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?

Preparing for Demo Day (March 25)

This week I worked on the prototypes and survey for demo day.

Scene of the Sightings

I had already created the visuals for inside the box, but hadn’t yet figured out how the box would work. I started off my cutting the four sides and top of the box, and cutting eye slots of perpendicular sides. When I looked in the first time, the box was WAY too dark. i taped twinkle lights to the top of the box, and you can see it made the image much brighter. There are two pictures for View A and one for View B. All of the materials fit neatly into the box for travel. I’m excited to work on the next iteration of this experience and may consider having the alternative views on opposing sides instead of cross sections, to make the viewing angles more natural and also make the construction easier.


The second next piece of evidence I worked on was the tracks found at the scene. I was originally going to use clay, btu realized that homemade playdough would be less expensive and more closely resemble plaster. It also really confused my roommate when he opened the fridge. I used my own footprint (wow, I have flat feet) and then shaped it to make it more defined. I baked the piece for about an hour at low heat. Honestly, the back looks pretty tasty. The next iteration will be made to scale and I hope to research some tracks to make the shape more animalistic and better fit the description provided in the narrative.

Police Report

Honestly, I was really dreading the police report because I wasn’t sure how I was going to approach it. The image on the left is the police report with redactions. The image on the right is all of the words available. A certain collection of words will be available to each user.

Write Your Pitch

For the ease of demo day and collecting data, I included the pitch writing at the end of the survey. Below, you can see a (really rough) sketch of what the final paper pitch will look like. There are spots to write in your comments, you’ll have tiles to select the quotes to stick on the paper, and there will be slots to place your evidence photos and press badge.


Demo Day Survey

Wow! Setting up the logic for the demo day feedback survey was way more work than I anticipated. Once I decided to give people the option to view more evidence I had to create logic branches for all options three levels deep. Track A represents the more mystical side of things and Track B represents the more scientific side of things. You can see the notes when I was testing the logic below.

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