History 9832B is a studio course on interactive exhibit design for public historians. Students will learn how to create interactive exhibits through a series of hands-on projects that teach the basics of interaction design, physical computing, and desktop fabrication. No prior experience is necessary, but History 9808A: Digital History might be useful if you don’t have much experience with computers. Preference will be given to students in the public history MA program, but other graduate students may take it with my permission. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Afana, Mohammed (@JamAfana). Mafana.
- Ahmed, Namir (@namir). Anthrograph.
- Ayers, Adriana (@adrianajayers). History and Such.
- Cameron, Catherine (@ceecameron). Catherine’s Blog!
- Carter, Michael (@mcarterSKW). The Skonk Works.
- deHaan, Cynthia. Happy Historian.
- Jimenez-Mavillard, Antonio (@mavillard). 2011: A Digital Odyssey.
- McGlynn, Douglas (@DubhglasMac). Public History with a Hint of Tartan.
- Naraine, Sushima (@Sushima1). History by Sushima.
- Ogglesby, Matthew (@MattOgglesby). Welcome to My Humble Abode.
- Petry, Adrian (@adrianp_james). Not So Private History.
- Piticco, Laura (@laurapiticco19). Musings on History.
- Rivet, Heather (@HeatherRivet). The Token American.
- Rosa, Javier de la (@versae). In My Humble Opinion.
- Sikkema, Dave (@sikkemad). Backwards with Time.
- Simpkin, Sarah (@sarahsimpkin). A Matter of Degrees.
- Ulloa, Roberto (@roberto_ur). The Digital Fingerprint of the Brush.
- Van Dyk, Lindsay (@LindsayVanDyk). Cautious Endeavours.
- Wasserman, Hilary (@HilaryWasserman). Trapped in the Library.
- White, Shaun (@spjwhiteesq). My ‘First’ Blog.
- 11 Jan. Interactive Exhibit Design: Getting Started
N.B. there is no course meeting scheduled for 11 Jan but there are readings and an assignment. Our first meeting will be Wednesday 18 January at 3:30pm in Lawson Hall 2270C.
- 18 Jan. Introduction to Arduino
- 25 Jan. Arduino Inputs (Sensors) and Outputs (Actuators)
- 01 Feb. Programming in the Processing Language
- 08 Feb. Vector Representation
- 15 Feb. 3D Representation
- 22 Feb. READING WEEK
- 29 Feb. Work on Projects
- 07 Mar. Connecting Arduino to Processing with Firmata
- 14 Mar. Scripting Interaction with Processing
- 21 Mar. Work on Projects
- 28 Mar. Work on Projects
- 04 Apr. Work on Projects
- 11 Apr. Presentation of Final Projects
In this course you will be graded on your documentation of the design process (25%), the project(s) that you develop (40%), your presentation of the project(s) in multiple media (25%), and reflective blogging (10%). As with History 9808A, your final grade will reflect how much you’ve learned or accomplished in this course, rather than any overall level of technical attainment.
We have two spaces where you will be able to work on your projects. Lawson Hall 2270C, where the course meets, will have a number of desktop computers, an LCD projector, printers, scanners, a computer-controlled paper cutter, a vinyl sign cutter, and a Wacom Cintiq pen display. You will be allowed to use the room when it is not scheduled for other courses. Contact Morgan Sheriff in the History office to reserve time in the room for working on course projects. Her e-mail is <email@example.com> and her extension is 84999. LH 2270C is appropriate for digital work; photography, videography and audio production; light construction tasks such as sewing, or working with paper, plastic, foamcore or cardboard; and for solderless electronics. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to store things in the room. Contact me if you need to store work-in-process and we’ll figure something out. You can also contact me to borrow cameras, tripods, lighting kits, digital audio recorders, a green screen, and other equipment that is usually locked up.
I also have a very small laboratory on the 9th floor of the Social Science Centre (9331). You are welcome to work in the laboratory when I am there, which will be on Wednesdays and one other day each week (usually Mondays). Unfortunately, the lab only holds about 3 or 4 people, so you will have to contact me in advance and schedule a time when you want to use it. The lab has facilities for 3D printing, 3D scanning, light CNC milling, very light woodwork, moldmaking and casting, soldering, and advanced electronics (there is an oscilloscope, circuit design lab and very large supply of active and passive components). You might also occasionally arrange to use the lab when Devon Elliott is going to be working there, although you will not be able to engage in the full range of activities if I am not present (for safety reasons).
Don’t worry about trying to master all of this material at once. These links are here to serve as reference material for the whole course. Of course, if you already have a method for managing digital information, you can incorporate these sources and others into your system right away.
Interaction Design and Visualization
- Designing Interactions (Moggridge)
- FlowingData blog
- Information Aesthetics blog
- User Interface Design Pattern Library
- Yahoo! Design Pattern Library
- Best Data Visualization Projects of 2011
Making and Hacking
- Processing programming language
- Processing Tutorials
- Cool examples of Processing projects
- Pure Data (PD)
- Understanding Electricity (Igoe)
- Making prototype circuits using a solderless breadboard (Igoe)
- How to use a multimeter (Sparkfun)
- Basic Electronics (Rice University)
- Serial Communication and Interpreting Serial Data (Igoe)
- Sparkfun Tutorials
- Electric circuit examples and Web and computer system examples at Wolfram|Alpha
- Octopart electronic component search engine
- Paper Circuits
- Soft Circuit Tutorials
- Textile Sensors
- Conductive fabric pressure sensor
- Conductive Materials
- The FAQs of Physical Computing (Igoe)
- Digital Input and Output (Igoe)
- Analog Input (Igoe)
- Balancing Input and Output (Igoe)
- Video Tracking (Igoe)
- Student projects in physical computing at NYU ITP
- Arduino microcontroller
- Lilypad wearable Arduino
- All about Microcontrollers (Igoe)
- Lady Ada’s Arduino Tutorial
- SEEED Studio Electronic Bricks Starter Kit Cookbook
- MAKE: Arduino
- World Famous Index of Arduino and Freeduino Knowledge
- Pachube internet of things
- Thingiverse – digital designs for physical objects
- Basic Machines (Igoe)
- Basic Mechanics (Rice University)
- Kinematic Models for Digital Design
- Top 10 Makerbot / Rep Rap Upgrades and Tips
- Institute of Making
- Bitmap and Vector Graphics Explained (Agrella)
- Wacom Cintiq pen displays
- GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP)
- Google SketchUp
3D Photography, Scanning and Visualization
Winter 2010 Projects
Winter 2009 Projects