Monthly Archives: August 2009

Fall 2009 Course Round-up

It’s been a little disorienting, being back on a college campus. Mostly it’s the sheer number of people that I really notice – CMU has 6,000 undergrads and 5,000 graduate students in a campus space maybe 75% of the size of MIT’s campus. Moreover, much of CMU’s campus is open, visible grassy fields connecting seperate […]

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Adventures in Cooking

In Boston, none of my friends cooked – so I never cooked. However, in Pittsburgh, everyone I know cooks dinner for themselves at home. I suspect this is less an factor of there being no good eating (although I do miss Boston’s Italian food), and more a factor of design-minded folks having more cooking ability […]

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On architecture and architects

What a schlep. Today was the School of Architecture BBQ, held at the department head’s studio in Polish Hill. Daisy-chaining the buses perfectly from Squirrel Hill should have taken an hour, but after getting off at the wrong stop, walking the wrong direction and waiting for a bus that doesn’t run on Sundays…well, let’s put […]

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MTID Is Coming!

And not a moment too soon. (Although I will miss the abnormal amount of sleep I’ve been getting lately.) The brand new Masters of Tangible Interaction Design – that wonderfully experimental Carnegie Mellon degree program I keep talking about, and just paid quite a bit of tuition to attend (but can’t yet explain sufficiently to […]

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Interaction Design and Institutional Culture

An interesting exchange occurred recently between American Airlines and interaction designer Dustin Curtis (who I hadn’t heard of, but, thanks to the tenacious twittering of Dan Saffer, is now on my to-read list.) First, this Dustin Curtis fellow wrote a pretty scathing evaluation of the usability of the existing American Airlines site – going so […]

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