Lindsay Gilbert

January 17, 2012

Version 1.0

November 29, 2011

Proposal 1 | Interpreting Strong Voices

A study of spoken or written message interpreted to create a visual message. In each work, a famous, cultural, historical, or other quote will be interpreted to represent it’s meaning. The motivation is to translate emotion visually into a piece as well as to render a well-known quote or message in a new and unique way. The chosen quotes can be derived from one source or event in order to create one complete, visual story. Or, the quotes can be taken from many different sources with the goal of creating a new, more unique story in the end.

http://www.aiga.org/guide-whatisgraphicdesign/

http://www.ohio.edu/visualliteracy/JVL_ISSUE_ARCHIVES/JVL27(1)/27_1_Pettersson.pdf

 

Proposal 2 | What Does Color Mean?

Color can support a message. It can have its own meaning, or combine with other colors to create a whole new meaning. For printer designers, color means one thing; for screen designers, something else. As a vital element for designers, it is important to understand the impact color choice has on its audience. Color has many powerful meanings, but it can also be very easily misunderstood. From the introduction of color in print as early as 1891, the evolution in the use of color has created a new visual necessity, while also introducing a new caution that color creates in a visual message, especially in international markets.

In addition to understanding the of color meaning, I am also interested in color experimentation in order to reveal what color can do. This may involve experimenting with different mediums, processes, theories, etc. This type of study can open doors in pushing the limits of color and expand my knowledge of what can be done with color, as well as fully developing my knowledge of color use for future implementation.

http://2×4.org/ideas/15/Colored+Lenses/

 

Proposal 3 | When Thinking Right is the Norm, Think Wrong

I often have issues with thinking up completely new and innovative ideas when the need for one arises. These ideas, instead, tend to appear when I least expect it. The reason for this is more than likely that process of the human brain to continue on pre-determined pathways. In other words, our brains have rituals like we do, and it’s more difficult to veer from those pathways than it is to stay on the familiar ones. This challenge interests me in breaking open the mystery of creativity in the mind through expanded design experimentation. In doing this, new and innovative ideas and processes can appear.

This study can help to expand my process of design and create a new design progression that will lead me to more developed and innovative results. I would also have the goal of steering toward sustainable design innovations as the subject matter of this study. This would be beneficial in studying how the mind can break through to innovation through certain design processes and techniques while resulting in design that can in some way be helpful to the environment.

http://www.projectmlab.com/#

“The human brain tends to think along pre-determined linear thought pathways. Such linear thinking can inhibit true innovation and creative exploration. “Think wrong” to generate new ideas and design directions to challenge the status-quo.”

 

January 23, 2012

Update 2.0 | Design Thinking

Much research has been done with a focus on the human brain and it’s neurological workings toward critical and creative thinking. These findings, along with research specifically concerning design thinking, can aid in expanding my process of design and creating a new design progression that will lead me to more developed and innovative results.

I would like to apply my studies to design experimentation for a cause with the intention of creating something toward the good and/or profit of a charity or foundation. Through my research and inspiration from the Project M program, I have seen how utilizing design thinking can open new doors simply for good and for good design.

http://www.projectmlab.com/#

 

Lindsay Gilbert

February 16, 2012

Update 3.0 | Design Thinking

Much research has been done with a focus on the human brain and it’s neurological workings toward critical and creative thinking. These findings, along with research specifically concerning design thinking, can aid in expanding the process of design and creating a new design progression that will lead me to more developed and innovative results. Applying these studies to design experimentation for the world water crisis has the potential in creating new ways to raise donations for the funding of charities or organizations working for this cause.

http://www.projectmlab.com/#

 

March 13, 2012

Update 4.0 | THIRSTY

Much research has been done with a focus on the human brain 1 and it’s neurological workings toward critical and creative thinking 2. These findings, along with research specifically concerning design thinking, can aid in expanding the thought process and lead to more developed and innovative results. Applying these studies to design experimentation for the world water crisis 3, which states that approximately thirty percent of the world’s population does not have access to clean water, has the potential in creating new ways to raise awareness for the funding of charities or organizations working toward this cause. During my process, I will work to reveal new ways of bringing awareness to the world water crisis through the application of design thinking.

1 Why Your Brain Needs Water, Psychology Today

2 Serious Creativity, Edward de Bono

Lateral Thinking, Edward de Bono

The Art of Looking Sideways, Alan Fletcher

Constructive Memory in Design Thinking, John S. Gero

The Art of Solving Problems: Comparing the Similarities and Differences Between Creative Problem 

  Solving (CPS), Lateral Thinking and Synectics, David Gonzalez

3 Climate Change and Water, UNESCO-WWAP

Water for People, Water for Life, UNESCO-WWAP

Poverty Facts and Stats – Global Issues, Social, Political, Economic and Environmental Issues That Affect Us All

 

Sources

http://www.projectmlab.com/#

http://www.edwdebono.com/worklt.htm

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0018/001863/186318e.pdf

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0012/001295/129556e.pdf

http://www.globalissues.org/article/26/poverty-facts-and-stats

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/water/interesting-water-facts/

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