Week 1/ Designing a social network – Ceyda Onal


Through the digital profiles in social networking sites or the search engines, people are collecting information about other people’s private lives. So when I began the assignment, I questioned what kind of data does people use to form their digital profiles. We use “image”, as profile pictures or to built photo albums in order to present or daily lives and we use “text” to tag our personalities. Thorough the data provided, we let our close friends to catch up with us. Unfortunately 100 friends out of 800 might be our close friends and other 700 would be only voyeurs of our profile, actually who are being inactive friends. However we are not interacting with all of them, we just let them to see everything about us. People can stalk you down to your last pixel. Having all these in mind. I came up with a social networking site called Pixel.Me.

Smallest elements of datas are pixels. Images and texts presented as pixels in a computer screen. So why not making a profile page pixelated in order to make it more private. The more you will communicate with a person, the more you will get rid of the annoying affect of pixels.

Aspects of Pixel.me

– Making profiles invisible by pixelating, against the inactive friends.

– In order to make a profile page visible, one should contact the other by opening a conversation window and have a chat for at least five minutes. So that people will be aware of who are strolling around in their profile pages.

– Some people only look at the photo albums and doesn’t communicate with the owner of the profile. In this case, in order to be able to see the data they’ll be communicating the owner.- Any of the contact whose becoming an in-active friend again, won’t be available to see the profile page, so that he/she will be stimulated to communicate with the profile owner, in order to see get rid of the pixelated page.

– Only the people communicates you will be able to see you profile.

After the critique:

I find more appropriate; Pixel.Me as an application that people could plug in to a social networking site, rather then making a social networking site as it own. As a resultĀ  people who have privacy concerns can conceal their lives by using this application, against their friends who are being inactive.

Above,is the final look of the profile page which activated and visible after being communicating with the owner of the profile.

Collaborative Ideation Workshops

Hello Interface Faculty–

This fall semester, on two Fridays on October 7th in Rm 407 (66 W12), and November 11th in Kellen Audtorium (66 Fifth) from 12 to 6PM, Margaret Fiore and I will be conducting the Collaborative Ideation Workshops again.

The first workshop on October 7th in Room 407 at 66 West 12th Street, will give students a general introduction to research questions and collaborative thinking. We’ll do a general and quick overview of research methods (Refworks, electronic databases, etc) but mostly focus on brainstorming research questions for their final project Interface paper. We’ll look at ways to collect ideas and the importance of writing short pieces that become a larger paper.

Please let your students know that these workshops are part of the thesis research and writing preparation although we cannot cover everything in two short workshops in the two first semesters of the MFA DT. The workshops will also prepare students for the writing components in Interface and Major Studio.

These workshops became very important last year to many students who did not feel ready to do Master level research. Most students (after being surveyed) thought that the ideation parts of the workshops (sharing and talking about ideas) were most helpful in their own work.

All students should attend the workshops. We will take attendance so if you would like to count this as a class session, please feel free to do so. We would like to split the student body into two large sessions that will run from 12 to 6PM as suggested below. If students want to swap sessions to accommodate their other classes, they are free to do so. We will also send out a notification to the entire class of 2013 by end of next week so that you have time to introduce them with your students beforehand.

For both October 7, and November 11th sessions

12 TO 3PM SESSIONS Interface Studios taught by:
Katherine Moriwakki
Jonah Brucker-Cohen
Katherine Lee and Brian J House

Lucille Tenazas
Zhang-Ga Brinkman, Sven Travis
David Carroll
Ted Byfield


Anezka Sebek
Associate Professor of Media Design
The School for Art, Media, and Technology
Parsons The New School for Design
2 West 13th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY 10011