Final project. Plan & Control Your Life. Be Happy

final results

This post is devoted to the final presentation of my third project for Design Fictions class called “Plan and control your life. Be happy.”

Here you can find the final paper for this project: Final Paper Alina Onishchenko 

If you are interested in the process, please review the following posts about this project:

The final slide deck this project:

Initially, I set myself two goals for this project:

1. Present and describe a wearable artifact that helps people keep track of their lives
2. Convey ideas of its advantages and disadvantages; future impact on society
As a result, I present a product.
Bracelet “Track&Live”, which has the following functionality:
  • Set goals and plans for different time in the future
  • Record an audio letter for yourself in the future
  • Ask user to write down 3 good things about every day
  • Analyze current way of life and predict if it will lead to achieving the goals set
  • Provide useful information which may help in achieving goals
  • Record all important factors (personal mood, interaction with people, other circumstances) to remember good/bad experience
  • Analyze current emotional and environmental state to predict the chance of recurrence of bad/good experience and notify a person about it.

To demonstrate the product itself and how it would fit into our everyday life i made three artifacts:

  1. Advertising poster of the bracelet
  2. Diary of a girl who uses it
  3. Product page on and a customer review


New poster image


Diary Diary3 Diary4 Diary5 Diary6 Diary7 pages:

product page review

Results of this project:

  • 3 artifacts that made a sense that the product exists
  • 3 different artifacts showed the bracelet and its impact on people’s lives from different sides:
    • Poster: brand that attracts people, sense of resolve and power
    • Diary: how usual people really use it, what they like and what problems they might have
    • pages: increase the feeling that the technology is already here and show how it fits into our today’s life

Main idea I wanted to convey:

Technology develops and penetrates more and more in people’s lives.

However, we shouldn’t rely on it too much and forget how to deal with problems alone.

Technology should become your partner, not a substitution of your self-consciousness and self-control.

Real American

Since the 80s, big name toy brands like Lego, Mattel & Hasbro have consistently shoved ideological propoganda down our children’s throats. An analysis of most major toy product lines reveals that these product lines are created specifically to reinforce dominant race (white), class (upper middle class and above), and gender (separate toys for girls and boys) norms. Toys play a huge role in the construction of our children’s imaginaries. The world that a child understands is built through the process of world-building enacted through play. We believe that toys should:

1) Reflect all races, ethnicities, classes, genders, beliefs and preferences;

2) Allow for open, constructive play and stimulate kid’s imaginations in ways that allow them to develop understandings of how the real world works;

3) Have kids understand that even playful actions can have real consequences.

My project for this class entails creating a service and product line that will create addons and expansion kits for popular children’s toy lines that will allow kids to subvert their own toys into “real” toys. Kids will be able to buy part kits and modify their own legos or barbies.  Apart from part kits, kids also have access to special “story” kits and “event” kits. The “story” kits revolve around a series of characters trying to make it in an urban american setting: Omar the Arab food cart vendor, Vincenza the hotel maid, Vinnie the newspaper stand operator, Lakshman the cabbie, Seamus the dime liquor store keeper, and Heu Song the pawn shop woman. The “event” kits will be based on classic American real world events like 9/11, the Occupy Wall Street protests, and March for America. There will be a website and a kickstarter campaign. You guys should all go there and give me money.

Juxtaposition of LOVE and HATE

My final deliverable would be a software system prototype and a pair of poster.

The system allows people to input wither their love or hatred of *ANYTHING*, and the output would be a cascade of juxtaposition of love and hate of this “THING” that other people put into the system. Also, the system can show the age range, and the demographic of the love&hate source could be detected.

The poster would be a a juxtaposition of quote regarding love and hate that I collected from people.


Deliverable #1: Film/Vignettes

To demonstrate this alternate reality we decided to give people an introduction to our society and a scenario of who they are and we film their reactions and perceptions about their life in this reality. It allows these people to think critically about the society we made as well as create ideas and perspectives more naturally rather than acting from a script.

These are the three scenarios we came up with below:


INDEX the alternate reality

You live in a world similar to ours, an alternate reality based on the Roald Dahl quote:

“Every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

A society that perceives people internally, with thoughts formed through intention and will, rather than externally from their mannerisms and appearance.


In this society everyone wears a thin bracelet that has two sets of 10 lights. One set of lights measure a person’s positive or negative thoughts while the second set displays a person’s positive or negative intentions. The wristbands also affects people chemically. It induces something of a ‘magnetic push and pull’. If a person is good, you are more attracted to them (pull), if a person is bad you are less attracted to them (push). This system is called The Index, or Index


Society is split into four major caste systems. 1. Good with Good Intentions 2. Good with Bad Intentions 3. Bad with Good Intentions 4. Bad with Bad Intentions

Before you are 18 it is your opportunity to learn the rights and wrongs of society. Once you are 18 it is your duty to get a wristband. When you are 18 you are responsible for yourself, you are your own guardian. You receive it when you’re younger if you a commit a serious crime or it has been ruled by a Jury or Judge. You also receive it if your younger and become emancipated.

