it's funny how things fall together slowly over time, how one piece you discover a year ago will sync up so nicely with another piece you just discovered a minute ago. i'm having a synthesis moment right now and don't want to lose it, so here goes...
i was honored to speak recently at the local "coffee&design" monthly series about design for good. being the smart and organized folks they are, the whole event was documented so i wanted to include the video here as well as a pdf of my slides with presenter notes in case anyone wants to take a peek.
thanks very much to erica birkman, kelly tomlinson, and rob lafeve for the opportunity!
as a student collaborator one of the first assignments was to work with stand up kc advocating for fair wages and termination of wage theft. little did i know that all this corruption was occurring in my backyard.
For my internship at The New Programme, I was assigned to create the logo for the Rozarks in Rosedale. The Rozarks are natural biking/hiking trails, and are described as an "urban nature escape." The new logo will be placed around the trails acting similar to a national forrest trail sign.
designing social change by andrew shea
features two different kcai student projects.
design for the real world: human ecology and social change by victor papanek
citizen designer: perspectives on design responsibility edited by steven heller and veronique vienne
graphic agitation by liz mcquiston
blogs / websites
founded by two former kcai students and employing a recent kcai grad.
tons more stuff can be found in my delicious bookmarks. go crazy!
about eight months ago, my former professor, cedomir kostovic, emailed me with an invitation to come and lecture at my alma mater, missouri state university.
the new programme is seeking student collaborators in the area of graphic design, illustration, digital film, photography, printmaking, or animation for the spring 2014 semester.
after my typical period of indecisiveness, a general direction has been established for this body of work. the direction includes a trait that i have noticed in the past year or two in my and my students' work – that one can often include many aspects of other ideas into a single direction.
in a dual attempt to get some input and document where i am in the sabbatical process, here are my questions and ideas to date.
three years ago i had an idea in an elective i taught, called stories of the city, that i referred to as "conversation maps". the point was to use them as a way to record interactions with people in the community, organize the information, and be able to utilize it to gain new insights.
finally, i'm actually attempting to use it myself to map a couple of my initial interviews with k.c. bike activists. it's not all pretty just yet and it may not get any better. it was somewhat useful to go back through my notes and do this. i hope it will help me to sort through issues and ideas more easily as i move forward.