right now, we’re still in the preliminary choose-your-path stage of thesis. early on, I was thinking “Maybe something along the lines of helping those with social anxiety, or other mental disorders…” but after an initial brainstorming stage quickly determined that I’d probably be miserable for the next 6 months if that was my focus. instead, I’ve decided to pursue a direction much more enjoyable (and more tangible!): independent artists!
as a hobbyist for many years I’ve had plenty of secondhand experience with the artist community, and in recent years I’ve branched out more to do freelance and commissioned work, as well as starting to enter the world of conventions to sell my digital artwork in-person. this whole process has exposed me to a lot of problems and areas that are significantly lacking in aid to new and veteran artists alike. I’m going to approach this topic openly and, ideally, find one or two specific opportunities to focus on and create a design solution.
so this so-called “project blog” has been for the most part abandoned for over a year. ha ha, oops. :^)
but! I will start utilizing it log process for my senior thesis, and maybe some other things.
Designing for Social Good:
PRODUCT DESIGN SENIOR SHOW INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN!
Empowering Asthmatics Through Education by Osman Cueto
Asthma affects about 1 in 12 people in the US, making it one of the most common non-communicable diseases. Having been diagnosed with asthma as child it is continually something I have to deal with. The purpose of this design project is to Empower and instill a sense of Comfort and knowledge to those who are affected. After countless hours of research, synthesizing, and ideation the concept for “Breathe” the connected inhaler came about.
SoundBite - Innovating and Simplifying Music Creation by Seth Fowler
Many talented musicians lack the means and the technical proficiency to take the next step in their career and record their own music. SoundBITE gives these musicians a simple all in one solution to this problem that allows them to not only record their music but do it in fun innovative new ways.
Hi everyone! Above is a promo video and some samples from the product design senior theses of my upperclassmen. They are the first class of graduating seniors in this program, meaning, unfortunately, they have no funding and are basically in charge of handling everything regarding their senior thesis show themselves.
All of their projects are really cool and well-developed, and many could help tons of people live better lives should the projects come to life, but to do that they need to get the word out, with their senior show being the first step.
They are currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. If you could pledge even a dollar it would help both them and the entire Product Design department at their school enormously, and ultimately contribute to the innovation of the future!
Please consider contributing, and signal boosting their campaign!
Okay, so i’m doing pretty terribly at this “updating/maintaining a project blog” thing. Hopefully this weekend I can go through some old projects and actually breathe some life into this blog!
I haven’t updated anything on this blog for a long while, yeesh!
Last week in my Lighting/Studio Photography class we were to bring some of our models from Product Design projects to photograph…but I don’t have any models particularly worth of photographing, so I brought these pompom chickens my friend made for me a couple years ago!
Ink + marker on Bristol, the finished! version. Someday I’ll find a scanner big enough to properly scan this, the photo washes out a lot of shading.
Some interesting sketches and pasted tidbits by artist Tom Burkhardt, drawn on his one-month journey around Burma, as he experienced the country and people. His sketches are so simple and bold but they have a great immersive, cultural feel to them. I rather like the idea of a traveling sketchbook/scrapbook (maybe I’ll do one in China?!)
People need to look past the men’s missing limbs, Marine Corps artist Michael Fay said, to see the resilience in their faces. Even if those faces are scarred and misshapen.
More than a month ago, I visited an art exhibition organized by Marine corps artist Michael Fay entitled The Joe Bonham Project, which featured dozens of sketches and paintings of injured war veterans by various artists. Many of these sketches and paintings were created just days after the soldiers had been wounded in battle — many having lost limbs — and brought into the hospital, and they were all such raw and real representations of the realities of war.
I was really humbled by standing in front of these pieces — each and every one of the faces portrayed were real people who had undergone real suffering, yet were okay with sharing their story with the artist as they were drawn and wanted their story to be known. To be that artist, in the same room with these incredible people, befriend them and be able to hear what they have to say in person, the idea is both intimidating yet I know it must be such a perspective-changing experience.
Before and after versions of a simple color palette painting. For class,
but mostly just for me. Heh!
WIP photo of a drawing for my sketching class. I need to find some time to photograph the finished one!
Another class trip to the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly last week, and more fooling around with iPad drawing apps. A staff member took out some of their live animals and held them in front of us to draw!
My first time using an iPad to draw! So awkward and clumsy, I feel like a newborn fawn. (These are animal exhibits from The Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly!)
Hello, friends! My name is Mai and I’m currently an Industrial/Product Design student, and all things art and design are my great loves! Aside from product design modeling and sketching, I also dabble (perhaps too extensively) in photography, concept art, illustrations, physical projects, the occasional graphic design, comic art, cooking (which doesn’t fit at all?), fashion, and just a whole lot of drawing! This blog’s intended purpose is to serve as a portfolio to showcase my work, but really, I just want to be able to talk about and share all of my works in progress, things I like, and my mundane everyday life. I hope you’ll give me your support and feedback.
(Also, I’d like to thank and say hello to my kind followers who have joined me on this new blog. Thanks! Hello!!)
So, let’s get this started with a bang! Bang???