Final Project

The Final Project is due on Thursday, April 30. We will have an in-class critique with two external guests. Please be prepared to present your project from a blog post. Respecting the pandemic, please note that your participation as a presenter is optional. Before the end of class Tuesday, please inform Golan/Nica if you don’t intend to present. Even if you are not a presenter, your attendance/participation in the critique is strongly and emphatically encouraged.

Your final project documentation is due Monday, May 4th at 5pm EST. The purpose of this deadline is that the Professors will soon thereafter publish a gallery page to celebrate and promote your creative work online. 


There are two sets of deliverables, described below:

  • Supplementary materials for Gallery Page (due 5/4)
  • Project Writeup Blog Post (due 4/30; revisions due by 5/4)

Supplementary Materials for Gallery Page (due 5/4)

We will publish a small gallery page documenting your projects.  By May 4th at 5pm EST, please make sure to publish the following materials in a tiny blog post:

  • The title of your project
  • A one-sentence description of your project, ideally under 200 characters
  • A “banner” image of your project, which is precisely 1200 x 400 pixels.

Project Write-Up Blog Post (due 4/30, revised 5/4)

As usual, you are asked to document your project in a blog post. Your project itself (i.e. a “media object”) is due by no later than April 30, in time for our 1:30pm critique. You are asked to have a Project Documentation Blog Post ready for the discussion on 4/30; you may continue revising this blog post until 5/4. When we make the gallery page for projects, we will link to this blog post.

  • Create a blog post, titled nickname-final and categorized Final.
  • At the top of your blog post, place the title of your project, the one-sentence description, and the high-resolution catalog image.
  • Write approximately 200 words on the following:
    • What IS your project? (Depending on your project, it may be helpful to discuss the following things separately: the subject you wanted to capture; the system you created to capture it; and the nature of the media object you created in order to present the results of your capture process.)
    • What makes your project interesting? (In other words: what interests you about it, or why might someone else find it interesting? Depending on your project, it may be helpful to discuss: Why were you interested in capturing your particular subject? In what way is your capture system or media object novel? What motivated or inspired you to conduct this investigation? Who is your audience for this work?) Note that you may need to educate your reader somewhat about your subject, tools, or techniques.
    • Contextualize your work. Include an image of prior or related work by others. Briefly discuss how your work continues (whether technically, or in terms of content) where previous work leaves off.
    • Evaluate your work. Where did you succeed, what could be better, what opportunities remain?
  • Embed your media object. This is the thing itself, in the best quality you can. If your media object cannot be embedded in a web page (e.g. if it’s an executable application, or a 3D-printed object), please make an embeddable media object to document it, such as a screen-grabbed video recording or an animated GIF.
  • Document your project with additional images, GIFs or videos, as appropriate. Show your project from other perspectives, or offer an “extended cut”.
  • After embedding the media object, narrate the process of creating your project. Here’s the place for your “making-of” section. Include the following supporting materials:
    • Write text about how you made/captured the thing
    • Include process images: sketches from your notebook, photos of you working on your project, screenshots at intermediate stages, alternate versions of your final object, dead ends you pursued.
    • Please include redundant documentation in the form of animated GIFs, which are very durable.