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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:

    • Night of NuVu - When Zombies Attack NuVu Prom, Horror Ensues
    • T is for Talent - A Day in the Life of an MBTA Busker
    • Seed to Soup - An Animated Fable of Food and Hope

    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 Bodyof 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 conceived of and produced your film or animation. It should include:

    NITIAL STORYBOARD (1 slide):  A scan of your original storyboard. If your original is illegible or hard to understand, you should create a cleaner version. Preferably in marker pen.Make sure the storyboard is in the right orientation. You can include 2 boards on 1 slide. No Text.

    PRODUCTION DECISIONS (1 slide minimum, 2 slides maximum): These slides show the changes you made after your initial edits. These should NOT include screenshot of your editing software. You can choose stills, a sketch of camera angles, or other representations of decisions you made. The caption should clearly explain the decisions and their ramifications. No Text.

    ANALYSIS: (2 slides minimum, 3 slides maximum): The next part of the process post retrospectively express and explain your idea and process. They should include:

    • Final Storyboard :  A storyboard of the final cut of the film. Work in a graphics software and maintain a high production value. ALL film and animation projects should have this analysis.
    • Technical Analysis: A diagram showing your technical workflow. This should not be a screenshot of your editing software. ALL film and animation projects should have this analysis.
    • Character/Scene Development: If appropriate, include asset development (such as character or scene) sketches (primarily for animation studios.)

    FINAL PORTION

    The Final Portion of your presentation is the resolution of your narrative in which you show your completed work. Final stills leave a visual impression as you discuss your work with critics.

    SHOW FILM OR ANIMATION - Pause in your presentation to do this. Video/Book/Etc is a separate post.

    FINAL IMAGE: (1-3 slides) The last slide should have representative still images or GIFS of the final project. 

  • 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. 

     

  • The primary purpose of your Presentations  at NuVu is to describe the creative and technical journey you undertook in developing your project. In this post you will write what you are going to say, slide by slide, for your Final Post.   During your presentation you will not read from this script. It is here to help you frame your presentation and give insight to website visitors. 

    Remember, 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.

    Feel free to organize the post by slides in the presentation. The example below if for a build studio but the concept holds for a film/animation studio.

    Slide 1: Write out your title and tagline.
    Slide 2: Describe why your project exists, who it is for, and how that relates to the evocative image.
    Slide 3: Write out your thesis.
    Slides 4-15: Walk through each iteration, from initial concept to penultimate design

    • Discuss how each precedent inspired/informed your design.
    • Discuss your  sketches - how they arose from your brainstorming and how they informed the start of your design process, and how they changed and your design changed
    • Discuss each prototype - Briefly describe major design changes and how they effected the overall project arc and design.

    Slide 16: Explain your use diagram - how is your your project used or function in the world.
    Slide 17: Explain your mechanical diagram. Walk through how your project is put together and functions mechanically.
    Slides 18-20: Walk through each of the final images and describe the overall use/design of project. Discuss the final prototype, what was a success, and where your project might go from here.

    Your Presentation will:

    • Introduce the general context of your project
    • Present the thesis or design problem and how you approached the solution
    • Using precedents, begin to tell the story of the genesis and development of your actual design.
    • Describe the overall design concept.
    • Delve deeply into the heart of the design process through a description of major design iterations.
    • Thoroughly describe the final design technically and functionally through the reference to your diagrams.
    • Walk through the final images, discussing how everything came together.
    • Discuss the conceptual and technical challenges you faced. These should be broad view issues, not hyper-specific technical issues.
    • Your vision for where your project can go.
  • Remember, all documents related to the brief are found HERE. These include a note from the writing coach and the Composition Reminder Sheet.

    Now that you have created an document that outlines all of the information you want to relate in the Brief, it is time to weave that information together into a strong narrative that ties together the Why, How and What and Who of your project through clear, cogent writing. Tell the story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested.

    Create 1 post titled “The Brief” in the Writing tab with text that includes the following 2 items, numbered:

    1. A 1-2 sentence project description for your transcript. This will serve as the basis of the Project Description that appears in your transcript. This description should not include the name of the project and should be written in the third person. This was Question 1 in your Outline.
      examples:
      Night Light Blankie: A child's sensory blanket that provides comfort and privacy in the high stress environment of the hospital using weight, textures, and light. The blanket transforms into a mini light up fort over a child’s head.
      Cocoon: a shroud that explores human spirituality and the concept of life after death through the use of repetitive religious iconography. Composed of over 300 pieces of laser cut balsa wood lined with space tape, the icons are arranged using a mathematical strange attractor.
    1. A 1-2 paragraph brief for your project based on the description below. This will be based off the information you put together in your Outline and should focus on style. The NuVu writing coach will give you feedback and you will have the opportunity to revise this text before the final presentation. The primary purpose of The Brief is to explain, entice, and convince the reader that your project is amazing and important. Imagine your project on display in the Museum of Modern Art. The Brief is hanging on the wall next to your work. In 1-2 paragraphs, a viewer should understand what your project is, why it exists, and how you made it, and who it is for. More importantly, the viewer should be interested and care. You will draw them into your project through a compelling narrative.

