The Compliment Project

Mingna Li

The Compliment Project is a web app that allows ITP students to compliment each other as a community, in order to relieve stress and give moral support in making creative projects.


The Compliment Project derives from the compliment service I offered at ITP last semester. My past service was that clients can reserve a period of time (from 1 day to 1 year), and I would compliment them in different way every day. The service last for a month because when I reach to more than 10 clients, I got too busy.

This semester, I decided to change my strategy and let people compliment each other, so I designed this web app for ITP community. ITP students often encounter frustration and stress when working towards their creative endeavor. I hope through receiving and giving compliments, this app can give more encouragement and moral support to people in the ITP community.

This app uses express and SQL database, and it is deployed on Heroku. The database saves all compliments people entered. This app is intended to be installed at somewhere that many people pass by and can quickly interact with, for example, near the elevator or at hallway.


Dynamic Web Development, Quantified Humanists: Designing Personal Data

Mass Extinction

Dylan Dawkins, Emily Lin, Mingna Li, Maya Pruitt

an interactive Geological rock wall


Mass Extinction is an interactive exhibit inspired by the work of Dr. Michael R. Rampino, a professor in the Biology and Environmental Studies Department at New York University.

As a geologist, Rampino’s research focuses on mass extinctions – cataclysmic events that wipe out large numbers of species in a relatively short period of geological time. Rampino studies the causes of mass extinctions, the geological evidence that they happened, and their lasting impact. His work is done both in the lab and out in the field, where sedimentary rock layers can be examined for clues about Earth’s history.

You are invited to step into the shoes of a geologist with this interactive. Using a tablet, you can excavate the rock layers and scan for evidence of mass extinctions. AR components will provide bite-size pieces of information to teach you more about geological history.


Playful Communication of Serious Research