Special Topics: Designing Sociable Media

Two rows of photos, some stretched in size to suggest varying qualities of experience.

In Assignment 4, Designing Sociable Media students document their subjective experience of a 6-hour span of time. This image is an excerpt from Seth Hunter's work. (Courtesy of Seth Hunter. Used with permission.)


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Spring 2008



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This project-based course explores new design strategies for social interaction in the computer mediated world. Through weekly readings and design assignments we will examine topics such as:

  • Data-based portraiture
  • Depicting growth, change and the passage of time
  • Visualizing conversations, crowds, and networks
  • Interfaces for the connected city
  • Mobile social technologies

The course emphasizes developing visual and interactive literacy.

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Judith Donath. MAS.961 Special Topics: Designing Sociable Media. Spring 2008. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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