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The Quantified Self and the Rise of Big Personal Data

The quantified self, self-tracking or lifestream movement is an emerging area of human activity that is being shaped by technological possibility rather than end-users. Initially the province of devotees of handwritten ledgers, diaries and the occasional spreadsheet, the movement is now being powered by software, sensors and networks to monitor sleep, moods, financial practices and mouse clicks.

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Rotman Design Challenge – Team Mission2035

IIT Institute of Design students won the 2015 Rotman Design Challenge at the University of Toronto, that drew teams from top design and business schools to envision Steelcase’s future in the evolving landscape of the workspace. They presented their solution to a panel of judges that included the CEO of Steelcase, members from the leadership…

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Qi

Students were challenged to understand connected items in a new way, the team decided to explore how a threshold device could improve work-life balance from the perspective of a worker.

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30 Million Words: Early Childhood Education in Detroit

30 Million Words as a program not just about reading. It is about nurturing good parenting instincts and creating great parenting communities to help each other, to find resources, and to even make opportunities for those parents to become the caregivers, teachers, and entrepreneurs.

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WBEZ Radio Browser

WBEZ visualizations for experiencing radio Class: Advanced Diagram Development, 2012   1. The Broadcast Browser A multi-modal view of the on-air listening experience that visualizes radio content across time. Students: Lauren Braun, Theodore Pollari, Helen Wills vimeo.com/52695286 2. The WBEZ Explorer A browser that engages, enables and affects users to sustain and strengthen WBEZ’s web presence.…

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Understanding Context

Understanding the context of a particular design challenge is critical to ensuring an insightful and reliable solution. Most design challenges today require an astute understanding of the many dynamics at play to see a path forward. Context in this sense is the surrounding landscape of trends and influences across all aspects of design from brand, form, and interaction to platforms, IP, and underlying business models. The examples below were a specific and brief (2 weeks) exploration into the topic of sustainability as it pertains to design efforts.

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Digital Tools Workshop

A semester long project to explore digital based tools for design and design research. Each student identified and produced a working prototype that address issues of managing data and building skills around visualization.

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ZeroZero

For the Chicago Loop Alliance, Installed at the Sullivan Center 2010 Class Project with Anijo Punnen Mathew Students: Joseph Shields, Eugene Limb, Sally Wong, Elise Metzger, Brian Strawn    

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Urban Forest

Students: Farid Talhame, Diana Cheng, Pinxia Ye, Helen Tong, Na Rae Kim, Sarah Ekblad, & Wei Sun in a 2010 Class Project with Anijo Punnen Mathew {project completed as part of Communication Design Workshop}   Finalist in the IxDA 2013 Interaction Awards, chosen as one of 75 projects shortlisted for the award.  

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Buy Locally, Connect Locally

  Honorable Mention in IDEO/Design 21’s The Living Climate Change Video Challenge. {project completed as part of Foundation Digital Media as taught by Anijo Mathew and Sal Cilella}

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ABC Wildlife

Instructor: Martin Thaler Team members: Guillermo Krovblit, Jared Allen, JunYoung Yan Abstract   Overview   And lots and lots of hard work. ABC Wildlife is available on iPhone and iPad. Web site: www.peapodlabs.com Benefits From the Peapod Labs team: The other day at the office we were having a conversation about what makes Peapod Labs tick. It was a rather lengthy…

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Scoop

Instructor: Anijo Mathew Team members: Daniel Erwin, Radhika Gupta, Yixiu Wu Abstract   Overview   Benefits  

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Frame

Instructor: Anijo Mathew Team members: Jerad Lavey, Kshitij Sawant, Maurice Chang, Thom Van Der Doef Abstract   Overview  

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