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The 1000 Floor Elevator

The “The 1,000 Floor Elevator” is an infamous Interview Design Challenge by Google: “How do you design an interface for a 1000 floors elevator?”.

How do you design an interface for a 1000 floors elevator?

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Interactive Video

Students will have to create an interactive video narrative, using the online tool Eko Studio.

They have to develop a storyboard with some branching narratives, shoot it, and edit it with the online tool.

Possible topics:

  • Exploration of different (famous or hidden) locations in their city.
  • Micro-decisions during an ordinary day in their life.

Original inspiration of this brief: an interactive video ad created by ImaginaStudio, Lausanne, and reported by CominMag.

Documentation:

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Participate in Wiki Loves Monuments

Students produce photos in order to participate in “Wiki Loves Monuments“, an annual international photographic competition held during the month of September.

Students will have to identify historical monuments and heritage sites in their surroundings, take photographs, and upload them to Wikimedia Commons.

The list of sites is specific to each participating country. A list of participating countries can be found on this page.

For Switzerland, the participants have to take photos among this list of cultural properties.

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A music app for seniors

An idea for a UX design assignment that emerged while listening to the Wireframe podcast Episode 2 of Season 3, where Miriam Johnson asks:

Now, imagine this: you’re tasked with designing a music app that is specifically for seniors, and you had no idea how to do that, and you’d never done anything like it before.

Miriam Johnson, at 10:50

The podcast features an interview with Sophie Kim, a product designer at Studio Red, about how she worked on an app called Octave, where the typical user is 65 years old and passionate about classical music.

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Movie poster group photo

Students have the task to create an archetypical “Movie poster group photo”. They form groups, and select a movie genre they will be working in (comedy, sci-fi, thriller, super heroes…). They will chose a setting, costumes, accessoires…

They may need to use effects such as green-screen backgrounds, projected background, artificial smoke.

They will need to apply postproduction to match the tone and atmosphere of the chose genre.

Finally, the photograph needs to be combined with typography and movie poster credits.

Some examples of different group photo styles:

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define a new *punk

Recent decades have seen the emergence of micro-genres or movements, that defined their own esthetics, often through combination of previous cultural expressions.

A classic example is Vaporwave, “a microgenre of electronic music, a visual art style, and an Internet meme”. Other examples:

  • Seapunk, a subculture that originated on Tumblr in 2011. It is associated with an aquatic-themed style of fashion, 3D net art, iconography, and allusions to popular culture of the 1990s.
  • Witch house, an occult-themed electronic music microgenre and visual aesthetic.
  • Solarpunk, a movement that encompasses a multitude of media such as literature, art, architecture, fashion, music, and games.

Examples of new genres that students could create:

  • Sapin Punk, a modernized internet version of the Style Sapin.

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Improve the homepage of Tim Berners-Lee

An exercise in web design: improve the homepage of Tim Berners-Lee :

https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/

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Stock Photography

The students are requested to create “stock photography” of some topic – for instance, their city. They will create lots of photographs (maybe also video) of different key locations, and publish them online, on stock photography platforms.

The produced content can serve as base material for further briefs, becoming part of the schools photography database. This will raise questions of how to manage, to share and to classify such a database.

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24-hour video time capsule

The participants will collectively create a continuous 24-hour video recording. This recording will be a “time capsule” documenting a day and night in their chosen surrounding (city). The video should ideally never cut. It should be a nearly continuous stream. The participants will have to:

  • Form small groups that are in charge of a certain time segment of the 24 hours.
  • Organise the logistics for transport, food, sleep, electricity, charging batteries.
  • Plan events, encounters, visits, discussions, micro-performances… for their segment.

Background: the idea for this brief comes from an audio project I did in 2002, when I produced a 24-hour audio recording, using two minidisk recorders. Nearly 20 years later, such a project can be done in video!

Equipment: the best currently available technology for immersive video recording should be used. In 2020, this is probably “360 degree video”. An interesting option would be the Insta360 One X, a standalone 360 camera, selling for $400 USD. The storage capacity needed, if filming at 4K@30fps resolution, according to camera specs, would be 615 GB – that’s 3 x 256GB SD cards, selling currently for ca $75 (for example SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO).

 

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Classroom Visualisation

Visualize your classmates :

  • Geographical network: visualize the “migration paths”, the geographic origins of the different students.
  • Map of interests: produce a survey of “favorite art, movies, books, music”. Produce a chart or other visualization of the results.