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  • 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 ...

  • {UN}WANTED prototypes in progress

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    2 out of 3 prototypes in progress Constructed out of discarded furniture + CNC cut sheetgoods

  • Aguaobsesion II

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    SI EL HOMBRE EXISTE ES UNICAMENTE PORQUE EL PLANETA QUE LO ALBERGA ES QUE SEPAMOS EL ÚNICO CUERPO CELESTE DONDE LA VIDA ES POSIBLE Y LA VIDA ES POSIBLE EN LA TIERRA PORQUE ES UN PLANETA DE AGUA JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU

    ....Y comprender que la tierra no nos pertenece, que no somos dueños de ella, mas bien formamos parte decisiva de la misma pensando y ejercitándonos en evitar continuas situaciones sin regreso en los elementos naturales tan necesarios el aire, el AGUA...convirtiéndolos en bienes escasos, es una realidad creciente y esperanzada que nos inspira a crear a defender y a amar. M.L. Bretón 1991

    grifo abierto 1989(sociedad consumísta).

  • Aguaobsesion

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    El arte, la pintura, nos ayuda a comprender la vida, su historia, emociones, sensaciones. Conocemos el pasado y orígenes de la humanidad a través de las pinturas rupestres. Ahora estoy trabajando en una idea que gira en mi vida desde pequeña y que ya empecé a exponer en Portugal con motivo del hermanamiento de mi pueblo Palos de la Frontera(Huelva) y la ciudad de Lagos(Portugal) en 1991 como ciudades del descubrimiento y navegantes del siglo xv. El tema es el AGUA.

  • california roll stop

    Poverty, Environmental Design

    ever rolled through a stop sign after seeing that all intersections are clear?

    i think this should be legalized.

    raising prices on gas has mostly hurt the lower income class people and steps must be made to reduce the costs of transportation for all people. the roll stop is an instant gas and money saver. and yes it is good for the environment too since it cuts down on emissions, break pads and saves people time.

    i fully support new forms of transportation and while this development happens immediate relief can come by legalizing the "california roll stop" :)

    cheers, jesse

  • USER TESTING

    Communication, Industrial Design

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    I am about to embark on the very first of my user testing and focus groups. Up until now it's been friends, professors and their various children. This is both exciting and kind of scary. It's where I will figure out all the kinks with my thesis and then work them out.

    Truth is, I can't do much more until I've officially tested. The Itinerary is as follows:

    Tuesday (1pm to 3 pm) Mommy and Me Gym, YMCA on 14 and 2nd Ave

    Wednesday (8 am to 2 pm) IRB Early Learning Center, Lexington School for the Deaf

    Thursday (8 am to 3 pm) IRB Early Learning Center and Preschool, Lexington School for the Deaf

    Friday (3 pm to 5 pm) Speech and Occupational Therapy, Comprehensive Learning Center

    To prepare for this, I've made business cards with my thesis logo as well as about a thousand blue frosted cookies (I think blue is my general color palette)

    Also, this whole focus group research will not only legitimize my thesis but prompt me to write more about it on this blog.

    Best, Michael

  • Smockshop

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    " A smock is a simple double wraparound garment designed by Andrea Zittel. These versatile garments are both attractive and utilitarian - each garment is one of a kind, and is sewn by an artist who reinterprets the original design based on their individual skill sets, tastes and interests. The smockshop generates income for artists who’s work is either non-commercial, or not yet self sustaining."

    Quoted from the Smockshop website: www.smockshop.org

  • Solari

    Community, Environmental Design

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    For my senior thesis I am developing a system/product that makes healthy eating more accessible at The New School campus, while serving as a communal outlet for education about sustainable living. The Green Market, in New York City, is a good resource for providing fresh and sustainable food options; however, there is little that’s been done to bridge the market and The New School despite both parties being within walking distance of each other. Through, my product I hope to alert students to the Green Market and other resources that demonstrate the use of sustainable practices.

    Solari is composed of two carts – one for vending fresh food on campus and another for transporting ingredients from the Green Market to The New School. In key spots within The New School Building, students will have access to either a freshly prepared salad bar or juice. Freshly squeezed juice will be served in place like the Green Roof or Gym. And in certain areas where classes take place, there will be access to a salad bar. Solari will provide students with healthy energy- infused foods, while educating about sustainability.

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    Mission Statement: ShareStation is a desk that allows two users to work at the same time generating communication and interaction. The common activities of the parent and child in the Asian American society, usually executed separately, would be merged redefining the work and study experience. This new interaction would strengthen the family bond, and support the child through the difficult teenage years.

    Problem: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Asian American women ages 15~24 have a higher rate of suicide than Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics in the same age group. Asian American youths are overly stressed for many reasons with family pressure being a main cause. The generational and cultural gap between Asian American teenage children and their Asian immigrant parents has made family communication challenging causing even more stress during the difficult years of adolescence. A better understanding between child and parent is the most essential need that is seemingly hard to approach due to a lack of interactive and communicative opportunities.

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