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Sep 17th, 2008
This Wordle image is a visualization of the initial discussions in CTIN 482 about the design of a virtual campus for the School of Cinematic Arts. Wordle is a free online tool for computationally visualizing the frequency with which certain words appear within a block of text. This image was generated from the contents of the course wiki, which includes student reflections, the course syllabus and our initial design challenge. It will be interesting to see how this visualization transforms over the course of our design process. In my ongoing attempt to figure out the right mechanism(s) for documenting our design process in the class, this Vuvox document brings together a combination of images, inspirations and reflections by students on the initial design stages. Currently in beta, Vuvox functions on the principle of “cloud” computing, offering a free online tool for designing presentations and/or web-based documents. Although still slightly buggy (particularly text functions and embedded video playback), its simple authoring mode and gestural interface is a welcome relief from the page-based metaphor of Powerpoint.