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Lunchboxes.

I am designing a lunchbox for “The Communal Fridge” scenario, i.e. people that are forced to share a fridge with others (office, fraternity, dorm room) but people will often nibble, eat, steal, plunder the food of other people. This is a serious problem that needs some solving (I suppose)!
My goals for this project and the presentation that I’ll be doing rather shortly are as follows:
Create a lunchbox for adults that is
– age appropriate (styling, materials, colors)
– secure (provides security and calm for the user; worry-free about other people getting into it)
– sustainable (what’s the point of a buying a lunch box, only to fill it with plastic sandwich bags that will be thrown away?!)

Absent-Minded

I…clearly haven’t been keeping up with this that much in the past month or so, but to be honest I’ve felt so busy that I haven’t really had time to stop and write in-depth about what I’ve been working on. Not long after that last project wrapped up we had our Spring Break (read: as soon as the review was over, literally) and during SB’10 I moved from one apartment to the other and spent forever painting it, etc. I still don’t feel entirely moved in, but that’s beside the point. Then, on to IDSA Conference in Charlotte, NC. Always fun to mingle with new designers, but not enough fun to make up for this dreadful head-cold that I’ve had the past week+ since then. I’m finally starting to feel more alive and alright today, but still debating whether a trip to the doctor would be good or not…

MY FINAL STUDIO PROJECT EVER is due in a week and three school days or something absolutely crazy like that. And Thursday of this week we’re selling the products we designed at the beginning of this semester for ‘micro-manufacturing’ – 10 uniquely engraved D.I.Y photo-cards! Ugh! Oh boy! I’m pretty excited that my parents are coming down to visit and *hopefully* buy some of my postcards.

I feel like there is never enough time to get things done because that is the truth. I hate that this last studio project (again, please note that this is my LAST STUDIO PROJECT EVER even though I am not graduating this May; still my last assigned studio project for ID at Georgia Tech ever for real studio class which is totally weird) is so squished time-wise. I wanted to do so much lunchbox research! Because, oh yeah, I somehow assigned myself to solve the “problem” of storing your food in a communal fridge -like an office or dorm situation.

To be honest, I sort of feel like all of my projects this semester are turning out to be sort of cheesy. I don’t know if there’s enough of that emotive quality I strive for in any of the solutions I’m creating, and I don’t know if it’s my fault, the assignment, the teacher or what…This just isn’t what I thought my last semester of studio to be like! Especially considering that Shakespeare is my hardest class right now (also enjoyable – not a knock on Shakespeare). I’m hoping that with some extra work that these can become things I’m more proud of, but I’m obviously questioning myself right now – and not in the way that I would want to be if I were about to graduate! [YIKES! If I were about to graduate right now with the state my portfolio and apparent sketching skills are in right now I would probably be sick!]

My independent study has been rewarding and challenging at the same time – trying to find the time to work on the projects without cutting into other stuff or forgetting about it all together…

And on top of all of this, I’ve been sort of concerned about the pros + cons of putting all your design work and design thought on The Internet. I had a (semi-really-sketchy) “eco-friendly” design blog find one of my projects and make it into one of their posts…the problem being that it isn’t a manufactured item yet but if I WANTED it to be in the future….it could already have been stolen… Plus part of the studio class (one day) I’ve been taking talks about IP, etc. and so I’m just uber uber nervous.

I plan on taking a lot of pictures of the ‘process’ of laser-cutting these postcards out over the next 2.5 days. I realize that one of the things I unfortunately lack the most in my designing is ‘proof of process’ and that bothers me, since I do try to do a decent amount of testing/modeling/what-have-you.

And to conclude, without a decent transition, I have realized this semester that I am really good at solving problems if a problem is handed to me but NOT good at choosing a problem to solve. I.E. “Paint a picture” vs. “Paint a picture with an eco-friendly substance of a landscape” – > I can think of some really nifty eco-friendly paint substances (juice, fruit, tea, etc.), but I would sit for days and days trying to think of all the different paints and paint styles and orientations and subjects to just ‘paint a painting’ and probably end up not doing anything all that spectacular….
I feel like this is something I’ve thought of/shared/written about before, but regardless, there it is.
I can creatively brainstorm and solve problems, but I cannot determine problems at the drop of a hat.
[I hope that admitting this doesn’t mean that I will never be able to do design as a job…but I feel as though a lot of what design is is figuring out how to solve something with a lot of given constraints – match this already-made brand’s branding form, what else could we add to this product line of cheese graters to make more $? why isn’t this thing that looks pretty selling? how could we make ______ for so-and-so better? – instead of coming to the firm and being like “Y’all! Let’s make _______!” I guess I’ve just decided that I don’t want to be an inventor? To be honest, I just want to learn more and enjoy whatever it is that I’m doing, while making enough money to live. That’s all! Not so much to ask!]

