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12. Sustainability – Not as Far Out of my Comfort Zone Now

I looked back to three and half months ago to see what I thought of sustainability. My definition at the start of this all was that sustainability is “enhancing processes to extend the lifespan of a product, production, or resource … Continue reading

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11.To Recognize the Problem and Meet the Needs

The reading “Designing for Older Adults” brought importance to acknowledging that when designing for older individuals, just because they are older, doesn`t mean they don`t care about their appearance or the attractiveness of a garment. ”The differences between individuals of … Continue reading

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10. What Do We Really Need?

This week went further in depth with ways to develop empathic designs by truly understanding the needs of individuals and being able to successfully design to meet those needs while referring to the environmental conditions surrounding them. The reading “Needs” … Continue reading

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9. Acknowledge Surroundings and Consider Them

This week, on our own time, we were to watch five TEDTalks of our choice. Going through the options, I picked the ones that sounded the most interesting to me and provided a synopsis of parts I saw important or … Continue reading

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8. Building Attachments with the Old and the New

We started the week off with the Design Slam, with each learning community having the task to come up with sustainable design concepts related to their given topic. For our group, it revolved around establishing a business to make new … Continue reading

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6/7. Understanding the Needs of Others

“Skinning Future Textiles” was an interesting read from the prior week, providing information on investigating organisms and creating new materials and experiences and giving some examples of design innovations thus far. One that I thought was fascinating was the development … Continue reading

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5. Chameleon Couture

While the lecture relating to interior design felt a little unrelatable to me, having no particular interest in it, I thought the Elora Hardy TEDTalk on bamboo was really engaging. I really liked the contrast between this sort of design … Continue reading

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4. Turning a Blind Eye to Our Own Demise

The documentary The 11th Hour was not only interesting, but a great visualization of problems at hand while providing expert opinions on what`s happening. Something I found interesting that I didn`t know was when trees are removed in rainforests, they … Continue reading

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3. Nature Center Design – Introducing Sustainable Products into Everyday Life

With the TEDTalk “Are Mushrooms the New Plastics?” It was surprising to hear the amount- $20billion- spent on Styrofoam. Think of that money being able to be put towards a better substitute that could be broken down after it`s finished … Continue reading

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2. Biomimicry – It Works for Nature, So Why Not Us?

To me, biomimicry is taking what we see and what already exists in nature successfully, and building off of that to create new, functional designs.  In the Biomimicry Primer reading, I particularly liked the juxtaposition of using biomimicry in modern … Continue reading

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