Nadia’s blog


Thick laser printing b&w
8 October, 2008, 11:52 am
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Does anyone know where you can get black and white A3 prints done on stock of over 300GSM? If you do, please comment here, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks.



The future, or something like it
3 October, 2008, 9:28 pm
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A member of my family just proclaimed, “This is going to be the future, if it’s not already!” (quoting something I didn’t see or hear off the television, I believe). I think this conundrum is quite applicable to the idea that if something is new, then it already exists, and is not the future. This little phrase seems quite relevant to the ‘new technologies’ concept.



Illustration
1 October, 2008, 7:42 pm
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I was bored and frustrated with all my work, so I got to thinking about the future of this credo project, given that I might be out with folio in hand shortly after this course is completed. For a project, which at first, I must admit I was not at all fond of, I have grown to love it, and am contemplating making it a part of my eventual folio. As I was sitting on the train, ideas popped into my head, and I designed this (the actual execution, of course, was not completed on the train).

I don’t really see this as a part of the current project, but more an evolution (sorry about the pun). It’s a hint, perhaps of what might come next, or maybe it is simply a slightly more fruitful way of procrastinating. Only time will tell! Just thought I would share it.

That process journal I keep promising will be up shortly.



Perfect binding – an appeal for help
24 September, 2008, 11:16 am
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Does anyone know where I can get my Credo document perfect bound (without breaking the bank)? If anyone can think of anywhere, please post a comment. If you just want to recommend any good printers and binders for anything, that would be cool too.

Thanks!



A lifetime of technology
1 September, 2008, 7:12 pm
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A quote I found whilst writing our lit review made me think about the technologies of our generation.

“Technology is everything that comes along after you’re born” (Caroll et al. 2002, quoting Alan Kay 1990)

One thing that rose to popularity after we were born is the mobile phone. We were the first people I know to own a mobile phone in 1992. Here is a picture of me using it.

I can’t help but laugh at having to use two hands to use a mobile phone.



Computer dictionary
21 August, 2008, 8:13 pm
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I was sitting on the sofa writing notes with an open dictionary, but when I needed to know how to spell something* (no, I’m not too proud to admit there are words I don’t quite know how to spell), I yelled at my brother to Google it for me. At least I still talk to my brother…

As for my Credo project, I think I have named it! It will be called (r)evolve, and will document my evolution as a designer, the evolution of design as I see it, and the evolution of techology in my work. It will also look at the notion of revolving, in that, I feel that technology and design are both somewhat circular, things keep coming back around, and having new relevance.

I feel this theme brings together the ideas I had previously into something I can visualise.

* The word was acquaintance.



Sustainable change?
5 June, 2008, 4:21 pm
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At the beginning of the semester, we were asked to envision ourselves before and after sustainable change and design a portrait accordingly (it can be viewed here, along with an explanation). I feel like my portrait has been proven correct.

After our group project, which dealt largely with the truth, I have opened myself up to actively learning (more than I did before). Although I have always read the newspaper and read the news, I find myself paying more attention.

As for a sustainable change in terms of environmental change, I feel my portrait is correct there as well. The changes I have made to the way I live and work are simple and small, as depicted in the image.

Here is my sustainable change:

  • No staples unless it’s something that will be kept: I am a newfound paperclip devotee. I read somewhere (I can’t find it anymore) about how much waste steel is caused by staples.
  • Paper must be used back and front before being recycled: See below my reusable recycling pile (as opposed to the recycling that goes out for collection). I’ve decided I’m going to make some nice notebooks with recycled paper. I think this semester’s work could be some nice inspiration for next semester’s work.

So, most of the semester’s progressive printouts and readings are in that pile somewhere… destined to be something amazing soon…

That’s really all. Just tiny changes that might make a little difference. But at least I’m thinking about it. Completing the lecture visualisations has definitely made me think about sustainability differently. Previously, I thought the term really only referred to environmental sustainability, but I now fully realise that sustainability is about sustaining all aspects of society for the future.

This will be my final post for the semester, so before I head off, I just wanted to post a few images from my backlog, that I feel relate to this semester’s work.

This is one of my favourite photos that I have taken. I love it aesthetically, but also because I can think of so many things it could mean. The aphids look like a little sustainable community plugging away at a common goal, which I think is nice. This has almost been a visualisation for a few lectures, so I think it deserves an honourable mention.

I just thought this was the most curious thing. My dad showed me this clothing tag on a pair of pants he owns. It has about 4 pages, which you flick through for instructions on how to take care of the pants, they’re fairly detailed.

Speaking of multi-page documents, does anyone else own a Mighty Mouse? The Apple mouse with a scroll-wheel? The Mighty Mouse comes with a 60 page manual on how to use the mouse. Personally, I haven’t read a word of it, and I seriously doubt how many people out there have done so. But the thing that gets me about this manual is how much of a waste of paper it is. Out of the 60 pages, four are in English. It is a fairly similar circumstance for most of the languages. So each person who gets the booklet uses about 7% of it…

Okay, my final statement, I have always loved this piece of graffiti, and see the relevance in it more and more each time I see it. I’m sure any of you who catch the train will be familiar with it.

Although uni has been massively stressful this semester, I am really happy with the outcomes we have created and with the thought-provoking nature of the course. I have also really enjoyed keeping this blog. I never expected the crazy amount of hits I got, so thank you for that.

– Nadia.