February 23, 2012

Developing the Senior Show

For this stage of the senior show, I am working with Ian Spaeth for developing our concept. We spend a lot of time mind mapping, or just generally brainstorming for the best theme that encompasses not only the seniors of the class, but all of our work, and the department as well. You can see some of our earliest thoughts, here's some of our mappin', in no particular order, just all kinda smooshed together:

 We narrowed it down to mostly the idea of "never being finished/always room for rethinking" and the idea of "speculative/looking forward"
Naming took some time. We've landed with the name "Unfinished Forms" though.

February 21, 2012


So, I've been a little neglectful with this blog lately. To be fair, it's because I'm giving so much love to my degree project blog. But really, that's no excuse! So here's the deal with what's been up lately!

Firstly, my WEEEEEB SIIIIITE~! Still working out the kinks, and we working some of the type on some of the pages, but for the most part it's all there! Not far from being top-notch! Things to fix:
  • upload PDF version of portfolio to page
  • rewrite "howdy" page
  • add page with links to sites (like this blog, degree blog, facebook, twitter, etc.)
  • figure out how to make email link open up email thingy
  • upload PDF version of resume
The resume is good to go to, and I got some useful input on it from the lovely Eric Roebuck, the recruiter who looked over my portfolio regarding the Hallmark internship. Very useful input.

Now all I have to do is tweak a couple things!

February 17, 2012

Inner Oasis!

Here is the scribd version of our presentation! The monument has come a long way since the beginning, evolving from something that represents the slow movement to something that is more of a monument to inner calm and reflection (this is an aspect of the slow movement, but not an embodiment of it).

January 23, 2012

Career Goals

With so many different lines of work available, it's really hard to just state what my dream job would be. It almost seems like a bad idea to try and imagine a job were everything is perfect. I'm still also a bit unsure, waffling about it. I have lot of interests, and and open to lots of possibilities.
Ideally I would love a job where the design process relied heavily on the design research done for it. I love the researching topics and cultures and being able to collect all the data into a visually pleasing tool that can be used as an aid for further designing. It's something really rewarding to me! And then the artifacts that are created are tailored for the audience.
I also would really like a place where the tactile nature of design is still preserved. Although I'm cool with both print and digital medium, something about print work still draws my attention more strongly.
I also want to work somewhere that is professional, but still remains light-hearted. I love design that can make a person crack a smile. Not goofy, just fun or clever (because there is a difference!).
And finally, to be completely blunt, I want a job that doesn't consume my life. The nights of 3-hours-of-sleep need to stop once I'm out of school. I will be a dedicated worker where ever I go, but when I go home I want to BE HOME, not work from home. Is that horrible?

Gotta straighten up, that's for sure. One thing that I realize as a weakness of mine is being persistent and a go-getter. I need to work much harder, and get in connection with more people. And then not lose contact, hah. Not gonna get a job anywhere if I'm just sitting in my apartment. Take every opportunity and see everything as a stepping stone to get in touch with the right people and the right career!

November 2, 2011

A Collection of Resources

In preparation for next semester, I've spent some time looking into the materials that already exist in relation to what I want to do for my senior thesis. Pinterest has been a valuable resource in this search.

Here is my collection so far.

This folder includes individual activities, links to both parents and teacher resources, possible books that I could read, and websites with more compilations of resources. It's pretty much a goldmine for information.

So far I have been in contact with the kindergarten faculty at Prairie Trail Elementary. This is the school my mother works at, in Texas. They're excited to answer my questions as I come up with them, as well as send me any resources that might be useful.

Moving forward, I will begin looking into other forms of education besides public schools.

Waldorf (Steiner) Education

Montessori Education

The Therapeutic Process of Play

A Thesis Proposal

School demands a lot from kids these days. And I don’t mean us. I mean, from the get-go, in early education, kids are expected to enter the system already having an understanding of their shapes, colors, letters, etc. Children who attend daycares tend to be more prepared in this area. But as for at-home involvement, there’s often a lack of exposure to the academics that they are now expected to already know.

