Archives for category: Lectures

Week 15: May 16th
1. Parsons Festival
2.Paper and textile electronic workshops given by student to the Parson Community at the 10 floor Lab.


Week 14: May 9th
Parsons Festival. Final critique

Week 13: May 2nd
1.Critique of prototypes
2 Continue to work on interface models
3. Test interaction

Suggested readings:
Design noir: the secret life of electronic objects By Anthony Dunne, Fiona Raby

Week 12: April 25th
1. Brain storm, design interfaces
2. Build models

1. Finish fine tuning your  designs for the final project.
2. You will present look+feel, role and Implementation prototypes during class

Suggested readings:
Confuse the User! A use-centered participatory design perspective by Katharina Bredies


Wearable Textile Radio

More info: Design Research Lab
blog source ( )

Week 9: April 4th
Guest speaker: Jie Qi

dorkbot-nyc, 03 February 2010 — Jie Qi: Paper Computing — bendable, foldable, cutable hardware from dorkbot on Vimeo.

Movement:Intro to motors. Servo motors and Arduino. Making things move. An intro to SMA wire

1. Create a paper or fabric 3D shape that moves through the use of motors.

Suggested readings:
Programmable matter by folding byE. Hawkesa
Skorpions: Kinetic Electronic Garments by Berzowska, J., Mainstone, D., Bromley, M., Coelho,
Interactive Paper Devices: End-user Design & Fabrication by Greg Saul, Cheng Xu, Mark D Gross.
Sprout I/O: A Texturally Rich Interface by Marcelo Coelho and Pattie


Prototype by Juliette Sallin

1st prototype from Juliette Sallin on Vimeo.

The Skorpions with Di Mainstone

Textile movement study by Meg Grant

textile movement study 1 from meg grant on Vimeo.

Week 10: April 11th
1. (Re)Making PCB boards out of fabric, paper and copper sheets

2. Fritzing Demo

3. Submitting files to the protoboard:

a. submit Gerber files to

4. Creating a DIY PCB board

1. Make a circuit board of one of your circuits from past projects or create a new one.
2. Integrate the circuit board you just finished into a circuit with the rest of the electronic components

Suggested readings:
Fabric PCBs, electronic sequins, and socket buttons: techniques for e-textile craft by Leah Buechley Æ Michael Eisenberg

Online tutorials:
Fabric PCB Tutorial ( by High-Low Tech group at MIT )
Salt and Vinegar Etching ( by High-Low Tech group at MIT )
Sew-through Soft Circuits (by Meredith Scheff)



more info here

Printed flex circuits by Leah Buechley

Order your own printed flex circuits here

Week 9: April 9th
1. Intro to electronic inks: electroluminscent and thermocromic
2. Circuits for inks
3. Making a display with electroluminescent and thermochromic ink

1. Finish the electroluminescent and thermochromic displays that you started during class. Document them on the blog

2. Envision 3 different applications for thermochromic or/and electroluminescent inks. Make sketches of your design and post on the blog

Suggested readings:
“Smart Materials in architecture, interior architecture and design” by Axel Ritter
Dynamic Ornament: The Design of Responsive Surfaces in Architecture by Mark Meagher, David van der Maas, Christian Abegg, and Jeffrey Huang


kits-of-not-parts by Plusea

Oscillator Series by Elise Co.Nikita Pashenkov

More info here

System by Zane Berzina

More info here

STD Wallpaper by kirk mueller

More info here

Clemens Winker: Digital Traces

Link to documentation of the project here

Week 8: March 28th
1. Hacking of toy piano
2. Sensors: photo cell, reed switches, capacitance, microphone, presence

3. Soft sensors part 2: tilt sensor,  stretch sensor,  grid sensor and potentiometer

Prototype the Input part of your project. Examine what kind of sensors or switches would be appropriate for your project. Bring a working prototype for next class.


Suggested reading:
Sculptured computational objects with smart and active computing materials by Orth, Margaret A.
A Force-Sensitive Surface for Intimate Control by Randy Jones,Peter Driesseny Andrew Schloss,George Tzanetakis


Controls by Thad Starner

Textile XY

more info here

‘Bravo’ by Melissa Colemans

more info here

Performance DJ Hoodie

hoodiesampler from clemens pichler aka fump on Vimeo.
Documentation here.

“ohm” lo-fi cardboard sampler

Week 7: March 21st
1. Presentations of Final’s concept and first round of prototypes.

Please answer the following questions:

What does your project do?
How does your project does it?
What does your project look and feel like?
What material is your project going to made out of? Include
What role do new materials played in your project?

2. Interaction as a conversation in the context of the final projects ( Inputs, code and outputs)

Thinking about your project’s interaction: make a list of all your inputs and outputs

3. Design challenge: make a rough prototype by sketching on paper or making a 3D model of a selected project.

4. Sensor demo: photo sensor, IR sensor, reed switches,  and capacitance sensor

Suggested readings:
Fabric Computing Interfaces. Maggie Orth


Develop a simple working prototype that is designed to test or give you insight about the interaction part of your project. You will present this prototype during class next week.

Anthony Dunne // Dunne & Raby
* Presentation at the conference »Innovationsforum Interaktionsdesign« in Potsdam, Germany.

Anthony Dunne // Dunne & Raby from Innovationsforum on Vimeo.

Week 6: March 7th
1. Demo how to connect Arduino2Max to sensors. See tutorial here.
2. Process of developing concept for Final begins. Provide guidelines.
3. Design process part l:  strategy, brain storming, mind maps ( in class activity). The different stages of design
4. Design challenge: make a rough prototype of one of your ideas (group or individual)

1. Gather visual inspiration for your final concept and create a mood board.
2. Clearly articulate your concept and interaction. Use any sketches or any other visual aids to help you convey what you have in mind.
3. Create a first round of rough prototype: define what aspect of your project you are prototyping for: look + feel, role or implementation. These will be presented to the rest of the class after spring break.

4. Connect  one of your sensor or switch to MaxMSP and have it play a sound, show an image or a video
5. Post in the blog a link to your favorite artist


Winter Quilts by missmoun

Winter Quilts from missmoun on Vimeo.