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  1. Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design

    Title: Computing in Interactive Digital Art and Design Subtitle: Digital Media Design module vision Date: 2020/09/23 Template: slidy Status: draft

    Digital Media Design module: vision and outline

    Design and IT — Colm O’Neill

    Computing Dept.


    Presentation structure:

    1. Introduction & context
    2. Vision
    3. Learning by doing
    4. Example projects …
  2. Digital Media Design module introduction

    Title: Digital Media Design module introduction Date: 2020/09/23 Template: slidy Status: draft

    Digital Media Design module introduction


    Colm O’Neill

    • BA Graphic Design and Communications (Brussels, Belgium)
    • MA Media Design (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
    • 10 years graphic design practice: freelance, medium and large studios

    Digital Media …

  3. Roles and values of research and research methodologies in product / interaction design

    Discuss the role and value of research and research methodologies in product / interaction design ?


    solar server project

    — a case study

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    Research methodologies employed:

    • critical thinking
    • interdisciplinary (project ethos confronted to technical designs)
    • high risk taking
    • live experimentation …
  4. slides final assessment

    Title: final assessment Date: 2017/06/12 Template: slidy Status: draft

    My aims

    • develop a research practice
    • develop a writing practice
    • research the agency of my design practice
    • → it's relationship to digital tools
    • → it's relationship to digital litteracy
    • afford myself time to engage with media theory
    • develop python skills
    • develop …
  5. para interfacing

    An informal address

    Many supposedly technical words have become common place as a result of our adoption of devices that enable networking and interconnectivity. Some of these notions have taken on new meanings, possibly because of a lack of precision resulting from the mainly invisible nature of our connections. Programs …

  6. Zach Blas interview transcriptions

    • 05:22: So part of the way I started thinking about this idea the internet, I was using a lot of queer and feminist writers to do this is to think of the internet as something like a totality today, like something that in the sense of the totality is …
  7. Trim 5 assessment presentation

    Title: Trim 5 assessment presentation markdown Date: 2017/04/03 Template: slidy Status: draft

    Trimester 5 assessment:

    • Part 1: Recap, update, prototypes
    • Part 2: Question: cynicism best managed with critical making or with direct communication?

    Part 1: A) Recap, contextualisation


    This project is about interfaces and how they address …

  8. Skeuomorphism & abstract thought


    This portion of text originally fed the second chapter of my thesis, but for word count reasons, it had to be cut. The positive side of this cut is that as a stand alone text, it can be sharper.

    I don't believe solutionism in software has been active very …

  9. post tutorial with Femke notes

    We started by discussing the events of and the multiple perspectives the attendees there had. I showed Femke a small set of screenshots, and a set of examples of problematic modes of address, collected across websites.

    Then we discussed again the …

  10. Notes on Abstracting Craft — The Practised Digital Hand

    Malcolm McCullough

    Notes on Abstracting Craft — The Practised Digital Hand

    Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1996. 309 pages

    Please note that these notes are from a small set of reviews, as I have not been able to put my hands on a copy, physically (abebooks has listings but all above 60 …

  11. Notes on ‘The Mismanaged heart’ by William Davies

    Notes: ‘The Mismanaged Heart’

    Subtitle: ‘The empty status box is waiting to sell us on ourselves’

    Author: Willam Davies

    Publication date: August 03, 2016

    Over the past few years, technology has put itself on first-name terms with me. Logging on to a public wi-fi provider, I …

  12. text conversion diff

    Note: Here is another attempt at visualising the changes it would take to adjust the existing modes of address present on these two websites to a more conversational tone, addressing the visitor more directly.

    The screenshots are the result of committing a the original version of the text before changes …

  13. active text conversions

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  14. visualising website cookie policy information

    The last post that dealt with cookies looked at the different phrasing methods that were employed by different websites to comply with the requirements of the policy. On this page, I'm attempting different deconstructions of the language, visually. By tagging and splitting the text on the …

  15. Binding sentences

    We use cookies if you have a Facebook account, use the Facebook Services, including our website and apps (whether or not you are registered or logged in), or visit other websites and apps that use the Facebook Services (including the Like button or our advertising tools). This policy explains how …

  16. EU cookie law

    EU cookie law


    I'm collecting examples of how websites are informing their visitors of the use of cookies. I find this to be an interesting subject matter because cookies are a technical application hidden in the background of the browser. Needless to say that they are potentially detrimental, so …

  17. Notes on M. Fuller; MS Word: It looks like you're writing a letter.

    Notes on M. Fuller; MS Word: It looks like you're writing a letter.

    Gorz's defininition of autonomous labor: "We can call someone autonomous when s/he conceives and carries out a personal project whose goals s/he has invented and whose criteria for success are not socially predetermined."

    In comparison …

  18. Designers materialise morality

    « Designers ... materialise morality. »

    Things carry morality because they shape the way in which people experience their world and organise their existence, regardless of whether this is done consciously and interntionally or not. Designers ... materialize morality.

    Peter-Paul Verbeek — What things do (2005)

    This might be winding back a little, but this …

  19. Dissertation introduction longform outdated

    Abstract :

    The move away from manual crafts towards on-screen counterparts has been ongoing since the first generations of software, in the late 1940s. It is a regular phenomenon in this day and age. Computer and software technologies promise —potential— for accessibility, flexibility, scale and speed of innumerable tasks. Many types …

  20. The fourth wall in software

    a cinema analogy

    I've been thinking about this appelation of the 4th wall, the performance convention of the imagined separator, and the notable points where stories and actors break the narrative to acknowledge the audience.

    This note will try and understand if this appelation would work for other sectors than …

  21. 2016_10_18_current notes


    I know this is the wrong way to be thinking about this, but, I think the topics in which I am interested are a bit clearer.

    Overarching is alsways the urgency I feel for the adoption of the doings in open source, deliberately large, but more specifically; there are …

  22. Stiegler on Contributive Economies

    vimeo id = 32540487 (I have to do this instead of a full link, because the wiki freaks out each time I want to post a link to the rest of the internet)

    date of the interview unclear, 2011

    start point of a contributive economy

    In order to define the contributive …

  23. Notes on comfort(s)


    It's not the first time I come back to the issues of comforts when trying to unpack my software issues, nor is it the first time I write about it, but in this case, it feels a little different.

    Being precise when choosing my thesis is the one piece …

  24. Position statement

    Position statement


    This text serves to restate my position within the themes of my research here at the Piet Zwart institute. Following is a list of themes that have come up until to now, probably not totally inclusive: interfacings, tool access, craftsmanship, digital crafts, services - tooling & consequential products, need … is a site for projects and research by Colm O'Neill