skip to main content
Department of Computer Science University of Colorado Boulder
cu: home | engineering | mycuinfo | about | cu a-z | search cu | contact cu cs: about | calendar | directory | catalog | schedules | mobile | contact cs
home · events · colloquia · 2008-2009 · 

Colloquium - Sullivan, Banasiak and Messick

DLC 170

Social-Technical Tools for Sensemaking and Sketching
Department of Computer Science
College of Architecture and Planning
Christopher D. Messick
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Sensemaking is a deliberate effort to understand events or information, and a sketch is a drawing or composition that is not intended as a finished work. This presentation will discuss two prototype social-technical tools that were designed to support collaborative sensemaking and sketching:

  • FireFly: a wireless, multi-user LED pen interface for sketching; and

  • SketchBook: an application for collaborative sketching and diagrammatic reasoning.

This presentation will discuss the motivation for sensemaking and sketching in the architectural domain, demonstrate the FireFly and SketchBook prototypes, and present findings from an evaluation study involving a design charette and twenty-one architecture students.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

The Department holds colloquia throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These colloquia, open to the public, are typically held on Thursday afternoons, but sometimes occur at other times as well. If you would like to receive email notification of upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our Colloquia Mailing List. If you would like to schedule a colloquium, see Colloquium Scheduling.

Sign language interpreters are available upon request. Please contact Stephanie Morris at least five days prior to the colloquium.

See also:
Department of Computer Science
College of Engineering and Applied Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
Send email to

Engineering Center Office Tower
ECOT 717
FAX +1-303-492-2844
XHTML 1.0/CSS2 ©2012 Regents of the University of Colorado
Privacy · Legal · Trademarks
May 5, 2012 (13:29)