I always like to make something beautiful and useful, and I believe it’s my pleasure to make this world a better place (to live or to enjoy). Since I was in Parsons, I have been brewing some ideas with this goal without realized it. In the first semester, I designed a talent database called “Genius Finder”. It’s a human resource database for local/non-profit/educational organization. The goal is to help them utilize the talents within the community (usually they don’t have a good amount of money to spend), so they can have the things done with better result.
一直以來我喜愛做些既有美感又有用的東西, 我相信讓這個世界更加的美好是我的榮幸. 從我到 帕森設計學院(英譯), 我一直把這個當做目標而毫不自覺. 在第一個學期裡, 我設計了一個稱為”搜尋天才”(英譯)的資料庫. 它基本上是個提供給小範圍/非營利/教育機構的人力資源資料庫. 而這個專案的目標是希望能讓這些沒有大筆預算的機構/組織, 充分利用內部的人才.
Second semester in Parsons, I was building a Flash application that provides a dynamic multi-lingual support touch panel system for hotel guest services, named “ServeSmart”. It is intended to help international travelers overcome language barriers and enrich their hotel experience.
第二個學期在 帕森設計學院(英譯), 我設計了一個 Flash 的應用程式, 它提供動態多國語言觸控系統用於飯店顧客服務服務. 名叫”聰明服務”(英譯). 它被定位成幫助國際旅客克服語言障礙和提供更美好的住宿體驗.
In summer 2009, before the beginning of the semester, while I was jogging, an idea came to my head. Online content sharing that we do everyday might actually helps long distance relationship. The most important thing in romantic relationship is sharing, sharing the time together and sharing the life experience together. If people are in long distance relationship, the first thing they got hit might be lack of “sharing”. Since they r not physically together, it will be hard to know what the other is doing and what kind of environment/situation he is dealing with. The only way s/he gets a sense of what the other doing is by writing or talking to each other. The code for this project is “Stringed”.
Project “String” is a platform that two people must sign up an account together. The joint account will provide a space for them to combine all the content they share online. (Status, photo, video, even restaurant review). They can see all the information in a timeline base page. There is something interesting that brought up by my thesis studio professor David Carroll. He mentioned the thing he will be interested to see in this platform is the crossed points of two people’s life. Couples share their time together to have some life experience together.
在2009年開學前的夏天, 我在慢跑的途中, 有個靈感出現在我腦海. 我們每天線上分享的點點滴滴也許可以幫助遠距離戀愛. 因為在戀愛的過程裡最重要的不就是互相分享, 分享在一起的時間, 分享在一起的生活. 如果雙方處於遠距離戀愛, 第一個要面對的就是”分享”變少了. 雙方沒有住在附近, 自然很難了解對方目前的生活環境跟遇到的問題. 唯一能做的就是透過文字或是電話來溝通. 這個專案叫做”情牽”(英譯). (靈感自七夕, 千里姻緣一線牽, 戀愛中的人好像有跟無形的線牽引著對方)
專案”情牽”(英譯)是一個平台, 兩個人必需同時申請一個帳號. 這個帳號會提供他(她)們一個空間, 匯集雙方線上分享的點點滴滴 (狀態, 照片,影片, 甚至餐廳評論). 他們可以在一個時間軸架構的頁面, 觀看所有的資訊. 我的論文教授 卡若 . 大衛 (英譯) 提到如果這個平台可以找出雙方在一起做的事情, 會很有趣. 不管是在實際生活中或是線上. (如下圖所示)
I began researching and making rapid prototype to ensure I am technically capable to execute this project, e.g., Facebook connect, twitter API implantation, flickr API implantation. While I was doing research on how to improve long distance relationship with the platform I am thinking to build, some reactions from my friends actually make me doubt about the project. They were talking about maybe I should just make a online sex simulated platform with physical computing knowledge built in. That will significantly improve the long distance relationship.
