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?

One Hour, 50 Oz. Coffee

I dedicated an hour for my brainstorming session. I made a pot of coffee and got to work. As you can see, by the end of the French press, I was pretty amped.

I decided to film notebook while I brainstormed. I always think it is telling to see how quickly the ideas come to mind. Usually, this means it is something I am very passionate about or have a lot of curiosity towards. It can be challenging to be impartial when assessing the amount of time I truly spent on each idea, so here's the video below at 600% speed. Warning: you might want to listen without the sound. I accidentally exported it with audio, so you also hear what I was listening to at the time, but at 600%

Looking back at the mindmaps, here are my key takeaways from each topic.

Visual Impairment & Cinematic Television

  • I know nothing about what exists.
  • This means I have no idea if there is a problem.
  • What about copyright?


  • This is too general. I need to find a specific area.
  • Contrast historical impact of radio with podcasts on politics and activism.
  • What about advertising? What about that overlap with your politics?
  • Are my assumptions (it has had an impact, it is recently becoming more popular) true?

Impact of Early 2000s Design

  • Is this too ridiculous? Could I prove it?
  • Did technology to allowed access to code and sharing knowledge among peers increase the number of people who learned to code? What about those in underrepresented populations?
  • What continuing influence and trends come out of this era?

Plus One

  • Would be difficult to tie in research
  • Not a great need
  • Didn't come up with much that sparks my curiosity

Grieving in the Digital

  • Interesting to explore, but very narrow still
  • Didn't come up with much that sparked my curiosity
Rose Bender