“We Met In May”

forgive my panic
poking through
reaching out
grazing your skin
ready to gore

forgive the distance
I put between us
the boundaries
you cannot cross
to get to me

please forgive me
for my caution
my darling
for my aggressive

I am your prize
you are my hunter
a cunning mutilator
concealed in the trees

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Quiet city tide
Subsides under toe nail moon
Cheeks flushed, tired eyes
Pacing to be the breeze
That won’t ever come.
Junkie grabs his face
With one hand at his jaw
Looks at the sky and screams
The cigarette between his lips
Where I want to be

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Back to the future…

Classes have started back up again and I’m as busy as ever. There are some really cool, interesting projects I’m working on right now that I can’t wait to finally post about.

Our design theory class has begun keeping a blog of our responses/thoughts/concerns to articles we’ve been finding. We’re trying to find out who we are as designers while becoming more articulate along the way. We would love to hear other opinions are get feedback on our writing, anything to fine tune our styles.

Our senior class is also working on a multidisciplinary project right now. We’ve synced up with multimedia seniors and the first and second year industrial design grads to tackle real issues for real clients. I’m working with a group aiming to help the UArts finance department more efficient, for lack of a better definition. It’s been fascinating so far, getting to know the people involved. If you want to follow this project, you can check it out here.

In our Professional Communications class we’ve been learning graphic techniques to further our communication skills. We’re currently working on a video project/advertisement.

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Hey, RED Design is on the phone

“A call to action.” RED is a UK firm practicing interdisciplinary, human centered design. Recently, for the UK design council, they’ve made a series of proposals including a new design practice, Transformation Design. I’m very excited about design “on the cusp of a new phase.”

Transformation Design has evolved at a time of shifts; cultural shifts, climate changes, “user revolution” (ordinary people have taken design into their own hands). It calls for a new design structure.

This summer I was working on an interdisciplinary team to build a curriculum for a five week interdisciplinary project between our ID class, the graduates and multimedia we’re currently working in. We meet with Neil Kleinman for conversations on design. I don’t know if he’d read RED’s call to action, or if it had been published yet, but he was talking about similar shifts in design. Both Kleinman and RED mentioned the old linear design process of breaking problems down into a “smaller and smaller chunks” to a silo structure. This new structure is hierarchical but non-linear. Complex problems can’t be solved one way, they need to be viewed/tackled from many angles/levels.

These new ideas were thoughts I’d had in passing but never dwelled on them. The conversations from this summer and in reading Transformation Design, have really resonated with me. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it all and trying to figure out how to apply it to my future work, in school and into professional practice.


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Magic Isaiah Zagar

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If you’ve ever been in Philly you have undoubtedly seen the work of Isiah Zagar (pictured above). His murals are featured all over the city, especially on South Street where his main studio, museum and wife’s gallery are. His work is made of trash picked items, items he’s given and paints over and tiles he makes himself. One of his son’s made a movie about him recently which had been traveling around the country, shown on HBO last night and will be available on DVD next month.

Anyway, Isaiah is a close friend of Warren Muller, the light sculptor/co-owner of bahdeebahdu. Warren liked the work I did on the silverware screens (which have finally been installed) and introduced me to Isaiah. Now I’m his “little helper.” When I have free days I help him with his studio needs; clean, cut tile/mirrors, mix cement, etc. We’ve been having some fun. He’s a very interesting guy with a lot of interesting things on his mind. I snapped these photos the other day while I was making some tiles.

Making Tiles 1Making Tiles 2Making Tiles 3Making Tiles 4Making Tiles 5Glazed and Fired "finished" Tile

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Better Silverware Screen Images

These detail photos RJ took of the screens while I was still making them. They’re better at showing the screen than the photos I have below. I’ll show them again when they’re installed. More photos of the screen on my flickr.

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While writing this post I’m listening to N’Timbara. I wanted to share Ali with everyone reading this post but couldn’t find a copy of the song. So watch this instead.

My new charger still hasn’t come in the mail yet. I’m starting to get anxious.

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