Skill Share Week

CIID students

An Intro

Our class at CIID had 23 students and each of us are quite proficient with a prolific number of skills, some of which are very unique. Some are expert 3D designers, filmmakers or philosophers whereas others are quite proficient in music composition or even psychology. In this week we had the opportunity to learn these skills from each other and was structured as a peer learning opportunity. Along with this, we were also given time to document the projects we had done till date in various classes on the CIID web portal.

CIID students skills and backgrounds


There were only two external teachers this week, all the others were eithers students from the class or faculty within the building. You can read about the classes below:

Framer: by Lasse Korsgaard
Framer is a really cool platform that lets you develop high fidelity interactive prototypes for iOS, android, etc. It is also available as a library for java script. In this short class we were able to explore this platform and learn how we can use it for developing quick interactive design prototypes for our projects.

Lasse has a background as a creative technologist and has rich experience with web development and coding. He is also the co founder at a design studio called Støj with Andreas and was part of IDP class 2013.


Computer Vision: by Andreas Refsgaard
In this class we were able to play around with computer vision using processing and a bunch of tools like kinect, eye tribe (eye tracking system) and regular webcams. We had fun hacking existing computer vision examples on processing and tried testing face tracking, color tracking and built small projects using kinect.

Andreas is an interaction designer based in Copenhagen and runs a creative coding studio called Støj with Lasse. He is proficient with computer vision and machine learning, and also came back later in the year to take a week long class on Machine Learning.


Music composition: by Taishi Kamiya
Creating soundtracks for short videos were something that everyone wanted to learn in our class. And Taishi was able to host a short class on how we can do that using the Ableton Live software. Using it, he explained about the basics of music composition and how to work with the live software.

Taishi Kamiya was one of our classmates and is a sound artist. He is an expert in music composition and sound art and has several years of experience working with Yamaha.


After effects: by Clara Subirats
After Effects is one of the most popular softwares used in post production of videos and movies to create special effects, like hovering texts or markers, motion graphics, etc. It is even used for adding/removing objects from a scene. Clara was able to teach us how to work with after effects and the basics of masking within the software. And each of us worked on a short video clip and learned how to mask and create effects within it. This was one of the videos that was used to talk about the power of after effects:

Clara Subirats is a post production genius and our go-to person for everything around editing and filmmaking. She has a rich experience in audiovisual communication and film post production and has been working as the creative director of LaFamilia and has also worked for the Spanish Public Television.


Product design sketching: by Isak Frosta
Most of the people in our class had an aspiration to learn to draw and sketch beautifully! That is when Isak stepped in and offered to host a class on sketching. Being an industrial designer, he shared with us the various tips and tricks used by designers for bringing an ordinary sketch on paper to life. We started off by practising to draw straight lines, ellipses and isometric boxes. His tips surely come in handy for the rest of the year.

Isak Frosta has a background of being an industrial designer. He is also proficient in graphic design, user research, etc and has been working with a design consultancy before CIID.


Paper and print techniques: by Bora Kim
Here, Bora talked about how different types of paper can be used for different applications and the creative techniques you can use for printing on it. I was not able to attend this class as it was running parallely with the after effects class, however I got to know that here methods like foil stamping, blind embossing, engraving, vanishing, etc were talked about. She also shared her keynote presentation with the class so that we could make up for missing it. Also, these are two of the videos that were shown in the class that gives an idea of the different processes involved in printing and making covers for books:

Bora Kim was our other student teacher who has a background in visual communication design and has an experience in running her own paper product company called A-maze paper.


360 video capturing: by Rory Hamilton
In this class, Rory let us play with the Ricoh Theta. The Ricoh Theta is a tiny compact camera that captures 360 video with its two cameras on either side having fisheye lenses. After capturing this video, the software and app included with this gadget stitches the two videos from the cameras together to create a 360 video, through which you can navigate across. You can also view this on a VR headset to get a better immersive experience.

360 video rory hamilton ciid

Rory Hamilton was one of the faculty members who spent time with us to teach 360 video capturing and best practices. He has profound knowledge in the fields of experience prototyping and service design.


Brainstorming and D3: by Annelie Berner and Ankkit Modi
The techniques of hosting an efficient brainstorming session was discussed in this class. This was then further followed on by a class on data visualisation using D3. D3 is an amazing platform that lets you develop creative data visualisations. In this short class, Annelie talked about the basics of coding in D3 and shared a few examples.

Annelie Berner and Ankkit Modi were the other faculty members who also took time apart from their schedule to teach us. Annelie is a data artist, designer and technologist and works in the research wing of CIID. Ankkit is the technologist in residence at CIID and has a strong background in physical computing and prototyping.


Projection mapping: by Kelvyn Marte
In this class, Kelvyn talked about the basics of projection mapping and how people around the world were using it. He then moved on to give a short demo on using the VPT7 software, which stands for Video Projection Tool. This software allows you to map the projected image or video from your projector on to a particular object. Here, he tried showing this my mapping a short video from the projector on to the t-shirt of one of our classmates. We then continued to explore this software and learned about its potential to be integrated with platforms like arduino.

Kelvyn Marte was one of our other classmates who gave us a glimpse into project mapping basics. He has a strong background on photography, designing interfaces, installations and event shows.


3D Designing: by Keyur Jain and Radhika Agarwal
With the help of our two classmates: a mechanical engineer and a product designer, we explored the world of designing in 3D. Using softwares like Fusion 360 and Rhinoceros we learned to make basic shapes and extrude different forms. Moreover, the class also talked about the different challenges for 3D printing a design as well as the hurdles faced while going into manufacturing.

Keyur has experiences spanning between engineering and design. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 and studied Industrial design intensive at the Umeå Institute of Design in 2015-16. Radhika earned her B.S. in Systems Engineering and Robotics from Washington University in St.Louis during which she created medical and consumer devices at several start-ups including her own in 2014. After her studies, she joined frog design in San Francisco where she conceptualized futuristic transport systems and built prototypes for start-ups in the extreme sports space.

The rest of this week also included time for us to document our past projects and upload it on the CIID website. It was then followed by two weeks of spring break, where most of us were travelling accross Europe and resetting ourselves for the exciting classes to be followed.

This is just a short intro to my life at CIID, I will be publishing more posts on the different topics we learn as well as the projects we do through this blog. Furthermore, all the credits to the media content for this blog goes to the IDP class of 2017.

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