Rose Bender
Building community through meaningful digital experiences


Throughout 2019 I will be working on my graduate thesis for a Master of Science in Integrated Digital Media at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering. Sounds pretty intense right? Below I'll chronicle the ideation, iteration, failures, and triumphs. Join me, won't you?

A Spark: Mapping & a Prototype (FINALLY)


This week my main focus was to get a game plan in place and begin prototyping. The problem was, I was feeling extremely blocked. Liz suggested that I match the background sections of my paper to the conspiracy traits I hope to explore in my experience. During an informal brainstorming session, things started to take shape.

On the left is the first draft, on the right is the working draft. Orange post-its represent chairs, yellow post-its show action items for each station plus the introduction and conclusion.

Okay, But What Is It?

Strange things have been happening in Small Town. Your partner and you have been sent from The City Paper to uncover what’s going on and break the story. Upon arriving to the town, you collect your notebook, press badge, and debriefing before splitting up to cover more ground. You’ll each visit four stations where you’ll collect evidence and put together your findings. Which of you will uncover the scoop?

[It’s an interactive experience led by a game-type narrative].

Materials Details

The four stations explore: missing information, visual perception, scientific research and expertise, and use of language and persuasion. I’ll use tri-fold presentation board cut in half to create the stations and present each person with evidence.

Visual Perception

The first station I’m prototyping is the visual perception station. Both users will look into the same box, but will their point of view influence what they see?

First Iteration

Second Iteration

Next Goals

  • find a space & schedule pop-up

  • circulate survey for visual test

  • prototype exercises: redaction , footprints, newspaper

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