Also unrelated: I’ve taken up that whole picture-a-day-for-365-days thing. So far it’s been fun. I’ve done it for 6 whole days so far! I’m just excited to use my camera, and so far I’ve been using the MerriamWebster.com Word of the Day as inspiration. I think in the future, when I grow tired of the WOTD, I will move on to some sort of ‘alphabet’ set ((but that only gives me 26 days to work with…)). We shall see!

And super finally, I don’t really know 100% what is about to happen in the near future, or exactly which semester it is that I end up graduating but I do know that, despite my current stuffy face and cough, I am decently happy – which is decently nice.

Progress & Parts

Here’s the list of parts I’m thinking this will need to function (with assistance from people much more computery than me):

  • Super AMOLED display with capacitive multitouch
  • LTE/WiMax data radio (I still don’t know what this is?)
  • a mobile processor of some kind (found a “Hummingbird” model)
  • storage ROM
  • batteries…?

All of these will be accounted for and then projected out for 5-1o years by multiplying their ability by 2x or 3x.

Samsung Super AMOLED video

‘Airnergy’ Wi-Fi charger explained

Features!

Some pictures of my project “Creative Cutlery” have been featured here on IGreenSpot.
I don’t remember being told this was happening or them asking if they could use my photographs or information or anything at all, plus the content doesn’t actually link to me since that link is broken….

But hey! Internet! Thanks!

Google: ‘Social Circle’


“results from my social circle” = Allison & Carolyn

Project II: Current Criteria

– the future will have internet everywhere, all the time so it will be less of a priority
– because everything and everyone will have internet access, we will turn our attention back towards physical objects and interactions
– this ‘picture device’ will serve as a digital artifact and a tool for personal, face-to-face communication
– it’s contents will be based upon your own unique, personality
– it’s display will be an honest representation of who you are: gathered from website input you have chosen (like how Google knows that I like designer reproduction furniture from overstock.com) and your own tendencies and ‘likes’ (often used words, phrases, color pallets, etc.)
– you ‘subscribe’ through the one-time purchase of your device
– it will be paid for by ads on the actual internet
– wirelessly charges through wi-fi
– a monthly, tailored print out ((on your wireless printing device)) would encourage and further the social interaction aspect
– comes on a necklace: removable to put wherever you like (pin it on clothes, wrap necklace around your wrist = bracelet)
– picture vs. video still to be determined…

– changes based on people around you, in proximity: when alone, just shows your most favorite things
(mine would be a cardigan or a giraffe…)

– form to be optimum for visual output: golden rectangle, minimal frame, focus on screen and image itself

I made another board; this one is more of a visual show of what I want this product to invoke about physical social networking.

More Personal Notes on: Social Networking

“Social Internet Networks” get boring, but also guilt you into feeling like you “have” to keep them and/or keep up with them. They are also sort of remind me of video games and other computer related activities: you have to put a lot of time into maintaining your “Facebook friendships” to get lots of comments/notes/messages/whatevers back.

But, also, think of all those notifications! You ‘like’ something or comment on one thing of a sort-of friend, and then suddenly 12914 of THEIR friends do the same and Facebook tells you EVERY SINGLE TIME*.

*I realize you can change this notification, but then you would never know and then that would be annoying probably right? Do you see how hard this is yet? No? I have so many more reasons.

You feel obligated to check all of these things because you still have them and maybe because someone maybe wrote something somewhere. Keeping and maintaining these websites are a learnt behavior; I repeatedly check things because I did yesterday and I don’t want all of the internet stuffs to pile up!
Another popular excuse, at least for me, is “well, how would I get in touch with those people if I got rid of my account??” How would they have my email? These sorts of sites are really great to sort of know people that other people sort of know and it’s *slightly* less awkward to approach people via internet than on the phone.

Groups. Events. You want EVERYONE to join the thing you sent an invitation out about (on the internet, which is soooo personal *sarcasm*), but you don’t care about Miss-So-and-So’s tea party for grassshopers or whatever.

People don’t take things seriously on Facebook. You can make an event about ANYTHING and one of the options is “maybe”. I hate having looming event invitations. I maybe everyone of them and usually miss all of them.

