Category Archives: Artifacts

Mental Notes cards by Stephen P. Anderson

Last week I received the pack of Mental Notes cards that I ordered for our graduate studio. The cards, designed by Stephen P. Anderson, are lovely—they come beautifully packaged in an embossed box, they’re nicely designed, and each card features … Continue reading

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Artifact grouping, take 2

I decided to take a second stab at grouping artifacts. I feel that this time I was much more successful. Instead of placing artifacts along a scatterplot chart, I came up with different themes (based on the medium or the … Continue reading

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Inspiration: “Running the Numbers” by Chris Jordan

In my Social Impact by Design class today, Bruce showed us this website: Here’s what Chris Jordan says about his work: Running the Numbers looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a … Continue reading

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October 21 thesis meeting

This week, we had our group meeting. We brought in artifacts that we’d been collecting. I showed The Board, on which I’d been trying to map more than 50 pieces of information design or campaigns dealing with environmental and social … Continue reading

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The Plastiki Expedition

During my search for artifacts, I came across a unique endeavor: the Plastiki Expedition. On March 22, 2010, 6 people set off to sail from San Francisco to Sydney (more than 11,000 miles)—in a boat made primarily of plastic bottles! … Continue reading

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Design with Intent Toolkit

By Dan Lockton with David Harrison and Neville A. Stanton The Design with Intent Toolkit has been in the works for a while and is now available online as a download here. The toolkit is robust, consisting of over 101 … Continue reading

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I found this the StepGreen site ( last semester but have not yet taken the time to actually use it. It was created by CMU students from the HCI. Looks promising—you commit to actions and can even share your actions … Continue reading

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