❊ Next Round of Ideation
What did you plan to do?
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I planned to talk to my teacher Donald to get feedback for my ideas and take the next steps.
What did you actually do?
I talked to Donald on Tuesday and looked into the projects he mentioned that he thought are interesting to check out which were a research science project and a craft piece that is meant to be a gift for friends to store and display old objects. He was really open-ended, which means he sparked more ideas and opportunities, but at the same time, harder to narrow down after we talked. I went back to do some more research.
What worked well? What would you do differently next time?
I am thankful for his inspirations and the direction he gave me which is to create the core concept which is a system/apparatus/set of processes that I think will help people keep memories. Then I will go off from there to brainstorm crazily about different ways to approach that.
I should've started a prototype to show instead of showing him my raw sketches.
What surprised you?
I was surprised by how much people had done regarding memories... There are a lot of existing projects from scientific research, fine art, photography, engineering and so on... It was amazing to see a wide spectrum of "solutions" and I want to make sure that I am not just repeating someone else's path...
Also, I am a little worried about the progress, again, we have a lot of time to do this project.
✦ Sketches and Notes
What you plan to do next week?
I am going to flush out the raw ideas I had. I will finish the processes as the core of the design. I will also develop a prototype for testing before next week. The prototype will be digital and I envision it being on Sketch as a platform. The project only rolls when I start making something.
◆ In-class Presentation
Talking about Education
In class on Friday, we had another topic presentation on education done by Jay, Asher, Anchi, and Claire. It was basically a brief introduction about education and activity of reflecting on our own experiences and design an ideal educational experience for ourselves.
The most interesting part of the talk was the history of education and how it was interactive back in the day. It is no doubt a big area with a lot of design opportunities. It was indeed one of my interests too.
We split into pairs and shared our past classes and experiences at CCA. What I see that is critical at all times is CRITICAL THINKING, so that is the core of my redesign. I wish there is such a thing that is taught when I was younger. It would be super fruitful if I had developed a more structured and open-minded way of thinking, then I would've had a better grasp of what is happening today and how should I react and practice on activism as an artist and designer.
Here is the worksheet I did in class. It really pushed me to think about what I care the most out of everything I have learned... So big thanks to the presentation crew!
Will Liang ✿ 2020