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Final Blog

At the beginning of this class, I thought I truly know what it meant to be sustainable. It didn’t take me very long to realize that I was wrong. Throughout this course I’ve learned the true meaning of sustainability, the … Continue reading

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Dawn | Blog 10

This past Tuesday we had a Design Slam. My group and I used empathic design and design activism in order to develop a product that aids to visually impaired individuals. We created a technology called ‘Dawn,’ it is a verbal … Continue reading

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Design Activism- Blog 9

This past week we continued our lecture over empathetic design. We learned about design activism and human needs. In order to learn before about design activism we learned about organizations that have the intent of designing for greater good, and … Continue reading

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Understanding in Order to Achieve Design – Blog 8

This week in class we had L.O.L.A. presentations and we looked further into our design probe assignment. Both covered many interesting ideas about empathetic and sustainable design.  Many students had very interesting presentations and I definitely was able to put … Continue reading

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Empathetic Design – Blog 7

We continued our discussion over empathetic design this week. As a designer I learned one of the most important aspects of empathetic design is gaining knowledge and insight from personal experiences. In the article “A framework for empathy in design: … Continue reading

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Material Ecology and Empathetic Design- Blog 6

This week we started our detailed discussion over empathetic design. We kicked it off with watching the Ted Talk by Neri Oxman. Designer and architect Neri Oxman undertakes the design research of material ecology. Material ecology is the intuitive design … Continue reading

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What can we learn from nature? – Blog 5

This past week I have gained insight over bio-inspired design, biomimicry, as well as unusually materials used in architecture today. I had a very basic knowledge regarding each topic but developed a more clarified understanding for them all. One of … Continue reading

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