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April 23, 2018

Web Page

Github

For my final project, I want to make a web page about cherry blossom related data in Japan. I would like to use different tools I learnt in this semester to do data visualization in order to compare their strengths and weaknesses.

DATA & API

The data I used in this web page are:

  • Cherry blossom blooming forecast (date o...

February 15, 2018

IDEA 1 :  Aha Moments

Description: Design a quick and easy way for creative people to capture, review and organize ideas.

Persona: 

Insights:

- Capture Ideas

 words, short phrases, sketches...

- Organize Ideas

categories, tags, mind map, tree diagram...

- Review (Search) Ideas

update, add existing examples, add references...

Reference:

1....

February 11, 2018

SPRING 2018 

QUANT HUMANISTS 

Reflect: Visualization, Representation, and Analysis

This week, I made my version of "Dear Data". I tracked my everyday outfit of this week and made a data visualization post card with the data I got. Xiran, as my partner, worked on the same topic.

Getting Data

Everyday before I left home, I toke a photo of m...

February 8, 2018

This week’s assignment: 


Design a physical object that can sit on a desk that allows a user to count up or down (one object accomplished both behaviors). The target audience is someone who wants to keep a numeric tally and have a physical reminder of their progress to display for themselves and others on their desk.

Res...

February 4, 2018

SPRING 2018 

QUANT HUMANISTS 

Track: Data, Representation, and Access in Tracking
 

In this blog, I talk about the methodology for my self-track.

TOOLS

01 Google Forms + Google Sheets

 

My self-tracks that use these tools:

  • The moment when I feel inferior.

  • The time when I feel sleepy during the daytime.

  • Aha moments.

  • New thi...

February 1, 2018

An Object That Appeals To Me


When I was thinking about an everyday object that is well designed, I found it hard to come up with a product. I'm so overly familiar with the products I use every day that I'm used to the ways I interact with them. It makes me numb to these products so much that I could not find the best of these designs...

December 13, 2017

Team: Lin Zhang, Mengzhen Xiao

CONCEPT

Why we chose seesaw as the controller?

Give adults a chance to do what they did when they were child but don't do after they grew up.

Why we involved the Brick Breaker game?

Give two people (strangers or who don't know each other well) a chance to cooperate, chat, laugh, shout, enjoy the time togethe...

December 6, 2017

Click here to see the codes.

INSPIRATION

Many people have bad feelings right after they wake up.

Why not make something that can help people drop negative emotions and get positive feelings instead?

OBJECTIVE

To help users 

- clarify what make them worried

- understand what’s the most important in their lives

- Get positive energy and s...

November 8, 2017

INSPIRATION

"...."

"Expressive Writing"

Expressing yourself through writing.

It is the process of putting your thoughts, feelings and experiences into words.

Expressive writing has been found to be particularly helpful for those struggling with conflict or dealing with stressful or traumatic experiences.

"Morning Pages"

The ritual...

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