Author Archives: elizabethethomas

A Way of Life

Sustainability is a way of life. We can change little things in our lives and pretend that they are good for the world, but even that isn’t enough. Sustainability is literally the ability of a system to be sustained. If … Continue reading

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Undiscovered Territories

This past week we did a design slam. We had to come up with a design solution in a short period of time. We used empathic design to imagine what it would be like to be an older individual and … Continue reading

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More than just a T-Shirt

Sometimes clothes are more than just clothes. They can provide so much more than the basics. Max Neef has a matrix that shows our needs and how they are filled. We fill these needs by having, doing, and being. As … Continue reading

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Adventures in Stillwater

This past week we went on an adventure and visited the recycling plant for the campus. They have a large open-air garage where they process the recycling collected from campus. They mainly pack cardboard to be recycled. They are also … Continue reading

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A Week to Imagine

This past week was very hands on. On Monday we designed solutions to specific problems. It gave us the opportunity to problem solve and apply what we have been learning to real world situations. My group was challenged with creating … Continue reading

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Step into the Shoes

This week we learned about empathic design, which is literally stepping into the customer’s shoes. You find a way to experience what the user will experience. You observe people in their everyday lives and see what they do and how … Continue reading

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Out of Sight, Out of Mind

Why don’t we pay attention to the environment? Biophilic design is creating space and objects with our need to connect with nature in mind. We as human beings were created to interact with nature. If we spend too much time … Continue reading

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