      Things to think about:
      • Use the information in your Outline. Do not simply put all of the answers together -- you must weave it together into a clear story.
      • The what is a clear statement of the thesis or problem+solution. Your project description for your transcript (#1 above) can be adapted for this purpose.
      • The why explains how your project changes the world. It is the reason your project exists – what social issue is it engaging, who is your project helping, how does the project change the world, and what important social, intellectual, or technical questions does it raise? The scope of the why can vary widely.
      • The how briefly explains what technical prowess, innovative methods, or cool materials you used in your solution.
      • The who explains who will use your design, why they will use it, and in what context.
      • Think of the reader - it is good to imagine that a college admissions officer AND a potential employer in the field of your design should both be able to understand and be excited by the project based on your writing.

    Write in the Third person in an explanatory fashion. Resist using I, WE, OUR, or YOU and focus on describing the work.

    Here is an example from Penelope the Pain-O-Monster:

    Pediatricians and other doctors find it challenging to collect accurate self reported information from children about their level of pain due to lack of communication skills, fear, anxiety, and discomfort. Traditional 1-10 pain scales do not fully address these issues, often leading to uncomfortable children and inaccurate symptom information. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster is a cute plush toy that uses integrated pressure sensors to allow children to express their source and level of pain through play.

    A previous project, The EmoOwl, helped children with autism to express themselves by translating motion into color. Penelope the Pain-O-Monster grew out of the desire to expand children’s health menagerie with a different stuffed animal, one that makes the pain charts patients use to express their pain more interactive and easier for a child to use. Because research has shown that playing with stuffed animals can take children’s mind off pain, an additional “Fun” mode was added to distract from pain and anxiety. The handcrafted stuffed animal uses force sensors in different body parts that light up from blue to red depending on how hard they are pushed to show the child’s pain level. The hope is that, as one of many future healthcare friends, Penelope can help sick children feel safer while providing more useful information to care providers.

  • The Project Description is  1-2 sentence project description that appears in your transcript. 

    It should be:

    1-2 Sentences (written in the third person) that clearly and objectively identifies the project and its use. Do NOT include the name of the project in the description. This should be your clearest, best and most concise writing as it will be seen by colleges, your parents, and your home school. Eventually, it will also appear under the project title for all the world to see.

    Samples:

    • A portable heated IV for extreme climate situation and/or high altitude climbers suffering from hypothermia or dehydration.
    • A sculptural device that helps users practice the slow movement associated with Tai Chi by incorporating speed sensors into lit wooden dodecahedrons and leading the practitioner through a formal sequence.    

    To edit the Description:

    • Click on the gear next to your Project Name
    • Scroll down to "Description for Transcript"
    • Enter the description
    • Click "Save"
  • Our world is mountainous with difficult terrain to traverse. The ‘Segmented Mountain Climber’ is able to deftly maneuver up and down the steep mountainsides, and over their sharp peaks. Its Whegs, half wheel half legs, are able to climb over both small rocks and large boulders. It can also quickly reverse, turn and is able to continue movement even if flipped upside down. 

    Our original idea was a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse. We started by brainstorming many different models that could help climb mountains. We decided on a segmented car which could work best in a mountainous situation by conforming to the landscape. It’s called ‘Segmented Mountain Climber’.

         During the first few days, we thought of various shapes for the vehicle, drawing inspiration from existing creations including roller coasters, snakes and trains. Then we brainstormed various designs for the wheels, including tank treads, legs, many small wheels, and large powered wheels.

         In order to better visualize the connections and turning of the segments, we made our first prototype of the large-wheeled model. In essence, it was just a trio of cardboard boxes tied together with string, with an axle and pair of wheels through each segment. However, some clear problems came up: the connection was not sturdy enough, and the wheels failed to rotate. We discussed at length how to incorporate the right wheels and connectors into our design. We started looking at other possible wheel choices, and then we settled on wegs. A weg is essentially a spoked wheel with the rim removed. Deriving its name from the words "wheel" and "leg," it could use circular motion, but with legs. Compared to traditional wheels, they could climb over obstructions and had superior grip. We also decided to replace the strings. At first, we had considered ball joints by virtue of their versatility, however we chose to nix the ball joints in favor of universal joints, because they could be better incorporated into the segments. Universal joints are basically two axles intersecting at a point, offering flexibility in two dimensions. Furthermore, the ability to transfer torque is exclusive to universal joints, so they could prevent any one segment from falling over. 

