Author Archives: danielledear

Reflections – Final Blog

I think fundamentally my perception on sustainability and the definition of sustainability has stayed the same. I don’t really like how the word sustainability is used to encompass so many different thoughts that aren’t necessarily “sustainable” based on the actual … Continue reading

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Truly Good Design is Both Beautiful AND Functional – Blog 10

I really loved the presentation on Top and Derby and Liz Jackson. I remember when I was a kid I would always try and convince my dad to carry one of the really stylish canes that we would find at … Continue reading

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A Focus on Systems–Blog 9

The TED Talk presentation by Tim Brown had a key point that struck me as something worth attempting to incorporate into every design project and it was to take the focus off of the product itself and onto the system … Continue reading

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The Language of Ecological Progress – Blog 8

One of the Ted Talks last week talked about the use of subjective language with children in a children’s hospital. It made me think about how subjective language might be used to help consumers to transition to ecologically friendly products. … Continue reading

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The Beginner’s Mind–Blog 7

There was a section of the TED talk we watched with Paul Bennett that caused me to think about how I approach design and how I should approach design in the future, and the section talked about “scrapping the mind … Continue reading

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Flower Dresses —Blog 6

I really enjoyed what Patricia Moore had to say in her lecture and there were two points she made that really caused me to pause and think. “A good designer does not design for what is wrong with you, a … Continue reading

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Bring the Sunshine Indoors–Blog 5

This week the idea of finding ways to bring nature indoors really struck a chord with me. I can’t count the number of days that I wish I could spend time outside, however the amount of work I have to … Continue reading

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The Expense of Sustainable Products–Blog 4

The idea that really stuck with me this week came from a presentation during the LOLA show. The phrase referred to the fact that is easer for a company to start as a sustainable company rather than transition to a … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Up What We Have, Make What We Have Better –Blog 3

I have always taken issue with the view of sustainability that suggests you must give up your current way of living in order to save the planet. This idea is completely counter productive to the cause of sustained living. What … Continue reading

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Outlandish Thoughts

This weeks articles were about looking for inspiration for sustainable design in unlikely places. My favorite article was Looking at the Future through a Cartoonist’s Eyes. The article was a serious guide to taking design far less seriously. Often designers … Continue reading

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