Art Incubator

Beatrix Metral and Hannah Kader
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Hannah Portfolio Board

Hannah Kader
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Portfolio Day May 16th

Jenny Kinard

Portfolio Day

After the Final Presentation, you have the opportunity to consider your presentation in light of final feedback and discussion. You will spend additional time reviewing you presentations, refining you portfolio, and polishing you work before it is made public on the internet.

The Self Evaluation is an opportunity for you to reflect on your work during the Studio. Students and Coaches receive the same prompts and categories, and the students will evaluate their own progress and skill levels in Design Skills and Subject Skills applicable to the studio both numerically and textually. Through a narrative, you will also reflect on the quality and rigor of your work, give feedback on the studio, and have the opportunity to receive similar feedback directly from the coach.

Precedent Video

Azaria Molina

University of Alabama Deployable Medical Tent

comFORTable Hood

Azaria Molina and 2 OthersCharlotte Ketterson
Izzy Lamb
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Azaria's Brief

comFORTable Hood: a deployable structure that is a small foldable enclosure designed to make the large open spaces of Kendall Square feel more personable and comfortable. The comFORTable Hood folds over a user so they can watch movies on their own device. 

Kendall Square is always busy during the day and with this deployable structure, people can use it to unwind and enjoy a movie on their device. The comFORTable Hood has two layers of fabric that allows the user to choose the amount of lighting and privacy they want. The first layer of fabric is like a screen door and the second layer is completely dark. This gives the user the choice to block out sunlight while they are under the hood. This structure also contains a holder for electronics, so the user can easily connect their device to the structure. The goal of this project is to make the user feel at home without having to isolate themselves from their surroundings and enjoy the feeling of being outdoors.

Charlotte's Brief

ComFORTable Hood: The ComFORTable Hood is a deployable structure created to make the many large open spaces in Kendall Square feel more personable and comforting. It has a compact foldable design that causes it to be easily deployed in various spaces by expanding into a makeshift hood over the top half of one’s body.

Often, when trying to do work or use an electronic outside, there is a significant amount of glare from the sunshine in addition to the many distractions. The ComFORTable Hood was designed to help combat this. The structure allows people to feel more at home in public spaces. It has a foldable design that allows for easy transport, and when opened it acts as a makeshift large hood that goes over one's head. It also is equipped with a phone stand inside. It is designed to make something simple like watching a movie more enjoyable while outside in public spaces. Made of wood and fabric, it creates an enclosure around one's head without making them feel too secluded or isolated from fresh air and the people around them. The ComFORTable Hood was created for those who enjoy spending time outside as much as possible while also being able to enjoy the use of their phone or tablet without any glare.

Izzy's Brief

comFORTable Hood: A deployable structure that allows people to spend more time in the public areas of Kendall Square by providing a comfortable space for an individual to relax. It is a wearable hood for someone's head where they can place their mobile device in order to watch a movie. 

The communal areas in Kendall Square are mainly used by people who walk through on their way to work or class or stop quickly to eat lunch. The comFORTable Hood allows for a comfortable way for people to spend and enjoy their time in Kendall Square. The hood allows users to sit outside in a public space without having to deal with the social interactions that come with it. Instead of isolating themselves inside, people can have their own individual space to watch what they want but they can do it outdoors. When attempting to look at a screen while outdoors, the sun creates a glare making it very difficult. The comFORTable Hood provides the shade and privacy that is needed in order for a comfortable experience. 

The comFORTable Hood is a wooden structure where the user lays down, and it expands to fit over their head. The user can place their device in a holder inside of the hood. This device is intended to be used in the courtyard in Kendall Square, a grassy area surrounded by buildings and people, but can be deployed elsewhere too. This gives the person an individual entertainment experience while also being a part of the community of Kendall Square. 

Deployable obstacle course

Cooper Ducharme

Presentation

Brazos Bebinger and Amiyr Ahmad
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Amiyr Ahmad: Brief 

Pop-up Sports is a deployable soccer net that is easily set up and deployable for use in the Kendall Square area. This installation allows for people in Kendall at lunch to rent out soccer nets to play soccer with there friends which makes the greens spaces have more use.