        Taking these considerations into account, we replaced the string and wheels on our prototype with universal joints and wegs. Upon finishing, we realized that the wegs in the prototype had the right structure but would not rotate because of the material (cardboard), the number of legs (4), and the structure of the foot. We decided that a 6-legged wooden weg would work better, and we redesigned the shape of the foot to include rubber that could provide traction. Another problem was the turning, we considered models such as rack-and-pinion, which was too delicate and complicated, and exploiting right-and-left rotation differences, which wouldn't work as well in a multi-car design such as ours. We decided on using a servo to rotate the first compartment relative to the others, turning the rest in due course. We didn't know, however, how we could incorporate the servo into the overall design. We decided that the joints would be included into the design of the car segments, and the servo would be attached to the foremost universal joint via a 3D-printed attachment. Unfortunately, a problem inherent to servos was the elimination of one of the two axes of rotation; as a result, the first and second compartments would always stay firm on uneven ground.

    Finally, after considering all these issues, we crafted the final product, learning from our previous errors. We used wood, which is much sturdier than cardboard; we used wegs, capable of scaling obstacles, and we used a servo to turn and manipulate the vehicle. We connected the motors and servo to an Arduino controlled by a remote. Overall, we had many separate design challenges; in the end, however, all the components came together to form a polished final product.

  • You will be creating your presentation on the NuVu Platform.

    Things to do/think about:

    • Your presentation should be located in the Portfolio tab of your project.
    • There should be (1) post titled Process with all of the slides.
    • If needed, you can have (1) post of a video of your project in action.
    • All slides should have a title. You can add titles when editing the post
    • With the exception of the Title slide NO TEXT SHOULD APPEAR ON YOUR SLIDES.
    • Only (1) image per slide. NO GOOGLE DOCS!!!
    • Be sure to add your team members as collaborators and make the (2) posts Public.
    • Only one team member can edit a post at a time!
    • Presentations should be no longer than 3 minutes. PRACTICE!

    1st Post : Process

    Absolutely no more than 8 Slides!

    1 Intention Slide. For build projects, describe the Problem and Solution. For conceptual projects this can be expressed as Intention/Solution. The slide should include the name of the project and a one sentence statement of both the problem and the solution.

    Example:
    Segmented Vehicle
    Problem: Design a vehicle for a mountainous world with difficult terrain to traverse.
    Solution:  A segmented vehicle with a universal joint system handles mountainous terrain by conforming to the landscape.
     
    1  Precedent Slides. One slide to show conceptual idea. One slide to show mechanical or functional idea.
     

    1 Brainstorming Slide. This should be a clean sketch of your initial ideas. If you do not have a nice drawing or lost yours, create one now!

    2 Iteration Slides. These slides should show early prototypes of your design. Focus on big changes. You do not need to show tiny Changes.

    3 Final Slides. These should show clean images of your final project.

    Text:

    In the text section for the process post, write a paragraph introducing the design problem or the main idea and how you are tackling it. Then, describe the main story or theme, mechanics, development, challenges, and other parts of the creative process you experienced. Each iteration should have a paragraph describing how you how you modified the project after receiving feedback.

    1. Design Problem and Solution:

    You should begin with a clear statement of the problem and the solution as both a one sentence description and a short paragraph expanding on the solution.

    Here is an example from the Reaction Shelter project:

    • The Problem: Over 300 natural disasters occur globally every year, displacing 32.5 million people on average.Domestically, 99 federal disaster declarations were on file with FEMA in 2011.
    • The Solution: The Reaction Housing System is a rapid response, short-term housing solution.
    • Detailed Solution: The core sustem components flat pack to provide extremeley efficient storage and transportation. The systems can be deployed within hours of an event without the need for tools or heavy machinery.

    2. Further Ellaboration:

    • Main Story or Theme: describe in further detail the reason for your project and the overall way you are solving that problem
    • Mechanics: Describe how your project works and what it is doing
    • Development: Briefly explain the progression of your project
    • Challenges: Describe technical and design challenges you faced or are still facing. 

    3. Iterations

    Each iteration should have a paragraph describing how you how you modified the project after receiving feedback.

    Here is an example from the Backcountry IV Project:

    • In our second iteration, we redesigned the cylinder so that it actually had two compartments that would screw together. Though there were two compartments, there would be a small piece in between the two that would screw them together, so that they remained the same diameter and size. We designed the piece to fit exactly between the two compartments so that it wouldn’t be visible when the entire piece was together. The part had triangular shaped spaces cutting through it where the IV tube and wires for the technology side of our studio fit. In the upper cylinder, the holes remained for the UV lights, but there was more space underneath for the Arduino. In the bottom compartment, we created a hole in the middle designed to fit the IV reservoir and tubing, and small spaces directly next to the reservoir where the resistors to warm the reservoir sat. This spacing for the pieces worked well, except that the entire reservoir piece took up too much room, so much that all of the compartments didn’t screw together. Underneath the inner part designed to hold the reservoir and resistors, there was room underneath to hold the arm cuff and the excess tubing. We also designed two caps to close together the whole piece. Except for the fact that it was a bit sharp and there some minor fitting issues, the caps worked well and made the entire piece compact and portable. For the next iteration, which was the final one, we made a few critical changes.

    2nd Post: Video

    Upoload a short video showing your project in action. Do not count on your project working as you expect during the presentation.

     

     

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