Exercise 1: Artist’s Statement

Due Midnight, Monday, 4 September 2017.   Submit your statement as a response to this post.  If you can’t submit a response, email me your statement at jtownsen@andrew and let me know you are having problems with the blog.

Work with your partner(s) to write a three or four paragraph artist’s statement about you, what you like, and what you’ve done.  Include your experience with electronics projects, art projects, or activities outside your major that reflect who you are as a person.

Golan Levin and Hiroshi Ishii have good summaries of complex, massive careers.

A good guide to writing statements.

Here’s a one-paragraph statement I use on my resume:

“I am a designer, maker, and arts-engineer, with a professional interest in using, designing and evangelizing new tools for creativity. I have more than 20 years’ experience developing projects with DIY technologies and other arts-engineering workflows, including software development, electronics design, computer-aided design, and digital fabrication. For the past eight years, I have directed a small consultancy in Pittsburgh, Functional Prototype, which creates proof-of-concept models, working prototypes, and customized physical interaction devices. My personal and professional projects range from industrial design products and open-source software to art-cars and music performance. I run a clean, well-organized studio; I have a very healthy respect for safety; and I love to empower people by teaching them how to create their own circuits, software, clothing, and costuming accessories.”

02 – class notes, 31 Aug 2017 – Circuits 101

Class Notes, 31 Aug 2017 – Circuits 101

Boring Stuff

jet’s office hours:  Fridays, 1-4, IDeATe Lab.

Class Notes

Basics of circuit drawings and making circuits.  There’s an excellent reference at Sparkfun.  Print out this graphic: and put it on the inside cover of your sketch book:







01 – notes 29 Aug 2017

ASSIGNMENT:   We skipped this very important topic in class because of networking issues.  Please read our code of conduct.  If you are not a CFA student please ask me in class or in person if you have any questions or concerns about this policy.


Golan’s TED talk

Class Notes, 29 Aug 2017

Boring half

Review the class syllabus including rules for attendance and grading.

We will add students to the blog on Thursday so you can ask questions or comment on notes or projects.

What is physical computing?

From simple to complex:

  1. light switch – simple circuit: power, switch, light
  2. electric alarm clock – shows the time, one can set the time with switches
  3. toaster oven – thermistor detects temperature, knob selects desired temperature, electric coils heat the interior
  4. DDR / game controllers – complex switches with visual or haptic/tactile feedback (vibrations)
  5. automated audio mixing board – ignore the music slang and look at the interaction between control knobs and sliders and how the board can rearrange them based on a recording
  6. メカ

Where/why does physical computing matter?

Physical computing has support in places like the Exploratorium.

Art and design + engineering and robotics ==> physical computing projects.

Golan’s Double-Taker


Daniel Rozin’s interactive mirrors.

Haptics class demo of a new product.

We will go over the artist’s statement assignment in detail on Thursday.