Monthly Archives: October 2009

School vs. “Real Life”

Whenever people (annoying teachers) mention (lord over students) the fact that “in the real world, you wouldn’t have this much time to do this project” I often wish that they would clearly assess the situation and remember – this is no where near the “real world”.
“In the real world” we wouldn’t have any other classes to work on or study for, there would be NO ONE UNEDUCATED HOGGING UP THE LASER-CUTTER RIGHT NOW, the people around me would be better at their jobs, and I could focus focus focus on this one thing and just crank it out for like 8 hours a day, 5 (or 7) days a week.

So stop “telling” me about the “real world”, because this isn’t it and we alllllllll know it.

Because if I had 6 weeks straight of 8hrs, 5 days a week to dedicate to this project, I know it would be a lot better, too.

(Can’t wait for the real real world!)

Simple Mechanisms Scurry!

After an unfortunate set-back last week (of absolutely no hope or motivation that kept me in bed + headaches), this week we have everything due for this project! Wednesday we have a formal-but-casual in-studio review at which we will get graded, then Friday we present the same project with revisions for professionals and possible adjustments to our grades.

Pro: This project will be done by the end of this week!
Con: I have to finish this project by the end of this week!

Since I have something important due in my other studio-like class, the AWPL CNC project, I think I’m going to try and get that out of the way ASAP so I can focus on my door for the rest of the week. I have a 1/4th scale model of whatever I plan on doing for the CNC project due tomorrow in class, and then nothing really ‘due’ in that class for the rest of the week.

I know at the end of this door project I’ll think “only if I had had more time!”, except that this project was exceptionally long – just boring and hard to care about pretty much the whole way through. I feel like my attitude on this project is defend-able. though, because it seems as if the professors mostly wanted us to ADD extra things and mechanisms to otherwise simple products, instead of just learning more about mechanisms in general.

Anyway, I’ve thought through the concepts of all of my design a lot over the weekend (I’m a big ‘thinking’ kind of person), and I know all I need to do is apply all the things I’ve thought of for so long to dimensions already established as ‘standards’ for bathrooms, and blend it all together well.

I regret not doing an actual hand-held product for this project, but I think that I can hopefully make something important out of the emotional connection and remember why I chose this project direction to begin with!

Just thought I’d share

that I feel a little discouraged today.

My brain hurts.

CNCing at the AWPL

In my wood design and manufacture class right now we’re working on a project that’s REALLY interesting, but also really hard for me.
We get to make WHATEVER WE WANT out of CNC-ed pieces from a 2×4 sheet, but the catch is that it has to go together via tab & slot – no glue or fasteners.
I guess the problem for me is that I keep thinking about things in a sort of ‘solid-wood-furniture’ perspective, and I feel like the things I’m drawing to be made for this project just aren’t right.


A secret door?

– the combination of a secret door
– and a slam/push lock
– with intuition (knowing to push it)
–  adding the obvious-ness of something sliding over and showing that it’s occupied
– maybe some other sort of feedback? like a light? people like lights.

Age-Old Questions

I never know if it’s better to be in class and not have anything decent, or to not be in class and have good things.
I am stuck on my concept and I don’t know how to think anymore; thought-blocked.
I am also apparently out of decent designer-y resources to call upon.

IDSA takes up a lot of my time, and I’m enjoying it – but I wish that the people I used to spend time with in studio were involved in IDSA now.

I will be spending my weekend making a different box for Wood Class.
And doing more IDSA emails.

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