Read and respond below with comments: Philip K. Dick, The Preserving Machine (1953) (check your email for the PDF)
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Our use of the internet is increasingly enhanced by online applications that reenact offline scenarios; sharing a video or photographs with friends, doing research by looking-up terms, keeping a log of your activities. The interaction is not new, only the context.
In this project you will be challenged to recreate a modest online app that mimics a real-world machine or activity. Create a web page or series of pages that mimics the function (or disfunction) of a machine either explicitly or through the use of metaphor. The machine you choose can be as simple or as complex as you like, but should be able to receive input, capable of acting on that input, and showing output or action. The more extraordinary the result the better. You will be graded on form AND function.
Create an HTML page (linked from your profile page) containing the following information:
- Select your machine (or multiple if you like)
- Research its history. What can you use about past context(s) to influence your project?
- Find related imagery. Seriously, visit a library if you have to.
- Be ready to report your object(s) in class
- Create a step-by-step drawing of the processes of your machine mash-up
- Make notes about design, interface, code, etc.
- Present your drawing and research in class
- At least three sketches (pencil/photoshop) of machine drawings
- Notes and research about the machine you have chosen for the PHP Machine Assignment
At this point you should have a functioning prototype of your PHP Machine. Create an HTML page (linked from your profile page) containing the following information:
- A link to the original concept
- A link to a functioning prototype or separate parts of PHP Machine
- Images of preliminary designs for the interface to the PHP Machine
- Other notes and research about your project
FINAL: Present Your Machine
The project should:
- Use one or more PHP pages as well as web forms that allow users to input data or make selections.
- Your page should be elegant and well-considered in its layout. Use images and CSS to define and position type and form elements.
- Your page(s) can be as creative as you like. The design and images you use should be related to the concept of your artwork.
- Bots and automation
- Social networking
- Conceptual and one-offs
- Examples by Owen Mundy