Student Project for Understanding Context Course
Faculty: Matt Mayfield and Stan Ruecker
Student: Mabel Chan

How do designers create sustainable goods? Practicing green design is good, but is that enough? We make stuff, but is this stuff making tomorrow worse? Is it making today better? Mabel Chan offers three ways to be more sustainable makers of stuff and gives you questions to consider when defining sustainability in your work.

Course Description: Understanding the context of a particular design challenge is critical to ensuring an insightful and reliable solution. Most design challenges today require an astute understanding of the many dynamics at play to see a path forward. Context in this sense is the surrounding landscape of trends and influences across all aspects of design from brand, form, and interaction to platforms, IP, and underlying business models. This project is part of a specific and brief (2 weeks) exploration into the topic of sustainability as it pertains to design efforts.


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