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Project One: Lyndsay Ediger

WellDone Fundraiser

Inspired by: WellDone

Before this assignment I thought about myself as a designer, who makes things. This assignment really pushed me to reconsider the importance of the design process, and I learned the final result is not always the most important outcome. The project really changed the way I view Design as a whole, and forced me to reevaluate my role in it. 

It all started with an idea, and followed with a plan. I wanted to raise money for a non-profit organization, while also creating awareness about the global water crisis. I contacted the people at WellDone, and learned more about what they do. It was a very empowering interaction, because the organization started from a small group of friends that wanted to make a difference. Reaching out and making connections with WellDone was valuable because it is practice for the professional world, where connections are extremely important. 

In the beginning I planned to have a number of people (myself included) carry donation jars with them for a few days. I thought it would be an effective way to start conversations about what WellDone is doing, and would help with raising money to support them. I asked my boyfriend and my sister if they would do this, and was shocked when they both said no. I was crushed, and it was difficult for me not to take it personally. It was a challenging obstacle to overcome, especially because I didn’t anticipate that two of the closest people to me weren’t willing to participate in the process of the assignment. I thought about giving up, and doing something entirely different, but I kept thinking about the people in other countries who don’t have clean water to drink. It seemed like the least I could do to stick with the fundraiser idea. 

At this point, I decided to redesign the project so that it was less dependent on people carrying jars. (Although I was grateful that my instructor Nicole, and classmate Paige were willing to do this.) I decided to ask people if they would like to buy a button, and that the proceeds would go to WellDone. This allowed me to start conversations with people about my project, but also raised awareness about the water crisis. I noticed that people were more than happy to get rid of change in their wallets, after I explained what I was raising money for.

I work for a company called Lush Cosmetics, and was blown away by the response from the people I work with. Almost all of them were able to contribute to the fundraiser. One of my coworker’s, Jaqi emptied out her change into the jar, filling it up almost 2/3. She said she normally puts her change in her kids piggy banks, but that there was enough money in there already. When I told Buck, my manager about my project he told me that he might be able to send me to California to work with them for a day, and that Lush would pay the bill. It was something that he had planned to do in the future, but hadn’t found an organization that really jumped out at him. I am not sure when this will happen, but just seeing the possibilities of what is possible made the initial frustration seem miniscule in comparison.

The process was eye opening for me, especially when I consider what can make happen when I set a plan in motion. I didn’t realize when starting this project that the money I raised wouldn’t be the most important outcome, even though it is going to an amazing organization. Now I truly understand what it means when we talk about the process being the product.

I cannot express how grateful I am to be surrounded by such amazing people. I didn’t expect that I would get so much in return from this assignment. I am now reconsidering what type of job I want after college. Before taking this class I always pictured myself getting a job in an ad firm, or some sort of commercial company. I don’t think I would have considered working for a nonprofit organization, and now looking back I cannot imagine wanting to do anything else.

Project One: Gavin Van Houten

Tullis Flyer 

Inspired by Art Chantry

For this project I chose to create a gig poster for a pretend concert. Looking at Art Chantry’s work inspired me to use a “hands on” method opposed to modern techniques such as photo shop, illustrator, or anything digital besides a photo copier. Seen in the step by step photos I went with the “Speak no evil, See no evil, Hear no evil” concept with a twist. I found a block font and stenciled the lettering and used white acrylic on black paper, I hand drew the monkeys and glued them on a brick styled paper. I cut the black and white with some red blocks to give it some pizzazz. I took the final hard copy and photo copied the entire piece onto an 11”x17” paper. 

Overall I was satisfied with how it turned out, although I feel if I were to use a computer for the font things would have looked a lot cleaner, also photocopying as an end result cut one of the sides short giving it an uneven look. In the future a nice combination of hands on and digital tools would create a nice professional feel to the poster. 

Project One: Corbin LaMont

A Little Like Freedom

Inspired by Miranda July

Excerpts from my reflection paper:
"When researching Miranda July, I read this in the New York Times article, “We moved on, driving past a cinder-block apartment building. ‘That’s where I lost my virginity,’ she said casually. “I was 16. He was a 27-year-old grad student at Berkeley.’ This revelation seemed in line with how July uses sex in her films: as both a sudden surprise and a way to illuminate the inner lives of her characters. ‘I was always interested in sex, even as a kid. Sex includes shame and humiliation and fantasies and longing. It’s so dense with the kind of things I’m interested in.’” I read this paragraph and then I read it again. The honesty and vulnerability of it hung with me. The next day we did the ideation exercise, I wrote on the Post-Its themes that had come up for me in July’s work. The main things I wanted to explore came up then Intimacy, Sex, Love and Privacy."
"In my research I went thoroughly into July’s work, I came across an early project of her’s Miss Big Moviola(1995) where she received close to 100 movies from lady filmmakers worldwide and she would send them back movies, letters and biographies of other movie makers. In the New York Times article, when speaking of her influential video project Joanie 4 Jackie, she says, “It sounds really altruistic, but I was also lonely. Joanie 4 Jackie saved me, because I felt like I was part of something. That was my film school”. These are the main ideas and projects that led me to creating A Little Like Freedom. I needed a venue to speak about what we are not supposed to speak about and I need to connect with other’s heartbreak to make sense of my own. "
Miranda July inspiration by me, here

Presenting Project #1

Okay. The time has come. On Thursday, February 9, you will present the work you did for Project #1.

