Adam ScherSeptember 20, 2010Components: Design Questions, Concept, Domains, MethodologyThroughout the past several weeks of the semester I have found thatmy thesis/research questions have changed quite a bit. They have somehowmigrated from this initial interest of movement and technology, into lookingat memory and ways it can be visualized. “History of movement” has alwaysbeen something that has fascinated me, and I have worked on severalprojects where I attempt to capture the essence of movement bydocumenting its paths over time. I wanted to take a step back and look atmemory from an emotional/narrative point of view, not from a physicalstandpoint.I began by sketching a map of “things” that I felt could be used torepresent my memories. Included were:audio files, video, iChat conversations,documents, browsing history,photographs. This basic mappingexercise raised the question: “What dothese memories look like?” Of coursethere is an immense body of literaturethat I am beginning to gather onmemories, written by psychologists,sociologists, novelists. I am beginning todelve into this literature, but I felt theneed to just dive in and begin making. Intheory, my process over the past few days was to research and discoverthrough prototyping, not reading. And as a result, I have three differentprototypes exploring the theme of memory visualization.
Figure 1: Brainstorming in my journal