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One of These Things is Not Like the Other (but neither of them are that great)

I didn’t necessarily have a grand, earth-shattering epiphany, but I’m slowly starting to understand that sustainability is pretty relative and can really change your perception on how things are made, distributed, used, and disposed. Learning that natural fibers aren’t always … Continue reading

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Waste is Food For Thought

What happened for me this week is more accurately described as disbelief but can also be labeled as an epiphany if you want to think of it that way. We could be doing so much more with our environment but … Continue reading

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Saving Two Kinds of Green

This week I had an epiphany! What about, you ask? I had an epiphany about how inexpensive it is to design in a sustainable manner. Everyone always assumes that designing sustainably is a giant hassle and more expensive than it’s … Continue reading

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Stop Being Such A Crappy Friend

Did I have an epiphany this week? Not really. Did something stick with me and make me think a lot? Definitely.  Industrial Ecology made me think about our relationship with the earth as human beings. In most aspects, when you … Continue reading

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A step in the right direction, but still not whole.

Unfortunately, I did not have any major learning epiphanies this week. Although I see the importance and think that the Max Neef matrix does work, it didn’t have any new impact that wasn’t there before. Also, after seeing how productive … Continue reading

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Falling Into Place

Going into this week I was not expecting to be so enthusiastic about design probes. I understood that it was necessary to learn about and the best way to gain that knowledge is by experience but I really didn’t think … Continue reading

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Not just a designer but also a consumer

As a user and a designer, empathetic design was very interesting to learn about. This week I had an epiphany about how designers relate to users of the end product they create or provide. When learning about the different types … Continue reading

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