Pop-up Sports is a deployable soccer net that can easily be installed and uninstalled around Kendall square. There are very few green spaces in the area and even fewer places for people to play sports. There were people playing in areas as small as 15 feet by 10 feet, limited space for physical activity.  Pop-Up Sports seeks to utilize small and underutilized greens spaces and to bring more fun things to do over lunch and also shows that sports activities don't need a lot of set up or space.  The soccer net comes ready and all you have to do is unfold it comes on a cart and is 9ft tall and 6ft wide., People from Kendall or MIT can rent these out over lunch or in the morning and bring the net where ever they want to play. The rental is limited to a day so many people within the community can access this structure and enjoy a game of soccer.

Our-Kendall

Tinna Grönfeldt and Maddie Johnson-Harwitz
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Maddie Johnson-Harwitz's Brief:

Our-Kendall is an interactive public art installation that is deployed in front of the Koch Institute in Kendall Square in order to engage and bring together the Kendall Square community in a unique way.  The installment is consisted of a large circular piece that is engraved with the pattern of cells under a microscope, to match the design sense of the gallery inside the Koch Institute. 

The purpose of this installation is to bring to life the people of Kendall Square and engage them in a community activity. Kendall is known for being a "cultural dead spot", as many of the people who live and work in Kendall spend their time behind closed doors and in offices. This project aims to connect and engage the people of Kendall to create a more lively and active community. In order to achieve this goal, the installation is an interactive piece that comes together with the work of many. The structure of the installation includes the engraved cells, with accompanying  holes where a cylindrical shape fits. Passerby are invited to interact with the installation by taking a cylindrical piece, and drawing a self portrait using only one stroke. As more and more cylinders are added, one will begin to see the faces of Kendall Square.

Tinna Grönfeldt's Brief:

''Our-Kendall'' is an interactive community art piece that aims to showcase the Kendall Square community. The piece is inspired by the already existing artwork displayed in Kendall but invites pedestrians to engage and co-create an art piece. 

Passersby draw themselves with one line onto a blank cylinder and place it into a circular wall. The wall has a cell-like design etched into it. In every cell, there is a hole for the cylinders to fit into, where the nucleus would be. Overtime as the wall fills up, it shows all the different people of Kendall in a unique and raw way. The piece located in front of the Koch Institute and is inspired by their gallery. This aims to infuse Kendall's culture into its community in a proactive way.

Hydrojar

Kevin Brown and Henry Tsai
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Henry- Hydrojar: A deployable vertical hydroponic system that adds edible greenery to the space it occupies, specifically the notoriously sterile Kendall Square. The system is unique as it allows the audience to take it home, transforming their own personal spaces with the Hydrojars.

 The area of Kendall Square in Cambridge is often called "the most innovative square mile on the planet," yet as a center of human innovation Kendall is known for having no intrinsic human culture. While the population of Kendall is extremely diverse, few people actually live in Kendall, exacerbating the lack of local culture and natural life in the area. Furthermore, many workers in Kendall work in engineering or other professional fields that limit outdoor exposure to plant life and sunlight, both proven to improve human health in the workplace.  The Hydrojar system is a self-contained hydroponic jar based on the Kratky-drip method of hydroponics. Each jar is self-contained and only requires basic maintenance to grow plants. The Hydrojar System would be a set of these jars arranged in a public space with heavy foot traffic, encouraging the audience to take the jars home. There is a tear-off recipe booklet on the side of the system, outlining basic recipes requiring fresh herbs: and which jars that the audience can take home to make the recipe. The System is simply a plywood-and-wire frame that hangs multiple Hydrojars for display to the audience. The frame is almost purely for display and is designed for maximum portability. The frame can be displayed with a limited amount of jars or have a volunteer to replenish it when the jars run out. The ultimate goal of the Hydrojar system is not just to transform a specific, single space in Kendall, but to also add greenery to the lives of locals that may not be regularly exposed to it.

Kevin- Hydrojar: The Hydrojar is a deployable structure to get the people of Kendall square to bring fresh ingredients and greenery into their spaces. It consists of a large wood frame with hanging jars that are occupied by herbs and a self contained hydroponic system for each jar, enabling a user to pass by, take a jar, and bring it home.

The Hydrojar uses the frame to hang the jars on ropes that span the frame vertically.The jars are held onto the rope by a sinch attached to the cup holder that the jar sits in. Each jar has their own self contained hydroponic system in them, allowing the user to only need to water it around once a week for it to stay alive. The Hydrojar was created to get the community of Kendall square to interact by having this deployable structure out in the sun where people would pass by it often, and maybe on their way home from work. This would make it so they may want to take one of the jars home to keep in their window, and use in their meals. The large frame would be placed in a sunny area near the T station. Many people who work or study in Kendall square don't live there and take the T, so this may be near to their path to work.

