I’m excited to say that Blockuits has been accepted into Maker Faire in NYC on September 21 and 22! Maker Faire is a cool festival where makers from the area gather and show off their usually art and tech-related projects. The first Maker Faire I went to was in San Francisco in 2009, and I think that experience definitely inspired me to go to Parsons. I saw giant cupcake cars with people in them. I saw a life-size mouse trap game. I saw so many fun and innovative projects. It’s exciting that my work will part of an international maker festival that inspired me to become a maker in the first place!
I’ve been volunteering and demonstrating Blockuits at the Interaction Design and Children conference this week. It has been an amazing experience thus far, and I feel motivated to continue working on Blockuits.
Today we presented in a demo madness session where all the people demonstrating their work were given 25 seconds to entice people to visit their table. It was very difficult condensing one year’s worth of work into 25 seconds. I found that for Blockuits, the best way was to make a 25-second video showing the experience. Overall, it was a lot of fun!
After the presentations were the demonstrations. That was basically another madness session where I talked to and met so many interesting people. It was also a lot of fun! Crazy, but fun.
I presented at the Symposium today, and I feel as if I definitely had a better presentation today than on Monday. Here is a video of my presentation. I’m up around 7:44.
The conversation the panel had after the presentations was really good as well. You should check it out!
Here is my final paper, all laid out and designed:
I also spent the day working on my Symposium presentation. Like I said I before, I would make up for my not that great final presentation with my Symposium presentation. I think it’s much better because I focused on only the foam blocks as my final thesis project instead of all three projects. With the Symposium presentation, we only have five minutes. I think it would be too difficult to talk about all three major prototypes in such a short amount of time.
Here is my presentation:
And here is the video I played right before starting my presentation:
I finished my paper! Here is a link:
Today I had my final presentation in my thesis class. It went okay, but honestly, it could’ve gone better. I was a little bit distracted because I was going to visit IDEO right after class and meet with some designers.
Here is my final presentation:
Here are the three videos that are in the presentation:
After class I brought Blockuits along with another project to IDEO. The two designers I met with really seemed to like the toy. I felt like I did a much better job presenting to them than to the two critics in class earlier today. Oh, well. I will make up for it at the Symposium!