Week 06

Living With Your Own Ideas

Living with your own ideas or designs is not always easy. Many times as designers we have to design objects, products or services for others, often having a third or second-person perspective, but not always the point of view of the first person. 

According to what I learned here, when we talk about the third person we mean to design from our knowledge, from what we investigate and know, but without generating real empathy with the subject; to design from the perspective of a second person is to design with a group of people, something that does not generate innovation, but understanding; while designing from a first-person perspective gives the design your personal interests, plus your knowledge, plus your empathy because of being for you. There is a social-technical contribution since it is your context and your life that inspires design, as well as your relationship with the body and with others, is also reflected in this type of design. It is a design that comes from within you to conquer the world.

This week was full of creativity and rapid prototyping, and something that I loved was the process of creating magic machines that represented a concept since it seemed like a great way to put everyone's creativity and imagination to work, to see how we would capture a concept through a rapid prototype made with different basic materials such as glasses, cardboard, cloth, ropes, tape, glue, scissors, and others. It was nice to see how through what each one designed, the personality, desires, and interests of each one were reflected.


The concept that I chose was justice, and to reflect it, I created a machine for equal distribution of goods. A machine made of plastic cups that are transparent on the outside so that everyone can see what happens inside, inspired by the theory of glass companies, which let others see what happens inside and are transparent with their actions, as should justice be. In my imagination, this machine helps to distribute things in an equitable way for everyone, which does not mean in the same way for everybody, but it distributes it in a fair way, taking into account several characteristics. It was also nice to have to carry all this to the house and with people looking at you in the subway with curiosity to know what you are wearing.

In the second part of the class, we use this same concept of magic machines to create machines that will help us research, prototypes of objects made to collect information. A nice way to use design as an object of research, leaving people to do things for themselves instead of just asking them a question, since in the end when interviewing someone it is practically a theater in which the person acts as he thinks he should do it, leaving many hidden things that could be released through the use of your imagination. For this part, what we tried to design were different machines of how we imagined it could be a portable hydroponic crop, mounting towers of plastic cups that with wooden sticks were assembled, using plastic bottles as containers for water and some blades made out of plastic cups for these crops to also generate energy. Each in the group gave their contribution or built their own machine, but taking into account that they were all for the same purpose: to help rural futures in agriculture or refugees to improve their lives.

For the last part of the class, we had to design something we could live with. Something we could take with us, live and feel. An object that would allow us to externalize the design as an act of taking it from our interior to put it in front. I opted to buy a plant I called Matilda, and I even opened an Instagram account for her. I walked with her down the street for a while and even took her to market. But all this was really to start testing with soil moisture sensors, to understand how easy they were to use them and what information they would throw at me. Something that helped me realize that the empathy of people when you walk with a plant is greater, but it also helped me to disarm some hypotheses that I had about what I believed about sensors and agriculture, realizing that this data is of no use if you do not know how to interpret it, and that probably the information of sensors as basic as these are not the information that will help farmers to adapt to climate change.

Anyway, it was a nice way of experimentation and learning by living, more than only doing. Once you live with it, you start to really understand it.


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