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22 out of 101 Design Basics – Kitchen stories

Homework no. 22

One whole week around the kitchen, kitchen tables and kitchen tools. Today is quiz day and we have to get ready for the week. This time we’ll have to pick a recipe which we have to cook three times this week. One time for ourself, the second time for three guest and the third time for our Mom or a very close friend. Sounds interesting, but I’ll need to choose wisely as I’ll eat this dish three times this week. I thought about a soup. A soup warms up your heart and is good for your soul, like Chicken soup for your soul by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen.

I already love this week, finally a topic where I feel able, as long as I don’t have to draw a sketch from the food I cooked  😉

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Design 101, iversity.org

Question of the day: Cooking as a design exercise?

Why do we cook this week and what does cooking have to do with design?

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Design 101, iversity.org

My Kitchen Story
The kitchen is the most important place in a house, a place to meet and cook. As a kid I loved to window-shopping on a famous kitchen supplier. I always said that my house needs to be built around the kitchen and I always wished to have the cooking area in the middle. Well, when I finally managed to afford a small town house, I had to live with the given small rooms, but thanks to a good kitchen designer I managed to realize my wishes. Here two pictures from my kitchen before and in the final stage, though the stove is still missing in the second picture.

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Kitchen song

The song from Jona Lewie (or the Ikea version 😉

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was a reference in the letter which reminds me on another kitchen story, but that will have to wait for my next post.

So stayed tuned 🙂

21 out of 101 Design basics – Silence

Homework no. 21

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Before you ask, no this is not an error but on purpose 😉 I was quite irritated myself watching the video and seeing mainly a white screen. The letter was mainly blank as well, as seen in the postcard.

Silence is …

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… to drift in a lake, watching the clouds in the sky. You only hear the muffled sounds below the water, blocking the loud noise from our/my everyday life. Looking forward for the next season.

Wonderful relaxing 🙂

18 and 19 out of 101 Design Basics – DIY Notebooks

Homework no. 18

Today, we have to make a second notebook with a stitched binding.

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Design 101, iversity.org

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Design 101, iversity.org

Question of the day: A series of solutions?

Unfortunately, the video showed how to accomplish the stitched binding too quick, so it was not comprehensible enough. The manual provided was not really helpful either and the video’s I found always showed more sophisticated stitched bindings. A day later I finally found a page Bookbinding 101: Japanese Four-Hole Binding that is easy understandable. Well, I nevertheless managed to finish my notebook, though I am not sure whether the binding is like shown in the video, but that was my solution. However, I haven’t found a solution yet, how to accomplish the homework within an hour. Not sure how much time I needed to finish this second notebook, but it was at least 2 up to 3 hours.

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Homework no. 19

Today, we are asked to make another notebook. The first one was about proportions, the “Golden Ration“. The second one was about binding. The third one will be about the paper.

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Design 101, iversity.org

Question of the day: How to convey meaning with materials?

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Design 101, iversity.org

Yesterday, I already used a paper with a grass design. Talking about notebooks, papers and other material, I’ll need to tell you the story about Michaels – an art and crafts store. Summer 2003 I visited my friends in the U.S. in North Carolina. I stayed there for about four weeks and finally on my last day on the way to the airport my friend took me to Michaels. It was like wonderland, I loved it very much, because though we have crafts store here in Germany, the stores are not so big and offer not such a great assortment. I could have strangled my friend, because we had just limited time and then we had to leave. I had to wait another year until I returned a year later and let me tell you I spend hours and days in that store and bought lots of material and books there. That’s where I found the idea for todays notebook with a basic pamphlet stitch.

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Design 101, iversity.org

Design 101, iversity.org

Design 101, iversity.org

You cannot touch the book, but the quality of the paper that I chose for this notebook feels pretty good 😉 I used a laid paper with a hammer blow structure and 90g/m² paperweight. A Christmas paper wrap functions as decoration.  I could possible use this notebook as Advent calendar, only that I use it as a 24 day diary – My Christmas countdown.

 

17 out of 101 Design Basics – The Golden Ratio

Homework no. 17

Today, you will make a notebook, a simple notebook, like the Instant-Book. I introduced a video tutorial how to make that book at the beginning of the week, calling the book Mini-Book.ratio
One constraint: your notebook must be made according to the golden proportions. This means that the ratio between your notebook’s short and long side should be of 1.618.

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Design 101, iversity.org

Question of the day: Measuring? Measuring what? Why measuring?

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Design 101, iversity.org

Bild1The collection of books presented in the Design 101 MOOC is amazing and an inspiration. However, I really wonder how quick some of the participants finished some really sophisticated books, except they used the same trick as I and present books that I made quite a while ago when I attended a bookbinding course.

Though both books are from different size they roughly correspond with the Golden Ration. The first book is a fanfold book, easy to make and good for students who quickly achieve some good results. The paper for the cover is made with a special coloring technique.  genaehtThe second book is made from scratch, even the stitching on top is handmade. Using this website to calculate the Golden Ratio, I found out the DIN A4 the size of the book correspond almost with the Golden contrary to the US Letter.

Bookbinding is a great hobby and this week let me think of it, taking another course to refresh my skills.

16 out of 101 Design Basics – A Potpourri of Notebooks

Homework no. 16

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Potpourri of notebooks
I was actually amazed how many nice notebooks you can find in a bookstore. I even found some Moleskine notebooks, the one mentioned in no. 15 letter. I had the impression that notebooks are not so popular, but seeing all that notebooks told me a different story. Here my colorful collection of notebooks and planners.

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They came in various sizes and colors. I even found a Christmas planner, the one in the middle. Well, Christmas can be a pretty stressful time, and with all the gifts to organize, the planning of the Christmas eve dinner and so on I guess a Christmas planner can be useful, especially when it’s such a cute one.

