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.

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Where GlassyBaby’s Are Born

By Thursday, November 13, 2014 No tags 0

Out on an­oth­er tour of an amaz­ing lo­cal start­up, Glassy­Ba­by in the Madrona neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle, WA. If you haven’t heard of them, you should look them up. They are a high end, beau­ti­ful, glass tea light can­dles. Orig­i­nal­ly cre­at­ed as small gifts for friends, Glassy­Ba­by has quick­ly grown to a large stu­dio.

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Touring GrayPants Seattle Studio

By Thursday, October 30, 2014 No tags 0

On a cold and wet Thurs­day morn­ing, I made my way down to the SoDo neigh­bor­hood in Seat­tle WA, to tour the Gray­Pants stu­dio. Deep in­side the in­dus­tri­al neigh­bor­hood, tucked in be­hind large anony­mous build­ings sits an old wood­en build­ing pre­vi­ous­ly used for boat build­ing. This is the home of Gray­Pants.

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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.

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