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  • Danielfaberboard_177_

    Core Problem- Our current system for manufacturing is both economically and environmentally inefficient. It involves the transport of goods from the United States to multiple manufacturing destinations. The finished products are then shipped back to the United States to be sold to the American public. This system for manufacturing yields unnecessary and unethical practices. Massive fuel waste leads to an increased carbon footprint. Also, a transfer of manufacturing jobs from local American economies to manufacturing nations. The United States has seen a 20% decline in manufacturing jobs alone since the prosperous mid 90's. When a product is manufactured on a mass scale out of a single material this process results in a dent to the worlds ecosystems that is harmful and often irreplaceable. My mission is to design a line of furniture that can be manufactured on a local scale using materials indigenous to the area in which it is produced. The manufacturing process will yield an "organic" product that when shipped out of its manufacturing zone will incorporate carbon cost offsets into it's final pricing figure.

  • FUNCY_multifunctional sustainable furniture

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    Thesis Statement: To improve the quality of life by designing sustainable multi-functional furniture, which can do more with less in small spaces, therefore preventing waste from being produced.

    Mission Statement: The density of urban environments is a well established dilemma. One of the practical problems resulting from density of urban livings is the efficent disposal of waste. With the city-dwelling populations increasingly growing, the amount of garbage produced expands accordingly. A logical solution to this problem would be to reduce the amount of garbage by preventing waste from being produced. Given that discarded furniture in New York accounts for more than 200,000 tons each year, constituting a significant portion of the city’s waste, I would like to work to solve this problem by designing multi-functional furniture that can be used for different purposes. e multi-functionality of the products will prolong the duration of use; moreover when these products are thrown away, the amount of garbage produced will be inversely proportional to the number of functions which they were used for.

    Target Group: Young urban dwellers, who are concerned about the environment, with small living/ working spaces

  • 123_177_

    Musical Pebbles- Musical toy that encourages children’s body movement through sound.

    Musical Pebbles- Musical toy that encourages children’s body movement through sound.

    These days, development of technology allows children access to many kinds of gadgets such as TV or game consoles. Children tend to overconsume those screen media. Lack of physical activity caused by over consuming media may, arguably, lead to negative side effects for kids either physically or mentally. Thus, introducing new play that promotes body movement will be desirable for children who are exposed to too much media in order to encourage healthy behavior.

    The mission of Musical-Pebbles is to encourage children play more actively apart from screen media.

    My approach is to encourage children’s body movement through music. Combining art and physical activity can become an effective tool for children since art provides opportunities to create, perform and communicate.

    The rubber pads(Musical Pebbles) make 12 different sounds from Do to Ti including sharp and at notes. As they move their body, they’ll learn those musical notes and they might change the position of the pads to create sounds they like to play more easily.

  • Minsuk_board_177_

    Problem

    Most children in the home express a natural and normal curiosity about objects that can cause burn injuries such as hot water, ovens, eletricity, irons and so on. Unfortunately, parents or caregivers can’t always pay attention because they need time to take care of themselves. However, in these moment, children often get burned by these hazardous objects. Reflecting on my experience, I am still suffering from chest burns. When I was 5 years old, I got my chest burnt by hot water, which I endured tremendous pain and was hospitalized for five months. When the accident happened, if someone had told me about the danger of hot water, it might have not happened to me.

    Mission Statement

    Burn injury hazard could happen to children very easily in the home. Every year, many children are treated and die in hospital emergency rooms. It is unfortune for children to get burned at a young age because it is not only hard for them to bear the pain but also for them to carry its aftereffects the rest of their life. Therefore there is a need for a product that prevents life-threantening burn injuries for children.

    Solution

    Safe Voice is a everyday ID bracelet for children that uses the parent’s voice and a light emitting technology to warn the child about burn injuries and has ID tag underside of band. The parent wear a clip that receives a signal, warning them that the child is close to a dangerous object. The bracelet and clip come with a wireless transceiver that is installe...

  • Minsuk_board_177_

    PROBLEM

    Most children in the home express a natural and normal curiosity about objects that can cause burn injuries such as hot water, ovens, eletricity, irons and so on. Unfortunately, parents or caregivers can’t always pay attention because they need time to take care of themselves. However, in these moment, children often get burned by these hazardous objects. Reflecting on my experience, I am still suffering from chest burns. When I was 5 years old, I got my chest burnt by hot water, which I endured tremendous pain and was hospitalized for five months. When the accident happened, if someone had told me about the danger of hot water, it might have not happened to me.

    MISSION STATEMENT

    Burn injury hazard could happen to children very easily in the home. Every year, many children are treated and die in hospital emergency rooms. It is unfortune for children to get burned at a young age because it is not only hard for them to bear the pain but also for them to carry its aftereffects the rest of their life. Therefore there is a need for a product that prevents life-threantening burn injuries for children.

