While some other institutions are installing digital-alert systems on their campuses, the Rhode Island School of Design has just installed seven large-screen digital bulletin boards that will cycle through announcements, calendar items, and “musings, artwork, photographs, and messages posted by anyone on campus.”
A news release says the system is the brainchild of the college’s new president, John Maeda, who envisioned “an open communications tool that would provide the RISD community with a highly visual and spontaneous method of connecting with one another.” Mr. Maeda, who is also a member of Samsung’s North America advisory board, persuaded the electronics company to donate the seven 52-inch screens, together worth $25,000. The interface for the system was designed by former students of Mr. Maeda’s at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab who now work for a New York tech-design company called Potion.
Anyone with a RISD network account can contribute content, the news release says. “At regular intervals, the community-generated content appears to fall onto the screen in a jumble, rearranges itself, sends specific items to the foreground and remains in constant motion until it’s recycled back into the mix of new information at the next periodic update.” —Lawrence BiemillerReturn to Top