Module 1
Linked In
Define
POV: To bring people together and create human interaction using light and sound.
Empathy
The user of the space will be the people who attend The Linked-In Event.  The people will most likely be young college students, particularly architecture students, and a small amount of people from the public.  They will be people who are drawn in by light and sound and because the space is somewhate hidden, the users will likely be curious people who desire to find what is making the light and sound.
Ideate
The ideation process began with a group meeting, brainstorming possible solutions. Most ideas were centered on games, but as we continued we closed in on ideas that focused more on the make potential.
First Brainstorm Session
Second Brainstorm Session
Final Brainstorm Session
String Installation & Makey Makey
Diagrams
The use of diagrams for our group has served two different purposes.  The first purpose is allowing us to better understand the space.  We first took pictures and measured the space to get a general idea of the layout and feel of the space.  We then looked deeper into things like the circulation, space usage, and materiality.  This allowed us to analyze the space and use the information we gained to make better decisions about how to design our installation.  The second use of our diagrams is to communicate our motives and ideas to the user.  The use of a standard color swatch, clear labels, and consistant layouts allows us to communicate efficiently with the user what exactly we wanted to do with the space.  This also allowed us to get good feedback on our ideas before we constructed the actual installation.  Both of these uses were very critical parts of the planning process we went through.
Regular Circulation
Projected Circulation
Link Circulation
Space Usage with Installation
Blue: Movement     Pink:  Engagement
Uses of New Crit Space
Pink:  Presentation     Blue:  Traffic     Grey:  Studying
Private/Public Spaces
Blue:  Private     Pink:  Public
Level 1 Visibility
Level 2 Visibility
Level 3 Visibility
Level 4 Visibility
Natural Light
Artificial Light
Black Light
Focal Points
Material:  Drywall
Material:  Wood
Material:  Glass
Material:  Canvas
New Material:  Wood
New Material:  String
Joiners
Materials
We painted the boxes we made black to coordinate with the black steel accents in the room.
121 strands of yarn were used to complete the string installation.  We prototyped with three other types of string:  two were too large and the third was too small.
A nylon/jersey knit fabric was used to connect the strings to the wall. 
Flat, white tacks were used to pin down the sheet.  Silver beads were used to attach the string to the sheet.  The paperclips were orinially used to anchor string to the bases. 
The makey makey is a circuit board that we used to produce sounds from the strings. 
Because string isn't conductive, we had to intertwine it with wire and connected the wire to the Makey Makey.  We chose silver wire because it wasn't noticable against the white string.
The copper wire attached to the other end of the gator clip on the makey makey and ran along the ground.  There were three separate wires on the ground so that no matter where the user was, they would be stepping on the wire.  We chose the copper colored wire for the ground because it blended in with the carpet. 
Staples were used to anchor strings to the bases. 
Black lights were used to illuminate the white yarn and create an enticing enviornment. 
Red lights were added and directed soley on the sheets to add color contrast and cast shadows that made the sheet feel more three dimensional. 
Prototype
We prototyped three different methods for connecting string to the sheet.  The first time we used a sewing needle to puncture the sheet and tie a knot on the inside of the sheet.  This method didn't work because there was too much tension on the knot and it pulled through the sheet.
Next, we tried a bigger object, a pin.  This didn't tear the sheet but it was an unusual shape that didn't look aesthetically appealing.  But we learned that it would take a larger item, like the pin, to ensure the sheet didn't rip. 
Our third attempt we used a small bead.  We tried colored and clear beads, and decided on clear ones because the colored ones were too visible when the fabric was stretched. 
At first we used a bed sheet (shown above), but it was too stiff and wouldn't stretch to create the desired peaks and valleys.  It also wasn't big enough and if two pieces were sewn together the seam would be visable and might break from the tension.  We went back to the fabric store and sought help on what fabrics would stretch easily.   The result was a nylon/jersey knit fabric that produced great results.
