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Design and Cities, Design and Good…Weeks 5+6 Wrap-Up

WHEW!

I hope you all enjoyed the GOOD Ideas for Cities event last week. Ideally it gave you lots of good fodder for jumping into your own Portland-based projects.

I wanted to re-cap a few things from the last two weeks.

We watched the documentary Urbanized in class, which was intended to give you a global overview of some of the essential systems present in urban centers.

We watched a few videos about Detroit, which made the discussion a bit more localized. The shorts gave us an idea of how American cities reflect cultural and economic shifts taking place in our own country.

We explored our own relationships with Portland through the You And Your City writing assignment. Those were incredibly enjoyable for me to read, and it gave me a glimpse into the ways you all interact with the place you live. Hopefully it made you think more carefully about your own lives and the place you call home.

We got out into the city to observe via the Reading the Human Landscape assignment. Some of you ventured into unknown territory, while others took a closer look at something familiar. That assignment was intended to get you into a hyper-aware mode and teach you that you can read and interpret your surroundings. I also wanted you to get comfortable talking to strangers!

What questions were raised during the last few weeks? Did the assignments and in-class discussions change your perspective on where you live? What did you think of the GOOD event? 

Your assignment for Tuesday is to write a short reflection of the GOOD Ideas for Cities event. What did you think of the challenges? The solutions? The presentations? Were there specific things you saw or heard about that you’d like to address as your challenge? Are there presentation methods that you’d like to use? Did you like the more serious ideas or the more playful ones? Use this assignment as an opportunity to think about your own projects. If you need a reminder of what happened, the Portland Mercury wrote it up on Blogtown.

Please bring to class on Tuesday, printed out, a one-page response to the GOOD event. Address some of the questions above.

Super excited to jump into these projects! See you on Tuesday.

Tomorrow, we welcome Alissa Walker to class!
Alissa is a writer, walker and creator and host of GOOD Ideas for Cities, the event taking place tomorrow night. 
You can find Alissa’s articles at gelatobaby.com, her online headquarters. Her topics include design, urbanism, and community art, and she’s a staunch supporter of public transportation and city exploration. She was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow in 2011 for her writing on design and urbanism. These are some of my favorite pieces of her writing:

Women in Industrial Design: Where My Ladies At?
Real World Studio (about Project M!)
The Fake Freeway Sign That Became A Real Public Service
A Generation of Emerging Designers Who Design With Purpose (profiles of Candy Chang and Bobby Martin)
How L.A.’s New “Farmers Field” Football Stadium Could Boost Urban Agriculture

You can also peruse her lovely, bright Flickr stream full of documentation of life in sunny Los Angeles. 
We’re so lucky to have her visit our class and work on our second class project with us!
Be ready in class tomorrow with your Reading the Human Landscape project documentation, and be ready to embark into the world to do some more first-hand research!

Tomorrow, we welcome Alissa Walker to class!

Alissa is a writer, walker and creator and host of GOOD Ideas for Cities, the event taking place tomorrow night. 

You can find Alissa’s articles at gelatobaby.com, her online headquarters. Her topics include design, urbanism, and community art, and she’s a staunch supporter of public transportation and city exploration. She was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism fellow in 2011 for her writing on design and urbanism. These are some of my favorite pieces of her writing:

Women in Industrial Design: Where My Ladies At?

Real World Studio (about Project M!)

The Fake Freeway Sign That Became A Real Public Service

A Generation of Emerging Designers Who Design With Purpose (profiles of Candy Chang and Bobby Martin)

How L.A.’s New “Farmers Field” Football Stadium Could Boost Urban Agriculture

You can also peruse her lovely, bright Flickr stream full of documentation of life in sunny Los Angeles. 

We’re so lucky to have her visit our class and work on our second class project with us!

Be ready in class tomorrow with your Reading the Human Landscape project documentation, and be ready to embark into the world to do some more first-hand research!

Typography/product design as a way to promote a positive idea.

Typography/product design as a way to promote a positive idea.

An interesting project that requires the user to rethink disposable coffee cups, while at the same time encouraging participation in a group. Membership into a good idea, if you will. Read on for more details!
murketing:

swissmiss | Order of Mug

Do you like surprises and believe in the uniqueness of vintage mugs? Then you’ll love OrderOfMug.com.
Request a mug, send them $20 and they’ll send you a unique, MUG, certified and all. Check out the archives!

I happen to have a connection within the Order of Mug, who kindly sent me one, thus, I guess, inducting me. Swiss Miss suggests the appeal here is aesthetic: “the uniqueness of vintage” mugs. My mug was in fact pretty ugly. I wouldn’t call it “vintage,” I’d call it “used.” I would almost call it rubbish.
I’m not complaining. I like my ugly mug (as it were). My point here is that the key to the Order of Mug, in my view, isn’t what the mugs look like, it’s that the Order of Mug transforms them with a story: The story of the Order of Mug.

