Microtask 11/25 (10 pts.) bots and UX design

This task is a continuation of class work we began on designing ‘bots. Just a refresher, you were asked to:

    • Make a list of “programs of action” that your bot engages in. Any time something is “interacting”
    • Make sure not to privilege bot-human interactions
    • Be specific
    • In the places where humans interact (input/outputs) what do humans need to see? What information does the bot need?
    • Use powerpoint or some other drawing program to make “screen shots” of these interaction screens.
    • use www.invisionapp.com to animate screens

In a 500 word post to each of your blogs, post both a link to your invision prototype and reflect on the process of inventing your bot. Make sure to explore what your bot does, what past projects either from the class or external influenced your work here, what course content or bot examples shaped your thinking about designing your bot, and what you learned or implications you have derived from the project.

Your reflection should be delivered in good blog writing style meaning:

      • you link out to ideas in a meaningful way
      • you write in a clear and conversational style
      • you include appropriate metadata

Screens must be linked and clickable.

      • Must have www.invisionapp.com link
      • If log in information is required, you must get it to Dr. Walls
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Microtask 11/2 (5 pts.) describing and analyzing collective intelligence / crowdsourcing economies

Get with a buddy that you do not normally sit next to. This time, I mean it.
Find a crowd sourced form of labor.

Write a blog post of at least 400 words about an example of collective intelligence and/or crowdsourcing you find online.

What was the objective, was it accomplished, why would you call it example of collective intelligence and/or crowdsourcing, what social or technological affordances contributed to its success, would you consider the outcome beneficial or destructive?

Or attempt to do the very opposite — find an example of unintelligent or counterproductive groupthink online; answer the same questions.

Describe the economy of the labor using Terranova’s critique of distributed production.

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Canceled Class, Monday Oct. 29th

Hi Everyone,

It looks like President Obama and former President Bill Clinton will be visiting campus on Monday, Oct. 29th.

In addition to this being a good opportunity to see a sitting president, which you should do regardless of your political disposition toward them, it looks like campus parking and traffic are bound to be a problem, a problem that might have solutions!

I am going to go ahead and cancel class for Monday, Oct. 29th so you can go see the president or avoid campus like the plague. We’ll go ahead and pick up Wednesday, Oct. 31st with John walking us through Wooley et al.’s “Evidence for a Collective Intelligence Factor in the Performance of Human Groups.”


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UPDATED: Community of Practice Values

Hi Everyone,

So John tweeted the following at me today, “@WallsDouglas Is there a way that we can see the individual ratings for our wiki articles? I’d like to know which ones I was doing right.” which I thought was a great idea. Not only does it give you, as the community of practice, a notion of which of your entries other people responded to but let’s you see which one of your individual entries the class responded best to. Make sure to look at those entries that scored 4.5 and above. What did those authors do? How can revise the entries that you are curating to make the same moves? As we move to curation, that sort of information becomes increasingly valuable.

So here is a list of chapters with the class “average” score ranked next to them.

UPDATE: Here are the things that we as a class said we would add to each entry as curators:

Introduction / Steven Heller AVERAGE
Pt. I. Social Responsibility 1
Good Citizenship: Design as a Social and Political Force / Katherine McCoy 2 3.1
Socially Responsible Advertising: Altruism or Exploitation? / Judith Schwartz 9 4.2
Ethical Design Education: Confessions of a Sixties Idealist / Susan Szenasy 20 4.2
Beyond Pro Bono: Graphic Design’s Social Work / Anne Bush 25 3.6
Timing Is Everything: Lessons from Sphere Magazine / Peter Hall 32 4.3
Healing with Design: An Educational Approach / Chase A. Rogers 36 3.8
Expelling School Violence: Visual Communications as a Catalyst for Change / Carolyn McCarron 42 3.2
Brand Name Dropper / Steven Heller, Shawn Wolfe 47 3.9
Not for Profit / Steven Heller, David Sterling, Mark Randall 54 4.3
Reporters Without Borders / Veronique Vienne, Robert Menard 60 4.6
Pt. II. Professional Responsibility 69
The Cultural Influence of Brands: In Defense of Advertising / Chris Riley 70 3.3
Mental Whiplash: The Subjects of Our Affection / Leslie Becker 82 3.2
Reality Branding: Addressing Real Concerns and Real Needs / Nancy Bernard 87 4.1
Think Globally, Upload Locally: Responsible Web Design / J. D. Biersdorfer 91 4.0
The Weaving of Design and Community / Julie Baugnet 95 4.9
Human Values in Commerce: A Profile of Sara Little Turnbull / Veronique Vienne 100 4.0
Who Gets to Say What to Whom? / Maud Lavin 106 3.1
Typographica Mea Culpa: Unethical Downloading / Steven Heller 111 4.6
Responsibility Answers Absurdity / Michael Schmidt 115 3.3
Usability Expert / Steven Heller, Don Norman 128 3.8
Designers and Architects / Cheryl Towler Weese, Stanley Tigerman 134 3.3
Pt. III. Artistic Responsibility 143
“Beautility”: Good Design Has Utility / Tucker Viemeister 144 3.6
What’s Wrong with Plagiarism? / Gunnar Swanson 147 4.6
The Designer as Producer: Working Outside Mainstream Manufacturing / Victor Margolin 159 4.6
I Was Thinking the Other Day about One Possible Scenario for a Collective Future: The Open Source Software Movement / David Reinfurt 165 4.1
A Life of Luxury: When Products Are Naughty But Nice / Hugh Aldersey-Williams 175 2.3
I [heart] NY More Than Ever / Steven Heller, Milton Glaser 178 3.7
Socialist Designers / Veronique Vienne, Fabrizio Gilardino 182 4.4
Pt. IV. Raves and Rants 187
Responsible to Whom, I’d Like to Know?: Consorting with Clients to Con Shareholders / Ken Garland 188 3.0
Note for the New Millennium: Is the Role of Design to Glorify Corporate Power? / Stuart Ewen 191 4.0
Brand You: Better Selling through Anthropology / Thomas Frank 196 4.0
Hysteria: Intelligent Design, Not Clever Advertising / Mr. Keedy 206 3.2
Culture Jamming, or Something Like It / Matt Soar 210 4.3
Teaching as a Subversive Inactivity: The Responsible Design Teacher / Roy R. Behrens 213 3.9
(Do Not) Go To Jail: Monopoly and Political Protest / Teal Triggs 216 5.0
He Might Be Giant: Shepard Fairey / Michael Dooley 223 4.1
Guerrilla Street Postering: Civil Disobedience in Los Angeles / Robbie Conal 228 3.4
How Low Can You Go?: The Stupid Awards / David Vogler 231 2.8
Adbuster / Veronique Vienne, Kalle Lasn 239 3.6
Last Word 243 0.0
In a Continuous State of Becoming: Design Responsibility Tomorrow / Veronique Vienne 244 3.2
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Microtask 10/22 (5 pts.) Rank entries

Part of creating collaborative projects is having a system in place where everybody can judge and evaluate the work of others. In other words, what counts as “good”. By this Monday, 10/22 I would like you to:

The data obtained in this crowd sourced task will contribute to your assessment for Stage Two of the collaborative wiki review project.

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Let’s talk about technology, oppression, and access . . .

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Code Academy and CSS due 10/1

Code Academy and CSS (5 pts)

  • use your class twitter account to sign up for Code Academy
  • take the course at least the first course of CSS: Coding with Style; take more if you like
  • tweet about your success before Monday


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Networks and Nodes (10 pts) to be done before 9/24

  • Between now and Monday, keep track of every person you interact with of significance face to face, online, via telephone during single day. Like your ecology research, but just people.
  • Visualize a social network with yourself at the center.
  • You may want to use a social network analysis tool.
  • Post your visualization to your blog
  • Write a reflection on your visualization. Who in your network is connected to others in your network? Which people need to go through you to connect with others? What is their significance?
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Microtasks to be done before 9/10 9/17

Playing around with code or mark up(5 pts).

  • sign up for github: gist
  • go to git
  • write some sort of code or mark up
  • create a public link to your code or mark up
  • create a web post on your blog where you link to your shared code or mark up

Sharing ideas (5 pts).

  • find something related to the class on the internet
  • write a post where you link to it on your blog
  • write a wee little bit about how you think it is interesting
  • tweet your post (not the “something”) on twitter using our class hashtag
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