Reflection

There are no limitations for new discoveries for an Italian student who is not used to face design in an experimental and practical way. Since the beginning of my experience in England, I’ve started to develop my knowledge from the foundation. Everyday I am experiencing some little achievements. In Italy, my previous two years of studying have been based on theoretical design and development of thoughts. I have found that this style is a really old approach for this discipline.

This change is the reason why I have found the online blog really interesting and stimulating. This kind of writing has also come with issues and challenges as well. The aim was to be able to be critical through asking questions and through deeper analysis of design topics. There was space for critical response and the opportunity to support ideas with evidence. This created some really interesting links for me and they are intended to catch the attention of the reader. ( University of Plymouth,2010)

This assessment provided the occasion to open our minds to the audience. It was a way to express ourselves as well. People can not know you if you don’t show who you are and hopefully I have shown some of myself through this blog. I can’t hide that it was also a struggle because when I start to write, even if my English is not the best, I can’t stop and I felt the necessity to go further to explain deeper my ideas. Therefore the limitation of the world was a bit of restriction in my case. Also Snyder, at the same time, agrees to this idea saying that “Blogs combine the immediacy of up-to-the-minute posts, latest first, with a strong sense of the author’s personality, passions, and point of view”(D. Snyder, 2008).

If the blog was to be continued, I would attempt to make it more personal through it’s content, consisting of more than just graphic design. I would do this to avoid the limitation of links to build all around it. I love it when there is the possibility to show that design can be merged with everyday themes, so that people not familiar with the theme can understand the strength of our efforts.

This blog, for me, was really the first step in the right direction. Writing my post allowed me to fill in the information and add to the lessons explanations, but that’s not the only thing I’ve learned. It was also provided a way to gain inspiration finding new links to extend my skills in the professional world. My aim now, is trying to belong to a community of designers with shared interests as we can see in some shown at the bottom of the text (Fig. 1,Fig. 2, Fig. 3, Fig.4) where it’s possible to join debates of eco-design, show design works and also being contacted for jobs.

As I’ve learned, through talking with a photographer during my last internship, it is that the most effective way, nowadays, is to create a link of connection through blogs and social networks. These mediums can show who you are and are easy to find online. So, if pictures, design projects and profiles were not enough, why not add a design blog?

Fig.1 Designblog: Dribble https://dribbble.com/

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Designblog:
Dribble
https://dribbble.com/

Fig.2 Design Blog: Love package   http://lovelypackage.com/vilkyskiu-pienine

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Design Blog:
Love package http://lovelypackage.com/vilkyskiu-pienine

Fig.3 Design blog: Inhabitat http://inhabitat.com/products-2/

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Design blog: Inhabitat
http://inhabitat.com/products-2/

Fig.4 Art blog:  Fubiz http://www.fubiz.net

Fig.4
Art blog:
Fubiz
http://www.fubiz.net

Bibliography

Dribbble.com, (2014). Dribbble – Show and tell for designers. [online] Available at: https://dribbble.com/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].

Fubiz.net, (2014). Fubizâ„¢. [online] Available at: http://www.fubiz.net/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].

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Higher Resources on Critical Thinking, University of Plymouth (www) http://www.learnhigher.ac.uk/resources/files/Critical%20thinking/8Criticalthinkingsummary.pdf [Accessed 24 December 2014]

Lovelypackage.com, (2014). Vilkyškių Pieninė | Lovely Package. [online] Available at: http://lovelypackage.com/vilkyskiu-pienine/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].

Snyder, D. (2008). The rules that rule their worlds.

Inhabitat.com, (2014). [online] Available at: http://inhabitat.com/products-2/ [Accessed 24 Dec. 2014].

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Ethical Design

We live in a world in which, nowadays, facing equality and impartiality  seems to be impossible.This is clear evaluating common lifestyles and thoughts coming from environmental and social impact.

