It is difficult to define my goals and implementations as “short term” and “long term,” but more so as two parallel implementations. One is more permanent, and the other is something that can be implemented upon need.
I am creating an app to educate people about all affordable housing possibilities in their area of interest as well as define things such as who can live where and with what budget. By requiring all housing units to be posted on this app, it will become to go-to for people searching for a new place to live. It allows people to search for housing in a new way, by both physically experiencing the location as well as virtually learning about it through social media outlets.
The extension to my app is a visual system that will be illuminated at night to futurecast the transforming city, as well as an augmented reality feature what will allow users to “scan” the skyline to see more housing options.
The Goal: To encourage healthy living (eating healthy, staying active, building communities, and increasing self-esteem) to indirectly decrease both childhood obesity and bullying in elementary schools.
A toolkit that provides elementary teachers with quick activities to be performed in class or during break that encourage “Team Building”, “Getting Acquainted”, and “Focus on the Individual”.
The Goal: To create a better understanding of what it’s like to live with a social phobia and help distinguish social phobias from general shyness.
To do this I created a poster-book that provides a quick glimpse into what it is like to experience social anxiety. This is done through illustration and playful type. I tried to design this so that if someone just quickly opened it and skimmed it, they would still get the very basics. But if someone did want to know more, I also included some detailed text.
My short term project focuses on deforestation in the Borneo rainforest. There are many aboriginal tribes living there that still depend on the resources for shelter, food, medicines, clothing, tools, and other cultural uses.
I used the Forest Stewardship Council’s current labeling system as an entry point. In doing so I was able to manipulate and refine an existing system. The existing system is as such, “Logging companies must follow the Indonesian government’s rules: no logging of endangered species or any tree under 50cm in diameter. The idea is to leave the forest healthy enough to regenerate so it will be productive and profitable well into the future.” The current labeling system is horrible. The tags are small, there is no oversight, the labels are often dismissed, and there is no connection to the local communities.
The iconographic system and toolkit I created for local communities and the Forest Stewardship council to provides a reconstruction of sustainable forestry labeling system based on use and species, addressing important resources for communities. This iconographic identification and forest protection system physically implemented on the land doubles as a subtle advocacy campaign. The toolkit will consist of stencils, tree bands, paint, instruction manuals (catering to FSC), and warning signage for those logging.
I am quite satisfied with the final outcome of my short term system. In terms of next steps and moving forward, I need to experiment with actual materials. I realized that when creating a stencil set for numbers, the alphabet needs to be modified to account for counters and negative spaces. Hierarchically I need to draw more attention to the fact that “THESE TREES CAN’T BE CUT DOWN IF LABELED”. Although I’m satisfied with my iconographic labeling system, I now realize I could have (and will) brought more attention to the fact that the trees can’t be cut down. I look forward to physically constructing my bands, labels, and signage.
Fomenting social change through empowerment, education and free thinking. Giving people the gift of knowledge that will give them more motivation and understanding in order to help them stand up for their rights, thereby creating a internal cultural movement to improve their quality of living.
1. Library system
- Teachers - Students - Volunteers working in distribution centers - Humanitarian aid workers/volunteers
While teaching someone how to read is undoubtedly important, giving them material to read is even more so. Setting up a sort of system that allows the distribution of books, i.e., a library, is the sort of solution to address this problem. Additionally, it ties into my short-term project, because this would be an example of the source of the work books that would be a part of my literacy tool kit. There almost always a high demand by the literate for something to read, and giving them a book exchange system will not only allow them to expand their repertoire of knowledge, it will also give them the chance to use literature as a mental reprieve. Life in a war-torn country, life under the thumb of extremism, is hard both emotionally and physically. Reading is a joy that frees the mind from the body, that gives someone in even the most dire sort of situation the opportunity to leave it for a while. One of the main points of this library system would that it would need to be more loose, more fluid, than traditional libraries. Most libraries have a policy of taking a book out and then returning it—but in this case, returning books, especially within a time frame, isn’t always an option. People often move around for various reasons, and there is always the possibility they may not be able to return a book, but might be able to pass it on to someone else instead. Therefore, much of this library would have to run on the idea of optional return and encouraged inter-personal lending.
Need and Value:
- The demand for literature upon those who have spent so much time learning is high. Learning to read only for the sake of recognizing random words is generally unfulfilling, and does not match overall motivational prompts to do so.
- The crux of my long-term goal relies upon women having access to the ideas and thoughts that will encourage them to take a stand. Literature as a revolutionary inspiration has a long and well-known history, and offering exposure to it will foster the overall goals of my project.
- Historically, better access to education nearly always leads to a period of potential enlightenment.
Questions and Challenges:
- Many parts of the country are resistant to the presence of aid workers in general. Getting the materials there into centers would be difficult.
- Identifying what books could be produced, addressing copyright and looking for public domain work. For example, it’d be lovely to give out some copies of Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches, but his family would sue the socks off of us.
- Procuring funding and interest in a library system that has a low chance of getting its books back.
2. Book packaging design
- Teachers - Students - Distributors - Public domain/expired copyright - Publishers/printers
This would be a continuation of my short-term project, which dealt directly with designing the work books that took part in my educational tool kit. This would be an advance into the design and packaging of honest-to-goodness books, many of which are both in demand and, much like my tool kit’s work book, be up for the chance of mutual exchange. This project would once again deal with the issues of concealment and the ease of which books can be replaced, shared, and refilled with new material. The design would likely call back upon my short-term design that had a way to switch work books around while keeping them in one folder. It would additionally have to address the problem of the exceeding largeness of proper books. The small work book idea was pulled off in part because the clasps that held the pages only had to hold so many, and it also had the option of taking pages out easily. Larger books would have to find a new way of being bound and stored in order to account for their increased number of pages.
