Yesterday, we did another Solidworks practice. I could read the technical drawings of the parts really well, and I felt capable of making them all (although I didn’t know all of the features I would need on Solidworks). Solidworks is a breath of fresh air for me, compared to coding. In the class, we were modeling really boring parts, but it was good practice to get the basics down. I’d rather design cool products in Solidworks, but I’m glad to have this opportunity over the summer. This way, I’ll be well prepared for Solidworks next spring in my industrial design classes.
I’m feeling much better today than yesterday. I knew I was off to a good start when I woke up at 5:55am, and felt ready to start my day. I spent the morning with some tea and the assigned readings. I continued reading when I got to work around 8:30am. I wrote down notes for each Teleport reading. I thought through my idea for the teleport experiments, and I prepared some drawings to illustrate my ideas. I feel nervous about presenting it at the meeting later today. I like my idea, but I do not feel qualified enough to introduce an idea, when I am only a beginner with this experiment. I hope that I will have something to offer, even if they choose not to go with my idea.
Dr. Benard Canniffe presented at the Luncheon Lecture today. He was a graphic design professor in HCI, but he did not talk much on the technical aspects of his field. He talked at length on design education, and how the design process is simplified in colleges and universities. In practice, there’s many contributors and stakeholders in a creative project — he created a huge web to illustrate them all. His “Design-Service” class focused on teaching his students how to be intermediaries between scientific researchers and the community. He shared several projects that his students initiated. After the presentation, he answered questions on the immense difficulty of being allowed to help a community, and he described that through sustained efforts, 70% of his students’ projects were still being run.
I was interested in this talk because I am very involved the University of Houston Bonner Leaders, an Honors community service program at my university. I work to combat income equality in education by providing no-cost test preparation and college guidance to under-represented high school students who wish to go to college. I know that behind the formal presentations, there’s a lot of work that has to be done to make sure these projects run smoothly. It’s especially hard to work with community partners that don’t give us the assistance we need to run our projects in a time-efficient manner. I was glad to hear Dr. Benard’s presentation, and I was able to sympathize with many of his students on the difficulties of developing and sustaining a community project.
One of my favorite hobbies is finding ways to give back to the community through design. I have participated in Via Colori, a nonprofit chalk painting festival, for the last two years. I volunteer a weekend each November to create a large street mural. Hundreds of artists come from around the world to do the same, and the end result is an outdoor art gallery. The proceeds benefit the Center for Hearing and Speech, a community organization dedicated to helping children with hearing loss. Besides Via Colori, I have used my graphic design skills for many promotion and branding projects for the Bonner Leaders program. I like to give back as much as I can, and I hope to someday do the same with my skills in industrial design, or perhaps what I’ve learned at this internship.