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THE PRESENTATION POST

This post's privacy is set to Everyone. This post showcases your final design by telling the comprehensive story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested. The arc of the story should encompass the, How of your project in a compelling narrative. It showcases your design process including your brainstorming, each of your iterations, and your final prototype. It allows the viewer to delve deeply into your process.

  • Every Slide should have a Title and Caption.
    The body of this post is The Brief. You should include a version of the Brief for each collaborator in the project.
  • This post will be used in your review presentation at the end of the session.

You are encouraged to make your narrative as compelling as possible. All of the content below should be included, but if you would like to rearrange the material in order to tell your story differently, work with your coach.


INTRODUCTION PORTION

Your presentation is a narrative, and the introduction sets up the scene for that story. Here you introduce the project, say why it is important, and summarize what you did.

TITLE WITH TAGLINE: This slides shows a crisp, clear final image and the title of your project. with a pithy blurb describing the project. The image, name, and tagline should draw a viewer in. 

Examples:

  • The Fruit - A line following, light tracking robot
  • Segmented Vehicle - A vehicle that conforms to the landscape
  • Cacoon - Wearable sculpture exploring the concept of transformation and death

EVOCATIVE  IMAGE: This is a single image that shows a clear image that evokes the soul of your project. This image helps set up the why in a compelling way, sets the stage for your narrative, and will help frame the entire presentation. The caption of this slide (set with the Edit Captions button when editing your post) should discuss the context of your project. No Text on the slide.

THESIS STATEMENT: This is a TEXT ONLY slide for which briefly describes the Soul and Body of your project. You can use the project description from your Brief or write something new. This statement ties together your narrative.

Examples:

  • The Cocoon:  A wearable sculpture that explores the concept of transformations and death. The Cocoon explores the spiritual journey beyond the human experience; what it means to be human, how wonder effects us, and the concept of what happens after death.
  • Body Accordion: A musical prosthetic that translates the wearer’s body movements into a dynamic multimedia performance. The Body Accordion converts flex sensor input to sound through Arduino, MaxMSP, and Ableton Live. 
  • Seed to Soup Animation: A whimsical animation about the slow food movement. Seed to Soup showcases a holistic method of cooking. From garden, to kitchen, to dinner table.
  • Antlers: A wearable sculpture inspired by antlers found in the deer and antelope family. "Antlers" explores the comparison between armor and attraction. 

PROCESS PORTION

The Process Portion of your presentation tells the story of how you iteratively developed your project. Somewhere in that story you should include conceptual and technical precedents that guided you at each stage as well as brainstorming and process sketches and clear photo booth imagery for 3-4 stages of your process.

This portion is made up of three types of slides repeated 3-4 times. Each iteration in your process should include:

  • PRECEDENTS:  Precedents are any projects that inspired you creatively or gave you technical guidance. These can include conceptual precedents and technical precedents. No Text.
  • SKETCHES/SKETCH CONCEPT DIAGRAMS: These slides show your generative ideas in sketch form. These should clean, clear drawings. A sketch should show a clear idea. Do not simply scan a messy sketchbook page and expect that people will understand. If you do not have a clear concept or working sketches it is fine to make them after the fact. No Text.
  • PROTOTYPE IMAGES:  These are actual images of the prototypes  you documented in your daily posts. These images illustrate your design decisions and how your project changed at each step. No Text.

FINAL PORTION

The Final stage of your presentation is the resolution of your narrative and shows your completed work. The use diagram shows how your project works and the construction diagram shows how it is assembled. Final photos show the project both in action and at rest. The imagery captures your final built design.

USE DIAGRAM: A diagram showing some aspect of the functionality. These can include:

  • How one uses or interacts with the project
  • The overall behavior of the project over time
  • For a complex interactive project, this can be a clear diagram of the software behavior

MECHANICAL DIAGRAM:  A diagram offering insight on how the project is put together and functions technically.

  • Ideally, this will be an exploded axonometric
  • At minimum this can be a labeled disassembled photo  

ELECTRONICS or OTHER DIAGRAM: Additional diagrams showing some important aspect of your design. 

IMAGERY: The last slides should have an images of the final project. These images should be taken in the photo booth, cropped, and adjusted for contrast, brightness, etc. Images should include:

  • An image of the project in use (taken in the booth or at large). This should include a human interacting with the project.
  • Images of project alone. Include at least one overall image and one detail image.
  • You can also use an image In-Use. 
  • Consider using a GIF to show how the project works.