Weekly Reflections

Week 1

Design Ethos and action. I was not sure what this class was exactly about. Even though I am a senior in design background, I think I was always focused on certain parts of design, I did not have much time to think about different aspects of design. It was interesting to tackle design problems and think with the concept of ethos, pathos and logos. From Tom DeBlasis’s lecture about Haiti, I was very impressed that that Tom went to an actual place to understand the users’ problem by being an actual user. Also, we get to read about Feminism and because I did not have much knowledge of the concept of Feminism, therefore it was bit hard for me to understand the readings (TWF/ TOG), however I think I had an interesting experience of connecting Feminism to the idea of design, and learn about its history and try to come up with a suggestive solution through design.


It was bit hard for me to choose what I should choose for A1 project. I listed down myself to see if there were any aspects to measure for a week, and I realize that I tend to buy unnecessary things a lot and especially for groceries. I always end up getting rid of groceries because it was hard for me to buy right amount due to its package or I forget about those groceries.

I felt that Arnold Wasserman’s lecture was a good example of seeing how design thinking is developed throughout the history. I felt that some of the design aspects were not covered in his lecture.

Lastly, having a conversation with Dr. Kate Hamilton and other colleagues about feminism was quite interesting. Because I never thought and questioned myself that a lot of aspects were gender biased such as toys. it was a great opportunity to think about things that I never realized, because I was unconsciously facing those gender biased elements.


We got to read the 1st chapter of Nathan Shedroff’s ‘Design is the problem’, and I really do agree to the point that sustainability needs to be interpreted in different aspects. Not only environmentally, but also socially. Also from ‘Slow Change Interaction Design’, I empathized about the fact that the actual process of a user doing or undergoing change is a really challenging task for the designers even though people are willing to change themselves.

So, based on those readings, I started to link these ideas to my project. While I was starting myself to track my own groceries, I was more likely to measure and decide whether it is sustainable or not only based on its contents, however I expanded my thought to its process and its packaging. And some of the products aren’t sustainable because it was using unsustainable packages even though the contents were sustainable.


This week was tough but interesting week because I had to do interviews and do some field research to understand how people are currently managing their groceries. Because I questioned myself that this just might be my own problem, and maybe there is already a nice solution that others use to track their groceries I tried to ask people from Giant eagle market district and Aldi in different age range. If was quite hard for me start the conversation, so I wore CMU hoodies and try to introduce myself as much as possible to make them feel suspicious toward this research activities. Since I started to track myself, I saw my own changes in behavior; I tend to watch over my fridge more often and tend to plan what to eat beforehand. I felt that giving a little motivation or a reason does really help me out to change my behavior.

Because I already took one of Tonkinwise’s lectures before, and that is probably when I started to consider about sustainability to my design ethos. I agree how he mentioned the Sun is a really important factor for different aspects of sustainability. Because I only thought the Sun as environmental resource.

I put a further reflection about A1 presentation separately.

Week 6

From the last lecture that I had I was shocked from Mechelina’s story about her experience at her work. Also, it was very surprising that all these issues that female confronts are also happening quite frequently in United States. Because I was this normally happens in Asian countries. The topic of Feminism is currently very huge issue in Korea, because one girl got killed by a stranger just because she was a female. Due to its issue, there is an unseen tension between women and men, and sometimes it gets too violent. I personally did not experience (maybe I did but just didn’t realize) much with those issues, but through Jamie Edwards’ lecture I got to learn how to confront these issues in real life.

Week 7/8

After the conversation with Peter about my presentation, instead of comparing different companies I start to focus on one of the sustainable movement (business model) of H&M and start to think what might be the best way to solve the current problem. So I chose H&M’s Conscious line and start to analyze how they are acting sustainably, and if this solution is working well to the customers.

It was a great time to hear about other brands that are sustainable and how they put effort to be sustainable in different aspects. I was quite impressed about Wegman’s food market, how they are carefully taking care of not only their products but also the workers. I have further reflection about A2 presentation, and all the process can be seen in by blog. + It was nice to have a class with a bagel! Thank you.


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