What follows is a checklist for presenting your project to me and your classmates.

1. Photograph your work. If you made a piece of graphic design, you must PRINT it and photograph it. No digital files. Use a REAL CAMERA, not your phone. Consider lighting. Try to take your photographs outside, where the lighting is natural and dispersed. (If your project is a video, you do not need to photograph it. If your project was an action or event, hopefully you photographed it in process!)

2. Write your reflection paper. Use your “I” voice. This is your chance to reflect on the process you undertook. In this paper, you’ll explain your choices and offer examples of parallels between your piece and the work of your chosen inspiration.

How were you influenced? What did you borrow? What was it about your chosen inspiration that made you choose it? Perhaps the most important part of this project, this reflection, or rationale paper, or argument, will dissect your process as well as your product. Did you enjoy yourself? What did you learn about yourself as a designer, as a maker, as a thinker?

3. Make a post to this Tumblr.

(Use the “Photo post” option and create a photoset.) Include 3-10 photographs of your final, completed project. Include 1-3 photographs of your project process.

In the “Caption” section of the Photoset post, include an excerpt from your reflection paper. Choose a paragraph or two that describes your project and alludes to your process. If there are links to your project on the internet, include those!

Format your “Caption” text like this:

Project One: Your Name

Title of Your Project

Inspired by (Name of your inspiration)

And then your content.

4. Give a short, informal (aka DON’T FREAK OUT) presentation of your project to the class on Thursday. You’ll use your Tumblr post on the projector to share your process with your classmates. If you made a video, let’s watch it. If your project has sound let’s hear it.

*** If applicable, please bring your physical project to class on Thursday. If you made a book, a zine, a poster or a sculpture, bring it to class to share with your classmates and loan to me to document over the weekend. You still need to photograph it and make a post to Tumblr. ***

Get it? Got it? Good. Now go!!!

As always, email me with any questions.

Styled to a T: 22,480 Pins

Really nice post about my project for Design Thinking by Tina Le! 

Thanks for the lovely photos, Tina!


Alie Kouzoukian // Push It

Alie Kouzoukian // Push It

Alie Kouzoukian // Push It

Last week, graphic design student Alie Kouzoukian installed this piece in the art annex at Portland State. Throughout the week, I witnessed her sit there for hours on end, pushing one pin in at a time. Each day, I was amazed by her progress and determination to…

Sharing research!

The next series of posts will be yours and your classmates’ Step 2 assignments from Project #1. You were to focus your research in on three people, organizations or projects that inspired you and whose work you may wish to emulate in your execution of Project #1.

Included in each of your three write-ups should be:

A description of the person, project or organization. What do they do?
An explanation of why you chose to research it. What grabbed you?
At least one image and an explanation of what we’re looking at. 

We’ll talk about these tomorrow in class. Keep up the excellent work!

Dates for out-of-class activities

As per some requests in class, here is a reminder of the dates for activities that will take place out of class time.

I understand that work or other classes can get in the way, but hopefully with five and ten weeks notice, you will be able to request time off from work and arrange with your professors to miss a class. If you need me to write a note to your boss or teacher, let me know.

Thursday, February 16
GOOD Ideas for Cities: Portland
At Ziba Design, 910 NW Marshall. Doors at 6pm, event at 7pm.
Free event, but you must RSVP online. I will post the link to RSVP when it goes up next week. 

Wednesday, March 14
GOOD Ideas for Portland: Student presentations of final projects
and Friends of Graphic Design present Show and Tell: Alissa Walker lecture
At ADX, 417 SE 11th Ave. Event at 6pm. 

Oh man. In some weird fluke, I left Candy Chang, Civic Center and Neighborland off The List. Duh! Please browse through their sites! We’ll talk a lot about Candy Chang’s work as we get into discussions on design and community, design and cities, and design and participation.

Some of my favorite projects of hers are shared in the above pictures. I think her work seamlessly integrates civic participation, artful intervention, and an openness to collaboration with communities and individuals. More than making a design FOR an audience, these projects utilize design languages and problem-solving techniques to make a project WITH an audience. 

*** If you’d like to change your research topics for Tuesday to include one of these, please feel free to do so. ***