What is the outcome of an Institute of Design project? Last week, the school held a showcase of select student work from fall semester. The diversity of topics addressed by the three presenting teams exemplifies the versatile power of design processes practiced at ID. The following work represents just a small portion of what's going on at the Institute of Design.
Meat Up: A Cultured Evening. Applying Speculative and Participatory Design to an Emerging Technology
Team members: Mabel Chan, Sarah Ekblad, Irene Loomis, Adam Panza
"Meat Up" invited subject matter experts from a variety of industries to the dinner table to discuss synthetic meat. Speculative fiction design probes sparked the discussion, such as "Bite Box", a vending machine for branded meats. Bite Box asks, "how might entertainment companies expand into food production?" The conversation over synthetic meat served to uncover ethical and behavioral tensions as we wield greater control over our food, provoking questions that impact the food industry today.
Pano: A reimagined Child Vaccination and Health Record
Team Members: Maggee Bond, Sarah Ekblad, Katie Kowaloff, Priyanka Marawa
Pano (India) includes a new Child Vaccination and Health Record, as well as a culturally specific reminder card. Together, the two pieces articulate a more complete story of vaccination: past, present and future.
The Record: The structure of the record provides a macro view of vaccination; content is organized by vaccination schedule, making relevant information readily accessible.
The Reminder Card: The record is paired with an appointment reminder tool, given to the family at each clinic visit. In the specific context of India (shown here), the reminder takes the form of a card that attaches to the family's home calendar.
Reflect: A new kind of quantified self app
Team members: Knowl Baek, Minji Kim, Priyanka Marawar, Aaron Otani
‘Reflect’ is a new personal informatics application that serves as a digital mirror for life moments. We studied a specific user group from the Quantified Self movement who track various aspects of their lives with the goal to achieve greater self-awareness through data.
With 'Reflect', Life Mission Self-trackers can:
- Combine quantitative and qualitative data to derive and document their own insights.
- Organize data into custom categories based on their real life aspirations.
- Adopt new goals based on shifting priorities while continuing to build self-awareness.
A great showing by all involved. Special thanks to Paul Sheetz for photographing the event. Spring semester is moving fast, so check back soon to see what's in the works.