Blog 9

Our learning communities got to look at a probes package, which turned out to be for Summer, and design something for her. I don’t know Summer so I liked just using her package to figure out who she was. She was very social and active, and was always on the go. We designed a purse for her that had different compartments so she could stay organized throughout the day. We also designed a water bottle to go with the purse, since she is active and sustainable and it saves her money form buying plastic water bottles when she is thirsty. The pattern on the bag was quilted, and cute. I enjoyed this activity because I enjoy take a person or group and developing products for them.
The “having, being, or doing” activity was a little difficult. I don’t know if I wasn’t listening enough but I was lost on if we needed to included everything in the column or just focus on one thing. I guess I didn’t quite understand how we needed to do the activity and my learning community was a little confused too so I didn’t feel as bad. I just didn’t know how one product or thing could have so many attributes of “having, being, or doing”.
I thought the idea of the IKEA flat pack home was cool. It was sustainable yet simple, its like a bigger idea of a tiny home, which I love. Its cool but I hope that the materials made for the homes are better and more stable than the materials used for IKEA furniture.
“Who Gives a Crap” is an interesting toilet paper concept. The video was fun and easy too watch, which is important when trying to grab the attention of todays youth and busy society. I like that they donate half the proceeds but its also a very inconvenient idea. Someone like me couldn’t use this service because I often procrastinate or forget to buy things until I’m all the way out, so if I run out of tissue waiting on a package is not ideal.
The “Little Brown Dress Project” was done by a woman in Seattle that wanted to challenge consumerism. She made a brown dress and wore it everyday for a year. I understand that consumerism is a big problem, especially in the U.S. but I personally wouldn’t do that. I really don’t like dresses and I like to have different options for different occasions and a little brown dress doesn’t fit that. I think the project did open up peoples eyes and we should start trying to be more conscious of how much we buy and why we’re buying something.

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