Author Archives: carisew

Final Epiphany Blog: The End of a Semester

My definition of sustainability has expanded and become a lot more advanced than it was at the beginning of the semester. I knew a lot about sustainability because it was always something that I was interested in, but this semester … Continue reading

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Blog 10: Empathic Learning

For Tuesday’s lesson, we worked on a Design Slam project. My group came up with an idea that would comfort a long-time secretary, as her wrists and back muscles had started to ache due to the sitting and the constant … Continue reading

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Blog 9: The Biased Version of Happiness

We took a happiness barometer this week, in response to one of the articles that we read, Fashion & Sustainability: Design for Change from Chapter 13: Needs. My results were shockingly low and very un-accurate as to how I usually … Continue reading

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Blog 8: How Empathic Design Makes a Difference

On Tuesday we had another L.O.L.A. show. This session was about empathic design and incorporating it into sustainability. There were many companies mentioned that were very empathically oriented—one company designs for dementia, another for arthritis, another for breast cancer patients, … Continue reading

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Blog 7: The Process of Empathic Design

We watched a TED talk on Tuesday, called “Design is in the Details,” which was very inspiring. The speaker talked about how just changing minor details can make a world of difference to a patient in a hospital. For instance, … Continue reading

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Blog 6: Wrapping Up Biomimicry & Starting Empathic Design

Biomimicry, 3D Printing, and the Future of Green Manufacturing discusses additive manufacturing and doing this via 3D printing. Additive manufacturing is a much more sustainable practice, because instead of taking away parts, you simply add what you need—then there is … Continue reading

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Biomimicry as Design Inspiration: Blog 5

Something that I learned this week that I believe is most valuable to me was learning about and discussing the Ten Aims on the Textile Environment Design webpage. These aims, which include ‘design to minimize waste’ and ‘design for ethical … Continue reading

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