Batty

How might we improve the batconservation.org website, or add to it in a way that provides visually enticing, understandable, concise messaging about the importance of this problem with the goal of increased public understanding and support?

I remember learning about WNS in my Environmental Conservation class my first semester at CSU. We watched a few videos on the issue and it seemed so sad to me! They had the cutest little faces! We did a similar project on how we can stop the issue as well as prevent it and came up with numerous ideas including the “re-placement” of bats in a clean area where they could be monitored and cared for.

After not thinking about the issue since 2006 when I first learned about it, it was reinstated in my mind when I went hiking at the flat irons in Boulder. My friends told me about a really sweet cave we could hike to, and when we got to the top, the cave was closed off due to WNS. Crazy! It is cool to see that gradually, people are understanding the issue and desperately trying to change it.

The website itself is very informing if you have a good 8 hours to spend reading all the text. I think videos are an accurate way to describe the problem as well as grabbing the audience which could be people of all ages. Pictures are a great way to grab all audiences as well, but could mostly apply to younger kids and students. A social media live feed my also be cool to see what other people are saying as well as keep up with the latest news or issues in your area. All in all, it definitely needs to get rid of the massive amount of text.

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Le Midterm Projecto

I have done a lot of random researching about grocery stores and food labels in general to try to narrow my question down to a single idea…difficult to say the least. I researched the following to see if I could maintain a “macro” scope while still having a clear and precise question.

1. Basic Nutrition Label-understanding it, what it entails and why. “The Dummies Guide”
http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/NFLPM/ucm274593.htm

2. King Soopers Store Info-basic set up, community etc
http://www.kingsoopers.com/Pages/default.aspx

3. Wholefoods-basic set up, community, health tips
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

4. Sunflower Market (aka Sprouts)-store info, recipe ideas, community outreach
http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/

5. FDA-regulatory guidelines, how to regulate, etc
http://www.fda.gov/

6. Possible label improvements in the future?
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/designing-a-better-food-label/

I am still waiting to speak with Managers from nearby supermarkets to learn more about the particular market’s setup, but am very intrigued with the variety of differences between health food markets. Certain foods are sold in one place and not the other…merely because the label is different but the food contents are EXACTLY the SAME!!

My question as of this moment is: “How do we design a supermarket that is “user friendly” while also encouraging healthy eating without much outside knowledge necessary.”

I am going to continue to toy with my question, but I feel like the overall perspective is relatively clear: Get people to eat healthy without even thinking about it or merely because its “the in thing”. Very hipster.

Health Project Idea

I really liked the last article and how these four different professional groups are coming together to ensure the best possible outcome in ALL areas of design. BRILLIANT!

This had me thinking alot about different perspectives on how we think about the grocery store. Not only our experience while we are there, but how we choose certain items over others. I know that King Soopers recently became a huge part of a “health system” (I can’t think of the name but am looking into it!) in which certain items are listed on a chart because they are healthy on a universal level. I would like to research and study how certain foods are labeled and placed in certain places of the store. I would like to study how we can make healthier food items stand out to ANY customer amongst the less healthy food. How can we creatively inspire shoppers to think and buy healthy without even realizing it!

Ted rocks my socks

These videos were amazing!! I particularly liked the video from Dan Philips. His work with scraps and landfill material was truly a work of art! What an inspiration! His description of human consumption in regards to vanity allowed me to really step back and look at how much we spend just to “look a part”. When the next cutting edge device comes out or our neighbor builds a house twice the size of ours, we trash and throw away in order to “one up” those people. Not everything has to be wildly expensive in order to look beautiful or unique. Sometimes the beauty lies in the quarckyness or uniqueness. The Budweiser house depicts this perfectly. This man was truly inspiring.

Since I love humor, I found sir Ken Robinson very light while also being informative. Education is absolutely incapable of preparing students for the future for the mere fact that not one single person knows what is to come. We have predictions in how the economy will turn out depending on presidential election, but how can we truly equip a young person for the unknown. Ken also stated the fact that we focus so much more on the basics of math and science and history, but why can’t we equally focus on dance or music…”we all have bodies”. Why can’t we uniquely educate students in a way that they will individually respond to at every age and walk of life? Would it better prepare them for the future?