The cover needs to attract me, I guess the first impression counts. I prefer DIN A5 (210 x 148 mm = 8.3 x 5.8 in). Ruled papers are preferable when you do a lot of writing, e.g. my travel logs, though I like checkered one above ruled papers, but notebooks are often not available with checkered papers. When, you draw a lot, than plain papers are the best. Most of the notebooks have either a sewn or stitched binding or an unsewn binding. Spiral binding is often used for weekly planners. Noticeable was that many notebooks use an elastic closure and a few ones use magnets. The quality of the papers differs as well, some with a great paper weight (mainly the more expensive ones) and some with less. The paper is either bleached or unbleached.

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Reflecting on notebooks, I give it a serious consideration to start one. Recalling my notebook that I begun when I started teacher training, I started searching for it and browsing through it encouraged me even more.

Notebooks actually make a nice gift and Christmas is coming up 😉

15 out of 101 Design Basics – My diary

Homework no. 15

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Monday is quiz day and I must tell you this time it was tough and I wanted to score better than last when I ended up with 4 points out of 10. But we are here to learn, to improve and to become able, aren’t we 😉

My Diary

Barcelona Park Güell

Barcelona Park Güell

This week is labeled “My Diary” and all the task have something to do with notebooks and diaries. It’s amazing how many people in the Design 101 MOOC still use (handwritten) notebooks. I love notebooks and you can buy really nice ones in some stores. However, I associate diaries with something you write in your teenager time, well, this applies at least for me. I used to write a diary at this time, but gave up pretty soon. However, I still write a travel log and it’s very interesting to come back and browse them.

Year ago I attended a course where I learned how to make notebooks, folders or nice boxes. I loved it, but somehow there is less and less time and it fall into oblivion. Yet, it’s even more fun to use a DIY notebook instead of a notebook you buy in a store.

 

Mini books

Last school year I started with a minibook that my students had to fold and then use it to take their notes. You may want to watch my video, though the instructions are in German. But, it’s really easy and even if you cannot follow my instructions you see what I do and can reproduce it. Here are two how-to manual (German) and one in English you might find also helpful.

Have fun 🙂

 

14 out of 101 Design Basics or how to be good not famous

Homework no. 14

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Question of the day: To be famous or to be good?

Sure, being famous sounds inviting, but …

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Design 101, iversity.org

If you’re still convinced you belong to the 30 people you might want to watch the video “Fields of Gravity

Design 101 understands design as a way to become good, not a way to become famous.

Todays homework

Today’s homework is to observe what I did the last two weeks. What I enjoyed most and why, and which homework came out best.

I don’t have to think hard which homework I enjoyed most and what homework came out best. It’s the cooking homework. In the first week we had to take a picture of our favourite recipe and in the second week we had to visualize the recipe where I used the app Vine to achieve that. Why, did I enjoy that? Well, it’s obvious, because I am good in cooking and baking, but I have great room for improvement when it comes to sketches 😉

I loved watching the video postcards and reading the corresponding letters. Simple, but very impressive. You have to admire the creativity. The bad news is the great number of people makes it difficult to get to know each other and to view all the great contributions from 30.000 peers. But we’ve still got a long way to go, which gives me time to improve communication and collaboration. So far, the best way to get in contact with others is using Twitter. Facebook is also used, but I don’t like it 😉

13 out of 101 Design Basics – Old vs. new objects

Homework n. 13

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Question of the day: What is contemporary design?

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Design 101, iversity.org

We are asked to observe our room and look at the old and new objects we have around us and to share a story about  these things from different ages and periods, generating all kind of nice short circuits…

adlerMy laptop (including the internet connection)  is an object I have constantly around me. It’s a tool that I use constantly for my work as well as privately. This (new) object facilitates my work greatly compared to the manual typewriter (old object) I had to use during school. I still remember the hassle to write my exam with a typewriter, at that time we had an electric one, but that did not really improve things. Image that you come to the end of the page, no typo so far and then in the last sentence you mistype. There is no backspace key to delete the error, the only chance is to start over again or hand in an exam with typos. That’s way easier with computers, though I observed that I sometimes become sloppy when typing, because there is no problem to delete errors.

Why do we do this?

“Because design is a language made out of multiple layers.
Some are new, some are old, some others are very old.
They coexist, they interact, they play together…”

12 out of 101 Design Basics or Clothes make people

Homework n. 12

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Todays homework is to make a shirt

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Running late with my homework I took a pragmatic approach and simply retrieved a shirt that I made a while ago. At that time I played volleyball and we needed a team shirt when visiting contests. I used Corel draw to design it and printed it out on an iron-on paper. The idea behind was that we as Dream team are so strong that we even smash the net 😉 Well, truth was that the dream become sometimes a nightmare when losing all our games. But, though winning was nice and increased our motivation, it was not the main priority.

However, it is absolutely true that the only way to become skilled is through training and experience, not only in Volleyball.

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Design 101, iversity.org

9 out of 101 Design basics – The importance of self-evaluation

Homework n. 9

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Myself week

Image from OpenClips via Pixabay

Image from OpenClips via Pixabay

Something to remember: Design can only start from yourself, but …

… is done with other people.

People you know, colleagues, friends, family, the community, and society.

Sketches are definitely not my thing. But the daily letter prompeted an idea when being asked “Which tool will you use”? I downloaded quite a while ago the app “Draw” and found drawing a sketch here on the tablet in comparison to using a pencil a lot easier. Below is the result and with some fantasy it is recognizable as me. Well don’t say anything else 😉

Sketch_Sylvia    me

 

However, it was tricky to find somebody who would make a sketch from me, but I received flowers from my great colleagues that I use as a substitute.

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