Need and Value:
- There must be a way to actually create the books that are to be distributed.
- Creating a method of book storage and binding that allows for the same parameters of my short-term goal would similarly fit its previously established advantages.
Questions and Challenges:
- How to deal with the increased size of full books vs. small work books.
- Dealing with copyright and public domain sources, finding ways to fit demand and a lack of funds into a professional world which prefers money.
- Creating a storage system similar to that of my short-term project that also takes into account concealment and distribution.
3. Educational book design
- Teachers - Students - Textbook copyright holders - Public domain/expired copyright sources - Publishers/printers
This project would eschew traditional books in favor of educational books and textbooks. The purpose here would be less to spread the ideas and thoughts of the great authors, so much as simply expand a person’s understanding of the world. Things we are taught in school and take for granted—math, science, literature, history—are very much wanting in those social situations. The fact that schools are either closed down or students are frightened away means that a lack of education is just as rampant as the problems of illiteracy. In this sense, the foundation of literacy would then have built upon it a home-schooling system. This would continue my short-term project in that it would still include a learning tool kit, but this kit would now focus on practicing things like mathematics and writing.
Need and Value:
- This would help fill the gap that schools would have taken care of. Teaching such subjects to people allows them also to teach their friends, and their children, making education viral.
- Encourages both expanded thought and potential real-world skills. Through education it is possible to both help someone qualify for employment, but also potentially schools and universities that haven’t been shut down.
- These could be used to teach new languages, which gives the added chance for immigration to another country.
Questions and Challenges:
- Distribution and educational sources. Many literate people can teach others how to read, but that doesn’t mean they are neccessarily qualified to teach mathematics and other school disciplines.
- Creating a means in which to test people on their knowledge so that they understand what they are actually learning. Anyone who’s a student knows that sometimes reading a textbook doesn’t mean you get the information you need out of it.
Reduce childhood obesity and bullying in schools by encouraging healthy living (increased self-confidence, developing relationships and community, staying active, and eating healthy).
Short Term Goal
Define a visual language and written vocabulary geared towards elementary school students to be applied within the school system that encourages healthy living.
Long Term Goal
Setting students on a path to healthier living by creating daily routines of healthy choices. These routines will be further implemented back at home with parental participation, providing further incentive and role models to the students.
Elementary school students
Making healthy choices; eating healthy
Students in the cafeteria have no restrictions when it comes to food consumption, teachers are not allowed to tell a student “no”, teachers do not eat with the students so they are unable to lead by example, students have no incentive to chose healthy foods especially when presented with unhealthy options.
Long term point systems that encourage healthy choices are considered inappropriate for young children and a form of unhealthy competition.
Design geared towards students in elementary schools is outdated and “uncool”.
In the cafeteria, students are left to make their own decisions with minimal adult supervision. Presented with healthy and unhealthy choices students have trouble making the healthy decision. There needs to be incentive for kids to make the right choice; something that motivates their choice rather than demands it.
One idea is implementation of a signage system within elementary school cafeterias that features a healthy food option of the day. Accompanying the healthy food option would be a sticker that each student would receive for making the healthy choice. Students would be encouraged to see how many stickers they could collect per week.
Students and Parents
Bullying in schools and unhealthy diets can be directly related to how involved parents are with their children and teachers. The teachers I have talked to spoke of a direct correlation with students who tease others in school and parent participation. Positive interactions with parents may help prevent bullying in the first place.
Children that are obese can be a result of eating as a coping method. A key thing to discover is their strengths and to get students involved and active in extracurricular activities. If parents or the child concentrate on their weight, they will not build confidence.
The goal is to incorporate the same ideas being taught in school about healthy living back at home with parents.
I am proposing a system that will strengthen communication between teacher and parent, parent and child. This will allow the healthy living teachings the kids have been learning within the school to be brought back to the home. I am proposing a continuation of my short term to be implemented at home. This will include a toolkit for parents to use at home to give them ideas for activities. I hope to create a website where these activities can be stored and shared between both parents and teachers. These activities can be printed off at home and stored within the toolkit.
It is difficult for me to define my projects in terms of “short” or “long” term goals. It is easier to break it down into which one takes more hours on my end as in short term project and long term project instead of short or long term goal, or even as immediate implementation and temporary reoccurring implementation. Especially since both projects have the same goal, just different way of implementation, it makes the short/long term thing not as important.
The first part of my project (which I chose to use as my “short term”) is an app that helps someone who is searching for a new home, redefining the now traditional online search into a more physical search.
Now, I am thinking about the second component of my project (long term), which I want to be a physical representation of the future casting, through a lighting system that will create a new virtual skyline. There are a few ways in which I am considering to “show” this implementation. Well, it would obviously be incorporated into as augmented reality into my “short term” app that I am making. But besides that, I want to create few still images along with a short animation that will show the future casting in action.
in your settings make city & area, bedrooms & bathrooms, size of place
the top and bottom of the screen are good places for navs
have neighborhood breakdowns
CONSOLIDATE! the fewer pages the better, simplify wireframe, there are places that can be combined
All and all, speaking with Justin was very helpful, since he is personally working on an app he has a lot more experience about what works than I do. I will meet with him again once I have significant progress made.