Humans seems to think just about their own interests in an egoistic perspective. The future is not something which we care about, and neither the environment. From this carelessness, environmental problems and humanity difficulties emerged. This has to be changed and a designer should be the one who starts this fight to achieve the goal of a fair lifestyle.

In the first place, a nice example of a design product that satisfies physically impaired needs (one hand people) is “Single Hand cook” by Gabriele Meldaikte (Fig 1).

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Fig.1:Single Hand, cookhttp://www.yankodesign.com/2009/09/07/single-hand-cook/

This is a developed prototype idea’s appliance to be used to prepare meals and feeling confident in the kitchen. An additional positive feature is that it can be use by both left and right handed. This lets think about the high control of different issues.

Single hand cooker allows disabled people do actions which they could not previously do in order to let they be independent and free to cook..

As examples, applying on a surface some plastics spikes, it will be possible to fix the fruit on place slicing and peeling it (Fig. 2). In Fig. 3, we can see that anhand to hold the bread here is substituted by some rounded and curved partition to be adapted to different food shapes.

Also opening containers and jars is easy fitting them into apposite spaces that doesn’t allow them move during the action. (Fig. 4) 

As an addition, interesting to mention the clever grate with a box underneath that doesn’t need to be keep in hand. (Fig 5)

The design is easily definable as smart and clear, based on research on stabilizing elements and gripping details, combined with an appreciable aesthetic.

Not hard to say that The single hand cooker is a prototype idea that has legs and should be taken further into the market.( Radhika, S., 2009)

However, even if a problem is solved, ethic design faces constantly many other issues to solve. For example, if a physically impaired person is also using a wheelchair he can not fit as well into a standard kitchen. Furthermore, also the usage of public transports and areas is denied.

Disability shouldn’t be a synonymous of inability but it’s clear that it seems to be.

In our view it is society which disables physically impaired people. Disability is something imposed on top of our impairments by the way we are unnecessarily isolated and excluded from full participation in society.” (Fundamental Principles of Disability’ 1976 )

This is the challenge that design has to face shaping environments and developing structures and tools in order to guarantee a free usage of them.

Sometimes, a design technology can be integrated into a common device to suit needs of disabled. The current aim is to produce sophisticated and complex objects for able-bodied people to be later substituted, or improved with different features to give them an universal usage. In contrast, it is surely more effective to develop items once trying to satisfy at the same time everyone needs. In this way, lots of materials and manufacturing energy waste would be avoided within a previously settled analysis.

Here is where a Universal design approach is due.

As reported in Universaldesign.com, “Universal Design makes things safer, easier and more convenient for everyone. It involves designing products and spaces so that they can be used by the widest range of people possible. Universal Design evolved from Accessible Design, a design process that addresses the needs of people with disabilities. Universal Design goes further by recognizing that there is a wide spectrum of human abilities. Everyone, even the most able-bodied person, passes through childhood, periods of temporary illness, injury and old age.” (Universal Design, 2014) (Fig. 6)

Also Ronald L. Mace agrees that “the concept of designing all products and the built environment to be aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent possible by everyone, regardless of their age, ability, or status in life.”

Not only a couple of rules and ideas to follow are enough to allow the world to be easily constructed and habitable. Also social believes, ways of thinking and good perspectives are to change necessarily. Our own reflection about the fact and the easy solution should be the first step of a changeable walk.

Bibliography:

L. Mace, R. (1998). Center for Universal Design NCSU – About the Center – Ronald L. Mace. [online] Ncsu.edu. Available at: http://www.ncsu.edu/ncsu/design/cud/about_us/usronmace.htm [Accessed 1 Dec. 2014].

Radhika, S. (2009). One-Hand Kitchen Equipment for Handicapped People by Gabriele Meldaikyte » Yanko Design. [online] Yankodesign.com. Available at: http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/09/07/single-hand-cook/ [Accessed 1 Dec. 2014].

Universaldesign.com, (2014). universaldesign.com. [online] Available at: http://Universaldesign.com [Accessed 1 Dec. 2014].