Katherine Hua – Looking Outwards – 08

Manuel Lima is a Portuguese-born designer with a leading voice on network visualization, studying how information can be organized and creates beautiful and complex diagrams. Lima has been recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is named to be one of the “most creative and influential minds of 2009” by Creativity magazine. He is also the founder of VisualComplexity.com which is a visual exploration on mapping complex networks, a showcase for the intersection of art, design, and science. I admire Lima’s work because his work is explores new ways to visualize information as the world moves on from relying on hierarchical trees into and moves into networks as a platform to illustrate and map the complexities of the world.

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My favorite project of his is VisualComplexity  because it is a unified resource space that aims to leverage a critical understanding of different data visualization methods. When presenting his work, he begins with giving background and an understanding of his motivation behind his project before diving into the projects he has accomplished. By doing so, he shows what makes his work important and why his audience should pay attention to it. Manuel  Lima’s website can be found here. 

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Meejin Yoon is a Korean-American architect and designer that co-founded Höweler+Yoon Architecture, a firm that uses design practices across the domains of architecture, urban design, public space, immersive experience, and design strategy. The firm is based out of Boston, Massachusetts and Munich, Germany.

What I admire about Yoon’s work is the way she chooses to deconstruct the ideas of private and public space by redefining these concepts. Most of her works shown in her talk feature interactions between people, technology, and public/personal space. One of her most stimulating works to me was her public project, Shadow Play, for creating a public parasol as opposed to a private one by utilizing the shape of the Mobius strip (a concept that Yoon is fascinated with) to create shade in a public place.

In her talk, she chooses to use many visual aids and categorizing to break down her speech in an easier way for her audience to understand the range and depth of her work.


Source: https://vimeo.com/channels/eyeo2015/133608603

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Chris is a media artist whose artistic practice reflects his beliefs in Chinese Philosophy. His works combine traditional and futuristic ideas, constantly exploring new mediums and finding aesthetics in technological intervention.

In 2007, Chris founded XEX / XCEED, an interdisciplinary creative studio and new media art collective based in Hong Kong, who’s works have been showcased worldwide. In 2014, he was appointed as the Artistic Director and Curator of the 1st HK-SZ Design Biennale. His creations have won awards from Reddot, TDC, GDC11, Taipei Golden Pin, Design for Asia, and The YG11 of New York Art Director’s Club. Lately, the “RadianceScape” project was selected in Linz Ars Electronica and the live performance was toured in Sónar Festival and WRO Art Biennale.

By the artist:

I’ll present the creative process behind the highly IG-able immersive installation “Prismverse”. The metaphor of the Battle Royale like wearable device “Collar AG”. Using data to intervent an audiovisual performance as Observatory’s live broadcast. We’ll address questions including How mediums shape our behavior and experience? Why open data is essential for a future citizen? And how could a creator design deeply for a minority audience and yet win the appreciation from general public?



Prismverse is an installation inspired by light rays travelling in a diamond with Brilliant cut – a form that produces phenomenal brilliance with maximized light directed through its top. With a 10 meters LED floor and the complex geometrical tessellated mirror wall, the highly illuminated interior becomes a metaphor for the instant tone-up effect of Dr.Jart+ V7 Toning Light.

A journey to unprecedented sceneries of glimmers begins at the touch of the product centered in the space. Audience will be immersed in splendors of our mother nature, ranging from the galaxy and distant stars, rare gemstones, glistens of flowing water, and refracted light beams. These resembles the brightening, moisturizing, protective and vitalizing effects of the product once applied on skin.

other recent work:

• VaporScape by h0nh1m (Chris Cheung) x NikeLab
• Collar AG by Chris Cheung / XCEED 


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Kate Hollenbach Website – Picture below is sample from her website – User is Presen

INSTINT 2014 – Kate Hollenbach from Eyeo Festival on Vimeo.




Based in California, Kate Hollenbach joined Oblong in 2009 and still works for them. Kate is a designer alongside a programmer who designs for human interactions and physical space. When talking about human interactions and designing for environments, I really admire their workspace, especially the whiteboard, that they develop such programs and how immersive it is to a human. I am inspired to do products design because of human interaction, but the scale on how Kate Hollenbach takes it is much larger. For example, their project tamper where they were able to track human hand movements to manipulate projections was a showcase of how immersive a human movement can be in a setting such as that. The way they embedded the human to be an essential part of the interaction and having the interaction almost as if it was part of them was amazing to see. Kate did an effective job by presenting demonstrations of both professionals and the public as she was talking. It made me want to be a part of either the process or even the final product, but it has taught me that what excites a person the most is showing a glimpse of the final product and then its process.

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Meejin Yoon

Meejin Yoon is a current professor and department head of architecture at MIT. She received her bachelor of architecture at Cornell and master of architecture in urban design at Harvard. She is also the co-founder of two studios in Boston. A lot of Yoon’s work focuses on interactive public space projects “that bridge issues of technology and play in the public sphere.” Yoon seems to smoothly and effectively blend the appropriate technology and architecture that align with the specific purpose and context of each project. The visuals that she uses in her presentation are mostly full-sized images, animations of the designs, and videos of her works in action. The transitions are smooth and she gives off an overall humble impression.

Collier Memorial, MIT

Out of all her projects, I really admire her “Collier Memorial” in memory of Sean Collier, an officer who was shot in the MIT campus immediately following the Boston Marathon bombings. Yoon initially had a lot of reservation because she was not used to dealing with metaphors and meaning in contemporary architecture. However, she successfully synthesized the ideas that were submitted from the open call, took the essence of these ideas, and produced a meaningful, beautiful memorial through a long, iterative process.

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I’m using one of my late days.

