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Ryan V.


New York, NY

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September 13, 2011

Are you doing any self-tracking projects?

I have a couple of project ideas in the working but they always changing and being refined. I'm in Steve Dean's course DIY Health at ITP at NYU! In that class I hope to develop a prototypes for a personal health system based on me which then can be applied to the greater public. My first couple of ideas for the class were designed to promote a healthy diet and track your eating habits: 1. An iPhone app that gives users Group-on like rewards for eating at healthy stores and restaurants-- users can track their eating habits and check-into restaurants (foursquar style) and receive free food and deals at the healthy places they eat, there by reinforcing their healthy eating. 2. A healthy eating geoloction system that marks places to get a healthy meal around you. 3. It would be amazing to develop a self tracking system that tracked your diet though out the day and made suggestions on what you need to eat. Basically I am leaving it up to Steve to inspire me over the next semester!

Can you outline a few of your interests? (This will help the organizers get ideas for presentations and themes for upcoming meetings.)

I'm interested in designing systems that promote healthy life styles in all realms of health: emotional, physical, spiritual, and athletic. I have played and taught music for the last 18 years. I believe that music has many health benefits. My background is in User Experience and Interaction design. I studied cognitive psychology and semantics in linguistics. I have always been interested in "seeing how one reacts and relates to the world". On the broader level, I am interested in "design thinking", improvisational music, story telling and building things!


I'm getting my masters in Interactive design at NYU (ITP). I'm a musician, interaction designer & ultra distance athlete. I teach music privately & in the non-profit sector. I worked at PARC in user experience design & research before coming to ITP.

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