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1. These Prefabricated Origami Kiosks were really awesome. I’ve always been really fascinated with origami since I was little. I love how a 2D sheet of paper can turn into a 3D object just by a couple of folds … it’s kind of magical in a way. It made me really happy to see origami be used in a real world situation like this kiosk.

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2. The Load Carrier for Labour is a creative solution to improve the working conditions of workers around the world. This design won awards from Core77. The load carrier prevents hazardous conditions by taking ergonomic and product design into consideration. I really like this design because it is trying to improve the quality of life of millions of people.

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3. The Synthetic Nature art piece is a creative piece of work done by Romanian architect Vlad Tenu. I’m not exactly sure why, but I can’t stop looking at it! I’m mesmerized by it’s form, symmetry, texture, and morphing qualities. 

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4. The Self Made Carrying Cases really stood out to me, because it is something I’ve always wanted and needed. I do not own a tool box (the one that most design students own) because it did not fit the needs of my materials. These carrying cases would be a studio project because it would be a creative way for us to define our own needs.

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5. The Responsive Hexi Wall is probably one of the coolest and most creative wall installations I’ve seen in a long time. Each hexagon is individually mounted and fitted with mechanics that determines nearby movements, creating a wave-like motion. Click on the link above to view a video of the wall in motion!

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After making a couple of changes on my previous prototype, I am very pleased with my final package. I really like the form, as well as the decals and how it holds the bottles. The bottles fit together nicely and can even be placed back into the package after use. I think I came up with a creative solution to this problem because I’ve never seen a package that is a hexagon as well as bottles being placed on an angle. I learned a lot after using new brainstorming techniques.

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Here are photos of my first prototype. I was pleased with the results, however I needed to make a couple of tweaks for the final model. I decided to scale the whole package down by 35% because I realized that I didn’t need to use as much cardboard as expected. I also reduced the size because when the bottles fit in the hole, they would slip down inside because there was nothing keeping them from staying there. I also changed the direction of the triangles for the hole. Instead of being pushed in, I pushed them out so that it is easier for the user to take the beer bottle out. The triangle spikes also resemble an urchin when they are pushed out.

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Here are my initial sketches and concept prototypes. Going off of the urchin theme, I wanted to create a package that had the characteristics of an urchin: symmetrical, pointy, simple. I originally wanted the package to be cylindrical and circular, but I had a hard time figuring out how the bottles would actually stay in place. Though that, I decided to create a spherical shape through geometrical patterns which is when the hexagon takes a role. I started with placing the bottles on the top, but I still wanted the overall shape to look like an urchin. So, I decided to place the bottles on the side at an angle so the bottles looked like the spikes on an urchin. I took this idea to paper, trying to figure out the angles of the cut pieces so that the bottles would actually stay in place.

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The intent of this project was to design a packaging solution out of cardboard for a variety of objects. For this project I chose six bottles of beer. I thought there could be lots of creative solutions for housing these bottles–also because my dad brews his own beer, so I thought it would be neat to possibly create a package for him. This photo shows the initial stages of my creative process. I used three different methods: Free Association (Taking a key word from the project statement (beer in this case) and writing down words that initially come to mind. I played this method with my roommates so I got a variety of words than my own), Journalistic Mapping (I answered the questions of Who, What, Where, When, Why, How related to packaging beer bottles), and Wish List (I wrote down things that I personally wanted accomplished in my package design). The method that helped me the best was Free Association, because through that I was able to choose a word that could inspire me throughout the rest of the project. I decided to choose Urchin, which ended being a great word. The word ‘urchin’ means mischief or rascal, which fits perfectly for someone who has drank a couple of beers. I also used the word ‘urbane’ as part of my label, meaning ‘sophisticated, worldly, and cultured’. I thought this was also fitting, because I wanted to design a package that only held the best of the best beer: hand-crafted, authentic, sophisticated beer. That is how I came up with my label: Urbane Urchin.

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1. I thought this hanging camping light was a creative way to see in the dark. The battery is solar powered, it’s lightweight, and extendable, so the light can hang in versatile places. I like to camp in the summer, so I thought this is a great solution besides bringing a heavy and clunky lamp.

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2. These painted murals by Zaria Forman are some of the most beautiful paintings I’ve ever seen. I thought her technique of painting with her fingers is really creative. It is crazy how realistic her paintings just by using her fingers.

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3. This type of photography is really creative because you’re taking small modules and turning them into a real landscape. I don’t understand how the dioramas can turn into a realistic nature scene. Usually if people want to take photos of nature, they will go outside. However, this artist takes a creative approach and stays indoors to take nature photos.

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4. I really like exploring new fonts and logos, so this website of creative logos really interested me. I like how the text is integrative and symbolic to the logo and company values. For example, the Cinema Cafe logo has a movie reel in the shape of a cup. How Cool!

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5. This glass office is really creative and interesting because a structured building can look like it’s immersed in nature. What I really like is that the office is eye-level with the ground.

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To me, free play is spending time outdoors (only when it’s nice out). When I have the opportunity to do activities outdoors, such as biking, running, or walking, I have the time to immerse myself in nature and enjoy what life has to offer. My favorite free play activity is exploring new outdoor places. i love the feel of spontaneity and seeing where my feet take me. This type of free play helps calm me down and significantly reduces stress because I am doing something just for myself.