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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00383
Thesis Title
A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six: Translation, Codes and Collage in Interactive Design
Author
Jessica S. Barness
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Degree
MFA Design
Year
2012
Number of Pages
102
University
University of Minnesota
Thesis Supervisor
Prof. Steven McCarthy
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Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
Graphic/Interactive Design
Languages Familiar to Author
English
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Keywords
interactive design, translation, alphabet, code, collage, remix, performance, media, reconfiguration, usability testing, reflective practice, emergence theory
Abstract: 200-500 words
Investigating ‘how one thing becomes something else,’ the alphabet, Morse code and collage are used in this research to explore the role of translation in design. This project draws on Gestalt theory as well as insights from design, writing and art. Considering interactive design as a performance of crossed media, transformation theories began to form via prototyping as an emergent part of the design research process. In these explorations, information was both lost and gained; the signal-to-noise ratio through this exchange has the potential to (dis)connect understanding, altering meaning through complex relationships. The development of an ‘indexed alphabet’ of Morse code, nouns/verbs, images and sound, serves as a framework for three creative works: a typeface, a ‘collage-machine’ interface, and code-glitched videos. Translation is simultaneously a cycle, a series of echoing iterations, and a linear process permeated with change. The research concludes with discussion of future directions in using translation in design for expressive purposes as well as critical commentary.