Documenting Discoveries

tl;dr; Students will be asked to share a series of discoveries (precedent projects, examplars, research, or theory). These will help build a set of examplars to draw on and inform applied projects and investigations.

Documenting Discoveries

As part of each module, you’ll be asked to explore and discover creative projects, methods and approaches to find resources and examples. You’ll ‘look outwards’ by browsing resources online - research labs pages, blogs, news feeds, artists’ sites, etc. The goal is to broaden your understanding of the field and deepen your knowledge of prior work that’s relevant to the field and to the course. You’ll be expected to select a couple of works and report on your findings with a critical perspective.

The example should be one of the following (unless otherwise instructed):

  • an example project, speculative proposal or commerical product that is exciting, innovative or inspirational;
  • academic research, theory or reflections that might inform how and why you produce an outcome;
  • a research paper or underlying technology that relates to the course topics;
  • articles that stimulate your understanding of the project space or offer interesting perspectives on the problem; and/or
  • a technical tutorial, library or tool that supports your desired outcome.

Simply put, _find and report inspirational resources that will help you make better projects as part of this course.

Learning Objective

As part of the exercise, students will:

  • build familiarity with projects that are relevant to the course and to the intersection of memory and technology, physical computing and intelligent spaces;
  • identify and critically review precedent projects that relate to the course;
  • helped co-create a set of exemplars to draw on as part of their own explorations;
  • increase their ability to describe the domains of memory, physical computing and intelligent spaces.


Add your documented example to the #discoveries as a new post on slack (see below). The discovery should include a link to the resource, it’s creators, and a short narrative (100-200 words explaining why someone else should pay attention to it)

A template and suggested questions is provided to help guide your documentation below.


  • No two students may submit the same work. Claim early.
  • Avoid examples already in the Library section of the course site or that are covered in class.

Starting points

To help guide your explorations, a list of potential places will be provided in the Library section of this site.

Note: This is by no means an exhaustive list. You should explore beyond these!

Submitting your work:

You’ll submit your precedents on Slack. Each discovery should be submitted separately.

You’ll submit your discoveries on Slack. Each discovery should be submitted separately.

To submit your work:

  • Open Slack and navigate to the #discoveries channel
  • In the text box (bottom), click the + on the left hand side. Choose the option to ‘Create a new post’
  • In the post editor, the title should match the name of the project/example
    • Include a hashtag for the exercise at the end e.g. #investigation1 for investigation1 and #investigation2 for investigation 2.
    • The hashtag will be used to identify the module the post belongs to for grading purposes
    • You should have a title like this: “An example project #investigation1”
  • Add some text about your discovery. This should start with: a) link(s) to the project website b) a list of original creators/artists, c) relevant images or embed videos (see below).
  • When you have added your post, click the Share button on the top right.

Important: the hashtag will be used to automatically check you have made the required posts for each module. If you forget to include it you won’t get a grade for the post.

Template and documentation

In each post, embed a video and/or images of the project, and write a short critical reflection on the project (about 100-200 words) in which you cover the following:

  1. Overview: Briefly describe the project (a couple of sentences) and who made it.
  2. Discovery: Describe why did you select it, what did you learn, why is it interesting to you?
  3. Relevance: Describe why you believe someone should pay attention to it
  4. Application: Finally, give some examples of how you might use it in your project or what it might be used to do.

Remember: Create a separate post for each example.