#WIWT thesis presentation edition
thesis coming soon
Researching how the Nike+ Fuelband works first hand. Almost to my first day’s Fuel Points goal of 2,000!
Nike - Find Your Greatness Campaign
All my life I wanted to be blogger. Well until I realized that blogging wasn’t really my thing. Twitter is one thing, but who wants to read my thoughts in long, drawn out paragraphs? My point is: I’ll try to keep this brief (for your sake and mine).
Five things I learned at my internship:
Photoshop. I rarely used Photoshop before this summer. Needless to say, I learned a lot about the program. I’m a seasoned professional with the wand and magic select tools, the skew and perspective transformations, and making short animations.
Pitch the most outrageous idea you can think of and worry about how you’ll actually make it work later. True story. Local Projects is always producing work that has never been done before; and this summer I learned how they make it possible. They literally just do it and worry about the rest later.
Not all design studios are fun. When I became a design major, I was excited to graduate and get to the working world because I assumed that all graphic design studios had ping-pong tables, colorful chairs, and slides. I assumed that all graphic design firms are fun. I learned that this is not true. Local Projects created awesome work but, to me, the office was creatively stagnant.
“I think it’s very healthy to spend time alone. You need to know how to be alone and not be defined by another person.” –Oscar Wilde I spent a lot of time alone this summer. Sure I had Joseph, and various new Arizona friends; but I still chose to live my days by my schedule and by what I wanted to do. It was liberating. I wasn’t tied to anyone else and everything I did ensured I was in control of my own happiness.
Running can be fun. I ran almost every evening along the Hudson River. It was gorgeous and I’ve never smiled while running before. I lost 5 pounds and good riddance!
A skill you learned this summer that might be helpful for others to know:
Command + K in Adobe Illustrator allows you to change the increment that objects move when you use the arrow keys on your keyboard. This is useful when designing web and mobile pieces that need to be pixel perfect.
What I learned by tracking energy:
The weekend we tracked energy, I was at camp in Payson, Arizona without my computer and cell service. Therefore, I don’t think I learned as much as I could have from this project about my normal energy consumption habits.
However, I took the opportunity to track the calories I consumed because that is energy for my body. I also kept track of how many calories I burned. I ate so much junk food while at camp, I think it was a good demonstration of how I would normally eat during finals when I’m strapped for time.
This was eye opening for me because on my calorie tracking website my preset goal was 2000 calories. In one meal I ended up eating 1500 calories! Then when I tallied up how many of my total calories I burned, it only equated to something like 15%! Now I really make sure to get to the gym every day.
What I learned from the NASA exercise:
I’m going to go out on a limb here and comment on the bundled studio dynamic. I feel as though the professors have difficulty understanding why there is such a stigma with bundles. And I’ll go ahead and cite the NASA activity and the Bundle kickoff as examples of why.
Bundle activities need to be fun, engaging, and beneficial to all participants (especially the students). Herding us into lecture halls and talking at us for 2 hours does not achieve this goal.
I am one to complain, but I’m not one to complain and not provide suggested solutions. I’d like to challenge the faculty to turn the idea of bundles over to the students. Let the students decide what working in collaboration means to them. The last thing I learned this summer is that the older generation thinks they know what the millennial generation wants. And what they think they know we want, is almost always wrong.