Although they were joking about it, I began to doubt if this is what people really need for their relationship? Exposing information about themselves to their love one is “sharing”, but in another way, that’s what we call “Spy”. I began to question myself if i will be willing to share all the “private content I share/upload to online services to the person i like.
Am i really interested to improve people’s romantic relationship? Am I trying to do the job that cupid or God suppose to do? Do I even believe in long distance relationship? I cleared my head and suddenly, I realized what I really interesting here is building a database which contains all the information that I share online. This is the turning point of my thesis, from improving romantic relationship to improve the understanding myself through the achievement of online sharing content. Therefore another code was born which is “IN” (Intersections).
我開始做研究跟快速製作一些測試去確定我有足夠的專業能力去完成這個專案. 例如臉書(英譯)的連結, 推特(英譯) API, Flickr API 等等的佈植. 當我在研究怎樣利用這個平台幫助遠距離戀愛的同時, 我朋友對這個專案的反應開始讓我對這個案子產生困惑. 他(她)們說也許我應該做一個利用實體電腦智慧, 線上虛擬實境性愛平台. 這一定會對遠距離戀愛有所幫助.
就算我知道他們只是開玩笑, 我開始困惑在戀愛中,人們是否會需要這個平台. 暴露他(她)們生活的資訊給對方好聽是叫分享, 不好聽一點就會是偷窺. 我開始問我自己是否我自己會願意分享所有我線上分享的私人資訊給我喜歡的人?
我真的有興趣幫助人們遠距離戀愛嘛? 我是否嚐試著做上帝跟邱比特(英譯)的工作? 我是否相信遠距離戀愛? 我整理了思緒, 剎時間, 我了解我感到興趣的是建立一個擁有我所有線上分享資料的資料庫. 這是個我論文的轉捩點,從增進遠距離戀愛到利用我線上分享的紀錄來更了解自己. 這個專案的名字改叫 “IN” 交叉點(英譯).
In early stage of “IN” is marketed and positioned as an online diary platform which not only replaces the existing old traditional hand-written, paper bounded diary. It also tries to use the advantage of technology, so people can sort and search the information in their online diary. Some Design prototypes were made.
在”IN” 交叉點(英譯), 早期階段被定位成線上日記平台, 它不只取代現在手寫,裝訂成冊的日記. 它也常是利用科技的優點, 讓人們可以利用他們的日記來搜尋需要的資訊. 我製作了這些早期設計原形.
The platform was designed browsed with latest update and searched by keyword, geo-location and time. The bonus feature here is to compare the timeline with your friend. Matching by the approx. geo-location and time from the content, the platform will calculate all the crossed point from those two people. It’s more like shared memory in a glance. This feature was adapted from the pervious project “Stringed”.
The reason “IN” is marketed and positioned as an online diary platform in early stage was because the feedback from the thesis studio. People in the class think it’s an online diary. At the same time, I questioned myself if this is really an online diary, and am I trying to make an online diary for myself? After I have thought about this question carefully, I know what I am not making a online diary platform since I don’t even write diary. My goal here is to archive the information/status I share online in daily life. I can use this archived information to know myself better.
The reason “IN” is marketed and positioned as an online diary platform in early stage was because the feedback from the thesis studio. People in the class think it’s a online diary. At the same time, i questioned myself if this is really a online diary, and am i trying to make a online diary for myself? After i have thought about this question carefully, I know what i am not making a online diary platform since i dont even write diary. My goal here is to archive the information/status I share online in daily life. I can use these archived information to know myself better.
IIn the past, we all have control of the content we share or keep in our life. You diary will not disappear or destroyed unless your house is on fire or you chose to do it. When micro-blogging and status update slowly replace our habit from document daily life in a diary. We have lost the right to control the content we shared.
