Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Goals

It is our last quarter of junior year, AKA chair quarter where we are going to design and fabricate a chair in 10 weeks. I am pretty pumped for this, especially since this will be a piece that really expresses who I am as a designer.

Here are my goals for the quarter:
  • Expand my design vocabulary. Anyone that has spoken with me knows that I have a small bank of words in my head. This makes it hard for me to verbally communicate my motives and design decisions. I usually do a lot of planning for what I am going to say when presentations, which helps. Also, I like to think that this has helped me improve on my visual design communication skills, but now it is time to expand that small bank of words so I can readily say what I want to say.
  • Take what I learned from working at One & Co and apply it to this quarter. One & Co has a deep sense of brand strategy, which I learned is a lot about having a strong theme and story. Also the level of refinement I experienced there is what I want to bring to my work.
  • Be more aggressive and confident. AKA get more opinions from others and voice my opinion.
  • Be more efficient and make educated decisions.
  • Study Chinese.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get awesome at ping-pong.
3, 2, 1... FIGHT!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Design for a Dollar

At this year's ICFF, ID students at Pratt had the task of creating a design for a dollar. Some beautiful solutions to limited resources.

Drip Plate by Catherine Merrick: Made by melting wax onto an existing plate and sandblasting away the exposed areas.

Scissors by Brian Persico: Laser cut scissors from discarded saw blades and polished.

More here and here.

Design for a Living World

Maya Lin

Paulina Reyes

Christien Meindertsma

Yves Behar

Ted Muehling

Raising awareness of where sustainable products come from the Nature Conservatory chose ten designers to design using resources from different regions of the world. See More here.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

"Thoughts from a homeless guy now that I'm back on my feet"

So I just discovered Best of Craiglist and saw a post by a 20-something guy from San Francisco titled "Thoughts from a homeless guy now that I'm back on my feet." It actually had great insight for people who do not know what it's like for a homeless person. Even thinking about stories like The Pursuit of Happiness where some people simply do not have a choice but to be homeless.

Anyway, from a research/design and just learning about people/life/perspective, its good to know that people are always open to share.

Here's a (lengthy) excerpt from his post:

Okay, so what are the things that I really appreciate?

-- Light switches: In a shelter, lights come on, lights come off and you have no say. The ability to control your own lighting is a big deal.

-- Access to toilets: Ever hear someone mention how those 'disgusting' homeless guys pee outside? Where else should we? The search for a place to relieve yourself is a constant problem when you are on the streets.

-- Weather: I don't pay much attention to weather anymore. On the streets, weather is your life. A homeless guy rummaging for newspapers only wants one section, the weather report. If you can read, and you know the weather, you will have every dude you know asking what is coming.

-- Clean water: Are you impressed with the cleanliness of your average gas station restroom? How'd you like to drink from that sink?

-- Not losing things: Homeless shelters are life-savers in bad weather, but they are also a guarrantee that you will lose all your stuff. Either it's stolen while you sleep, or the shelter staff told you you have to leave it outside. Secret hiding places never are.

-- Night fear: You never stop being afraid of being outside at night. Think it's scary to have a breakdown at night? Someone gets mad, gets drunk or gets mean, you are going to be the first person they find.

-- Health Care Fear: Did you hear about that Bumfights video? It's BS! No homeless guys are going to fight. We never fight each other because everyone is afraid of getting hurt. You hear about guys who sprain their ankle and then die because they couldn't move for two weeks. Or, you hear about a guy who cuts his arm and his arm swells up the size of his leg. Little injuries kill. I was always terrified of getting hurt because of that.

The Beatles!

The Beatles Rock Band Trailer!!!

Can I repeat this? The Beatles + Rock Band= Super excitement!

Plus the trailer is really great!

Singin' in the Rain Remix

I have been crazy over Britain's Got Talent coverage and just discovered last year's winner George Sampson's final performance, a remix, if you will, of Singin' in the Rain. Compare to classy Gene Kelly and see how modern dance has evolved over the years.

Also, a tribute to Gene Kelly by Usher!

Bag Stool

by Gitta Gschwendtner for Quinze and Milan

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

God is in the Details

1. Bent/Stefan Diez 2. Sequence bowl/One & Co. 3. Black Calm and Black Noise/Defne Koz 4. Textile Clouds/Bouroullec brothers

Check out this new blog focusing on the details of refined design. Featuring a lot of furniture, but other products too. Also nice to see some new materials being used. Spotd It