Category Archives: Inspiration

Findings from December contextual interviews

During the last weeks of the semester, I interviewed 7 people: 3 women and 4 men, ages 23–33. You can read and see details about the interview setup here. After some evaluation, I became aware of 3 key themes: Efficiency, … Continue reading

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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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Brainstorming with Gil and Nick

We are lucky to have Nick Durrant and Gil Wildman, two amazing, funny, smart designers from Plot in England, here this year as Carnegie Mellon’s Nieremberg Chairs (more info here). Last Friday, October 22, Gil and Nick met with several … 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: http://current.com/1r3h24c 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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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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