23 Mar 2013

Honorable Mention in SIDeR Conference 24-hour Design Challenge

Hauber diagrams the design space. Photo by Marysol Ortega Pallanez

Hauber diagrams the design space. Photo by Marysol Ortega Pallanez

Erin Hauber, along with fellow NC State MGD students Claire Kohler and Marysol Ortega Pallanez, received honorable mention for their contribution to the 2013 Student Interaction Design Research Conference (SIDeR) 24-hour Design Challenge. The conference, founded in 2005, has grown into a forum for students to contribute to the still-emerging field of interaction design. Hauber, Kohler and Ortega Pallanez competed with teams from across Europe and North America for the opportunity to present their work at the conference and 1000 Euros in travel money.

Known as team "mec_mec_mec" for the purposes of the challenge, Hauber, Kohler and Ortega Pallanez had 24 hours to respond to the prompt: "Design a concept that brings together users with different backgrounds, for their mutual benefit, thus showing how technology can empower through interaction." The outcomes were judged using the following criteria:

  • Quality of design process and use of interaction design methods and theory
     
  • Design quality, innovation, and originality of your response to the challenge
     
  • Considerations into user experience and user interaction
     
  • Quality, visual style, clarity, and depth of the submission (video and note)


The following is the written portion of mec_mec_mec's entry; more information about the breadth of their process and the final submission can be found at their shared Tumblr


FINAL NOTE

All of us need to think about the text we experience by interacting with others, for we know what we think only when we try to articulate or represent our thought (Booth, 2008)

We believe that in this multi-media, information oriented world it is increasingly important to create opportunities for people to think critically and creatively about current events. With projects such as TruthGoggles and the initiatives of the Knight Foundation we see people and news organizations working together to solve the credibility “problem” that has emerged in the age of the citizen journalist.   

The facts are important. But also important is the voice of the people in this participatory age. We are inspired by projects such as Emoto that seek to give form to the emotions people feel around particular events and cultural moments. We recognize that new forms of commentary on current affairs such as viral memes act as the “Flash bulb memories” of our age. We also agree with David Gauntlett that everyday people are creative and that for them “making is connecting.”

So we ask, what would it mean to the news and readers of the news, if the voice of people could be read and shared alongside the context from which they emerged? How can engaging with current affairs become a richer experience when news consumers interact with meme consumers? What are the possibilities when the information that fuels ideas shares the same space as the tools for voicing feelings about those ideas and those consumers transform into makers?

Our proposal aims at creating a bridge between and among context driven readers (the news consumers) and entertainment driven readers (meme consumers) despite geographic or philosophical divides. By capturing not only the spectrum of facts but also the spectrum of feelings surrounding the news, we can enrich our understanding of what we know and what we believe about our world.

REFERENCES

Booth, David W. (David Wallace). It’s Critical! : Classroom Strategies for Promoting Critical and Creative Comprehension. Markham, Ont.: Pembroke Publishers, 2008.

http://www.emoto2012.org/

http://www.knightfoundation.org/what-we-fund/innovating-media

Shihab, Ibrahim Abu. “Reading as Critical Thinking.” Asian Social Science 7.8 (2011): 209–219.

http://techcrunch.com/2012/11/18/flashbulb-memery/)

http://truthgoggl.es/

09 Jan 2013

hauber's work selected for department chair's traveling exhibition

Selected work from across the Graphic and Industrial Design programs is on display outside of Burns Auditorium in Kamphoefner Hall.

Selected work from across the Graphic and Industrial Design programs is on display outside of Burns Auditorium in Kamphoefner Hall.

In conjunction with the start of the spring semester, an exhibition of work from across the Graphic and Industrial Design Department's curriculum opened on Monday at the College of Design. Erin Hauber's remote conversation system designed for the distance learning course Insects and Human Disease is included in the show. 

The panel features just a few screen designs of the web-based application prototype.

The panel features just a few screen designs of the web-based application prototype.

Hauber's piece is among three projects chosen from Professor Meredith Davis' "Design as a Cognitive Artifact" studio where graduate students designed technologically-supported learning activities that encourage critical and creative thinking in courses and co-curricular programs at North Carolina State University.

Her project focuses specifically on critical and creative thinking behaviors related to reading and science and incorporates design thinking methods such as affinity mapping and critique into the learning activity. Using the web-based application, students find, post and compare current news articles on how insects spread human disease. Students find connections to course content and among published articles, then author their own critical reviews and video news broadcasts.

Other outcomes selected from the course are Robin Vuchnich's interactive comment wall for contemporary art museums and Will Walkington's critical listening tool for student newspaper journalists. The exhibition is on view in Kamphoefner Hall for a short time before traveling with Department Chair Professor Tsai Lu Liu to conferences and presentations.

08 Nov 2012

New Perspectives: NC State’s The Student Publication

Image of The Student Publication cover taken by Process Type Foundry

Image of The Student Publication cover taken by Process Type Foundry

The post I wrote for Process Type Foundry about North Carolina State University's The Student Publication is up! Read the blog here. Thank you to Process for inviting me to write the post and to Assistant Professor Tania Allen for granting me an interview.

