Blue Hope

A tactile digital exhibit.

Brief

Design an exhibit that communicates the effects of climate change on marine animals.

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Privacy

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Design + Research

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Biological diversity is messy. It walks, it crawls, it swims, it swoops, it buzzes. But extinction is silent, and it has no voice other than our own.

— Paul Hawken, Environmentalist

Mission

Educate the public about marine defaunation.

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Humans have profoundly decreased the abundance of both large (e.g., whales) and small (e.g., anchovies) marine fauna. Such declines can generate waves of ecological change that travel both up and down ma­rine food webs and can alter ocean ecosystem functioning. Climate change threatens to accelerate marine defaunation over the next century.

— AAAS

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More than 10,000 species are at risk of extinction every year; among them a swelling number of marine animals.

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Tell the stories of the animals.

One of the most important lessons that I have learned at ArtCenter is the power of the critique. In a design school, getting constructive feedback from professors and/or peers have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the work. It helps rid us designers of tunnel vision, by taking a step back and view our work objectively.

An interactive tabletop.

The signatory black ceiling, stark white walls and the accentuating orange dot helped inspire the minimal design. The result is an app that feels clean, airy and optimistic yet still grounded in practicality and reliability.

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Be there or be square.

One of the most important lessons that I have learned at ArtCenter is the power of the critique. In a design school, getting constructive feedback from professors and/or peers have a tremendous impact on the outcome of the work. It helps rid us designers of tunnel vision, by taking a step back and view our work objectively.

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Old, meet new.

Starting from a simple RSS feed, the script applies machine learning to figure out the structure of the site - and more importantly - which set of content the reader prioritizes over the other. Prioritized content is more likely to be featured on the timeline.

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Old, meet new.

Starting from a simple RSS feed, the script applies machine learning to figure out the structure of the site - and more importantly - which set of content the reader prioritizes over the other. Prioritized content is more likely to be featured on the timeline.

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Adaptive Intensity

Based on each individual's sleeping pattern, the app adjusts its intensity and vibration rhythm to create a smooth transition from REM to non-REM sleep, allowing for the best wake-up experience, unique to each student.

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Environmental Awarenes

Activities at the nearby Rose Bowl often lead to traffic jam and street closures. The app keeps track of special events taking place nearby that may impact the arrival time of students. Wake-up times are then revised accordingly to help them be at school on time.

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An alarm clock that is always current.

Sign in using your school credentials, and the app will set up respective alarms based on your class schedule. No need to remember to re-set your class alarms every term.

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Get feedback on timeliness.

The app also captures response time to alarms, the number of snoozes, approximation of the time you are asleep...etc, to generate a better picture of your waking-up performance.

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Refine your alarms.

Once feedback have ben received, the algorithm will calculate the optimal wake-up time for the best experience. If needed, users can always step in to further refine the settings.