Project 3: System Design & Implementation

Cut and Paste - Stefan Schwabe 2008

After system analysis and simulation, it is time to design your own system: a piece of media art.

In Project 3, you will implement and integrate a system of your design and architecture. The work can be software, hardware, and/or digital/analog combined. The system should exhibit inputs, outputs, control/feedback, and function/purpose. The venue or site for this work is of your choosing. It can be public, private, or online as a material or virtual system.

As a piece of media art, the project must incorporate criticality and/or present an exploration into new aesthetics or perspectives. Think beyond what you want something to do and into why you want to do it, what is it's purpose when presented to others, and what do you want your audience to receive after experiencing this piece.

This project is expected to be a culmination of experience throughout the quarter and should be your most ambitious project, both technically and intellectually.


The architecture description should be in presentation format using traditional software such as Powerpoint & Keynote as well as online tools such as Google Docs Presentation and Prezi.

What To Turn In


Prepare a short 5-minute max presentation on your initial ideas for the project. Include inspirations, possible design ideas, & the overall approach you are planning on taking. Have at least 1 question you'd like to ask us in class.

In Progress

Begin work on your project and be prepared to show a rough draft that demonstrates your initial approach and realizations. Discuss your choices so far, what works, what doesn't, and any questions you have going forward.

Finished Work

Create a folder yourlastname containing:

Copy to the class folder on the instructor computer's Desktop.

Prepare for electronic transfer onto the instructor computer at the beginning of class.

Submit work by the start of class on the due date. Work submitted after the start of class will be considered late, incomplete projects will not be accepted. Save your work as you will need all deliverables for your final portfolio.