06 Oct 2012

updates are on-going

There has not been much activity here on the site in recent months, however that is beginning to change. As I continue into my second year in the Master of Graphic Design program at North Carolina State University, I will be adding some examples of work from the last academic year here and there. In addition, you will see an entirely new content area, called "Teaching." The new section will house examples of student work from courses I have taught at Otis College of Art and Design, as well as at NC State. In addition, the section will contain work I've done that relates more to my research—rather than image-making—practice. Finally, the blog will host some writing, video reflections and process work from my time here that have been edited since their initial creation.

18 Aug 2011

cover series makes print regional

Print Magazine selected Erin Hauber's design for Otis College of Art and Design’s Continuing Education catalog cover series as a winner in its 2011 Print Regional Design Annual. The work will be published in the magazine this winter.

The design of the series is a response to 2010’s theme: “Re-design your future at Otis.” Each cover is treated as a multi-layered and dynamic universe, a faux space where a tension between flat and dimensional, believable and unbelievable, can exist. The back covers contain bits and pieces from their respective fronts to further the illusion.

In addition to incorporating the series overarching visual themes, each cover contains its own narrative. For the spring cover, tools used by artists appear to act on their own to revise and redesign some previous and unknown version of the piece. The summer cover uses fragments of the designer's own southern California summer snapshots to create a new version of the season. And turning the page and marking one's place become the ideas behind the falls exploration of more trompe l’oeil effects.

This is the second year Hauber’s work has appeared in Print’s Regional Design Annual. The first instance was in 2010 for IDWRK 0809 a book designed for the USC School of Architecture.

05 Apr 2011

hauber recognized with 2011 teaching excellence award

Otis College of Art and Design announced yesterday that Erin Hauber is the recipient of its 2011 Full-Time Excellence in Teaching Award. Hauber, Assistant Professor of Communication Arts, received nominations from alumni, students, faculty, and academic administrators for teaching excellence among the full time faculty. She will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony along with Jill Higashi-Zeleznik, Distinguished Educator Award winner, and Carol Branch winner of the Part-Time Excellence in Teaching Award.

21 Jan 2011

collaborative poster exhibited in csla

Poster designed by Juliette Bellocq, Erin Hauber and Lauren Mackler

Poster designed by Juliette Bellocq, Erin Hauber and Lauren Mackler

A poster, collaboratively designed by Erin Hauber, Katie Bachler, Juliette Bellocq and Lauren Mackler is on exhibit now as part of Collective Show LA (CSLA).

Lauren Mackler invited Bachler, Bellocq and Hauber to join her in a temporary design collective and commissioned the newsprint piece on behalf of her art space Public Fiction. The poster was distributed throughout Los Angeles in the week leading up to the show’s opening and is on display in the gallery.

"It is exciting to be a part of Collective Show LA, to be in a group (Public Fiction) among groups contributing to something greater than all of us,” explained Hauber. “We found inspiration in the show's collaborative spirit and asked ourselves 'what does it look like to work together and find the balance necessary to make something good?' We ended up building a mobile in Lauren's space one afternoon. Photographs of that mobile taken from different angles became the poster that's our contribution to CSLA."

The poster, in situ, on opening night of Collective Show LA, flanked top and bottom by the same poster, but in modified forms. Photo courtesy of Juliette Bellocq.

The poster, in situ, on opening night of Collective Show LA, flanked top and bottom by the same poster, but in modified forms. Photo courtesy of Juliette Bellocq.

Collective Show is an artist-organized exhibition of contemporary art groups recently established in Los Angeles. This collaboratively curated “group show of group shows” features artist-run spaces and projects formed in the past five years. Work by over 20 groups is on view Thursday through Sunday, 12–6 pm until Sunday, January 30. More information about the show is available at www.collectiveshow.org/LA.
 

10 Dec 2010

public fiction releases hauber's "record"

On Friday, December 17 the Museum of Public Fiction in Highland Park is having a record release party for a new set of artist-records by Jenn Su, Erin Hauber, Jeanne Jo, Tanya Rubback, Riah Buchanan and Darcy Bartoletti. The records will be on display within Public Records, the current exhibition at Public Fiction curated by museum founder Lauren Mackler.

Mackler describes Public Fiction as a "small and shapeshifting museum, in the model of cabinets curiosity. The shows combine made & found things to create slightly unsual environments to frame art, artifact and facsimile in one fictional place."

Public Fiction is open Sundays 12-6pm "and other unpredictable hours" at 749 Avenue 50, in Los Angeles.

24 Aug 2010

idwrk 08 09 makes print regional

Print Magazine selected IDWRK 08 09 as a winner in its 2010 Print Regional Design Annual. The book will appear in the magazine's December issue.

IDWRK 08 09 is the inaugural publication showcasing student work from the USC School of Architecture designed by Erin Hauber and Davey Whitcraft.

01 Aug 2010

idwrk 08 09 book selected for graphis design annual

IDWRK 08 09, designed by Erin Hauber and Davey Whitcraft, has been selected as a winner for Graphis Design Annual 2011. IDWRK 08 09 is the inaugural publication showcasing student work from the USC School of Architecture.