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Final Blog – Closing the Loop on the Semester

Looking back on the first day of this course, I came in thinking I knew a good amount on what being sustainable and what it means to be “green”. Sure, I knew the basics and foundation of the term. My … Continue reading

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Blog #10- Design Slam & Lola

This week we had our second Design Slam and another round of Lola Shows. Our learning community was assigned the task of designing something that would enable a four and a half year old girl to want to read but … Continue reading

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Blog #9 Needs & Design Activism

This week we continued our discussion on Empathetic Design, while exploring the topic of design activism and human needs. We correlated the Maslow Hierarchy of Needs with Max Neef’s Matrix. Maslow’s hierarchy starts with the foundation of physiological needs, then … Continue reading

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Blog 8 -LOLA & Design Probes

This week in class consisted of the Lola show as well as our design probe solutions. The Lola talks I found interesting were the one on blind architect Chris Downey and the apparel talks on All Was Fair and Cure … Continue reading

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Blog #7 -Beginner’s Mind

We continued our lessons on empathetic design with lectures and videos. In order to fully understand the concept we asked ourselves the question, “what is empathy?” We came to the conclusion that empathy is understanding. It is stepping into lives … Continue reading

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Blog #6 Introducing Empathic Design

This week in class we wrapped up our biomimicry module and started our empathic design module. We finished with biomimcry by watching a Ted Talk about insect legs and gecko toes and how students are working with these elements to … Continue reading

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Biophilic -Blog #5

Being biophilic is the love of life or other living systems. To design with the essence of being biophilic is to emulate nature, which is something that we as humans always have. Being biophilic is beneficial to our health and … Continue reading

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