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    Communication, Industrial Design


    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


    " 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:

  • Solari

    Community, Environmental Design


    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.

  • Midboard0_177_

    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.

  • Tipping Point or Turning Point?

    Environment, Communication Design


    In the face of a dangerous climatic tipping point, we stand on the verge of a behavioural turning point? Or do we?

    Downing and Ballantyne's 2007 report, entitled Tipping Point or Turning Point is a worthy read into the reality of ethical consumer attitudes and their resistant behaviours to embrace more sustainable lifestyles.

    In the high street consumer are confronted with more and more sustainable choices – HSBC is suddenly a green bank; Marks and Spencer’s has its Plan A; Ikea doesn’t give free plastic bags. At the ballot box David Cameron wants the public to “Vote Blue: Go Green”. Arnold Schwarzenegger has traded movie stardom with investigating the US’s flagship low carbon policy, while Al Gore, when not directing Oscar-winning documentaries on climate change, is organising global rock concerts.

    Maybe we’ve made it then. Scientists are at a virtual consensus. NGOs convinced, politicians persuaded, and business on board. Surely then, the debate is over. In the face of a dangerous climatic tipping point, we stand on the verge of a behavioural turning point? Or do we?

    According to recent MORI results into consumer attitudes to Climate Change, ‘irrespective of cause’, 88% of the public believe that the climate is changing, however, only 46% believe human activity is the primary cause. The report is a valuable read, with plenty of reality checks into the ethical attitude-behaviour gap, occurring amongst UK consumers.

    Download the pdf report here.

  • BANISH the Plastic Bag!

    Environment, Environmental Design


    On 13 March 2008, the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, announced the 2008 Budget, which says it includes "[...] measures aimed at tackling climate change."

    However, it is interesting to note how the greenness of the budget is being widely criticised. In response to Darling’s Budget, the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas described it as a:

    […] criminal wasted opportunity to set the country on the path towards a more sustainable future [...] Instead of seizing the opportunity to reshape our economy to deal with the serious threat of climate change, Alistair Darling used his much-awaited first Budget to set out a weak and flimsy agenda, which brought new definition to the word “greenwash".

    Initially, encouraged that the government is a least listening to the public acknowledgment, that action needs to be taken to tackle climate change, however it was shocking to realise how small a step has been taken to eradicate plastic bags. One of the budget actions, to [potentially] charge for plastic carrier bags, IF retailers fail to take 'enough' (?) voluntary action to reduce their use, by next year… is ridiculous. Firstly, by focusing the public attention to the potential cost (one of those many purchasing decision-makers) of plastic bags, in my eyes completely undermines the global challenge that is climate change, blinding them to see problems caused by aviation and the like. As Lucas quite rightly argued, surely the Chancellor should be focus...

  • Flow in airports - Bachelor

    Communication, Industrial Design

    The link is to a blog for an on-going(spring 2008) project done at Designschool Kolding, Denmark by 3rd year Indutrial Design student Mir Toftemark Nielsen and 3rd year Interactione Design student Mads Crone Köser.

    The project is a bachelors project that aims to improve the passenger experience and flow in airports. Creating a platform of service design with the user in center and from that make a more physical design solution.

    Please come back and follow our process and if you have any questions, feedback, knowledge, cool links or whatever feel free to leave a comment.

  • Seeking for answer!

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

    Hi everybody. I´m news here and I´m looking for "how to cerate an company foccused in Social Design"?

  • 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


    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

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