Box prototype

I want to construct a giant-sized box fort. As a child, I often built forts made out of boxes in nearly every room in my house every time we moved. Creating these box forts is a memory I feel like many of us share and many of us dreamed to create the ultimate fort. I want to create an explorable space with childhood objects and sounds that can appear based on your location in this unrealistic dream of a box fort.

Drawing Tool

To create this tool, I set a simple background, then took each (lowercase) letter of the alphabet and coordinated it with a shape, line, or point. I also let the pen tool work when the mouse was pressed so that a user could write a letter, then press the key of the letter to see what symbol was created. For each of the images above, I had users write their names letter by letter- drawing the letter, then tapping the corresponding key. Many of the corresponding actions to keys have elements of randomness so that each image is different and surprising. (Names above: Danova, Amanda, Zeke, Matias)

Algorithm Assignment

  1. Instructions by Emmett: Find a room that contains at least one straight path from one wall to the wall opposite of it. Start facing one of the walls. Close your eyes. Start walking backwards towards the other wall, eyes still shut. After every step, pause. Think about the color green. Take another step backwards, pause, think about the color green. Keep walking, keep pausing, keep thinking of the color green, eyes still shut. Once you hit the opposite wall, open your eyes. Look for the color green. Draw a green rectangle, the shade of green you get when you mix the first green object you saw when you opened your eyes and the color green that took form in your mind while walking backwards.
  2. Instructions by Annabelle: Using a computer with internet connection, go to the Wikipedia profile of Carnegie Mellon University. Scroll to a random point in the page and click on the first click-through link you see. The link you click should take you to another page on Wikipedia. Repeat this process five times. Whatever page you end up on is the result, keep it pulled up on your computer in class. 

3. Instructions by me: Each time you have a meal, when you finish the meal, write a poem on your napkin about the food you ate- without mentioning the exact name of the food. If the food was bad, make it a short poem. If the food was good, make the poem long. Take a photo of the napkin with the poem on it, you may then choose what to do with the napkin. When you show a poem to a friend, see if they can guess what your meal was.