Digital Dream Lab


Digital Dream Lab was a team project of CMU ETC. We worked with Makeshop within the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where children are provided with a hands-on workshop to learn about making through small projects. Sewing machines, woodworking tools, electronic circuit blocks, various other materials, and amazing facilitators provide children with an exploratory environment that starts with the simple question, “What do you want to make today?”

Our focus was to explore how a digital creation experience can function in the Makeshop. With a current gap and request to bring digital contents into the process, we proposed a tangible block interface for digital interactive experience with a visual storytelling framework. The physical blocks represent characters, actions, modifiers (applying varied colors and sizes) and backgrounds in the digital space, and a projector provide a screen for children to explore and create!

My Role

  • Responsible for visual design: 3D modeling, animation, characters, icons.
  • User experience design for seamless interaction with tangible and digital space.
  • Designed and facilitated the product from scratch.


  • playtest


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