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  • ASL and its benefits

    Communication, Industrial Design

    I met with a friend, Christian, the other day at his house for Easter. There I met his wife, brother, brother's wife, and his two adorable little girls Brooklyn (3 y/o) and Remy (13 mos.). They were like most all little girls, talkative, excited by new company and wanting to engage me in every aspect. Both know American Sign Language, bits and pieces, and they are fully hearing.

    Amy, their mother, started teaching Brooklyn ASL when she was 6 months old and benefited quickly after. She used signing aids such as Baby Einstein Movies and books to teach Brooklyn the basics such as 'eat', 'more', 'no more', 'hat' and 'milk'. Brooklyn could successfully communicate basic ideas and thoughts to her parents at 11 months old before she could do so verbally. This isn't because speaking is harder than sign language, but because the vocal chords are not fully developed yet; another reason why sign language is beneficial as a platform for communication.

    When Remy was born, ASL was immediately implemented.At 13 months old, Remy can tell her parents she is hungry, whether she wants more soup and baby (this is perhaps the most popular sign I have seen so far). Remy is now beginning to speak. What I found most exciting and interesting is that her parents talk 'up' to her. That is, instead of mimicking her baby talk and gurgling, they talk to her as though she is an adult. There are many theories for and against this. This is a common practice among Deaf parents and their children. Baby sig...

  • Towards a better environmental research

    Environment, Communication Design

    When it comes to bragging every living soul on earth knows that a huge, sound, concrete subject will get more attention than aiming its work on less charming ones. One can be in the front page of the major mainstream newspapers of the world if he (or she) shows gallantry and even a certain aura of Don Quijotism by defending the blue whales with an old joyfully coloured tug against the sailors of gloom in their gigantic death vessels. Ok. It is nice, helpful, brings out visibility to the fight and strategically intelligent when it comes to the awareness of common people all over the world to the environmental cause. Also it is charmy and helps to rescue a certain romanticism through the beau-geste, sounds like the good cause. Notwithstanding we all know how deep and wide this fight can be and the myriad of different subjects attached to fighting this good fight. Major challenges are right in front of our everyday´s eyes, from extreme poverty in shantytowns to the constant advance of the agricultural boundaries towards fundamental biomes, from the destruction of entire cultures through war to the pollution brought by the chemicals used in the manufacturing of warfare in the theatre of operations. Some of these subjects, though, don´t get the proper and due coverage or research for they might either sound anacronic to the press or not appealing enough to justify more space or duscussion within the academy. I observe that there is a tendency on taking some of this less-seductive...

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

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    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal2

    Community, Environmental Design

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    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal1_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • (UN)Wanted proposal1

    Community, Environmental Design

    Proposal1_177_

    one of three proposals. Furniture can be constructed using hand held tools and custom order of CNC parts from {UN)Wanted. By also offering volunteer programs, {UN}Wanted aims to invite and encourage the community to salvage, be creative and skillful.

  • Kazu_presenboard_177_

    In New York City, there is an increase in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM), many of them due to unsafe sex. Many MSM in the city put themselves at risk by using drugs and alcohol, often while in a night club. Such behavior affects their judgment, and leads to the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. If condoms were easily attainable, safe sex would be practiced more often and less MSM would be at risk for HIV. The solution to the problem is simple: use a condom. “Hey New York: healthy is sexy” is an awareness campaign that encourages MSM in New York City to practice safe sex.

  • In New York City, there is an increase in the number of HIV infections among men who have sex with men (MSM), many of them due to unsafe sex. Many MSM in the city put themselves at risk by using drugs and alcohol, often while in a night club. Such behavior affects their judgment, and leads to the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV. If condoms were easily attainable, safe sex would be practiced more often and less MSM would be at risk for HIV. The solution to the problem is simple: use a condom. “Hey New York: healthy is sexy” is an awareness campaign that encourages MSM in New York City to practice safe sex.

  • Green Packaging

    Environment, Environmental Design

    While doing a thesis for my last year of graphic design I came along a lot of info on packaging and after going through everything I found out that there are so many environmentally friendly options for better packaging. People don't realize that a small change can make a huge difference. I think everybody is afraid of change but specially of how much is it going to COST ME. But to tell you the truth, if everybody decided to go greener then prices will go down and everybody will be able to get environmentally friendly products. You have to think that some extra cents now will help reduce the planet emissions and will help reduce the price of green packaging so others can afford it.

  • win public service badges

    Communication, Communication Design

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    The latest sets of ithinkpublic badges are now available.

    There are 10 designs in total, including ‘jadore mon hopital’ ‘i think public’ and ‘little innovations’, we have 20 sets to give away so you will have to be quick, once they are gone they will be available through the ithinkpublic website.

    To get you hands on a set of these pins simply tell us how you think public…

    email: nicenewbadges@thinkpublic.com

    Good luck

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