Blog 9

Tom Brown Reading

The Tim Brown reading was an interesting read. I thought it was really neat that a doctor had the idea to start manufacturing lenses for individuals with cataracts right there in the local hospital basement. He eventually started making sutures as well, and is now the biggest exporter of lenses. It was cool to see an idea that was so small at one point, and see the company transform into a worldwide company. This gives me hope for small ideas that I have as well. Overall, Tim Brown states that we need to have more design thinkers globally. This will in turn create new jobs. Creativity is a very important aspect of every day life. This reading tied in well with out lecture on design activism.

Design Activism

Design Activism is targeted towards a more broad audience and its intent for the higher good of many. It does not require professional training in a specific discipline. I think design activism is an interesting concept. I feel as if it’s more beneficial to be targeted toward a large audience. More individuals are able to benefit from the design and use it. Design activism differs from active design in that active design is a set of principles that promote physical activity. It is designing something to make the user active. I think active design could be targeted towards a more narrow audience as well.

Clothing and Natural and Human Capital

I think a garment that relates to both natural and human capital would be an article of clothing that is adaptive. It is a man made good that is made of resources. It also relates to the human capital, which consists of people’s health and knowledge. The garment could vary depending on the individual’s health. It could have different features and attributes to aid the wearer. I don’t necessarily think anything should have been done differently. The garment would be geared toward the person needing it, and would successfully help the person get dressed. Natural and human capital were both thought of when designing the garment to benefit the wearer.


There are many problems in this world that need to be addressed. The first one that always comes to my mind is poverty. It is something that has been an issue for a long time, and will never fully go away. I think the first step to helping tackling this issue would be to simply raise awareness. Fortunately, many of us are blessed enough to not be personally affected by poverty. At the same time, that makes it an issue that is not always thought about. I think if more people were aware and reminded of the issue, they would be more prone to try and help it. I think another could idea would be to set up an organization that would take donations and discuss solutions that would help lower the poverty rate. I could also help the by thinking of different jobs that could possibly be created to give people the opportunity to have a job. Another idea would be to offer free babysitting to parents that work and cannot afford daycare.

Sustainable Halloween Party

Our learning community came up with the idea to do an outdoor Halloween party in the woods. We would provide light and heat from a fire. Eat pumpkin seeds and cook food by fire. We also decided that we would have everyone wear costumes that they would be able to reuse in some way either by wearing it again or using it for something else. We would plant the extra pumpkin seeds as well.

Maria Thiry

Maria Thiry discussed a variety of interesting topics on Thursday. She explained what she and the AATCC did and also different sustainable topics. We talked about the three different pillars of sustainability, which are social, environmental, and economic. Also known as people, planet, and profit. We discussed the brand Levi and their research on the circle of life of a garment. I learned that 90% of environmental impact was post consumer. This really caught me off guard. That is not something I ever would have thought of. Maria discussed different ways to be more sustainable after purchasing jeans, such as washing them less and rewearing them multiple times between each wash. One thing Maria brought up was freezing your jeans. I thought that was definitely a different and interesting idea. We also talked about “dirty laundry” and the hazardous chemicals that are found on branded clothing. Fashion is the most unsustainable industry and it is clear to see that. We discussed different ways to help fast fashion brands become more sustainable, but it is ultimately hard to do because the lack of wear you get out of the clothing you purchase. I thought another interesting topic we discussed was the Fashion Revolution and the campaigns that are being created to raise awareness such as the #whomademyclothes campaign. Overall, we as merchandisers and sustainability experts need to raise awareness of the various issues in the industry and think of ways to help fix the problem of being so unsustainable.


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