The Digital Future Lab embraces a broad definition of interactive media which includes but is not limited to websites, games, film, music, experiences, and sustainable uses for technology. The lab provides students with the resources to create innovative digital experiences of all kinds, with a specific imperative to investigate how technology, creative arts and education can enrich our lives and communities. The experiences we build range from grant-funded and industry sponsored projects to the whimsical and purely speculative. Our students, faculty, and staff play a large role in both the conception and realization of everything we create. We strive to provide a safe space for students from diverse backgrounds and encourage that diversity to inform their work. Our work is designed and produced within a context of rigorous critical inquiry, and analysis of both the work itself and how the work contributes to various discourses and funds of knowledge that are woven into all aspects of the student experience.
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The DFL uses a rapid prototyping model to do our research and development. We begin this production process with questions that lead to concepts which then form into concrete ideas. These ideas become reality in the creation of an early prototype which is tested and reviewed by our team. The feedback we gather is used as the basis of our next steps. We adjust and iterate and create a new prototype in response. This process is repeated throughout our production cycle each week, with each team iterating on their work to better refine the overall end product.
Our teams are truely interdisciplinary, comprised of students from CSS, IAS, IMD, MIS, and MACS. Each project team must have Designers, Artists, Developers, Audio Engineers, Project Managers, and Quality Assurance Testers to fully function. Whether large or small our teams require skills in many different backgrounds.