What do you do when you have a day off?
Today I woke up, grabbed my camera, and pointed my bike in the direction of the local park. Why? Because I know there's usually a port-o-potty somewhere over there.
I swear I'm not a weirdo (although at least one mom & daughter steered very clear of me as I was snapping shots of the port-o-let.) My senior thesis was a portable restroom, and I'm going back to the project to spruce up some of the assets. Trying to practice what I preach, back-sketching and back-shooting to put my best foot forward as I dive into some earnest, enthusiastic job applications.
Hrmm... maybe I'll call my portfolio a port-o-folio?! ;)
(Anyone know where this graphic originated? It's been floating around the internet and I would love to give credit to the creator.)
I live in Boston. I'm a runner (a title that didn't come naturally to me, but was claimed after many miles on the road.) I'm a marathon spectator, having cheered at Boston the past two years and the Flying Pig Marathon before that. And just like for many other people, the bombings on Monday feel extraordinarily personal.
I've scoured the internet, checked news updates hourly, and cried. I bought the tribute tee (here) and have wondered how I could possibly help in the wake of these tragic events.
More than one site has recommended simply getting out the door and going for a run. So today after watching the interfaith prayer service I did just that, lacing up my running shoes and pulling on my BAA 10K shirt from last year. I made my way to the stretch of Commonwealth Ave know as Heartbreak Hill and let my feet carry me. A car honked. I had a chance to clear my head. Many things 'clicked' into place.
Runners, we have got to get out and run. We've gotta show everyone else we will not be thwarted. We've gotta encourage each other to get out the door. And we have got to start healing ourselves.
Stay #bostonstrong xo
Industrial design is intriguing. People find their way to it from all different sorts of backgrounds (a constant topic of conversation in school.) Almost no non-designers know what it is ('you mean you design gears and stuff?') And it seems like a field with plenty of opportunity. Everything on this planet has to be designed, right!?
Well, with great opportunity comes great responsibility. As well as the straight-out fact that industrial design is b-r-o-a-d. Industrial designers can design cars, hair dryers, kid's toys, or ketchup bottles. And these days, they can design services, consumer products, commercial products, websites, web apps, and many many other things.
So it stands to reason that it can be hard figuring out what to do with an industrial design degree. Go work for a consultancy? For a corporation? Maybe try freelancing for a bit? And it makes me particularly excited to see one of my fellow industrial designers enjoying success by paving his own way.
Johnathan Kroeger graduated a year ahead of me and has since started Good Candle BK. He's making an awesome product that's being recognized by some industry bigwigs like stockist Steven Alan. They just posted an interview with Johnathan here.
photo credit: http://blog.stevenalan.com/2013/03/19/qa-good-candle/
Every industry has its top firm, the company that does the best work and has the best reputation. Most industrial designers would tell you that that top firm in our field is IDEO. (Really... go to their website. I dare you to resist inspiration.)
IDEO cofounder David Kelley was recently featured on 60 Minutes. It's an awesome segment, something I wish I could show to everyone who has looked at me quizzically when I tell them I'm an industrial designer. Take the 12 minutes to watch this clip—it will be a bright spot in your day.
There's an incredible event happening tonight in a little suburb of Boston. People are gathering to raise money for Luke's Lights, and, in turn, for Unite to Light. There will be a family potluck style dinner followed by inspirational speakers and plenty of dance-worthy live music. It's an event not to be missed. (Seeing this now and interested in attending? More info here.)
Luke's Lights is a movement that started after the sudden death of a close friend's young son earlier this year. It was (is) a big, gaping, impossible-to-conceive of tragedy, the sort of thing that makes you want to climb into bed, pull the covers over your head, and stay there for a good long while.
The idea for Luke's Lights hatched in the early days after the tragedy, when there were hundreds of people gathered around asking what they could do. Donating to Luke's Lights became what they could do. Together with Unite to Light, Luke's Lights has already donated thousands of solar lights to those who need them. And I gotta tell you, this feels like just the beginning.