The MUG USERS GUILD advocates the glorified wielding of reusable  beverage receptacles, shunning the feckless use of disposable cups. MUG  also encourages coffee establishments globally to adopt a responsible  code of conduct to discontinue the mass distribution of wasteful to-go  cups, offering reusable mugs as the only option to thirsty patrons.

You hear about it, you make your request, you have this amusing story to tell, about a mug you almost certainly would not have bought off a store shelf, where its aesthetic would have been the same, but where it had no special meaning. (As a bonus these secondhand mugs are positioned as “reusable,” suggesting a kind of virtuous eco-friendly sheen.)

An interesting project that requires the user to rethink disposable coffee cups, while at the same time encouraging participation in a group. Membership into a good idea, if you will. Read on for more details!

murketing:

swissmiss | Order of Mug

Do you like surprises and believe in the uniqueness of vintage mugs? Then you’ll love OrderOfMug.com.

Request a mug, send them $20 and they’ll send you a unique, MUG, certified and all. Check out the archives!

I happen to have a connection within the Order of Mug, who kindly sent me one, thus, I guess, inducting me. Swiss Miss suggests the appeal here is aesthetic: “the uniqueness of vintage” mugs. My mug was in fact pretty ugly. I wouldn’t call it “vintage,” I’d call it “used.” I would almost call it rubbish.

I’m not complaining. I like my ugly mug (as it were). My point here is that the key to the Order of Mug, in my view, isn’t what the mugs look like, it’s that the Order of Mug transforms them with a story: The story of the Order of Mug.

The MUG USERS GUILD advocates the glorified wielding of reusable beverage receptacles, shunning the feckless use of disposable cups. MUG also encourages coffee establishments globally to adopt a responsible code of conduct to discontinue the mass distribution of wasteful to-go cups, offering reusable mugs as the only option to thirsty patrons.

You hear about it, you make your request, you have this amusing story to tell, about a mug you almost certainly would not have bought off a store shelf, where its aesthetic would have been the same, but where it had no special meaning. (As a bonus these secondhand mugs are positioned as “reusable,” suggesting a kind of virtuous eco-friendly sheen.)

Here the Epicenter is visualizing space, graphically.
epicenter:

Green River Farmland
After a suggestion over dinner with our Board Member and partner Brooke Henderson, we’ve mapped out all the land that has been claimed for agriculture by local farmers, irrigated by the abundance of water provided by the river and man-made canal. The patchwork created is shown above (click on image for a higher resolution image).

Here the Epicenter is visualizing space, graphically.

epicenter:

Green River Farmland

After a suggestion over dinner with our Board Member and partner Brooke Henderson, we’ve mapped out all the land that has been claimed for agriculture by local farmers, irrigated by the abundance of water provided by the river and man-made canal. The patchwork created is shown above (click on image for a higher resolution image).

Design for Good Syndrome

Here is another set of thoughts from Megan Deal that will inform our conversations during Week 6, Design and Good. Some of this is very very relevant to our discussions about working with, for, and in communities as a designer.

morethanthisblog:

There are several “Design for Good” entities that will likely never move past surface-level efforts for social change until they realize that systems change is (1) a cross-disciplinary sport, (2) a long haul and (3) not always popular.

Until designers find a way to move beyond our networks of peer support, the result of any Design for Good (or Social Design if you prefer) Lab, Workshop, Blitz, Brainstorm, Think Tank, Do Tank, Summit, Session, etc will forever be a bunch of designers (“top creative minds” if you will) sitting in a hallway for seven days dreaming up big ideas, without the capacity or knowledge-based needed to implement and sustain.

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The Ultimate Chipboard Identity System | Bangback

An article about how a San Antonio non-profit used design, illustration and a powerful print format to reach out to their clients, at-risk and under-served youth.

The Ultimate Chipboard Identity System | Bangback

An article about how a San Antonio non-profit used design, illustration and a powerful print format to reach out to their clients, at-risk and under-served youth.

GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland

I wanted to share that the GOOD Ideas for Cities event has been released to the public! Click here to read more about the event, the creative teams presenting, and the concept of the entire program. Remember, this is what we’ll be basing our Project #2 off of, so it’s beneficial to you to follow along as closely as possible!

GOOD has set aside 15 spaces for you all at the February 16 event. You are all expected to attend, as per our discussions in class. So, no worries about RSVPs. But, if you’d like to invite any friends or classmates to the event, they’ll need to RSVP here.

Project M 2012 Application

Additionally, Project M is now accepting applications for a two-week session taking place this March in Maine. We talked about them a bit in class; if you are interested in applying and have any questions, let me know!