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March 12, 2008

Designing for Designing

Look for and document some examples of presentation/documentation styles that your term project may take as inspiration.


I liked this design for possibly a website or print document. I liked how the title was separated from the text and how you could possibly have both a title and a subtitle with this layout. Also I liked the pictures on the right hand side and the sizing of the pictures fits well and flows well with the text.


I liked the use of contrasting colors. I don’t think I would use this for the layout of the whole document obviously but I think it would be interesting to shrink it down and use the same kind of styling for a heading possibly or run it vertically on the left or right side. I just thought this was a cool design in general.


I thought that this was a nice simple design that you could do some interesting things with. In the part of document where there is a money symbol you could put a picture on each page in the same way. Also I liked the black contrasting with the white for the heading because it really catches your attention. I would possible shrink that down and put it in the corners and use it for page number or subtitling on each page.

Here are some other designs that I found interesting and could possibly find some inspiration in.



March 6, 2008

Posting Signs

Today when I arrived like Anne promised there was a classroom full of over twenty kids working on the computers in the Career Center. I enjoyed this because I got to work hands on with the kids and didn’t have to file cabinets for multiple hours. Today the kids were working on filing out a Myers-Brigg survey and a skill inventory that would help to tell them what kind of personality types they had and what skills they were best at. These surveys can be very helpful because they tell you what kind of jobs you may be interested in which can be really useful in selecting a major that you want to pursue. This is helpful because if you know what kind of major you want to pursue in high school then you can pick a college that you know specializes in what your trying to learn. After helping the kids with their surveys. I went around the school and posted signs for a career and college fair that was coming up. I really enjoyed volunteering today because I felt like I was really helping the kids and giving them useful advise that they can use in the future when selecting what college they want to attend or what career they want to pursue in life.

Studying with NOISE

Explore through image and text how the built environment affects (supports or
detracts) who you are. Speculate in terms of frameworks, clockworks, phenomena and

The built environment both supports and detracts from my life and effects who I am on a daily basis. It detracts from my life in various ways. The built environment that I have lived in for the last year that I call my house is old which causes many problems for my roommates and I and has effected who we are and how we act towards each other. Some of my roommates like to go to bed early and are relatively quiet. Others in my house are loud and like to stay up late watching TV and listening to music. I happen to fall into the second category and since our house is old and the walls are thin lets just say sound travels easily throughout the entire place.



This has caused the people in our house who like to go to bed early and be quiet to hate the group of people who like to stay up late and be loud. This affects my life and who I am because the poor design and construction of my house has caused people to dislike me. This effects me and who I am because the people you are friends with and interact with make you who you are. If my house would have designed and built better I may have become better friends with the other people in my house and I may have a completely different group of friends that I interact with. That being said if my house was built better I may be a completely different person than I am right now. My house houses poor construction has caused the quiet people below me and my friends to dislike us for one single quality that we happen to have. Just because we enjoy listening to loud music and stay up late doesn’t mean that we can’t be friends with them. The built environment that I live in has prevented me from getting to know a group of people who could possibly change my life and who I am.

The built environment also effects who I am because of the house that I grew up in was a huge part of my life and I have a lot of great memories in that house. Unlike the house that I live in now I feel that the house that I grew up in was well designed and supported who I am. The house I grew up in had an awesome computer room/study that helped me get the good grades I did in high school, which enabled me to become a student here at the University of Minnesota and hopefully one day become an architect. Without that built environment I may be a completely different person today. I could be working at McDonalds full time right now instead of typing this blog right now. I could be living in a van down by the river eating a steady diet of government cheese.


That one room could have been the most important room in my life. A majority of the knowledge I have right now is a direct result of that room. I enjoyed being in that room which caused me to enjoy the studying and knowledge that I gained in that room. I don’t really know why I liked that room so much. It may have been the fact that it had a really comfortable leather desk chair that I loved to sit in. It might have been the unique smell of all of the books. I don’t know what it was but I just enjoyed everything about that room which in turn caused me to spend a lot of time in it. It is crazy to think that if one thing would have been different about that room I may be a completely different person. If it had a really crappy chair instead of a nice one I may have hated studying and went in a completely different direction with my life. It also effects my life know because I have tried to replicate the layout and feel of my parents computer room in my room here at school. I stole the comfy leather chair and put it at my desk, in fact I am sitting in it right now.



Even though I tried to replicate this room it still isn’t even close to the feel of my old study room. I still enjoy going home and sitting in that room and just looking up random stuff on wikipedia to expand my knowledge of the world. Until now I didn’t realize that the built environment could have so much effect on my life.