For this project, with the prompt of creating a 3D object with two pieces that fit together, I decided to go with a phone case for my iPhone 11 Pro. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out! I’m not too positive how well it would fit once it became a physical object, but nonetheless, I’m feeling good.

Sketching

I started out sketching for case for the phone, with measurements for everything, so it was easy to come back to, but also with a blueprint for what I was wanting it to look like. The phone measured out to be…


In this project, I first made a simple circuit that had a delay of 10 seconds after you press the button, so the user must wait a while for the timid light to turn on. Once the user lets go of the button, it immediately turns off. I had some trouble to start, however. My code was working and properly completing that sequence, but the LED was blinking to start, rather than staying off. I’m not exactly sure why this was happening — I’m thinking maybe it was holding onto the code from my last project? But, when I pressed…


This video is a prime example of inaccessible technology. When creating new pieces of tech, as artists, we need to understand that what we make has to the potential to impact a large amount of people. Thus, we need to create these pieces to be as easy to use as possible. In the video, the grandma first had to get over the fear of ordering via a tablet in McDonald’s. Once she built up the courage to go inside in order, she stared at the screen for a good bit before figuring out what to do. One possible solution for…


I completed this project with my classmate, David Yang. You can find documentation of our Ping Pong Switch here.


For this sketch, I made a process of making waking up easier. First, when the alarm goes off on your phone in the morning, a sound sensor detects the decibels and starts a sequence of events. First, your warm pair of slippers slide out from under the bed, then your bed covers are pulled off you from the bottom of the bed, allowing you to get up without effort. Next, your glasses fall from the ceiling on a rope, letting you see things without the trouble of putting contacts in. …


The biggest things that caught my ear while listening to Tony Fadell, Marc Kushner, and Joe Gebbia speak were their personal experiences with their field of expertise, and how those shaped the products they design and make. Tony Fadell, for example, worked at Apple, with Steve Jobs, on the iPod. In the midst of creation, he said he realized how every product you bought on the technology market in that day was a product that had to be charged upon purchase. He described the eagerness of the consumer, spending several hours getting ahold of the project and driving home, only…


At first, I wasn’t really into the vibe of what this episode had to offer, but the episode quickly turned into more of an intellectual one-sided conversation about children, their minds at play, and the child education system as a whole. It was really fascinating to think about her idea of letting the children be able to build what they want, in whatever manner they want, rather than having a list of instructions to follow that guide them through a one-way puzzle. …


Overall, I felt pretty good about the performance Timmy and I created together. It seemed to be a huge hit for everyone — the relaxation that the guided meditation brought proved to be stress-relieving for some. I thought our execution was pretty solid, except for a little hiccup we had while doing it live. Timmy seemed to be muted while I was speaking for the first minute or so, so none of the soundscape/effects came through to Zoom. I was attempting to message him during my pauses, and I’m sure that the keyboard slaps could be heard as well. …


I really loved this episode of Abstract. The notion that photography isn’t about the photographer or the set design or the color, but rather the contents of the photo itself and the story it shares with the world is incredibly cool. Platon seemed to be an incredibly forward-thinking, intellectual artist, whose focus was always on the story of the photograph.

I dabble a bit in photography, and this episode seemed to really be calling me out. I feel like my journey has been focused on the gear, the lighting, the composition, the colors, the expensive gear, etc., and not on…

Aidan Massie

Student at New York University. Passionate about visual art and the intersection between technology and sports.

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