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  • Decomposing a Thesis

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Decomposing a Thesis

    Group Member:

    Jennifer Riggi, Sumin Nam, Herng Fuu Richard Yeh

    Title of the Thesis:

    Share Station by Tao Lin

    Summary of Project:

    Workstation that encourages interaction between Asian American parents and their children. It is supposed to improve language barriers and help strengthen family bonds.

    Problems:

    A lot of solutions were created from assumptions. There is not enough evidence on the board to convince us that the product serves its function.

    He tries to tackle too many problems at once instead of stating one problem and one solution. He mentions female suicide, gaps between children and parents, randomly placed recycling information, and the actual furniture has major physical construction issues.

    We found that the desk was abnormally huge and probably most Asian American families could not comfortably fit it in their residence. Also it only seats two people when most families have more than one parent and sibling. We were not convinced that this piece of furniture and its specific function as a workstation had any relevance to the mission statement.

    Also none of the stated issues that the non for profit stood for directly related to the mission statement.

    We were also weary that the product needed to be for Asian American families exclusively. The problem statement could apply to most families regardless of their culture.

    Positives:

    We felt that the form of the furniture was interesting and unique.

    We also decided that it could...

  • e2

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Check out e2 at www.e2-series.com, a critically acclaimed PBS series about the innovators and pioneers who envision a better quality of life on earth: socially, culturally, economically and ecologically.

  • TESSERA DECOMPOSITION

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Group members: Lee Winfield, Shintaro Monden, Michael Tsang

    Tessera Decomposition

    Christian John NFP: INEE (Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), IRC (international Rescue Committee

    Problem

    Help Iraqi children with trauma caused by the violence they were exposed to, war casualties and fleeing their homes.

    Christian’s solution

    Design a puzzle game made out of ceramics where the parts carry family member’s names to start up a conversation between the family elders and other relatives and the young children suffering from trauma.

    Our take

    As a group, we appreciated the effort to try to create a sense of family and community by opening up the conversation between the different age groups. However, we feel that the game is not challenging enough for all age groups and would get boring after played various times. We accept it as an ‘ice breaker’, a first attempt to start a conversation and play an enjoyable game in harsh conditions. At the same time, we feel that its benefits are very short term ones and would not assist the children in their lives as a whole.

    Christian chose ceramics for the game pieces as it is a rather cheap, natural resource found in the middle east. However, we doubt the actual local manufacturing of this game in the local community. We also are concerned with the usage of the game pieces as weapon due to their weight, fragility and sharpness.

    The usage of local ornamentation is an important part of the design. We agree with...

  • TESSERA DECOMPOSITION

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Thesis_132_

    Group members: Lee Winfield, Shintaro Monden, Michael Tsang

    Tessera Decomposition

    Christian John NFP: INEE (Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), IRC (international Rescue Committee

    Problem

    Help Iraqi children with trauma caused by the violence they were exposed to, war casualties and fleeing their homes.

    Christian’s solution

    Design a puzzle game made out of ceramics where the parts carry family member’s names to start up a conversation between the family elders and other relatives and the young children suffering from trauma.

    Our take

    As a group, we appreciated the effort to try to create a sense of family and community by opening up the conversation between the different age groups. However, we feel that the game is not challenging enough for all age groups and would get boring after played various times. We accept it as an ‘ice breaker’, a first attempt to start a conversation and play an enjoyable game in harsh conditions. At the same time, we feel that its benefits are very short term ones and would not assist the children in their lives as a whole.

    Christian chose ceramics for the game pieces as it is a rather cheap, natural resource found in the middle east. However, we doubt the actual local manufacturing of this game in the local community. We also are concerned with the usage of the game pieces as weapon due to their weight, fragility and sharpness.

    The usage of local ornamentation is an important part of the design. We agree with...

  • TESSERA DECOMPOSITION

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Group members: Lee Winfield, Shintaro Monden, Michael Tsang

    Tessera Decomposition

    Christian John NFP: INEE (Inter Agency Network for Education in Emergencies), IRC (international Rescue Committee

    Problem

    Help Iraqi children with trauma caused by the violence they were exposed to, war casualties and fleeing their homes.

    Christian’s solution

    Design a puzzle game made out of ceramics where the parts carry family member’s names to start up a conversation between the family elders and other relatives and the young children suffering from trauma.

    Our take

    As a group, we appreciated the effort to try to create a sense of family and community by opening up the conversation between the different age groups. However, we feel that the game is not challenging enough for all age groups and would get boring after played various times. We accept it as an ‘ice breaker’, a first attempt to start a conversation and play an enjoyable game in harsh conditions. At the same time, we feel that its benefits are very short term ones and would not assist the children in their lives as a whole.

    Christian chose ceramics for the game pieces as it is a rather cheap, natural resource found in the middle east. However, we doubt the actual local manufacturing of this game in the local community. We also are concerned with the usage of the game pieces as weapon due to their weight, fragility and sharpness.

    The usage of local ornamentation is an important part of the design. We agree with...