You may be judged on intentions if you have committed something “wrong and bad” or “right and good” in a court of law.


You’re a week away from your 18th birthday. In one week you have to start wearing Index. You’ve decided to try all the things you’ve always wanted to before you get your ‘scales’

  • What did you do?
  • What do you want to do?
  • What was your bucket list?
  • What couldn’t you do?
  • What are you afraid of about the Index?
  • What do your parents think of the Index?
  • Do you have any friends who already have it?
  • How’s do you think your relationships will change when you do get it?
  • How do you feel about seeing some of your older friends’ index, have you had awkward experiences?
  • What do your older friends say about it?
  • Are you going to celebrate getting the Index?
  • What do you think about the index?

SCENARIO #2 Part 1

You were highschool sweethearts and decided to get married 6 months after you both received your index. You’ve been married for a year and everything seemed fine before, but now you’re struggling with the index. You find it hard to watch your wife’s intentions, it no longer seems genuine when she speaks to you. You even sometimes get jealous that she usually always seems have a higher ‘goodness’ score.

  • How do you feel about your wife?
  • Do you like knowing her intentions?
  • How does it affect how you’re intimate with her?
  • What do they do that bothers you the most that you can’t hide?
  • What do you wish you could not see? What do you hate knowing?
  • How was it different before the index?
  • Do you go to couples counseling?
  • Do you think you think you could ever have kids?
  • What would you change about the index ?
  • Do you think you’re wife judges you because of your lower index number?
  • What do you think about the index?

SCENARIO #2 Part 2

You were highschool sweethearts and decided to get married 6 months after you both received your index. You’ve been married for a year and everything seemed fine before, but now you’re struggling with the index. You find it hard to watch your husband’s intentions when he speaks to you and after work he finishes a day of work. You even sometimes are disappointed that he usually isn’t as good as you’d hope he would or could be.

  • How do you feel about your husband?
  • Do you like knowing his intentions?
  • How does it affect how you’re intimate with him?
  • What do they do that bothers you the most that you can’t hide?
  • What do you wish you could not see? What do you hate knowing?
  • How was it different before the index?
  • Do you go to couples counseling?
  • Do you think you think you could ever have kids?
  • What would you change about the index?
  • What do you think about the index?


You are a judge. You do good with good intentions, but you used to be a bad person with good intentions. You changed your life around and became a judge. You constantly question your work between what’s right and what’s wrong and you often argue with other judges about what’s right and wrong. You are critical of the index system, but you know of nothing else, it’s how you’ve always lived. You often argue with other judges about right and wrong.

You are currently involved in a case where someone has committed a crime, but had good intentions. In your day to day work it’s a fairly small case. A mother stole $30 food at the local trader joes to supply her three kids with their first meal in two days. She robbed the store by sneaking the food into her clothing and walking out.

  • How have the police been investigating, are you satisfied with the investigation?
  • Did you look into her past? What did you find out?
  • How do you plan on ruling
  • How do you feel about rulings with good intentions?
  • How do you feel about rulings with bad intentions?
  • Do you agree with the system? What do some of the other judges say?
  • What angers you most about the judicial system?
  • Do you think the society is too strict or not strict enough on people with good intentions?

Project 3: Plan your life and be happy. Interim critique presentation and next steps.

This is my interim presentation about the research I conducted for this project.Now I have to make 2 things: find a way to introduce the product, and a way to explain how the system woks and show good and bad personal and social aspects of using it.
To accomplish the first goal I’ll make an advertising poster.

For the second I’ll write a diary of a girl who uses the product and the experience she has with it.












This American Life episode discusses devilish musical cords emanating from our appliances

In considering the sounds of stress I was reminded of this This American Life episode

Episode 110: Mapping.  Act 2, Hearing by Jack Hitt.

Toby Lester started to map the sounds in his world, the everyday sounds that surround us all the time, that most of us do not even bother to notice, much less analyze. What he found is that between the hum of the heater, the whine of his computer and his phone’s dial tone, the add up to an augmented fourth.  Toby did some research and discovered that the “Catholic Church had assigned different meanings to numerous musical intervals back in the Middle Ages. And the augmented fourth was the most reviled sound of its time– feared as the “diabolus in musica,” the devil in the music.”