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I approach design holistically and with an open-mind, as I enjoy meeting and collaborating with new and interesting people. As I believe in working in a multi-disciplinary environment to seek out innovation and creativity.

Design for Change – How to implement Design in the real world?

Emily Teaching Design for Change on TedGlobal was Inspiring! I sat there in ore of what she has accomplished with her skills. She has taken a very challenging project in a quite close-minded town at the time, due to their circumstances and seen opportunities instead of impossible problems.

This video demonstrates how Service Design and many other disciplinary’s can be implemented in the real world, instead of just reading about design tools and design processes in a book, you can actually see how it really works and how it doesn’t.

Bertie County is where she based her work in, the place is known for:

– No Economic/ Environmental/ Social Sustainability

– 1/3 Children living in poverty

– 60% African Americans living in the county

– Public .vs. Private schools / Black .vs. White, results in the separated education and class system in the county

Project H Design studio saw space for designs to be implemented and a place for development and exciting future prospects. They used their skills to build-in long-term solutions instead of quick fixes, that usually fail on large scale projects like Bertie County. 

They has FIVE key beliefs that they took through to their design process:

– Design through Action

– Design WITH not FOR

– Design SYSTEMS not STUFF

– Document, Share & Measure

– Start LOCALLY & Scale GLOBALLY

There is SPACE!

There is NEED!

‘Design is an un-touched Tool! In Bertie County’ 

 

 

 


TRUST breeds MAGIC

This is another really good video to watch from www.thedoblog.com it is all about breeding creativity, through trusting others around you. This talk was given by Tina Eisenberg, also known as swissmiss

I am also following swissmiss on twitter, her homepage was exciting & creative

I am also following swissmiss on twitter, her homepage was exciting & creative

https://twitter.com/brycetmo/status/453882012458184707 Others also find her tweets inspiring too!!

Moreover, she has a great twitter feed and homepage www.creativemornings.com, for those like me who are part of the creative community and love a good bit if learning at breakfast time. This reminds us to find some time in our day, even when we are having breakfast to play and be creative!

Creative Morning Lecture series can be found on their website, I am also following them on Twitter now for a bit of fun learning

  Creative Morning Lecture series can be found on their website, I am also following them on Twitter now for a bit of fun learning

Her video demonstrates her belief in the ‘Labours of Love’! 

I loved the way she points out what it is like to be in the Business world even in the 21st century, ‘In the business world, we still put on a different head, there is a lack of human heart & leading with your heart’. She basically questions this, as we should approach problems with human solutions, leading with our heart as this makes us the designer that we are, it is our beliefs and design ethos that leads us to solve issues in such a way. Therefore she believes there needs to be a ‘Business Revolution’.

CREATE 

PLAY

TRUST

RESPECT

These are four aspects of her design philosophy, that are key to her being successful and continuing on in what she does.

She proves you can work in an industry you know nothing about when you go into to it, as long as you have enthusiasm & you trust yourself and others around you, then you can achieve success!

 


Dream Big(ger)

I enjoy watching video’s on www.thedoblog.com, as they inspire me to push myself further outside of my comfort zone and to dream big! This video in particularly, makes you realise that it is okay to dream big and in-fact you should be dreaming BIGGER. The video is shown below:

Daniel Epstein is the founder of, ‘The Unreasonable Institute’ , further videos on their ventures can be found on www.unreasonableinstitute.org/media/ and they are very interesting and enjoyable to watch, as they provide reassurance for those who want to solve wider social issues, that people keep saying to you, are impossible to solve.

One of my most favourite quotes in this video was, ‘Where most of the world sees problems and challenges, entrepreneurs see opportunities and solutions’. This is why I wanted to get a degree in Product Design in the first place, because I see opportunities in the world for solutions to be had, whereas, others just see problems and complain about them. Moreover, Epstein has a great love for philosophy, similarly I have found my way in design through Philosophy. He speaks about how it teaches you HOW TO THINK, not what to think. This is important because artists/ designers who use philosophy at the root of their cause and their process of thinking, can solve issues differently to others they don’t just take things as they are, I feel they question it and want to solve the root cause of an issue instead of just skimming the surface.

Epstein spoke about his, ‘unreasonable at sea’ venture, which can be found amongst their many unreasonable groups on their website www.unreasonablegroup.com/ or just head straight to their www.unreasonableatsea.com to look at their exciting but risky project that they had undergone.

Un-reasonable groups!

Unreasonable groups!

