I’ve been doing some writing by hand lately. Besides the fact that it makes me realize that if I write too long, my handwriting now becomes scary mush, and autocorrect has made it so that I don’t think I can spell anything anymore, ideas are flowing a little better that way, so I think I’m going to run with it. The above is my answers to some questions posed in our thesis development class last Tuesday, after which we broke into groups for some individual discussions.
As always, it was good to talk things out. And as always, I’m still fighting the entire concept of an individual thesis, when I don’t think it’s the best way to make good design. (Or, so I don’t speak for everyone, it’s not the way I make good design.) But, barring that, group sessions and plenty of talking is the best way to get us all out of our heads, and maybe me especially, because I definitely struggle with that.
Mainly, I needed to focus on the actual point of everything I’m doing - what are my actual goals in any of this? - and it was good to talk it out. And I think, refocusing me back onto the concept that we tell each other these individual stories all the time, and they add up to this collective. Adam brought up how stories tend to spark other stories (sometimes, annoyingly, in the form of “Storytopping”). But it got me thinking about how our stories link up, and got me wondering, how far could you travel if you started to map the links? Starting with one story, and exploring out into different worlds.
All the work into memory I’ve been doing is still valid, because it’s been an exploration into how I want this project to feel - and I think that’s all still great stuff to figure out. And if the stories are multisensory enough, that leaves a symphony of cues to trigger other people’s memories, and the stories could link in fascinating and unexpected ways. So the plan for this prototype is to explore those story creation tools, and the ways to visualize the links. I want to get an HTML prototype up of at least the core experience.
I have a lot to do. I spent the past week on other things, other projects I’m proud of and I absolutely don’t regret. But there’s a lot to do between now and tomorrow and next week, and I better get started.