Monthly Archives: December 2008

Near the End: Tacky Christmas Sweater edition

I love that my major is project-related and revolves around ‘doing things’, but I don’t love how I feel like there’s always more to do. SO it is ALMOST Christmas break – but not really because I still have things to do:
1. I’m currently sitting in DRM waiting to present my Music Listening Room project [X]
2. I have to finish my Materials Final Project by 3pm tomorrow at the LATEST [and turn it in] [ ]
3. Re-do my branding project [ ]
4. Make a portfolio [ ]

Is it acceptable to make a pop-up portfolio? That seems fun. But it would probably wear and tear over time, and a NOT-sustainable portfolio probably wouldn’t work. Perhaps I should make a statement and put it on paper that they can grow into flowers once they’ve decided to toss it? Har har.

Oh, and David, I just remembered I never told you what I want to do for the next three semesters. The honest truth, and partial cop-out, is that I don’t know. I have a lot of interests, but I don’t feel like I have enough experiences. I’ve been thinking about “what I want to do with my life” and I don’t know that yet, either. Part of me feel like it doesn’t matter 100% what I want to do now because design/freelance is so broad and even if I worked at a firm, I doubt that it would be for the rest of my life (because of the culture/economy/society/etc.). Right now I’m really interested in ‘strategy’ and ‘design thinking’ – I like Unboundary and Big Bang. I also like typography, packaging, branding, and graphic design, so I definitely want to improve my skills in that area over the next three semesters, and I’m reallllly excited about the typography model in the Spring. I’m also pretty partial to living spaces, furniture, lighting, and installations. I originally wanted to get both an ID degree, as well as an architecture degree as per Frank Lloyd Wright – which I think is still a viable option, but I’d have to take some time off between school and school or I would go crazy. I would love to be a space designer – someone that creates spaces with stories, whether it be for living spaces or exhibits or what have you. I want to make things that inspire, influence, and change people. I want to create long-term impacts on both the field of design and people as a whole. I appreciate universal design, simplicity, beauty of the materials and the form, and solutions for problems – not feature-creepin’ band-aides. I appreciate ‘green’ designs and sustainability, but I also believe that designs themselves need to be sustainable, not the materials or the fact that they can be recycled (which people probably won’t do). Sustainability is more than just recyclable materials: it’s also the ease of replacing or fixing broken parts, longevity, quality, and minimal packaging.
Also, my computer skills are pretty crappy and I might think about re-taking a computer class. Since I’m not the world’s best drawer, I just might want to be able to SolidWorks model or something…

SO for the next three semester I want to focus on making myself a more well-rounded designer, and gaining experience in the fields that I feel interested in.

And as another complete side note, I want to help the homeless problem. Homeless people seem to hang out pretty close to my apartment on North Ave, and it’s not that they bother me, it’s more that they hurt my heart strings. There’s one particular guy that I see at the corner of Piedmont and North Ave a lot that has a little pink cartoon back-pack, and I want to give him a warm meal and a hug every time I see him. I truly want to help; more than just giving him a dollar. I’ve eaten at Chow Baby before, and I don’t know what they do with the left-over stir fry that people can’t finish, but I’m suspecting they just throw it all away; why can’t they give that meal to a homeless person? I’m sure my research is lacking, but I feel like we ignore the problem instead of trying to address it. Homeless people are usually homeless because of a variety of unfortunate things like mental disorders or disabilities, substance abuse, getting laid off, divorce, and other things – and although some of these are related to ‘not wanting to help themselves out’, some of the problems that homeless people face are not their faults. I want to help.

And I want to wear a tacky Christmas sweater every day from the moment I’m done with my Materials project to real Christmas.
Sooooo close!

Give Me 3′ is a WRAP!

No, really, the Give Me 3′ is a bag. But it’s been reviewed! And the review went well, in my opinion. I’m pretty proud of what Allison and I accomplished with our not-exactly-professional sewing skills. And I’m incredibly happy that Chris is so good at sketching and rendering (see his fantastic work on his design blog).The reviewers had a lot of helpful and constructive criticism; their positive comments made me happy, and they also asked a lot of good questions and brought up some good things to think about for future design changes. I think that this project’s review is one of my more favorite ones from this semester – the first project was good, the second project I didn’t really think about a lot of important things that I should’ve thought more about, the third project did not turn out the way I wanted it to – but I went into this project confident with our design choices, and open to suggestions because it was ‘just a prototype’ and we did what we could with materials and assembly. Sure, we made mistakes (like leaving way too much extra on the straps so that they didn’t fit the way we had envisioned in, and then NOT pining it for the review), but we already had ideas for what we would do if we did further designs on the project – making it available in different sizes, customizable colors, the ability to change what shoulder it would be on, and the map area that is most applicable to the customer’s location [this could apply to other cities around the country and the world]. I was sort of surprised to hear that people thought it would be good for actual commuters to their offices, when we were trying to target teenager and college student commuters.

Jackson, Cristina, and Ben’s MARTA project was probably the most amazing one from this overall project brief, and they did a really good job of assigning each person something to do. That project will be an amazing addition to their portfolio because of the amount of detail they put into each aspect (I’m a smidgen jealous).

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re-hash, re-search

I was wondering why it was taking me so very long to research things about induction charging, coils, etc. for the Final Project in my Materials class which is essentially a BA addition to my future [haha NEAR future since I was hoping to make one by next Friday, etc.] portfolio/resume deal and an assembly guide to how my Second DVA Studio Project (you know, the ‘Serenity Stones’ and ‘aging in place’ solution) would realistically be produced and assembled in REAL LIFE and I realized the reason it is taking so long is because I never actually technically figured out all the details when I did the project. Hmm. Whoops. I just remember thinking “Yeah, induction charging is wireless, cool and easy. Sweet.” and just sort of hand-waving the gesture out of the air (and out of ignorance. d’oh.); not my best move ever. But a really good recent move on my part? The killer sentence at the beginning of this blog. Word.

But really, it’s not so bad since I’ve been in the library waiting to plot for 4ish hours and just got done, so I had some free time to kill that I wasn’t spending sleeping… [PS. I’m a big fan of late-night bad grammar, and excessively strange punctuation PPS. I’m giving myself an award for not only A.) my longest blogged sentence ever ((see beginning of blog)), but also B.) the most creative and well-tagged blog post to date ((see end of blog {as in right below the end of this}))]

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We just submitted all of our presentation boards and process book to T-Square, but I don’t feel 100% relieved yet. I’m too busy trying to think about a thousand things at once – and the fact that I wanted to whip up a portfolio sometime soon. Whoops. Overwhelmed.
Tomorrow I will feel better after some sleep.

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Thanks, Rose

Our bag protoype is done [hooray!], and we’re currently working on our boards [altho I am rather distracted because I stupidly started a new book and I would rather read than research, and also because school computers have internet and my computer is ‘unable to find wireless’ even when it sits next to my modem. blahhh. ], so I’m looking up even MORE facts than I previously did about why people really SHOULD ride bikes and I stumbled across something rather fun and interesting:
wheel-lightsweet light up bike, brah

Also, hooray for run-on sentences AND sentence fragments [clearly not in the same “sentence”, though]! And cheers for trying to figure out the rest of my life in an evening! No, no – not the rest of my life – simply the next three semester of my life as an ID in studio and what I plan to do during them. Dang.

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