They had many mentors and co-coordinators of this project, one being the co-founder of the D-school in Stanford University, George Kembel. One of THE best design educators, as he believes it should be implemented into everything we do in Business also. ‘Business is all about people and relationships’. Evotech, an engineering company, created a new medical device out of this venture at sea, an endoscopic device that was 1/20 of the cost of a currently more expensive version, that those in poverty cannot use. Moreover, Damascus Fortune, found a new way to capture and release the carbon out of the atmosphere safely, whilst making some profit. This was a difficult problem to solve, but as a result of the collaboration, travel and working with people in other disciplinary’s they did it.

It is important to realise as a designer we should approach it with empathy as, ’empathy builds empires on the ground’. Moreover, being a designer for me is about being human, approaching design problems as a human and not putting a business head that doesn’t have a personality, because to have a (HCD) Human Centred Design Approach, I have to be very personable in my design approach. Furthermore, I like to work others who have that personable feature about them also, because for me it is all about cross-disciplinary collaboration. Epstein puts it another way,‘we is greater than I’

We < i 


Pot Throwing session

I wanted to take my skills that I had learned in my Collaborative Making Sessions and develop them in my own spare time. Therefore, on Wednesdays/ Fridays I now spend a few couple hours developing these skills and techniques in-order to better myself in making, this way I can experiment further by using more types of materials. Furthermore, I enjoyed using Clay both in Pot Throwing and Clay Modelling. I know there is much more to learn and it is a long process that needs patience, patience is a skill I need to develop this term in-order to experiment with more materials in the future. I am learning and using a variety of skills throughout my design process; Social Media, Branding & Identity, Product Design, Service Design, Cross-disciplinary Collaboration and much more. This way I can become multi-disciplinary in the workplace, this I will aquire through even more collaborative projects.

The Clay has to be placed firmly in the centre of the plate

The Clay has to be placed firmly in the centre of the plate

I was practising my techniques in bringing the Clay up, whilst keeping it central in-order to create the basic cylinder shape

I was practising my techniques in bringing the Clay up, whilst keeping it central in-order to create the basic cylinder shape

Pot Throwing is all about creating that basic cylinder shape, once that has been perfected, you can make pretty much any shape from that, so this stage is key!

Pot Throwing is all about creating that basic cylinder shape, once that has been perfected, you can make pretty much any shape from that, so this stage is key!

Understanding how to mould the cylinder into different shapes is important, you have to thin the walls at the top but not too much as this can cause the Clay to give way and collapse

Understanding how to mould the cylinder into different shapes is important, you have to thin the walls at the top but not too much as this can cause the Clay to give way and collapse


The Key to a Successful Collaboration?

After watching this video, I feel the key to a successful collaboration has been revealed/ made clear!

All it is… is… ‘I don’t have all the answers!’

For further Video’s on creativity visit dolectures.com, it really is an eye opener into the creative industry!

That’s it, once you recognise this, you can work better in a group because you realise that everyone’s opinion is valuable. Below is a mind map that demonstrates what I have taken from the video and what I will take forward when working as part of any team in the future:

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Aiding Interview Days @ Cardiff Met

I have been aiding staff and students in the new build on the Llandaff Campus over the last couple of months, giving me experience in speaking to large groups of people and liaising with other members of staff.

The experience has been enjoyable, the opportunity has allowed me to meet more people who have similar interests in Art and Design and to further understand the industry I will be going into. I have gained further skills in professionalism not just in representing the University, but also in working as part of a team. I have had to show organisation skills when ensuring the day runs smoothly.

Moreover, It has shown me how much more goes into organising such a big event, when speaking to the staff who organised the interview days. I would like to run an event over the next few months as part of my Cardiff Met Award therefore aiding events like these gives me a further understanding on what needs to be done and the preparation required to allow a day like that run so smoothly and how to react to situations that they were not prepared for.


An exciting and Inspiring future in the workplace

I attended a talk given by postgraduates at Cardiff Met University last Wednesday. It gave me insight into a variety of jobs available to students in CSAD Cardiff School of Art and Design for those who work above and beyond during there time at University.

The talk was inspiring because it made me realise how many more opportunities that are available, all you need to do is be the one student who goes out of there way to use their spare time wisely and productively. I was able to as questions about how to go about gaining work and voluntary placements and what you can achieve from them. I didn’t want to know how much they can improve your CV, because for me it is the experience that is far more important and the ability to network more, as I love meeting new people.

From this, I have found time that I am available to take up some new work opportunities in May/June time and will speak to businesses directly who I feel inspire me most and who I share the same beliefs with.