    SOLUTION

    Safe Voice is a everyday ID bracelet for children that uses the parent’s voice and a light emitting technology to warn the child about burn injuries and has ID tag underside of band. The parent wear a clip that receives a signal, warning them that the child is close to a dangerous object. The bracelet and clip come with a wireless transceiver that is installe...

  • [Moogune] Personal hygiene glove

    Aid, Industrial Design

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    Mission: To help reduce infectious illnesses spread through contact with public surfaces, my thesis project provides a hand protect glove for urban people who are particularly vulnerable to health problems resulting from the lack of hand hygiene.

    Problem: I am focusing on the people in the New York City who always use public facilities, but rarely wash their hands. In the city, there are more situations of hand-to-hand contact due to NY’s dense population, but it is hard to find cleaning facilities outside of buildings. However hand-to-hand contact causes spreading of infectious illnesses such as the flu and diarrhea. The simplest type of health care is keeping hands clean, but many people don’t realize the importance of hand washing.

    Design: The personal hygiene glove protects the palm of the hand and fingers when a user holds public facilities such as the subway railings, doorknobs, or faucets. A thin layer of glove only partially covers the hands, and its shape and flexible material allow users to wear and carry it easily.

  • My other blog may be interesting too.

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    We have a blog on my office site with ramblings on things that interest us and may interest you too: http://www.miriellografico.com/mg/weblog/

  • Headwest

    Community, Environmental Design

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    headwest is a system that transforms architectural waste to create new sustainable building materials. These materials will be used in the construction of new pre-fabricated homes for the area. All materials will be salvaged, manufactured and sold regionally using local labor, local resources, factories and infrastructure.

    Problem Cities in the American Rust Belt (Buffalo, NY as a case study) have lost their vitality as a result of urban flight, suburban sprawl and the changing industrial climate of the United States. This has lead to the vacancy of homes and factories, and the deterioration of surrounding rural communities.

    There are few jobs, few incentives for new generations to stay, and little investment coming from the federal government. The decline of these early industrial cities has been accepted a part of our national culture, leaving little room for optimism.

    In the near future, these cities will inevitably become vital again due to their wealth of natural resources. There will be few architectural amenities left. New materials will be needed to rebuild what will have been lost. And the people who’ve invested their lives in largely forgotten communities may very well be brushed aside as the region is built over.

    Not-For-Profit Collaboration Build It Green! NYC is New York City’s only non-profit retail outlet for salvaged and surplus building materials. They receive donated salvaged and surplus building materials at their warehouse and are available at a re...

  • Cache:developing financially conscious minds

    Education, Industrial Design

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    MISSION

    To help adolescents (ages 14-18) realize and understand their buying and saving patterns. By doing so they will understand and master the essential “tool set” (budgeting finances) before transitioning into adulthood.

    PROBLEM

    Adolescents are becoming key figures in our economy but current marketing and branding schemes are steering the future in the wrong direction. The media and peer pressure is causing our young adults to become indulgent consumers. These young adults have reached a point where vanity is everything and money is the means of achieving it. This skewed perception is causing our emerging adults to become financially irresponsible.

    Cache (Kash) : A place for concealment and safekeeping of valuables,

    SOLUTION

    The phrase “get them while they’re young”was born when corporations began to market and produce products for an untargeted age group of 8-18 year olds. Cache is a program that would use the same principal “get them while they’re young “but instead of making teens spend more money Cache would help them save money. Cache would provide a system that would help the fresh minds of the future retain a portion of their earnings as opposed to spending it on frivolous products.

  • Partitionboard3_177_

    The US/Mexico border is the most frequently crossed border in the world. There are currently 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and over 60% are from Mexico. Close to half of the undocumented Mexican population entered the country illegally either by trekking thru the Arizona desert, wading across the Rio Grande or hiding in a cargo vehicle. Once in the US Undocumented Mexicans encounter low wages and poor/unsafe working conditions. The undocumented often find themselves struggling to survive in a country that needs them but has public disdain for them at the same time. The American media targets the “illegal alien” as the source of immigration problems and implies that the US alone needs to come up with a solution to combat this “invasion.” However, the problems are bilateral as they involve two separate nations. The building of an impenetrable wall is what many Americans view as the only solution. A wall is only impenetrable if the guards are prepared to shoot anyone who attempts to penetrate it. A wall also further divides The United States from its neighbors.

    Partition is a gallery installation of a dinner place setting that addresses the physical and mental borders that exists between the US and Mexico. The piece will consist of a table, two chairs, dinnerware and wallpaper. Partition uses the visual language and techniques of Product Design to spark conversation about a subject that so many Americans choose to ignore. Partition uses ...

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