But then again, people take EVERYTHING on the internet seriously. Not everything needs to have a ‘comment’ section. People make FOOLS of themselves on the internet allllll of the timmmmeeeeeeee. Plus, there is no inflection – just words out there for everyone to interpret their own way.

Everyone is on a different site. Myspace, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. You don’t want to be left behind, you don’t want to miss out, you need as much exposure as possible – especially as a “creative”.

OVERWHELMING – there’s no “easy way” to communicate with people. For IDSA I have to update the official Facebook group, message all the members from the FB group, make a FB event for it, message all of those people specifically, EMAIL people from the IDSA email address, update the tumblr which feeds to the IDSA website. Then I usually use twitter to talk about things right before or while their happening as a reminder, which also updates my FB status to tell people their….and I still end up printing out posters and announcing IN classes to try and get people to attend.

too

much

stuff

It is hard to get out of networking sites! If you’ve ever tried to delete an account on almost any website, there are lots and lots of screens to jump through, plus usually an email confirmation at the end. Getting rid of my Myspace was hard, not because I was going to miss it, but because they wanted me to explain why, and was I really sure? Yes. Plus all that guilt of missing out and not being able to reach those people (that you aren’t really friends with).

The internet promotes procrastination, which promotes procrastination, which etc.
It’s usually never a “quick check” of a website; it’s usually a 2-3 hour internet bout.
Like a disease.
Sometimes I have to use a timer to keep myself in check!

“Don’t want to miss out on things! Want to keep up with what everyone is doing!” on a networking site or even “Looking for inspiration!” on cool design blogs prevents people from doing their own things. This happens to me with Tumblr much too often.

Plus, the internet sometimes makes me over-aware of things. I mock people’s design concepts because I’ve already seen it done 2910312830 times and way better on the internet. And I often sort of judge people for not using the internet more, because, hello, these things are already out there!
But at the same time, I feel like it stunts my imagination.

Finally: You can be anyone you want to be on the internet. Probably not who you really are at all.

Notes on “Social Networking”

“A social network service focuses on building and reflecting of social networks or social relations among people, e.g., who share interests and/or activities.”

– usually contain “category places” i.e. former school year, classmates, etc.
– Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Myspace, LinkedIn ((most popular currently))
– serve as a “group meeting place” for people of similar interests; some are more specific than others (i.e. books and music)
– attempts have been made to standardize things, but to no avail (privacy issues?)
– started with chat rooms
– – most sites now have their own, individualized “chatting” system
– early sites: Friendster, SixDegrees.com
– social networking for “good” – i.e. Care2, WiserEarth, etc.
– class divide between Facebook and Myspace: often find people switch from Myspace to Facebook as they get older and move on to college
– two broad categories: internal and external social networks
— one requires an invitation, and one is for everyone
– advertising
– privacy of information, email spamming, ‘notifications’
– privacy of “friend” settings -> can guesstimate information about people from their friend’s information
– ‘admins’ that decide what’s ‘acceptable’ for the site itself
— names being approved, picture content, etc.
– selling of information to companies
– age verification and ‘scans’ do not work on the internet
harms interpersonal communication of teens/youth

**brings up issue of identity & privacy: redefines them
(you are whatever you say you are, once things are on the internet, they’re there forever, etc.)

“Friendster was founded to create a safer, more effective environment for meeting new people by browsing user profiles and connecting to friends, friends of friends and so on, allowing members to expand their network of friends more rapidly than in real life, face-to-face scenarios.”

“allows people to ask questions and voice concern without meeting face to face”
((i.e. bitch on the internet and not have to deal with the consequences that would happen in real life))
{[think YouTube or ABC.com that lets you “comment” on episodes or videos, but why??]}

“It is no secret that we often copy what our friends are doing.” (via)

people significantly influence each other’s behavior within up to three degrees of separation = influenced not only by your friends, but also by your friends’ friends’ friends (!!!!!)

“Optimists say that social networking via the Internet helps us to strengthen existing ties and forge new ones, leading to an improved social condition. Pessimists say that our online social networks keep us isolated and closed-off from other people’s worldviews.”

sources: Wikipedia, Do social networking sites improve your ability to network in real life?,

clearly different views, different pros and cons for different situations….

Reading About:

social networking.

Will respond with my thoughts and summaries whenever I’m done.

I think it’s hilarious and awesome that I’m doing in-depth research on Facebook, twitter, Myspace, etc.

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