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Anonymity, ephemerality, and hyper-locality are an uncommon set of features in the design of online communities. However, these features were key to Yik Yak's initial success and popularity. In an interview-based study, we found that these three features deeply affected the identity of the community as a whole, the patterns of use, and the ways users committed to this community. We conducted interviews with 18 Yik Yak users on an urban American university campus and found that these three focal design features contributed to casual commitment, transitory use, and emergent community identity.
Improving the user experience of interactive tools used to collect, maintain, and display tree and fruit data to better support Concrete Jungle’s mission of transforming overlooked and underutilized fruit trees and land into a year round food source for food banks, shelters and people in need.
The gloSkirt is a wearable technology garment design for Mary Jane Pennington of dance troupe gloATL. The team wanted to give her an experimental tool to challenger her own movement style and better engage audiences new to dance. A base layer of LEDs responds to resistive sensors embedded within layer of the skirt, causing the garment to "pulse" and "breathe" as the dancer crushes and separates with her movements.

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