• A break from the digital life — Bent Wood Bicycle Tray Project

    By Sunday, November 30, 2014 No tags 1

    As a side project, I have been de­sign­ing and build­ing these bent wood bi­cy­cle trays. Need­less to say, I’ve spent a lot of time in the wood shop work­ing with a va­ri­ety of wood work­ing tools. It has been a while since I have used a band­saw and ta­ble router. It feels so sat­is­fy­ing to be mak­ing some­thing tan­gi­ble with my hands. Like most de­sign­ers, I spend a lot of time in front of my lap­top or read­ing and talk­ing about design.

    Con­tinue Reading…

  • Above the Fold — Thesis Update #3

    By Friday, November 28, 2014 , 1

    Over the past few months I have been fo­cus­ing most of my en­ergy on my grad­u­ate the­sis project at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. It has been an up­hill strug­gle that has left me feel­ing both ex­hausted and ex­cited for the com­ing months. Any­one who has been through the ar­du­ous chal­lenge of find­ing and choos­ing a the­sis topic to fo­cus on can at­test to the men­tal pain that I am feel­ing. I do feel like I have fi­nally man­aged to put a few stakes in the ground, and I con­sider them to be mi­nor achievements.

    Fo­cus, re­fine, move for­ward and re­peat. This is the strat­egy and the mantra that I have fol­lowed in or­der to keep me push­ing forward.

    Fo­cus, re­fine, move for­ward, repeat.

    Con­tinue Reading…

  • News Journals / Primary Research — Thesis Update #2

    By Monday, October 20, 2014 No tags 0

    The first phase of my pri­mary re­search for my mas­ter the­sis project started with some mak­ing. Af­ter get­ting a quick re­fresher tu­to­r­ial from de­signer Abi­gail Steinem, I de­signed and made hand bound jour­nals for my re­search par­tic­i­pants to record their news con­sump­tion habits for a week and a half. I re­cruited (with the help of Kris­tine Matthews, my the­sis chair) a class of ju­niors at the Uni­ver­sity of Wash­ing­ton. The jour­nals were an in­ter­est­ing chal­lenge. In or­der for them to not be­come a chore they needed to be sim­ple and straight for­ward. They also were made small and sturdy so that the stu­dents could eas­ily keep the jour­nals on them at all times.

    Con­tinue Reading…