The David Kelly video would probably most apply to this class and what we have discussed thus far since it describes the balance between science and patient reality. David said a majority of children that had to get an m.r.i. scan had to be subdued because they were so terrified of the machine. The creator of the MRI machine was saddened that he created something that was intended to heal and inform yet people were terrified of his very invention. He then created a scene in which kids thought they were on some type of ride at an amusement park. He was creatively designing and creatively thinking in order to better his design but also to better peoples experience. He bridged science and design through empathy.

Design Thinking

When researching for a way to respond to this post, I started with the basics: “What is design thinking?” Google’s definitions included:

-Design Thinking is a process for practical, creative resolution of problems or issues that looks for an improved future result.
-A set of skills, competencies or dispositions relating to the highly iterative collaborative process designers employ when conceiving, planning and producing an object or system.
– A process that endeavors to solve problems and create new possibilities, generally by relying on empathic research (studying people to try to figure out what they need) combined with creative experimentation and extensive prototyping and refinement—all aimed at the goal of producing better, more useful objects, experiences, services, and systems.
-“Design thinking” is an approach to design, commonly used in community development, service design, problem formulation and product design, typically in complex and contentious situations or to break out of a period of stagnation. The term is now most closely associated with the methods employed by the IDEO design company, working in a diverse range of fields, including health care and sustainable development in Africa and Asia. Key methods include “lo-fi prototyping”, anthropological participant observation, theatrical and filmic narrative building, and the “three spaces” method described by Tim Brown in his influential essay “Design Thinking” (Harvard Business Review, June 2008).

In short, design thinking is a process of creatively solving problems or creating unique resolutions with empathy and “anthropological participant observation”. Design thinking occurs when the designer gets to know the person or company in depth, and on a more personal level, in order to create a more meaningful resolution. Many articles I read revert back to the company “IDEO” and their new wave of design. Ideo finds the scientific design answers through personal experiences and connections with the client in order to design a more sustainable resolution.

Similar to IDEO, TED is a nonprofit which connects the worlds of technology, design and entertainment in order to spread the word of “ideas worth spreading”. The mission is “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world”. TED connects scientific technology with unique design to creatively construct a solution that is exclusive to the situation.

Design thinking is imperative to scientific media design because of the need for a new way to look at things. We discussed the use of creative design thinking when creating models in order for doctors to find operating solutions for separating Siamese twins. Without the aspect of design thinking, we would be looking at a flat chart of the bodies and basically making an educated guess as to how we should operate. When forming unique designs of the twin’s bodies, the doctor was able to see exactly where the bones, and tissues, and vessels were located and therefore more reluctant to separate with the least amount of harm. Design thinking uses empathy to create new possibilities and resolution. It takes the blandness out of science.

Works Cited
Ted: Ideas worth spreading. (2008, September). Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/
Wikipedia. (2012, January). Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_thinking

More Science?!! :)

You can probably guess how excited I was to see the title: “Science as Storytelling”, only to find more whack definitions. Kidding. I actually did enjoy reading these articles as they narrowed down the broad definition of science into rules. Anything that can simplify my hatred of science has my vote!

In the first article, I particularly enjoyed reading over the introduction which describes what science is: “Science is the modern art of creating stories that explain observations of the natural world, and that could be useful for controlling or predicting nature”. Seems easy enough! The broadness of the definition made me immediately question what would deem a scientist…to actually be a scientist. Do they play with magic potions or talk like Bill Nye? I read on to further explanations that many people might be called scientist, but that is truly based on whether or not they follow the “rules” of science, and observation, and theorization, and predicting the future entirely!

The rules, in short, allowed me to understand that science must follow precise protocol in order for it to work and be widely accepted. The text’s term “harmony” fit perfectly into the whole idea of storytelling, as storytelling is a sequence of events that directly correlate to one another.

The second article made me apply the informational “rules” of science into an art/visual perspective like an actual story. I immediately thought of Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth” and how he showed, through a sequence of events, the earth over a great amount of time. He showed visually, how it changed and evolved over time, predicting that global warming is a real thing and we ought to do more scientifically to prevent it. When I saw the movie, I immediately wanted to do something about global warming, whereas before, I could careless about it’s effect on me. “The narrative impact in information visualization stems from visual comparisons using simple, abstract representations of data: bar charts show differences in length, scatterplots show differences in position, tree maps and pie charts show differences in area, and heatmaps show differences in color and intensity”–this quote depicts this beautifully. If we are able to show visuals of science and its effect on us and the world as a whole, we are able to grasp a greater and wider audience in a simple yet intriguing way.

I’ll take pictures and storytelling over oral lectures and 100 page readings on theories and analysis any day!