After Ryan’s mold making workshop a couple of weeks ago, I began to think more about mold making as a way to prototype, given metal 3D printing is a bit cost and time prohibitive given our course coming to an end so soon. I began looking into ways to cast metal at home which my […]Read more "Silicone Mold Making & Chocolate Cane Handles – Experiment 1"
http://www.sols.com/ Foot health is important, I should know as I’m the daughter of a podiatrist. I remember getting my first pair of orthotics for my basketball shoes in high school. They were over $300, took weeks to receive, and were extremely uncomfortable when I finally got them to use during practice. Basically, I ended up […]Read more "SOLS: 3D Printed Orthotics & Mass Customization of Footware – Inspiration"
Upon arrival in Holland, I attempted to literally soak everything up. Whether it was the architecture, the culture, or the multitude of design specimens, I wanted to explore and interact. My project, an aesthetic re-design of a walking cane for disabled individuals fabricated with digital technologies, occupied the back of my mind with each new […]Read more "International Collaboration Netherlands in under 90 Seconds"
Going beyond simply invention and innovative design, Dutch Design Week featured critical pieces that questioned how society views aging and disability. A series of photographs picturing older adults, perplexed and annoyed with their robot companions, was both amusing and thought-provoking. We often think of advancing and utilizing technology as universally good, but in many instances […]Read more "Dutch Design Week – The Alienating Effect of Technology"
You’d think in the fashion capitol & city that never sleeps, New York City, there would at least be some variety in cane choices. I was surprised to see more traditional and dull canes in NYC compared to those I previously captured in photographs in Europe. In their daily lives, may of these individuals seemed […]Read more "Absence of Fashion-Forward Canes in NYC"
Our visit to Philips Design and the Philips Innovation Center was one of the highlights of the trip. Since my graduate degree program centers around design thinking processes, hearing how a large corporation is adopting and implementing a strategic approach towards human-centered design was encouraging. The presenter was not much older than students in my […]Read more "Design Thinking at Philips Design"
The Holst Center was extremely impressive! Advancements in fabrics, flexible + printed electronics, and processes that weave fabric and technology together are quite exciting when it comes to healthcare. For example, the EKG monitor of the future weighs <10 grams and supports wireless transmission of medical grade data. Another example we learned about is a […]Read more "Innovative Fabric & Printed Electronics to Improve Healthcare"
I searched Pinterest to explore the various symbols of strength and personal growth. As you can see below, these symbols are often used as inspiration for tattoos. I hope to incorporate one or many of these symbols into my prototype designs for the redesigned walking cane. The idea of strength and personal growth has always […]Read more "Inspiration: Symbols of Strength & Personal Growth"