What Needs to be done

Coming off the high thinking that I might not able to finish Studio paperwork because the lecturers didn’t know what to mark based on my project, I was able to calm down and talk to them again and really understand what they are asking of me.

Speaking with them I am able to break down what I am planning to submit to them. As I think of the best of Colab has to offer, two students come to mind @SamHunt and @TomGonzalez. These two students in my year are some of the best students here and I am always inspired their work and approach. They focus on UX/UI and its process and particularly one of their submission last semester was very impressive. It was a project about a new website for Arion (AUT’s website for students to enroll and other paperwork things). Their process and how they handled the testing of the users is something to admire

So what does this have to do with me?

One of the major discussion with the lecturers is what I will be marked on, so the goal is to submit a book that explains the history and story of Convo, its past, current stage and future ideas, as well as the testing that I have conducted to compare the capabilities of Conv-O with the different implementation and how it compares to the way people do meetings currently.

 

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Away

There has been an issue with my blogging in that I haven’t been blogging. More or less the excuses are that there was a lot to do. But no one wants to hear an excuse.

Starting from when we left off. It has been problematic in the sense that there was one glaring issue of my studio project according to my lecturers. They were not sure of where is my contribution to the project.

It was one of the scariest things that have happened to me recently as I was being called into question what is my project, or more specifically, which part of the project I am going to be marked off.

But for my sake, apparently, I overreacted more than anything which is better for me at least as I was half convinced that I was not going to be able to graduate.

I am able to confirm with my lecturers what I need to do.

 

Space, Image and Sound – prototype sound

Sound

This is the experimental version of our sound that is supposed to go with the space we are creating. It is made up of layers of sound with various loudness associated to each sound close to the image so people have to create their own connection to the sound and the image forcing them to have their own conclusion

For me, in particular, I really liked the unplanned part of the first project for this paper, The Happening, the chess game. It was unplanned, the chess players were blind so they couldn’t see the game itself and forced people to be creative and played differently from chess itself. So pairing a different sound to a layered image can force people to come to their own conclusion that we could have never planned.

Space, Image and Sound – Tech

This being a large project focusses on a large space. Initial ideas being a series artwork (project persisting over time) needs tech considerations and the following are what we expect to use.

Software and Production Materials:

  • Photoshop – Already on personal laptop
  • Processing – Already on personal laptop
  • Arduino – Already on personal laptop
  • Digital Audio Workstation – Already on personal laptop
  • Printer – Printsprint is accessible at AUT

Installation Materials:

  • White Space – Book the ‘blackbox’ space at AUT
  • Screen – Book colab projector/tv screen
  • Speakers – Speakers built into ‘blackbox’ space
  • Sensors – Already owned, and can also be purchased
  • from Jaycar and Surplus Electronics

Space, Image and Sound – the other paper

This is the main written description of our project for the paper above.

Written Description

Written by my team member and longtime collaborator Alana Brandon-Parson.

The gist of it is the paper focuses on weak signals and playing with this idea which is counter-intuitive in the sense that if you make a project explicitly focusing on the weak signals it becomes a strong signal. So it is a delicate balance to play with

Our focus is on the signals of suggestion and its capabilities to change peoples idea about a particular image sound or space.’

 

Preparing for the CRUNCH

We are nearing the completion of the first half of the second semester and it is ramping up.

Next week there is a presentation in front of the class regarding the progress of the project and my project is still progressing very nicely. Speaking in class again I can’t help but think the people/class will only know me as the one person who got away with making the same project over the course of 2 years but at the very least when it is presented for November it will finally look like a project that has been in development over the course of 2 years.

The development phase is close to finishing and now we are looking at recruiting people for the testing phase for when we come back from the break in around 3 weeks. So yeah it is becoming more real as the days roll by and my expectation for the project and rises so yeah.

In terms of the development, most of the front end is done. Most of the buttons for adding people, agenda/topics, removing topics timers for both individual bubbles and timers for the overall meeting is done and adding the classifier for customisation for the Natural Language Classifier

We are also halfway in the reporting and its design.

The plan is going to plan, which is nice for once

Week 4 – Blast

Time is fleeting by as week 4 arrives and it is genuinely terrifying. How fast it arrives and how quickly time flows by. It is as if time is both slow and fast at the same time.

Studio Conv-O

Report was drafted by me and discussed with the rest of the team as decide what information/data/stats/graph to display as part of the report. We used the last week from Tuesday to research which was expensive in time because it was a not planned event therefore the whole development was put on hold as this is important.

But I personally believe that it was an imporant event for us to fully understand what we want to convey as again the purpose of this semseter is find the identity of Conv-O, what reason does it exist for? Why does it need to exisit? is it addressing anything? And this research is a step in that direction. Especially in what is already out there. Minutes taken from a meeeting is necessary in a high level meeeting and someone recording it. Information such as who attended, whos is absent, the agenda/topics of meeting, executive summary and can vary beyond the  different kind minute format. Is Conv-O replacing minutes? how different are we compared to minutes? How much information I want to show?

The power of Conv-O is the data it caputures and how we process and clean that data and what data we show will be the power of Conv-O. We can’t show everything so for now it is an early estimation of what I think should go on the report but when the important user testing happens it still can all change.

Time Skip

Today is another studio day. It was an interesting sleep though, thought I failed 1 paper gave me a panic.

This is the video for the video we were supposed to make to breakdown the projet

After some studio talk with my lecturers, there was a question regarding bringing my group to studio for my lecturers to meet. Possibly a good idea.

Current update about the project is that there was a font used for the menu when used it looks really really bad which I can only describe as some sort of assault to the eyes

So it has to be changed to caviar dreams which was my original font with bold to give the menu some sort of importance.

This week for the project my goal is to understand what our output is going to be. Because we have a lot of data. Transcribed conversation or sentiment analysis. My research is to understand what I am going to show. so i am going to play around the latest version and understand what needs to show.

Might ask people as well what they want in a meeting.