Hundreds gathered on May 5 to celebrate the work from the inaugural class of MFA Interaction Design at the School of Visual Arts. Chair Liz Danzico, moderators Paul Pangaro and Jennifer Bove, and keynote speakers Scott McCloud and Marc Rettig bookended the day with insights, reflections and encouragement, and 17 students presented their stories and interactive work.
A warm thanks to all who came out or tuned in to the live webcast for the first ever MFA Interaction Design Festival. Watch videos of all 17 student presentations, or take a look at our flickr photostream and project summaries below for highlights from the day.
Class of 2011
- Angela Huang | Hobnobber, a service for people suffering from social anxiety to practice social skills with face-to-face challenges.
- Beatriz Vizcaino | Slow Eats, a tablet application that helps speed eaters slow down and savor food.
- Carmen Dukes | Springboard a concept for a cooperative toy set that allows children the ability to create their own play environments.
- Chia-Wei Liu | Secret Mission Me, a family-oriented activities app to foster better communication between children and their parents.
- Clint Beharry | Orbit, an application for researchers to explore the universe of their data and discover new ideas.
- Colleen Miller | Food for Thought, an app for improving personal eating habits by providing tips and a system for tracking nutrition changes.
- Derek Chan | Superzeroes, a location-based mobile game that takes place in the real world.
- Eric St. Onge | Obtract, a Mac app designed to track and reduce digital distraction for small teams of knowledge workers.
- Evinn Quinn | Homebase, a social service that helps with finding the perfect room and roommate.
- Gene Lu | Story Forest , an app that shares and replays your memories at locations where they were made within a city.
- Jeff Kirsch | Bookish, an app for readers to capture a personal response to a book at a given time and place.
- John Finley | Locus, a tool for facilitating the conversation between citizens and planners.
- Katie Koch | Cultivate, a community for educators to engage in critical self-reflection and work together to improve teaching practices.
- Kristin Graefe | Postgeist, a service that helps collect a digital legacy to pass on long-lasting memories to family and friends.
- Michael Katayama | Seneca, a web service that helps transfer time spent online at home into time for real world activities.
- Russ Maschmeyer | Motiv, an open source project that uses Kinect to give digital musicians direct control of emotional expression by interpreting their physical gestures in real-time.
- Stephanie Aaron | Oasis of Healing, an online space to inspire and empower architects, hospital administrators, and clinicians to incorporate nature into their facilities.