Representation of Differential Growth for FloraForm

Jesse Louis Rosenberg is an artist and programmer who uses a combination of technology, art, and science when creating his nature inspired, computer simulation designs. He studied mathematics at MIT and has previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies. He is now working in his own design studio called Nervous System in Somerville, Massachusetts, which he co-founded with Jessica Rosenkrantz back in 2007. His work consists of understanding scientific knowledge of nature and applying that to design that’s interactive and open. One of his works is the FloraForm, which is the latest generative design that is inspired by biomechanics of growing leaves and flowers. I admire the work because of its beauty and intricacy but I admire his thinking and designing process even more because he studies the science behind his inspiration. He focuses on the growing process of flowers and how that affects the shape and form. He also compares his findings (shapes and forms) to that of other things like jellyfish and sea slugs. He tries to fully understand every possible shape and form that can arise from flowers so that he can create a design that’s not only beautiful but also representative of its inspiration. In the video, you can see how Jesse and Jessica explain their work more in depth. They both explain their work using pictures and sketches which takes the audience through every step of their process. Every step also has an important purpose. In other words, they might’ve sketched or studied something to understand the shape/form or science or intricacy/beauty behind their inspiration and understanding each of these are important for the overall design of their final work. This has taught me that it’s important to have physical evidence or visuals throughout your thinking process. Not only does it help the audience understand your work in the end, but it also helps you analyze everything that you need to thoroughly, without missing any key information.


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About Nervous System


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Eyeo2012 – Jake Barton from Eyeo Festival on Vimeo.


The speaker and designer that I chose to write about is Jake Barton. He is the founder of an experience design firm called Local Projects that works with museums, brands, and public spaces. The basis of his work is engaging his audience through emotion and technology with storytelling. His firm is based in New York, NY and he describes himself as a user experience designer. In his talk. Mr, Barton describes the creative process like falling in love– just as messy and scary and exhilarating. His projects are very diverse and range from designing parts of the 9/11 memorial Ground Zero to rendering interactive sculptures in Times Square. My favorite work of his is the Times Square interactive water sculpture. The sculpture displays a giant heart inside of a glass cube of water jets. Beside the sculpture is a podium that says touch me and when a person touches it, the sculpture beats to the person’s heartbeat. If the person holds another’s hand, the sculpture beats faster and so on. The message of the sculpture is about the beauty and importance of human connection– a message that really resonated with me. Mr. Barton connects with his audience through humor and using common emotions to relate to one another.

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Eyeo 2014 – Darius Kazemi from Eyeo Festival on Vimeo.

Programmer Darius Kazemi’s work focuses mostly on building autonomous bots and generative toys that do random and absurd things. His intention for these projects is mostly to make himself laugh but in the end he finds the bots doing interesting unexpected things on the internet. He has created a twitter bot called “Autocharts” where once a day it tweets an absurd flow chart and he has also created a tumblr bot called “Scenes from the Wire”. His best known project “Amazon Shopper randomizer” is a program that he gives a 50 dollar amazon gift card once a month and the program buys random items, specifically books, cds, and dvds and nails it to his house. He made the bot’s amazon account from scratch and essentially the program works with amazon’s algorithms from the recommended list to create a personality for the bot as he keeps buying every month. Kazemi creates this interesting dynamic between the bot, amazon and himself as the bot delivers $50 worth of content that he can watch, read or listen to each month. In his programming work Kazemi makes a point about composing for infinity – meaning that a simple for loops ( in a few seconds) can generate more information than a human being can consume in a lifetime. This is a fact that creative programmers confront when making art with code and what the difference between the traditional creative process.

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Zach Lieberman is a new media artist, researcher, and a computer programmer. In the past, Liberman has worked and launched a variety of projects such as ‘Opneframeworks’, a c++ library for creative coding. He also worked on the Eyewriter project, an opensource hardware and a software that allows people to draw with their eyes (the project that inspired assignment 08 – A). As an artist, Liberman also works with performance and installation art using buildings and also teaches at Parsons School of Design. An interesting fact about his resume was that he has collaborated with Golan Levin, an artist/programmer whom I personally admire. A common topic that shapes Lieberman’s body of work is the mapping of movement and the human body, as can be seen in the first project he showed in the presentation. Lieberman also applied the mapping software into collaborative works with Nike, Golan Levin, Olympic coordinators, and musicians. Although Lieberman stated during the presentation that he struggled with operating the music video project, I thought the project was very admiring. As a student aspiring to work in the fields of cinematography, it was interesting to watch coding merging into a motion picture. Lieberman also talked about how his open source programs – Openframeworks and Eyewriter – are being used as foundations for new software made by students and programmers. Overall, Lieberman’s presentation was very intriguing since he showed various demonstrations of his projects during instead of showing a documentation of his work. I think this method worked effectively in communicating with the viewers due to the nature of his works.

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Professor Meejin Yoon is the head of the architecture department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and she is the first woman to hold this post. She was born in Seoul, Korea and lived and studied in the United States. She has degrees from Cornell and Harvard in urban architecture.

Yoon’s work has often revolved around lighting and the impacts of light pollution  on the environment. I am personally supportive of these types of projects because I believe that as society has become more nocturnal, we need to be conscious of our impacts on the environment in non-obvious ways such as light pollution. Her particular work on projects in boston (my hometown) are very inspiring due to their benefits seen to the public space.

Design Competition Winner for Boston Bridge by Meejin Yoon

In her presentation Yoon rarely if ever had slides with text on them. Instead when she was using her slideshow to accompany her talk, she showed visuals that went along with what she was talking about. This caused the listener to not only pay attention to what Yoon was saying, but also created attention grabbing slides that kept the listener engaged. This method of presenting caused Yoon to be a key part of the presentation instead of simply a reader for the slides.