How data storage looked in the past
ibm 305 ramac (by polyomino)
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How data storage looked in the past
ibm 305 ramac (by polyomino)
Turritopsis nutricula is a biologically immortal jellyfish. Because of the cell development process of transdifferentiation, which can go on indefinitely, the jellyfish manages to stay young and active for an indefinite period of time.
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SHEET MUSIC (by Andrew Huang)
What are your design principles for designing and fostering online communities or networks based on your experience in this course and your project? Please describe them and a little bit about how you have developed them.
From all the experience I gained so far during these eight weeks, I think that a good online community should first of all have a place where people can upload files in order to share their ideas. I think the ideas should also be separated in categories so people who are looking for a particular subject, product, project etc. can more easily find what they are looking for in the online network. A web network like this should definitely have comment sections where people can give feedback to others and comment on other people’s work. If I’m fostering an online network I would put in a forum where people can write about what is wrong in the network and can give suggestions on how to make it better.
I also think it would be nice if the internet community I’m designing has a way that can give the people who are artists/inventors/creators the opportunity to be voted for so they can gain popularity. They can also have a place where their work can be sold or they can even find funding for their projects if they have a world-wide scale.
I basically want to do a multifunctional web community where people can share all sorts of ideas, projects, products etc. because I don’t think there is such a wide-range place so far. Of course all ideas will be separated in categories so people won’t have to scroll along or search for a specific idea or concept for a long time. In such a network, an artist can easily be spotted and people in need of a project can easily contact people who can create it for them.
During my researching throughout these weeks I’ve came across websites, online networks, communities and platforms that look really good but there is always something that can be further developed, improved or there is something entirely missing in them. If I was designing an online network/community/platform I would definitely keep in mind several things…people will be able to share and upload files that they like or made, people will be allowed and be able to comment, criticise on and give feedback to other people’s work, projects and products. The should more definitely be a forum where people can share their expectations, remarks or problems they meet using the online network.
This week’s reflection question is simple. If you had a design challenge, would you join and participate in one of the types of online communities we’ve been researching? Why or why not?
I’d first of all definitely enjoy a design challenge if I had one. I think it’s very useful to join and participate in one of the online communities we researched and used in order to complete the challenge. I can get lots fo inspiration from the online world. I can also research on lots of different points of view on the subject in order to improve and develop my ideas.
When I’m ready with the concept I would definitely first join an online community or platform where I can get feedback on my ideas. If I want to find a good funding for my idea I would need to make it good enough so people can like and fund it. In order to improve my project or product I need to know what other people think about it by reading their comments, remarks and criticism. This also would be a very easy way to make my concept more popular so it can more easily be funded and solled afterwards.
When I have the right idea and create the right concept about the challenge I would definitely want to find the best website or online platform where I can find funding for my project or product. This way I would definitely make my idea a reality.
After creating a good concept, making it popular and finding the proper funding for it I think I can more easily complete the challenge.
So far we have great team work in our group. We discuss a lot on what we should work on, how we should do it and which tools should we use in order to work more efficiently and fast. As a team leader of our group I basically play the role of the person who keeps the balance, motivation and spirit in the group. My job for the team is to divide the group work into different parts and assign each of the parts to the team members I also usually give each of them a certain deadline so they have to keep time in mind and we won’t have to wrap up the work at the last minute. I always respect and summarize my teammates’ ideas and proposals on the project but it’s my job to have the final word on the final decisions we are making as a group. For instance, when we had a problem on choosing the product we should find funding for I was the person who summarized all the plusses and minuses of the both products we had our dilemma about and just discuss with the others what the best decision would be.
I also have to be the representative face of our group when the others are troubled coming to a meeting or it’s just not possible for all of us to attend, for instance, when we have a G+ hangout it’s not possible for more then 10 people to be there and all of us can’t fit in the camera frame so I have to be there representing our group views, projects, thoughts and plans. I personally find this as a big responsibility, therefore I’m very grateful to my teammates that they chose me to be the team leader!
I think that as an individual I’ve learned a lot about team work and how my work can be more efficient and how I can improve it. Since I haven’t been as online person before I think I’ve learned how to be a part of the online community and how to approach the online world using different online tools. I think that I’ve learned to be more confident in doing an online research about a certain topic and I can now say that I know where to look for things I need and how to use the information I have most efficiently.
As a team I think we’ve definitely improved our working-in-group skills. We definitely learn a lot for each other, which helps us a lot in our team work activities and assignments. We’ve also taught each other lots of important things not only involving our work in class but also useful things we need to know in real life.
I think that as a whole class, we’ve also learned a lot. We don’t close each other only in our groups but we also have learned to pay attention to other groups’ work so we can in one way or another collaborate and help each other in our researches and problems that we have with our projects.