Blog 9

This week when reading Tim Brown’s article the very first thing that stood out to me was when it was said that design thinkers fix challenges. I related well to this because it made me think of Human Science’s motto, “Solving Human Problems, Enhancing Human Lives.” So it really is true that all design is made to fix some kind of challenge. I also liked how he stated that design is for people and not for profit. This correlates with fixing challenges for people just like the examples that were given throughout the article. I also enjoyed when he talked about that kids stop being creative once they hit school age because they are taught that creativity is bad and that we should be analytical to be taken seriously. I cannot remember the exact name, but this reminded me of the very first Ted Talk that I watched the first day of my problem solving class two years ago. I believe the woman’s name was Elizabeth and she said she was tired of creativity being associated with failure. No one asks lawyers if they are scared to pursue their law career. This in the same way shows that we should not be afraid to design and innovate, because creativity is something to be longed.


Design activism is interesting to because it is all about making a change. It is about seeing something and realizing that you need to make some kind of effort to change it so you can have a different outcome. I think a lot of people probably use design activism in their every day lives and don’t even realize it. I liked the example of using the debris form hurricane Katrina and creating community furniture out of it. Active design however is for the body instead of the mind and soul is how I like to think about it. Active design is something typically that gets you moving. I think it would be pretty easy to confuse the two of these.


In a regular t-shirt, I think there was probably unfortunately much more natural capital involved rather than human. In an ideal world the entire design, production, manufacturing, distribution, and all over again would be completely sustainable. There would be fair wages paid to those who contribute to the process and there would be favorable working conditions. However, the fashion industry generally has primarily poor outcomes in every one of those situations. Natural capital was probably used to pay workers the least amount possible to grow their profits, however that should not be an option or allowed. I hope that one day we can focus more on human capital and realize that we are the future of the planet so we need to protect it and ourselves above all else.


Hunger is a problem in many countries that needs immediate attention. I think the key to solve it is education. If we can have people from the developed world go into emerging nations and teach and help people to learn how to grow crops and how to raise animals and learn from the land then have the natives begin to teach more from their country, we could help the hunger crisis. I know that education alone will not put food on the table, but I do think that is a step in the right direction. If people can learn ways to provide for themselves then teach others, eventually it will be a snowball affect and there will be more and more knowledge on how to gain access to food.


For our sustainable Halloween party concept my group did not get all the way through all of the points, but we knew we wanted to have paperless invites. We also knew that we wanted to have no lights on to conserve energy. We would just have candles around our house so that way it was lit but still has the spooky vibe. We also knew that we wanted to have our partygoers dress in costumes they had previously worn, or recreate something from what they already own. My group also would have recycling bins around for anybody who brought waste to the party.


Maria Thiry spoke to us about the AATCC and sustainability on Thursday. She spoke a lot about how unsustainable the apparel industry is. This makes me sad since it is the field I am going into, but it also makes me realize that my generation going into the workforce still has the ability to change this. It was interesting to me how she kept bringing up Patagonia’s sustainability efforts and it made me wonder why more clothing companies are not putting more effort towards a sustainable future. She spoke to us as well about fast fashion and how harmful that can be to the environment. I wish that there was a way to make it sustainable, but I think the only way for that to happen is by completely doing away with fast fashion. I overall enjoyed Ms. Thiry’s talk!

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