Project 1: Storyharvest
Decentralized design and tactics
Contemporary design can act as a critical, as opposed to service, practice. When the profession takes on more social responsibility and the development of independent vision, designers can work with the public to demand more from industry than what is currently offered. Designers working with decentralized design situations must employ emerging tactics to address these new ideas and situations. For this project, we have been asked to propose a means to communicate the value of food security in North Troy to it’s residents. We’ll use data collected by Prof. Abby Kinchy’s “Food, Farm, Famine” students, along with any other relevant information we identify, to communicate a facet of this information to attendees of the StoryHarvest event on Oct 20 at the Sanctuary for Independent Media.
StoryHarvest is an annual celebration of art and food, conceived by Ellie Markovitch, a multimedia storyteller. Theatre has a long tradition of addressing issues of current events and central to society itself, encouraging consciousness and social change. The post-war and contemporary movements of alternative and community theatre create an ideological platform for audience input that can culminate in cultural intervention and community action. StoryHarvest explores topics around food and food issues by engaging the hyperlocal in creative exploration: the community and attendees participate in the investigation. This year, Bread and Puppet Theater will conduct a workshop guiding participants in making cantastoria, signs and iconography, which will culminate in a parade through North Troy to Freedom Square.
Design a way for attendees and participants at the StoryHarvest event to learn more about factors relating to their food availability and security. The event will include The overall tone should be positive: let attendees learn more and encourage them to participate and/or act on what they’ve learned.
Material guidelines will be determined by the group’s proposal. Write a 150 word design brief that includes the following:
- Restate the given problem
- Talk about how your design addresses the problem
- Describe your designed solution (materials, process, timeline, deliverables)
- What are the measures of success?
- Include any sketches, images or prototypes that will help us understand the nature of this project
Potential topics include Food Security, Community Food Assessment measures, Food deserts,
Important Dates to Remember
Proposal due date: Oct 11
In-class review of project proposals: Oct 11
Work in progress critique: Oct 15
StoryHarvest event: Sat, Oct 20
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Dale Sko Hack, a hactivist design workshop and project developing new interfaces between designers and the people who manufacture goods in factories
inundacion! a game exploring the role of urban architecture in a natural disaster
Urban Tactics’ Ecobox, a toolkit designed to foster dialogue in urban criticism and creativity
Project 2: Making Policy Public (Veggie Mobile)
The understanding and discussion of public policy is often not as widespread as its effects. This project, based on the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s “Making Policy Public” program, asked students to use innovative design to make information on policy truly public: in this case, the guidelines of the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program to patrons of the Capital District Community Garden’s Veggie Mobile. Our goal is to create a positive impact by breaking down complex issues that would benefit from clear visual explanations.
Propose, develop and create a concept design and presentation for the Veggie Mobile. We will talk to someone from the Veggie Mobile staff, as well as visit the truck on-site to help us understand the context, constituents and challenges we may face.
- Proposal of 150 words stating why your design makes the most sense to explain this information, how you will develop and implement your ideas, and what format it will take.
- Concept design of your solution to explaining this policy
- Proposal showing any research and arguments that help the client understand why you propose this solution, the concept design and any foreseable outcomes. Veggie Moblie staff will be present for the critique of this design.
Project due date
Mon, Nov 19
Final presentation specifications VISLITFA12_Project 2_final_specs
Notes on problem identification and research planning post-Veggie Mobile visit are here: ideation for VM 100112
A list of what the Veggie Mobile staff have identified as needed by them is here: Veggie Mobile wish list of signs
Here is the link to the Google Doc for questions to send to the Veggie Mobile staff
Form for reformulating the design brief: Reformulated_design_brief_form
Location Size (WxH)(in)
Door 31.75 x 75.75
Fridges 46.75 x 24.25
Wall Above Fridge 71 x 44
Wall Above Pro.Boxes 139 x 17
Produce Box 18.75 x 3.75
Wall Above Door 55 x 24
Wall Behind Cab 56 x 8.5
Wall next to Monitor 28.75 x 24.75
Research presentation groups
- Food trucks: Courtney, Sam, Aisling
- Signage systems: Alternative Signage (Ada & Lydia); Alternative Signage Brittany & Susan
- Design for public policy (WIC, FMNP, etc.): Marie, Paulina
- Sustainable Materials Presentation: Myles, Suman & Jessica
- veggie_mobile_demographics Zack, Emily & Mallory
- Mobile applications related to food: Anna, Stacie, Ryan