We knew that we wanted a red light focused on the sheet, but we didn't know if we wanted the light on the inside or outside of the sheet.  We first tried inside the sheet and liked the ombre it created, but didn't like the orb of light around the light source.
We then tried the light on the outside and thought that it cast better shadows that enhanced the peaks and valleys of the sheet. 
Testing the tension strenth of the string with the staple connection. The string withstood considerable tension before breaking.
Close up of the exterior connection.
Sectional view of the staple connection.
Prototype of sliding the yarn through a staple. 
We attempted using paperclips as anchors for the string based on our inability to reach behind the ceiling box, however this proved not feasible.
The innitial prototyping of makey makey with the string.
The Makey Makey can be used by any program that allows sounds to be assigned to keys.  We used the program Soundplant.  Soundplant lets you pick your sounds and then assign them to whichever key you wanted.  This was necessary because the Makey Makey circuit board only had connectors for 12 specific keys.
Close up of how the string is threaded through the hole.
Testing the Makey Makey
First Prototype
The first prototype went up immidiatley after the origination of the string idea. This provided a visualization of the form and spacial qualities of our idea.
Second Prototype
We prototyped again using all 121 strings and black lights, but only did a small segment of the installation.
What we learned from this prototype:  Staples were good anchors, but we wouldn't be able to lift up every box and attach them to the back like we had this time.  We also learned that we needed to make adjustments to our anchor boxes.  The first box, which is attached to the window, had one large hole that all the strings were strung through.  With this method, it was hard to keep the strings in alignment and keep them tight.  We decided that for the first box we would have 121 small holes instead of one large hole, and that we would decrease the size of the box to make it less noticeable.
Process for Final Installation
Measuring out the string.  Over a mile of string used.
Coiling the yarn reduced tangling.
Stringing the yarn through the first box and tying it off.  Each string was strung individually.
Each row of strings was seperated out to maintain orginization.
The second box required alternative stringing methods. A loop of string was pulled through rather than just one strand so the string went in and out the same hole.
A staple was used to anchor the string inside the box.
String had to be guided through intersecting string to maintain their alignment.
The ceiling box attached to the support beams using a bolt.
String attached to the ceiling box by threading through extorior staples rather than holes in the box because of the inability to reach inside the box.
The string converging on the ceilng box became a focal point in the space.
Strings through the last panel were not anchored in order to maintain adustability. The friction provided by the wood in the holes was enough to keep the strings taut.
Blacking out the window improved luminocity of the strings.
Flat white tacs provided a low profile and did not rip the fabric like the staples.
String attatched to the fabric by knots tied around beads on the backside of the sheets.
Project Description
The large window on the exteriror of the old College of Law building is a focal point for both the new link and architectue hall as a whole.  This window allows the natural light from the link to flow into what is known as the New Crit Space.  Light creates this focal point and draws people in.  In the same way that a campfire creates a space to gather around a light source, we desired to harness the light to bring people togehter.  We decided to acentuate the light coming through the window by creating a path of blacklit string.  The string acts as a spotlight that bounces through the room guiding rpeople through the space and encouraging them to experience it in a different way.  The string hits the back wall exactly adjacent to the window and explodes into an array of strings.  This string adds a new dimension to the room because when touched, it creates sounds.  As the light moves people and in and through the space, the interactive ability of the muscial string causes them to engage with each other.
Final Installation
Collaboration
Team Contributions
Final Thoughts
After completing the whole project our group was really satisfied with the results.  We had a bit of a rough start during ideation but once we nailed down a solid idea our whole group hit the ground running.  The project was fully completed on time and all of the ideas and designs we had hoped to complete were finished.  On the night of the Linked-In event the installation got a lot of attention and we were able to bring people together just how we had hoped to.  The usage of light drew people in and the usage of music and sound inspired creativity and interaction.  In light of our goals and POV the project was very successful overall.
Orchestra: Strings
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Orchestra: Strings

The Orchestra, a UNL DMake group, created an installation involving strings, sounds, and lights that influenced users to interact within the give Read More
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