Getting back into the swing of things...

I'll tell you right now, this semester is much more intense than last semester. The expectations, work load, and projects are much more demanding... which is why I came here in the first place. All good things. Just a lot of juggling to do.

I'm taking an ID Grad Studio, which is an all-around crash course in ID. We're working in four modes of design over the course of the year, inspired by this article: Experimental, Discursive, Responsible, and Commercial. Fall semester is devoted to the first two, Spring to the second two.

We started the semester by identifying a topic we feel we can delve into for a full year. I zeroed in on something having to do with urbanism, and after some continued refinement, i think I can finally phrase my topic clearly. I'm working on improving interactions in public spaces through playful urban interventions.

We're working on four one and a half week projects, and then a final project at the end of the semester. So far, we've completed two, and they've been pretty intense sprints. Pictures coming soon.

I'm also taking a fascinating seminar called the Ethics of Humanitarian Design, which examines how designers approach environmental design, design in the developing world etc. It focuses on research methodologies and discussions of different histories, economies, and social structures.

Third is a wonderful color class through the painting department, through which i'm generating a nice group of color studies. Will definitely post those soon.

Finally, I'm taking an intro to shop class, which is offering a smorgasboard of skills in wood, metal, foam, paper, and other materials. Handy, and I wish I could devote more time to it.

As a teaser, here are a couple of pics of my first project for Studio as I attempted to pic a topic.

I found all of the objects in this capsule within a one block radius of my house. It includes sand, asphalt, glass, brick, stone, cigarette butts, a tennis ball, a coffee holder, various local plants, and roof shingles.

I found all of the objects in this capsule within a one block radius of my house. It includes sand, asphalt, glass, brick, stone, cigarette butts, a tennis ball, a coffee holder, various local plants, and roof shingles.

These are research images of urban interventions that tickle me.

These are research images of urban interventions that tickle me.