Wildly Interdependent Living + Design Education for Resilience
In collaboration with The Canary Project's Modern Primitive Exchange initiative, I've designed a workshop series for Syracuse University students and local high school students to learn self-reliance skills over six events this Spring 2014.
Workshops include Community Organizing and Web Design, Bike Repair, Build a Bike-Powered Phone Charger, Build an Earth Oven, Build a Geodesic Dome Greenhouse and Growing Food.
The aim is to both provide a hub where students and members of the community can learn hands-on skills, but also create a handbook that, along with tutorials on the website, can enable communities anywhere to recreate these workshops and build learning centers for self reliance.
This year I was asked by Dianne Debicella of Fractured Atlas, one of the largest, most renowned art fiscal sponsorship programs in the country, to co-found Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design. This new project brings together artists, designers and their communities through a service modeled on the CSA (community supported agriculture). It's like a CSA but for art and design!
I've been excited to contribute service design, logo design, motion graphics and web design to this project in addition to helping with the necessary legwork and outreach to launch a new marketplace for art and design in Brooklyn.
Watch the video here to learn more about how it works, and visit the site at csa-d.org to get involved.
Bowerbirds are amazing creatures who decorate their nests with colorful manmade and natural objects in order to attract a mate. They are very particular about organizing the colors together and picky about everything being in the right place. Kind of like designers.
My friend and collaborator Sarah Sandman was taken with these birds and decided to concoct a design installation in honor of them for the Wassaic Project summer exhibition 2013, where she is an artist in residence. Sarah invited a group of us to contribute design objects to be placed in a yurt constructed by contributor Kelley Sullivan.
Visitors to the exhibition, which happens in a 7-story restored mill building in Wassaic, New York, are invited to enter the yurt and arrange the objects as they see fit. Over the course of the summer, the participatory installation will be constantly rearranged as new people pass through and make their mark.
Each contributor to the project was tasked with making a set of objects with three sizes and three shades of three colors (yellow, orange and blue). My contribution was a set of paper mache tubes made from newsprint and origami paper. The tubes are notched so they can nestle with each other or hang from the structure of the yurt in various ways.
Sometimes visitors group these objects by color, other times it is a free-for-all. Scroll down to see documentation of the BOWER exhibit at the Wassaic Project in action.
The Exquisite Course is an idea-generator web application that shuffles ingredients from three basic food categories into thousands of new combinations, helping you solve the eternal problem of what to make for dinner.
Based on the surrealist parlor game "exquisite corpse" where a figure is drawn in three parts by three different people, making for some unusual portraits bearing mis-matched heads, bodies and legs, this app mixes up food possibilities to enliven your meals and help you get creative.
For this project I created the concept, designed the layout, edited the photos and contributed some of my own, and worked with developer Kirsten Nordine to create functionality for over 3,000 randomized recipe combinations.
More features are coming soon so sign up for updates at ExquisiteCourse.com.
An overview of projects that include web design, packaging design, logo design, branding, interaction design and installation.
These are part of a collaboration with Pax Modern, a home goods company starting up in Nebraska that aims to give independent designers access to manufacturing to help get great new products out there that are made in the USA. Buy here.
Jeff and Teegan Nordhues started Pax Modern because they saw a need for small batch manufacturing and prototyping at accessible rates, and decided to kick things off by building a laser cutter from scratch (!).
In addition to coasters, Pax Modern is also making a Honeycomb Trivet and will soon offer the Honeycomb Table Runner, which I designed with the intention of maximizing the felt use by creating trivets/coasters within the honeycomb spaces. Stay tuned to Pax Modern to find out when the table runners become available.
Hand made from sycamore wood, this triangular tablet stand is a simple, natural and sturdy way to keep your tablet device upright for easier viewing, video chatting, or storage when not in use.
A light-weight hanging file product made from birch plywood and organic cotton that is designed to use the least amount of material in order to reduce carbon footprint in both manufacturing and shipping.
Birch veneer plywood is laser-cut to create both the pattern and the structure: pieces cut out of the side panels are used to hold the panels in place as well as to hang the fabric pockets where files are stored.
A flat-pack, low-impact alternative to traditional filing cabinets.
This redesigned clothespin uses a rubber band instead of a spring. The embedded rare earth magnet lets you clip pictures or notes to the fridge, or stick a thumbtack in any wall and you can use it to hang papers and pictures wherever you like.
In walnut and sycamore in 5 color bands. Made in the USA.
Handmade, this 100% wool felt and Velcro case for organizing, storing or traveling with electronics cords makes it easy to keep track of what you need for connecting your devices in a clean and compact way.
8 loose velcro wraps are included for tieing up each cord; the "hook" side of each wrap sticks to the soft "loop" side of three Velcro strips sewn into the felt case. Cords are secure and easy to tuck away out of sight or carry with you when traveling.
In gray wool with orange Velcro.
Created in collaboration with Sarah Sandman for the Levi's Care to Air contest, LET’S HANG is a product and a campaign that aim to change attitudes about air drying and provide a simple method for hang drying clothes in or outside the home.
A removable, reflective and waterproof cover for protecting clothing and bicyclists wearing chain locks. This concept won GOOD Magazine's Design an Everyday Solution to an Extraordinary Problem contest. With bright colors and reflectivity, this cover is meant to protect the rider who wears their chain through increased visibility. The waterproof cover protects the chain and the rider's clothes as well.
The new chain lock cover, based on the design that won the GOOD Magazine contest, incorporates less, but strategically placed, reflective material in a tube shape with elastic ends.
Handmade and available in electric blue, neon watermelon, super black, and hot teal. Made from rip-stop nylon, reflective fabric and elastic.
BIKE TAG is a mobile technology approach to the problems facing cyclists - inadequate infrastructure and unsafe conditions - using social networking in conjunction with product design to visualize and understand the life of cyclists. A neon/reflective bike lock, worn across the shoulder while riding, protects the rider through increased visibility. Embedded Bluetooth within the lock transmits signals to a GPS-enabled mobile phone, connecting the rider to a network of cyclists, where they can contribute to and get information from a shared database and map. Using mobile technologies as a tool for community empowerment, this project aims to communicate the life of bicyclists to individuals, communities and society.
This year-long project was the thesis work for my masters degree in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Thesis book created about my year long study of BIKE LIFE and how bicycling can be better incorporated into public life. Cover made of laser cut neon plexiglass, bound with bungee cord. Inside cover made of reflective corrugated cardboard with five printed booklets.
A pocket-sized tool kit designed in conjunction with the Design Studio for Social Intervention for use by urban planners and community organizers who are charged with making spaces more "green." This tool provides questions about Ecology, Fracture, Physical Assets and Social Assets that planners can ask themselves and others when examining urban spaces for redesign.
The Design Studio for Social Intervention asked me to design a mobile brainstorming unit and branding for their project Public Kitchen. With the goal of creating ways to make preparation and enjoyment of food a more public and shared experience, the Studio wanted to take this idea to different communities and lead brainstorming sessions.
With portable magnetic chalkboards and a collapsible easel, my concept was to make a very portable station for exploring the many ideas the studio had come up with and solicit more. I designed 30 magnets, using some Noun Project icons as well as my own designs, in 5 categories: SHARE, SOCIALIZE, GET OUTSIDE, LEARN and EARN & SAVE.
Participants could pick and choose their favorites to add to a smaller board representing thier "dream kitchen." Blank magnets were included so that new ideas could be added to the mix. People were then photographed with their board to record a visual survey. Scroll down to see a video of one of the first Public Kitchen brainstorming events in Roxbury, MA from 2011.