Introduction to Digital HumanitiesMain MenuWhat is Digital Humanities?Module I: A Theoretical IntroductionExploring The Tool BoxModule I: An Experiential IntroductionCreating Digital IdentitiesModule I: A Personal IntroductionConstructing DataModule II: DH MethodsWorking with Big DataModule II: DH MethodsData VisualizationModule II: DH MethodsMappingModule II: DH MethodsDistant ReadingModule II: DH MethodsNetwork AnalysisModule II: DH MethodsCritical Platform StudiesModule III: Critical PerspectivesPostcolonial and Intersectional Digital HumanitiesModule III: Critical PerspectivesDH ProjectModule IV: Creative ExpressionsAndrea Davise50475e163fb87bc8bd10c6c0244468fd91e8da5Digital Humanities Certificate
Wilson Miner - When We Build
12018-07-10T00:24:21-07:00Andrea Davise50475e163fb87bc8bd10c6c0244468fd91e8da5308621“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” As more of the tools we live with every day become digital instead of physical, our opportunity – and responsibility – as designers is multiplying. We live in a world of screens, and we are the ones who decide what goes on them. We are in a unique position to have an impact – one that lasts longer than the next redesign or the latest technology. What happens when we stop thinking of ourselves not just as developers or experience designers, and take up the mantle as a new generation of product designers for a digital world?
About Wilson — Wilson Miner is a designer and web developer based in San Francisco. Currently the head of design for Rdio, a new social music service, Wilson has also previously been responsible for co-founding neighborhood news site EveryBlock, leading the first comprehensive redesign of Apple.com in more than 10 years during his time at Apple, and co-creating the original version of the Django web framework. Wilson is returning to Build after speaking at the first conference in 2009.
Recorded at Build 2011 http://2011.buildconf.com/plain2018-07-10T00:24:21-07:00Vimeo2011-12-21T05:41:58video34017777BuildAndrea Davise50475e163fb87bc8bd10c6c0244468fd91e8da5
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1media/000.jpg2019-04-30T19:24:37-07:00Exploring The Tool Box13Module I: An Experiential Introductionplain2019-08-20T05:28:13-07:00 The philosopher and media theorist Marshall McLuhan is often credited with the idea that "We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us."
Keeping this idea in mind watch, read and collaboratively annotate:
1. Marshall McLuhan, "The Message is the Medium," in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964). Hypothesis link.
2. Wilson Miner, "When we build," Build, Anaheim, California, 2011. https://vimeo.com/34017777.
As you think about our relationship with digital tools, locate and carry out a formal academic review of a DH tool from Alan Liu's DH Toychest that is not listed on the "Resources" page. Be sure to select a tool that (1) is specifically designed to support digital humanities work, (2) doesn't require an extraordinary amount of effort to install, and (3) pushes you to try something you haven’t done before. Once you have selected your tool, learn how to use it and document your work each step of the way (via notes and screenshots). As you explore the basic functionality of the tool, consider two broad questions: (1) What are the affordances of the tool? In other words, what does the tool allow or encourage you to do? What does it make easy for you? (2) What are the constraints of the tool? In other words, how does the tool limit your ability to do things you want to do? What does it make difficult for you? Post the review to your "Assignment #2" page of our Scalar workbook and be prepared to present your selected tool to the class.