Personal Response:

This was a very interesting talk and at many points I felt incredibly inspired. The speakers projects made me question my own motives and analyse how the tools I was building could be useful. For the sake of clarity, I'm going to split what I learnt based on the 4 speaker.

  1. Everest Pipkins work has been on my radar for a while now, listening to their poetic justifications and thought process once enhanced the experience. Their projects that recreated natural spaces in a digital realm (like Moth Generator and The Worm Room) were particularly insightful. Their ideas about coming face to face with a ghost that may outlive yet in Shell Song holds so true as we increasingly occupy digital spaces. All their projects were great to look at and understand. I've also used their resource of Open source, experimental and tiny tools roundup and was thrilled to see it (Everest mentioned using Leafy for the interface of the project, is this the same Leafy developed by Xin? Really cool if that's true :) )
  2. Natalie Lawhead's zine maker is an interesting template. We had a project last semster in studio 1 for which we had to use something like bitsy; this talk made the concepts explored in that project much clearer (making me wish I had seen it then). Natalie breaking down how a tools characteristics inform the users behaviour made me realise the importance of tiny tools. As someone who has an increasingly dependent relationship with illustrator, it make me rethink this as (sometimes) being a limitation. I also liked how they leaned into the computer visual language while making Electric Zine Maker.
  3. Marina Kittaka thinking process and explanations for her decisions are what I found the most interesting. Their questions about high quality evil vs low quality good is not something I had actively thought about but had internalised that mentality. Zonelets letting people use already existent HTML pages and customise it is a good approach forming an intermediate between using a fancy, full framework software or building it from scratch. (It has a similar feeling to making our glitch code portfolios.)
  4. Kate Compton said toward the end that she focusses on building libraries and not frameworks. I like that way of looking at projects as allowing people to change parameters vs use libraries to support their work. Especially while making my library, this thinking would be effective. Anti-retention is another term I hadn't thought about so this was great introduction to it.
Personal response - Tanvi Mishra
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