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Final Blog

Every semester, I seem to complain everyday about how much there is to do and how long the semester seems. I count down each week, and anxiously await the next break, carefully crossing each task off of my to-do list. … Continue reading

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Blog 11

Having the opportunity to design for older adults for our final project is extremely interesting! I think by designing with older adults in mind, we are truly designing better, even for all of the other age groups. Not only are … Continue reading

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Week 12 Reflection

This last week, we were presented with a probe packet completed by an older adult. I learned how there are many different small elements that prove as inconveniences to older adults, that seem like they would be very simple to … Continue reading

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Blog 8

Empathetic Design is a great way to develop designs and products that best meet the users need. By creating products and designs that people use, less waste is created! Empathetic design allows for the opportunity to create different ways to … Continue reading

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Blog 7

When I first began taking the Sustainability course in August, my definition of sustainability did not branch much further from the classic definition of “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” I was aware of the focus on recycling paper and such, but … Continue reading

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Blog 6

During the LOLA show, I learned many interesting facts about industrial ecology, biophilic design and biomimicry within the student presentations. My absolute favorite presentation was on Stickwood which is an ultra thin wood paneling product that you can peel off … Continue reading

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Blog 5

This week, my favorite topic we discussed was biophilia. There are so many characteristics and patterns associated with biophilic design that can be beneficial in healthcare design and interior design in general. The reading “Bio-Inspired Design: What Can We Learn … Continue reading

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Blog 4

This week there was a lot of focus on using nature as a prime example of how to make the world a better and more sustainable place. I did not know what to expect with the outdoor activity at the … Continue reading

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Blog 3

This past week, I learned more about how sustainability can mean “closing the loop” within the design of different products.  I leaned more of how nature works, and looking at the question of what nature would do provides an excellent … Continue reading

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Blog 2

In class this week, I enjoyed looking deeper into the problems with sustainability in interior design. We briefly talked about self-narratives, and how change starts with me! It is important to look at the triple bottom line, people, planet, and … Continue reading

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