Creating a good poster for advertising an event series can be tricky. Last year, I designed one for the Computer Club’s Spring Talk Series. It worked well, and as I was graduating and leaving no one with significant design background in the Club, I wrote a generator to produce new versions of the poster for future talk series.
Programmers should have the ability to create programs using tools that are native to the problems they are trying to solve, rather than having to jump through layers of translation. Traditional methods of programming work very well for linear, text-based problems, but break down when applied to other domains. Construct provides a different way to design computational solutions to geometric problems.
Programs are designed in Construct as geometric constructions. This enables visual professionals (architects and designers) to engage computationally in their work without having to leave its geometric domain. I hope that this project will spur innovation towards creating more inclusive models of programming that can enable new approaches to computational problem-solving and bring a wider range of programmers into the field.
Developed in conjunction with Samantha Chiu and Pushkar Joglekar, SOPHOS, Search On Phones and Handhelds in One Stroke, addresses the convoluted mobile search procedure through a gesture trigger for searching text. The five steps required in the traditional model become just two: select the text and perform the search gesture.
Logistically, keysigning parties are a little tricky: you need to put together an authoritative master list of submitted fingerprints for verification during the event, and then there needs to be a reasonable way to get ahold of the keyring once it’s over. Keystorm is a solution to this mess. It is a keysigning party server, and as such possesses exactly the features necessary for the task, and scarce more.
The Lambda Graph Generator is a tool for visualizing the structure of programs written in Lambda Calculus. By translating the textual representation of a program into geometric relationships, the Lambda Graph Generator takes advantage of the brain’s natural strengths in vision to communicate this abstract programming language more clearly.
The Automatic Tag Hierarchy System builds a set of trees expressing related tag concepts over a folksonomy. These trees can be used to suggest additional tags for new or existing content, or potentially to enhance the quality of document discovery across the corpus.