Frankentext

This interactive game presents a word or phrase and asks the viewer to decide whether it is a racehorse, rock band, adult film, or computer-generated text. While “real” content is culled from sources across the web, fake content is generated via a computational algorithm. The piece inquires whether we can tell the difference between what people write and what computers write. If we can’t, in what ways does this change our approach to written texts and how we respond to what we read?

View the source code on GitHub.

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The starting screen of the Frankentext application. Illustration by Fish McGill.

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The "game" takes the form of a multiple choice quiz. Selecting a possible answer triggers a corresponding sound (for example, "racehorse" whinnies).

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The correct answer screen.

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The incorrect answer screen.

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A friend tests an early prototype of the application in my studio.

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The piece was exhibited in March 2014 at the Nave Gallery in Somerville, MA. A user is trying the piece out.

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Another user is trying the piece out.

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A photo of the piece out of context.

HueMenorah

HueMenorah

HueMenorah is an interactive experience that envisions people as its source of light and life. I collaborated with Fish McGill on the concept, and it was featured in an exhibition entitled “8 Nights 8 Windows.” The exhibition was sponsored by the New Center for Arts and Culture.

Fish and I were interviewed in Jewish Boston. Articles about the exhibition and HueMenorah also appeared in Boston Magazine, the Jewish Advocate, WBUR’s the Artery, Metro Boston, the New Boston Post, and other outlets.

Faculty and Staff Directory Wireframes

Faculty and Staff Directory Wireframes

Massachusetts College of Art and Design is redesigning and re-implementing its flagship website, MassArt.edu. One of the components that the college is considering re-implementing is the web-based faculty and staff directory. I authored some wireframes to communicate to our design firm how we want the new directory to function.

Master of Design, Design Innovation

Master of Design, Design Innovation

In the fall of 2015 Massachusetts College of Art and Design launched a new master’s program: Master of Design in Design Innovation. I worked in conjunction with the faculty of the program and the Office of Marketing and Communications to design and fabricate a one-page brochureware site for the new program. Both desktop and mobile versions of the site were created, and they both adhere to the college’s brand standards.

Underscores theme diagrams

Underscores theme diagrams

These diagrams were developed for a class to describe the relationship between the theme files included in the WordPress starter theme underscores by Automattic. While WordPress has a well-documented theme hierarchy, underscores uses its own internal rules to decide which template files get invoked. As of this writing, these rules are not documented.

Gaining Perspective

Gaining Perspective

In the spring of 2015, a committee at MassArt lead by library director Paul Dobbs staged an exhibition, Gaining Perspective: A Visual History of MassArt, to reinvigorate pride in the college and illustrate the contributions of the MassArt community to the advancement of society. I created a one-page website for the exhibition.

Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011)

Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011)

In the spring of 2015, I taught Intermediate Web Design (CMP 3011) at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. The semester focuses on building dynamic web applications using both client- and server-side technologies. Here are excerpts of documents from the course, including the overview and syllabus, plus a couple of photos of me teaching the class.