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  • Focus Group # 2- 3

    Communication, Industrial Design

    Preschool at Lexington School for the Deaf (Queens)

    Age 3 - 5 years old (class size 4-6)

    Today I brought the blanket and building blocks to a school for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (HOH) at Lexington School for the Deaf in New York City. It was really brilliant. The first class I met with is taught by Amanda and all the children (ages 3 to 4 years) practiced sign language and all but one had Deaf parents. So, needless to say their range of speech/vocabulary and sign was amazing! I found myself having a brief conversation with every one (some more animate than others).

    They got really excited about the blocks. Especially those blocks that rattled or had crinkly affects such as plastic or paper on the inside. It is very important to note, and I am sure it will only become more obvious, the acute need to concentrate heavily on material and textures.

    I first asked the children what sign the picture was that I held up to them. They most always responded in the correct sign. I then showed them the other side of the block and automatically the kids started listing off what they saw: boy, hair, baby, 'sign for cow', mouth open).

    Second came the blanket, and that was a winner! Opposed to what mothers and infants said/responded to it at the YMHA, these 3/4 year olds loved it and responded to the signs. Obviously it is because they are immersed in the language, but it is important to note nonetheless.

    The second class i sat in was taught by Judy and all students have Cochlear...

  • green+

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    My concept is not only to raise awareness about global warming through better production processes but also to be able to use furniture as a medium to show the comfort of greens.

    My target audience is urban inhabitants and especially people who live in NYC. There are various parks and squares around NYC. However, they are not enough for the population for the city. More than 8 million people live in NYC, but there are only 1,700 parks. Different studies have proven that vegetation has therapeutic qualities to help individuals cope with stress. Some people grow small gardens in their backyard, on the balconies or even as an ornament in their living rooms. My idea is to design a ‘green bench’ built in beside, or around trees sidewalk. This ‘green bench’ solves one’s desires to grow greens in front of their house, but also people sit enjoy ‘green’ as they sit on the park.

  • green+

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    My concept is not only to raise awareness about global warming through better production processes but also to be able to use furniture as a medium to show the comfort of greens.

    My target audience is urban inhabitants and especially people who live in NYC. There are various parks and squares around NYC. However, they are not enough for the population for the city. More than 8 million people live in NYC, but there are only 1,700 parks. Different studies have proven that vegetation has therapeutic qualities to help individuals cope with stress. Some people grow small gardens in their backyard, on the balconies or even as an ornament in their living rooms. My idea is to design a ‘green bench’ built in beside, or around trees sidewalk. This ‘green bench’ solves one’s desires to grow greens in front of their house, but also people sit enjoy ‘green’ as they sit on the park.

  • green+

    Environment, Industrial Design

    2_132_

    My concept is not only to raise awareness about global warming through better production processes but also to be able to use furniture as a medium to show the comfort of greens.

    My target audience is urban inhabitants and especially people who live in NYC. There are various parks and squares around NYC. However, they are not enough for the population for the city. More than 8 million people live in NYC, but there are only 1,700 parks. Different studies have proven that vegetation has therapeutic qualities to help individuals cope with stress. Some people grow small gardens in their backyard, on the balconies or even as an ornament in their living rooms. My idea is to design a ‘green bench’ built in beside, or around trees sidewalk. This ‘green bench’ solves one’s desires to grow greens in front of their house, but also people sit enjoy ‘green’ as they sit on the park.

  • Take The Awareness Test

    Environment, Communication Design

    From TheCItyFix.com

    I'm happy to see such a high level of sophistication in recent public services announcements on sustainable transportation issues. First we had Lolo, the planet saving Donkey that takes public transportation and now we have this very clever awareness test from Transport for London. Not only does this ad make the point in a very sticky way but they gave it the means to "go viral" by including links for viewers to spread it to their social network of choice.

    Do The Test here -> http://www.dothetest.co.uk/

    Pass it on!

  • {UN}WANTED proposal2

    Environment

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    this is another prototype in progress

  • {UN}WANTED proposal1

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    this is one of the three proposal for prototypes

  • Wheelie

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    Design for a new type of animal wheelchair

    My mission is to redesign the wheelchairs that are available for disabled animals so that they can walk on their own. There are many products for disabled animals such as prosthetics, splints, etc. However, I realized there are many animals that can’t walk even if using prosthetics and splints. The wheelchair is the most important tool for mobilizing disabled animals, but the wheelchairs for animals have not been developed well. There are many good ergonomic designs for humans, but not for animals. Existing wheelchairs are made of heavy metals and don’t support the animal’s body well. Because most wheelchairs have only two wheels, they give a lot of pressure to the animal’s body and legs. By considering these things, I will design an ergonomic shaped structure using memory foam that can support disabled animals and give comfort. I want to redesign them in a way that really considers the needs of animals with disabilities. By designing fashionable wheelchairs, I want to eliminate people’s prejudice towards disabled animals and prevent disabled animals from being abandoned.

  • BOUNCE: baby sign products

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    BOUNCE promotes the popularity and success of Baby Sign as a means to integrate Sign Language and American Deaf Culture into the Mainstream. Through bounce, Deaf Culture ideals and language is both familiar and a must have for every parent.

    • Talk with your baby!
    • No more terrible twos!
    • Improves language skills!
    • Learn sign as early as 7 months

    BOUNCE provides products that incorporate deaf culture such as American Sign Language into toys that can be used throughout childhood. Not only does bounce provide cultural reinforcement but it is also a valuable learning tool.

    As a means to promote early development and establish a foundation for communication in children, baby sign is the most applicable. A child can learn to say he has a dirty diaper, or he wants more milk as early as 7 months. A goal of bounce is to make visual language/baby sign language more accessible by all parents, opening up the divide between two language bound worlds: Deaf Culture and Hearing Culture. As an affect, stigma associated with having Deaf children and the difficulties with learning a language, will be pacified and made less frustrating if the practice of teaching children sign language/baby sign, is widespread and popular.

  • Focus Group # 1

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    Mommy and Me Gym (YMHA) 14th between First and Second Avenue Children Age: 10 month to 19 month

    Today was awesome and chaotic! It is the first time I conducted a focus group and there is a lot to be learned. Such as organization. But that wasn't a problem, everything ran very efficiently and I got a lot of feed back about two products (the BOUNCE Play Mat/Blanket and the BOUNCE Soft Building Blocks).

    The children are adorable and most of all they were drawn to the toys, they actually played with them. Which is the first task: are they approachable, do they keep children entertained? They did everything you could think of: throwing, rattling, chewing, juggling, hiding, rolling, shaking, etc.

    Parents were also excited and active. An average of 2 out every 3 mothers played with the toys and signed/tried to sign really well. Some need a little instruction as to how to say the word 'elephant' on account that they've never signed before but others were really responsive to the emotional signs such as happy. One mother went so far to develop her own signs, in a sense accenting her very own sign for happy which included happy faces, eyes, and framing her face with her hands. Her son was receptive of it as well.

    Second valuable comment was the imagery. Some parents (1 out of 4) were confused by the squishy/stubby hands of the characters and thus unsure of their hand posture. This was to be expected. Even though baby sign is more suggestive than American Sign Language, having the ...

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