A few things to note before I tell you what the latest and greatest sprint has been like for thesis. Those of you who come to the site itself to read my blog will have noticed that I redesigned my website! It feels less stark now, with shades of grey and a bit of what is known around the studio as "Souvik Blue" - my favorite shade of blue, found in a lot of my clothing and some of my drawing tools. Take a look around, kick the tires a bit and let me know what you think! For those of you on RSS or what have you, swing by and also let me know what you think!
I have also renamed my thesis again. After discussing with my program chair and my thesis advisor, my thesis is now called Unbound: Psychophysical Product Design for Paralysis and Disability. It's a mouthful, but better, I think, than Leaving the Chair Behind or Wheelchair Unbound, two titles that I had thrown around before this one. "Psychophysical Product Design" refers to the fact that I'm designing objects that address both the physical and psychological aspects of disability - though at this point, that part of the title is more aspirational than actual.
Finally, with the preface that this is not related to my thesis in any way, I am excited to share with you all that I will be joining Bike & Build next summer after I graduate from Products of Design. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Bike & Build is a bike ride across the United States for charity; the fundraising proceeds go to support affordable housing organizations across the US, and several days of the ride are spent building houses for people who need them. I'm on the Connecticut to California route, which should take me from June to mid-August. I'm super excited for this ride, as I've been wanting to do it ever since I heard about it. I need to raise $4,500 to participate, and I'd really appreciate all the support that I can get. My rider profile is here.
And now, to business. For last week's assignment [with spillover to this week], we were asked to design 36 products through sketch explorations. These products were to fall into the categories of for-profit, non-profit and crowd sourced. As my classmates shared their products, it became clear that we all had different ideas of what crowd sourced meant when completing the project - given my finance background, I'd say it's relatively unsurprising that I thought this was referencing financing of the product - i.e. Kickstarter or Indiegogo - and not the actual content of the product. We were also tasked with creating 3 sketch models of product ideas that we came up with. After this initial sprint, we were asked to refine two ideas further in another round of physical prototyping, in an effort to come up with a more polished set of products.
I know I haven't been posting as much lately because school has been killer, but I will share some product sketches with you guys tomorrow!