Children and early childhood development are things that I am particularly passionate about. That being said, I would like to take my senior thesis project as an opportunity to address the issue at hand.

The age I would like to work with is 3-5 year olds (and of course their parents). At this age, they are beginning to develop essential skills like fine and gross motor skills, letters, sounds, colors, shapes, and social acclamation. Through interviews with teachers and perhaps day-care workers, I could like to collect, refine, and catalog the best activities to help children be prepared when they get to school. I have also started collecting from the vast, but incredibly cluttered and confusing, list of early childhood development resources that are on the web.

I imagine this can be applied to many things graphically, which is another reason to be excited. Web and electronic devices are something that children become familiar with at a VERY early age. Also, more tangible items such as branding, books perhaps some packaging (for activities or toys) could be artifacts that I tackle graphically. Very exciting!

October 14, 2011

Screen Space Reading

Designing for the screen comes with it's own set of limiting rules, mostly limited by the capabilities of the code or the physical attributes of the screen itself. This has let much of the design for the screen to end up being "streamlined shapes, a rejection of ornaments, an appeal to minimalism, to functionalism." It is an easy task to design on the screen, within the screen, imagining everything as flat. But the internet is anything but flat. A screen is nothing but a frame. It's a border, but one that we can, and must, cross.
In an interactive environment, time is something that is lost. This, also, is something of a disconnect, as the idea of temporal experiences dictate the rest of our lives.

Group 1 Touchpoints, Moving Slowly but Surely.

Doing several iterations, trying to give myself some options.

Class Crossover - iPhone design and some wireframes

So here's our first go at the iPhone portion of our MX system. We decided to get it out of the way early, since this is the only scenario that uses it. Once this is finished with, each of us and really focus each on one of the bigger platforms.
 Gps iPhone Scenario

Moving forward, we will be turning the rest of our scenarios into designs! Here are the wireframe versions of the two of mine that have yet to be done. Unfortunately, the PDF of the iPhone wireframe somehow became corrupted, but that's ok, since I've still got the original files.  Brandon will be focusing his attention on the iPad, I will be doing the hub for our parent and teacher scenarios! Teacher Lesson Plans Note Sharing

October 8, 2011

3D Navigation Model

Instead of trying to explain our pile of dots through photographs alone, I thought it might be helpful to just make a quick video instead. Thank you Loren for being my cameraman!

October 4, 2011

Phase 2 Final

In order to begin the rebranding process, I first refined the objective statement for Half-Price books.

"Through rebranding Half Price Books, I would like to downplay their emphasis of affordability while raising awareness of their strong roots in the green movement, all while using playful and nostalgic aesthetics to appeal to a book-loving audience."
Keeping the key attributes (playful, nostalgic, and eco-friendliness) in mind, I began the iterative process of creating the 3 different directions. That is, after changing the name to “Early Birds.” The intention of this change was to meet the part of my objective that states to “downplay their emphasis of affordability.”

One direction personifies the letter “e,” turning it in a light and playful bird. The second direction that I pursued is a more solid, formal brandmark that took the shape of both a book and the initials of the new company name. The third direction, which I now intend to move forward with, simply consists of a monogram. The supporting elements of each brand fill out the attributes that the brandmarks did not cover. Check out the scribd for all the details!

Kelsey Anderson Phase 2

October 1, 2011

Matrix of Refinements

Refined Wireframes

Student is around town and completes location-based educational opportunities:

Student takes notes within textbook and then requests to share notes with peers:

Teacher uses keywords in the students' discussions to find new materials store in a teacher-submitted database for future lesson plans. This one was initially for the ipad, but was then moved to be a desk-top scenario:

September 26, 2011

Final research posters.

The final posters have all the tweaks and refinements made to them, resolving issues with hierarchy as well as some tinier issues like copywriting!

September 24, 2011

Research Poster: Round 3

To refine the posters further, we worked on fixing all the levels of hierarchy we had last time because of the colors (the bright yellow really popping out) as well as some scaling issues that I had. On to the final!