[Week 6] Social Design

What is a social problem that you find particularly vexing? What can of interventions can you think about to address it? What are the root causes of the problem and who are the key stakeholders that can make a difference in addressing this problem?

=> The social problem I concern about is animal welfare about stray cats. There are people who feel pity for stray cats and feed them. But also, there are people who do not want them walk around their house, and think feeding cats makes road dirty. This conflict often make violence or animal abuse by people who hate stray cats and also people feeding them. But cats need food and a safe shelter to survive. I think making a shelter is a good way to solve this conflict between neighborhood and save cats. If cats only sleep and eat in a shelter, they will not make their neighbor dirty, actually I never agree they make place dirty though. Here are some design for stray cats.

 

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2011/12/designer-shelters-cities-stray-cats/836/

 

http://www.citylab.com/navigator/2016/03/designer-shelters-fit-for-a-feral-cat-architects-for-animals-fixnation/474633/

[Week 5] Sustainable Design

 

  1. What is “energy”? Create a piece that communicates your relationship to energy.

My energy is a relationship with stray cats in my neighborhood. There I five cats I feed, and especially two of them are very special for me like my babies. I really want to adopt them but I could not afford it now. Since I have started this relationship with two cats, my life was totally changed and taking care of them became the biggest and most important part of my daily life. Those two are my happiness and  I learn true love from taking care of them. I started to learn about cats and expand my experience for them. These days, one of them limped his one leg and could not step on the ground. I emailed to clinics and societies for help and founded the way to save his life. The cats made me do what I did not before.

So, I decided to make a bracelet with cat food to represent my energy with cats are always with me, and to show my hands with scars from cats.


 

 

2. Keep a log of all your “waste” and propose alternatives to your consumption/waste patterns.


 

 

Most of my waste was something related to food such as plastic bags after shopping or food packages. And a disposable coffee cups were one of the bog part.

My alternatives to reduce this waste would be…

  • Bring a shopper bag for grocery shopping instead of using a plastic bag
  • Bring a lunchbox for school instead of eating out. This is also good way to save money.
  • Order coffee in a mug when I stay in a cafe. This is what I do when I go to a cafe not to waste a disposable cup. But I feel this is not enough and I should bring a tumbler.
  • Sometimes I use a food package as a cat food tray or a container on a desk. This was the transformation of a food package to brush container. I also got color sheets from the junk shelf at ITP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Week4] Final project idea

In this semester, a particle system was really interesting subject for me. Everything the class covered was super difficult for me, but it was really interesting that to see how physics affect to objects. And it was so much fun to play with variations on velocity, force and acceleration.

So, I wanted to experiment with a particle system.

This was the motive of my final project.

I played this with lines having random color, and change velocity to represent wind effect.

This was the first step of my final project.

And here is my final work.

 

[Week5] User test (Counting clock)

https://marvelapp.com/2487117

 

I had a user test with ITP friends, and received various feedback that I did not expect. I realized why a user test is essential after the design. The next step will be developing UX and UI design based on the user test feedback.

<feedback>

  • I was confused with numbers because there is no number unit.
  • In the main counting page, the title of the counting clock is set vertically. It is shifted to the horizontal layout for the readability.
  • I do not know the horse icon is an indicator of the process.
  • In terms of the counting down clock for days, what about using the calendar API? It is a little bit uncomfortable that the remained days are not counted down automatically.

In addition, I realized a cancellation button for adding or subtracting numbers providing against the wrong click.