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Defining technology
Ideas

Defining technology

Lee Sean’s course, Using Human and Social Technologies, left me after class ended continuing to ask the question we started with: what is technology? If technology is applied knowledge for practical purpose –organization, lists, tools, process, communication — then what is art? Art is expression of one’s interpretation of a subject. Now what is design? Problem solving, … Continue reading

Eames and the Design Process
Reflections

Eames and the Design Process

One of our class is about mapping and modeling. Systems are about interdependencies, and models can visually describe these relationships. We read Charles and Ray Eames’ famous India Report (download here) that explores the design process and provides recommendations to designers working in the field. Eames calls on the designer to “shut out preconceived notions” … Continue reading

Discovery Kits
Reflections

Discovery Kits

  On the second day of orientation, each student presented something they designed to represent an aspect of themselves. There were boxes of sentimental objects explained, a piñata, posters illustrating meaningful life experiences, small gifts for each classmate, lists and edibles. I had everyone pick cards from a box and ask the questions on their cards … Continue reading