“All of the 100 or so scorers in the room soon became embroiled in the debate. Eventually we came to the “consensus” that the essay deserved a 6 (“genius”), or 4 (well-written but “naughty”), or a zero (“filth”). The essay was ultimately given a zero.
This kind of arbitrary decision is the rule, not the exception. The years I spent assessing open-ended questions convinced me that large-scale assessment was mostly a mad scramble to score tests, meet deadlines and rake in cash.”
“MultimediaMuse is a daily round-up of the best in online multimedia, all presented on a single broadsheet. Every weekday we scan hundreds of media web sites, searching for photo essays, audio slideshows, or multimedia projects that deserve attention.”
Design and better signs and roadway markings can be a part of the solution. Like Clearview!
“Each year some 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads, and another 20 to 50 million are seriously injured, according to the World Health Organization, and those numbers are expected to rise.” via nytimes
Christien “Meindertsma, a 29-year-old graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven and a resident of Rotterdam, says the idea for her project sprang from her interest in raw materials. She’d been working on a line of sweaters knitted from sheep’s wool and started to wonder about the many things made from a single cow. After doing preliminary research, she realized that investigating the products derived from a pig might be more intriguing.”
“A host of recent studies have highlighted the importance and the scientific underpinning of this most basic hygiene measure. One of the most graphic was done at the University of California, Berkeley, where researchers focused video cameras on 10 college students as they read and typed on their laptops.
The scientists counted the times the students touched their faces, documenting every lip scratch, eye rub and nose pick. On average, the students touched their eyes, noses and lips 47 times during a three-hour period, once every four minutes.
Hand-to-face contact has a surprising impact on health. Germs can enter the body through breaks in the skin or through the membranes of the eyes, mouth and nose.
The eyes appear to be a particularly vulnerable port of entry for viral infections, said Mark Nicas, a professor of environmental health sciences at Berkeley. Using mathematical models, Dr. Nicas and colleagues estimated that in homes, schools and dorms, hand-to-face contact appears to account for about one-third of the risk of flu infection, according to a report this month in the journal Risk Analysis.”
Which, for Safari, looked legit. Being wise and, knowing viruses are not around for Macs, I did a force quit, updated my system and cleared the cache in Safari. Probably a better idea to close the window if you can, do a clear cache in Safari first, then restart and do a system update if you need to.
Focus especially on being flexible and trying many ideas early on. No surprises. If you feel like you are drifting, you are not designing. Ask yourself “What am I working on? What is the design problem that needs a solution? What can I reference in design history, previous classes, and my own research that will help me brainstorm and look at things differently?”
No getting in a funk permitted!
Everything you work on and show in class should look like it has a logical visual approach to it. The grid is really important. Design is like clothing and fashion. Would you try to sell overalls to a bride for her wedding and a tuxedo to a pig farmer to do his work in? The right look, and design, and materials, and beauty - or lack of - plus utility is always part of any good design. Form, function, use, aesthetics = design
Be flexible. Be thoughtful. Rely less on pleasing the professor and focus more on the process and the possible solutions. If you have clear and broad process and through that, arrived at a sensible direction to move toward in it, followed by a variety of possible solutions, you are a designer.