這個平台被設計成使用者觀看最後分享的資訊和利用關鍵字, 地點, 和時間來搜尋. 附加的功能是可以跟朋友比較時間軸. 利用分享資訊內含的靠近的地點跟時間, 系統平台會計算兩個人在一起的部份. 這就好像在一起的時光一覽表. 這個功能是取自於上一個專案”情牽”.
“交叉點”(英譯)在開始的時候因為論文課而被定位成線上日記. 在同一堂課的人認為這是個線上日記. 在這同時, 我反問我自己這是否是個線上日記, 我是否在做一個線上日記給我自己? 在我仔細思考這個問題之後, 我知道我自己不是在做一個線上日記因為我根本不寫日記. 我的目標是把我分享的資訊存檔, 所以日後我可以用這些資訊了解我自己.
從前, 我們擁有自己分享出去資訊的掌控權. 你的日記不會消失或是被摧毀除非你家失火或是你選擇(讓她消失). 當微博客(英譯) 和狀態分享慢慢的取代我們記錄生活的習慣. 我們已經喪絲掌控自己分享出去資訊的權力.
Facebook owns you status update on Facebook. They have rights to delete it anytime and there is nothing you can do. Is it true? Sadly, it’s a “yes”. I have been using Facebook since it was born in 2007, and last entry I can get back from the server using Facebook API is August 2008. Where are the statuses before August 2008? All the memory and status i shared was gone. It’s very depressed to me, a person who deeply believes digital media can helps us to archive the memory that won’t fade out like traditional media.
Now, you might ask, you never thought of this problem might accrue, and you might not even notice it. That’s because there is no way you can search your status archived on Facebook. There is no way you can search the status you shared on twitter. They are good at providing your recent status to the world or your friend, but there is no ways you can look back at your life and see what you have shared. All you can do is hitting that “More” button that if you clicks 200 times you might see the status you shared 3 months ago.
Private companies controlled our data. They use the content we share to know about us. When they know about us than us. Is there nothing we can do with it?
Of course, there is always something we can do about it. It will be solved by my thesis project. The code for this project is “IN”(in my life) at this point. As I finally positioned the direction of the thesis, I am also researching the possible way to visualize the information on this platform. I was inspired by the diagonal prospective to show the content. It gives the depth of the time when we display items in order on a diagonal timeline. First I was inspired by the Time Machine commercial & Timeline 3D software.
臉書(英譯)擁有你的更新的狀態,他們有權力隨時刪除, 而你完全沒有辦法? 這是真的嘛? 很難過的, 這是真的. 我從臉書(英譯)出生的那年2007開始使用臉書(英譯), 而最早的一個狀態更新我可以利用臉書(英譯)介面從伺服器取回的是在200８年八月, 其中所有的記憶跟我分享的狀態更新全部消失. 這讓我非常難過, 我是一個非常相信數位媒介可以幫助我們儲存不會褪色回憶.
現在你也許會問, 你從來沒有想過這個問題會發生, 而你可能從來沒注意. 這是因為沒有任何方法你可以查詢你之前儲存在臉書(英譯)的狀態更新. 沒有任何方法你可以查詢你之前儲存在推特(英譯)的狀態更新. 他們可以提供給你朋友跟全世界你最新的動態, 可是沒有任何方法你可以看看你之前分享的訊息來回顧你的生活. 你可以做的就是一直按按鈕”更多狀態”. 如果你按了兩百下, 你也許可以看到三個月前你分享的狀態.
私人公司掌控了我們的資訊, 他們進而利用那些資訊來了解我們, 當然他們比我們來了解自己, 我們難道什麼都不能做嗎?
當然, 總是有些我們能做的事情. 我的論文將會解決這個問題, 到目前這個階段我的論文更名成”IN”(在我的生活中)(英譯). 我終於定位了論文的走向. 我同時也在研究如何在這個平台上視覺化這些資訊. 對角線平面給我了一些靈感, 而這個靈感最先來自於時光機廣告跟三度空間時間軸軟體.
Then I created some wireframe to demonstrate the idea of diagonal prospective timeline.