Digital Dream Lab

Digital Dream Lab was a team project for 2012 spring semester of ETC at Carnegie Mellon University. We worked with Makeshop within Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where children are provided with a hands-on workshop to learn about making through small projects. Sewing machines, woodworking tools, electronic circuit blocks, various other materials, and amazing facilitators provide children with an exploratory environment that starts with the simple question, “What do you want to make today?”

Our focus was to explore how a digital creation experience can function in the Makeshop. With a gap to bring digital contents into the hands-on making experience, we proposed a tangible block interface for digital interactive experience for visual storytelling. The physical blocks represent characters, actions, modifiers (applying varied colors and sizes) and backgrounds in the digital space, and a projector provide a screen for children to explore and create.

Producer: Matt Stewart
Art Director, Experience Design: Anisha Deshmane
3D Artist, Experience Design: Ji Yeon Han
Lead Experience Design, 2D Artist: HyunJoo Oh
Lead Programmer: Feiran Li
Programmer, Experience Design: Xing Xu
Technical Coordinator: Michael Tsai