  • Inspirational Females

    Community, Industrial Design

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    The development community is blessed with several amazing women leaders. I've been volunteering with Engineers Without Borders for several years now and have met some amazing people doing amazing things. I'm an engineer by training, so I'm not accustomed to seeing so many females around. Unfortunate, but true. However, through my volunteer work I've met some of the amazing females advocating social equality around the world -- some in their spare time and others are also budding entrepreneurs.

    Anurupa Rao - is a design engineer at D2M Inc, but in her spare time she's developing an extremely low-cost water storage container with International Development Enterprises for farmers in Myanmar. She's also an active volunteer in Engineers Without Borders

    Emily Pilloton -- founded a non-profit in San Francisco called Project H Design. Her focus is using design to address some of the world's most pressing humanitarian needs. She's currently expanding her non-profit.

    Ann Torres -- a mechanical engineer at Function Design who also leads an Appropriate Technology Design Team, focused on technology design development for the developing world.

    Erica Estrada -- co-founder of d.Light Design, a for-profit organization based in India that develops high-quality LED lighting for low-income communities throughout India... and soon the world, I hope.

    Jocelyn Wyatt -- leading the Social Impact + Business Factors group at IDEO, one of the world's largest design firms. Jocelyn has a long list of...

  • "We must face our own ugliness. We often must become painfully aware of the unworkability of a pattern before we're willing to give it up. It often seems, in fact, that our lives get worse rather than better when we begin to work deeply on ourselves. Life doesn't actually get worse; it's just that we feel our own transgressions more because we're no longer anesthetized by unconsciousness."

    — Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

  • Decomposing Thesis

    Environment

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    As a group we presented a previous senior thesis project that was focusing on the environment. Takeshi Seki worked with a not-for-profit-organization called CENYC, their focus has been improving New York City environment for over thirty years now, and they emphasizes the awareness among new Yorkers as their main focus. Takeshi’s approach towards this thesis project was to reduce the carbon dioxide through installing reinforcements for trees so that it could prevent traffic from hitting it, and also providing more green in the city due to the lack of parks we have in New York City.

    The strength of this project is to gain awareness of environment in New York City, the benches he designed increases the social engagement in the urban community. However, the concept of reducing carbon dioxide from furniture making is not effective due to the lack of information on materials usage and production. Furthermore, his design in general wasn’t relatively connected to the environment; and as well as the function doesn’t speak for its design. Lastly, Takeshi Seki wasn’t able to adapt his not-for-profit-organization into his final product. Through analysis of Takeshi Seki’s thesis, we all approved that there are many different ways to approach this issue. One of the ideas we came across was to produce more oxygen by processing photosynthesis without greens or transferring carbon dioxide into oxygen through current technologies. For example, one idea was to have filters installed i...

  • Decomposing Thesis

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    As a group we presented a previous senior thesis project that was focusing on the environment. Takeshi Seki worked with a not-for-profit-organization called CENYC, their focus has been improving New York City environment for over thirty years now, and they emphasizes the awareness among new Yorkers as their main focus. Takeshi’s approach towards this thesis project was to reduce the carbon dioxide through installing reinforcements for trees so that it could prevent traffic from hitting it, and also providing more green in the city due to the lack of parks we have in New York City.

    The strength of this project is to gain awareness of environment in New York City, the benches he designed increases the social engagement in the urban community. However, the concept of reducing carbon dioxide from furniture making is not effective due to the lack of information on materials usage and production. Furthermore, his design in general wasn’t relatively connected to the environment; and as well as the function doesn’t speak for its design. Lastly, Takeshi Seki wasn’t able to adapt his not-for-profit-organization into his final product.

    Through analysis of Takeshi Seki’s thesis, we all approved that there are many different ways to approach this issue. One of the ideas we came across was to produce more oxygen by processing photosynthesis without greens or transferring carbon dioxide into oxygen through current technologies. For example, one idea was to have filters i...

  • Decomposing Thesis

    Environment

    Thsis1_177_

    As a group we presented a previous senior thesis project that was focusing on the environment. Takeshi Seki worked with a not-for-profit-organization called CENYC, their focus has been improving New York City environment for over thirty years now, and they emphasizes the awareness among new Yorkers as their main focus. Takeshi’s approach towards this thesis project was to reduce the carbon dioxide through installing reinforcements for trees so that it could prevent traffic from hitting it, and also providing more green in the city due to the lack of parks we have in New York City.

    The strength of this project is to gain awareness of environment in New York City, the benches he designed increases the social engagement in the urban community. However, the concept of reducing carbon dioxide from furniture making is not effective due to the lack of information on materials usage and production. Furthermore, his design in general wasn’t relatively connected to the environment; and as well as the function doesn’t speak for its design. Lastly, Takeshi Seki wasn’t able to adapt his not-for-profit-organization into his final product.

    Through analysis of Takeshi Seki’s thesis, we all approved that there are many different ways to approach this issue. One of the ideas we came across was to produce more oxygen by processing photosynthesis without greens or transferring carbon dioxide into oxygen through current technologies. For example, one idea was to have filters i...

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