaism’ during a course titled ‘Science and Liberal Arts’.

Numb

Numb from abhishek shrivastava on Vimeo.

This sound piece tries to question the relevance of an information like news in a much communicated environment like ours. What happens when news passes through the minds of each of us with different contextual backgrounds. How do we perceive and relate to news? Is the actual message retained?

Trying to bring this feeling amongst the audience of this piece.