Log Book

Log Book

This is a log book kept throughout my research as a student in the Master of Arts in Design program at Zürich University of the Arts.

Diploma Exhibition

June 2017

The opening for the diploma exhibition was held on June 6, 2017.

Wrap Up 4.0: Analog Documentation

April 2017

I put together a simple document with a collection of analog drawings and notes from various notebooks kept throughout this master's project.

Wrap Up 3.0: Could Be Worse

April 2017

The third of three books summing up my masters research.

Wrap Up 2.0: Thesis

April 2017

In April, I’m doing the finalizations of my masters thesis.

Wrap Up 1.0

March 2017

The first of a few updates on wrapping up this thesis and application before the exhibition in June.

Alright: A Book of Emotion Visualization

March 2017

Throughout this month I’m putting together three books to showcase my research, Alright., Fine. and It Could Be Better. Alright, includes each day of my emotions visualized over the year I recorded them. Its appendix includes all of the raw data collected during that time.

Alternative Visualizations

January 2017

Freud’s metaphor will continue to be the basis for the emotion visualization. In the beginning of the year, I explored briefly slight variations on the visual language.

Experience & Interface

December 2016

Now with a visual and concept that work for the data, I started working thinking about the features and the experience of the application.

Design: Iceberg Triggers & Actions

November - December, 2016

Explorations from the iceberg metaphor and how each dimension should visually manifest in order to form a coherent and memorizable system without losing its abstract and atmospheric expression.

Design: The Iceberg

27 November 2016
After forcing emotion data to look like traditional data visualization, Freud gives me an idea for a different iteration.

Presentation & Workshop: Junior Research Conference 2016

17 November 2016
On 17 November 2016, I presented at the Junior Research Conference in Basel, Switzerland, hosted by the FHNW Academy of Art and Design. Masters students from design universities from all over Switzerland (FHNW, HKB, HEAD, ECAL, HSLU, and ZHdK) were invited to listen to presentations and take part in the workshops given by twelve selected students.

Design: Explorations in Interactive Visualization

20 October 2016
Based on the feedback from my Emotion Tracking Experiment, I've continued iteration on visual outputs for recorded emotion data.

Reflection: Self-Tracking

30 September 2016
After tracking my emotions and their dimensions for 5 months, I’ve been reflecting on a few specific points.

Experiment: Emotion Tracking

21 August - 12 September 2016
After tracking my own Emotion data for almost 3 months and developing three possible Visual Systems - it’s time for a first round of testing.

Experiment: Sketching Emotion

03 August 2016
For the first round of what I expect to be an iterated experiment, I sent out 17 envelops with 17 postcards to be returned inside. On these postcards, participants are asked to draw an Emotion experience.

Experiment: Emotion Self-Tracking

June 2016 - June 2017
On 9 June 2016, I began tracking my Emotions every day. At the end of the experiment, which coincides with the Diploma Exhibition of my masters project, I will display in some form 365 days of my Emotions.

Design: Explorations III

29 July 2016
As mentioned in the previous blog, Explorations II, my research has guided my design process toward developing a system in which the 5 variables used to track Emotion are based on metaphor.

Design: Explorations II

28 July 2016
For this set of design iterations, I wanted to focus more on one specific function of graphics: processing information. When optimized for processing information, a graphic, must be memorizable for comparison and comprehensive for choices (Bertin, 1983).

Design: Explorations I

22 July 2016
Coupling the target groups’ Needs defined in my last blog as well as the theories of emotions I’ve decided to use as a basis for my research, I began the the design iteration process.

Artefact: Defining Needs

11 - 19 July 2016
As a framework for the Visual System, I defined the Needs as they exist from all target groups involved: Psychology Professionals, Patients, Field of Emotion Research, and Linguistics. I expect this list to change accordingly as my research and eventually user-testing progresses.

Expert Interviews: Dr. Avie J. Rainwater and Dr. Frank Rodden

14 - 19 July 2016
In July, I conducted two more interviews with psychiatrist and psychologist Dr. Avie J. Rainwater and psychologist, physician and neurosurgeon Dr. Frank Rodden.

Research Topic: Defining Emotion

June-July 2016
Throughout the Zwischensemester, my research goals are to clearly define the context and psychology that will be the basis I will draw from in my design experiments.

Semesterendprüfung & Projektdisposition

June 2016
Delivery for semester ending consisted of a brief and concise presentation including: Project Goals, Contexualization of Work, Thesis and Research Questions, Intended Methodologies, Design Goals and Detailed Timeline for Zwischensemester.

Experiment: Beck Profile Visualizations

May 2016
In May I spent some time in the Werkstatt playing with new materials in an attempt to create 3D-representations of responses to the Beck Depression Inventory and Hopelessness Scale.

Research Topic: Qualitative Visualization

April 2016
Throughout the month of April, I began intentially looking for other projects using visualization to display qualitative or abstract information.

Research Topic: AI and Digital Therapy

April 2016
Throughout the month of April, I researched the topics of: Artificial Intelligence, Chatbots, Conversational Interfact, Conversational Commerce, Human Interface, Digital Therapy, E-Coaching, Computer Mediated Therapy, and E-Therapy.

Experiment: Divorce in Film

April 2016
As a first step in looking at how our culture expresses emotions in relation to divorce, I looked at major motion pictures with significant scenes that addressed divorce and in some cases Grey Divorce.

Research Topic: Grey Divorce

October 2015 - February 2016
The basis of my project proposal is the concept of Grey Divorce: Married individuals aged 50 and older, including the college-educated, are twice as likely to experience a divorce today as they were in 1990. For married individuals aged 65 and older, the risk of divorce has more than doubled since 1990.
The result of many late in life divorces is the increased likelihood that many Adult Children are faced with the loss of family as a unit, weakening of parent-child relationships and become more likely to engage in externalising and anti-social behaviors.

Kurzpräsentation: Digital Therapy

30 March 2016
Presented my idea for the first time in front of the VK group and all mentors. I definitely thought it would go better than it did and perhaps not receive as much criticism (particularly in the suggestion of AI) as it did. I think in retrospect, what I thought was a good use of storytelling, ended up being too much sharing of a personal story. Sharing the background of why this interests me as a designer seems like such an obvious connection to make. But I think in the light of it being a Forschungs Masters Studium, it actually is more of a vulnerability than anything else. Shame that I outed myself this early.

Semester Begin and Forschungsworkshop

14 March - 18 March 2016
As an introduction to the masters program, ZHdK desgined a week long compact, intensive orientation for us to better formulate our project ideas and place them on the spectrum of design research and design practice. Tasks for the week included building a model as a representation of our project, planning and executing a conference, creating our "final" artifact in a day, and daily readings and reflections.