GDC Student Engagement increase project.

My team’s strategy was to increase student engagement through different platforms. Our first idea, the packaged envelope of gdc goods full of fun and student appealing apparel was aimed towards making the new members feel welcomed and realize that they are a part of a big legitimate organization. This would be achieved through aesthetic trendy design of apparel. The increased use of ambassadors, our second concept, was intended for bringing more members into gdc and bridging the communication gap between the students and the organization. To achieve that we introduced a better recruiting process as well as a few desirable benefits for the ambassador position. Finally, our volunteers engagement strategies included the heavy use of social media which would help the volunteer from all over the world to connect and work together while also increasing gdc’s online presence.

244 PROJECT. DECOLONISING IDEA Educational Website.

My project is based on the concept of creating empathy for a social issue through sharing real life stories.  My main goal was to establish a strong appealing source of legitimate information for the newcomers that would introduce Aboriginal people to Canada’s newcomers. I believe I was successful in creating something that would  Spark interest in the Truth about the Indigenous culture in an immersing and engaging way. The website that I prototyped is capable in speaking truth about the issues of the colonization, revealing reconciliation topic and providing a truthful unbiased insight into historical data.

After critiquing the project with the Indigenous representative I managed to make my product appropriate and not offensive in any kind of way. The website could become a bridge between the newcomers and other Canadian sources providing unbiased information about the local Aboriginal culture, which was the very core of the projects brief.

I do, however, think that I could improve some details. One of them would be making the typography more integrated with the overall design as well as improving the general layouts of the screens to make it more engaging and functional for easier user experience.

I give myself 8.5/10

Design manifesto poster. IDES 244.

My poster’s theme focuses on breaking stereotypes and building new connections between different nations through supporting fair media channels with design. As it is a topic that takes global relations into account I wanted to keep my aesthetics clean defined with a touch of political official feel to it. I was mainly inspired by propaganda poster designs from 40s – 60s and artists such as Cassandre. The clean fluid form is intended to guide your eyes through poster information as well as representing the positive effect of friendship between countries. Shifting from aggressive red towards peaceful white represented by the touching hands. The script font that I used was intended for making my name look like a signature on an official document proving my relation to the manifesto and it’s principles.

Although I do believe that I produced a good design with a strong concept, execution-wise, however, a better solution could be achieved in order to make the design easier to read and more related to globalism and cosmopolitanism.

I give myself 7/10.

“Thinking Outside the Bin: Is there a better way to fight “food waste?” by Marie Mourad. Reflection and Summary

This is the revised blog entry for Marie Mourad’s article “Thinking Outside the Bin: Is there a better way to fight “food waste?” The article presents us with the topic of food waste and a research done by the writer about how to reduce it.  Mourad also introduces her own opinion about how the issue can be resolved, which I reflect on in this blog post.

The article ‘Thinking outside the bin: Is there a better way to fight ‘food waste’’ written by Marie Mourad addresses the modern issues of society’s attempts of putting excess food to a better use than just simply dumping it into the trash can. The author emphasizes that the main mistake made by the legislators and the food producers is ‘placing the responsibility of food waste in the industrialized world primarily on consumers’. The essence of Mourad’s argument is those producers of food could prevent a significant amount of food waste while it is still in the stage of production, whereas in reality capitalistic structure of food supplying industry encourages farmers and outlets to always produce excess stock of food, which is also supported by government’s tax relief schemes.

I agree that the topical reducing the food wastage is indeed an under-researched issue, a point needs emphasizing since the majority of world organizations still believe that reducing the food waste is down to consumers only and that the problem can be solved with recycling and redistribute schemes. However, my feelings on Mourad’s resolutions are mixed. The author overlooks what I consider an important issue about the large economic impact that ‘changing the food producing market structure’ can cause. It is true that ‘we cannot reduce food waste in industrialized countries without reducing the quantities available per person’, as Mourad says, but does she take into account the number of people losing their jobs during to decreasing food prices. The fall in the price of farm products may also lead to people’s increased buying of them and thus increased wastage as food will become even more accessible.

‘No parking here’ by Clive Thompson. Summary and Reflection

This is the revised blog entry for Clive Thompson’s article, ‘No parking here’. In this blog post, I observe the authors opinion about the advantages of transition of society from self – driven cars to smart vehicles.

The week’s article ‘No Parking Here’ by Clive Thompson introduced us to a concept of using self-driving vehicles and modern smartphone transport software instead of owning their own and the benefits that urban citizens will be gaining from such transition. The author observes the situation that contemporary drivers have to face while maintaining a car, as well all the negative externalities that come from it. Among the most conspicuous facts that the article gets us concerned about is the inefficiency of cars. It appears to be that today a car holder spends more time on average being stuck in a traffic or searching for a parking spot rather than actually travelling. That, of course, has a negative impact on the environment and puts pressure on the government to spoil the infrastructure by building countless inefficient parking lots, causing irrational management of urban space.

 Thus, the author states that increased use of self-driving vehicles service may be the most effective solution. I came to accept this viewpoint as the article presents us with some convincing facts that prove the author’s suggestion to be right. “A group of MIT scientists found out that if 50 percents of drivers in Boston – area switched to ride-sharing, one of the features of using smartphone driving services, it would reduce traffic congestion by 37 percent”, reducing the greenhouse emissions. I can also understand the authors perspective on the economic aspects of accelerating of smartphones use. Even though it may increase unemployment among taxi drivers, it will also free a lot of people from the dependence on volatile gas prices, which is an important part of a middle-class household’s income spending.

English 100. About me.

Hi, I’m Valeriya Kim. I was born and raised in the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, a young independent republic located in the Middle Asia. It is a country of stunning landscapes and truly diverse cultures that have been managing to maintain peace and harmony while living together, side by side, for decades. Although, Kazakhstan is still facing a lot of problems common for a third world country, it has consolidated stable principles of moral health among it’s citizens, which is to treasure the traditional values of family bonds, cultural heritage and respect for the past generation. And that’s what I believe was the key factor that shaped my character and my perception of the world, so you won’t be mistaken if you call me a traditionalist. However, as much as I love my homeland, there weren’t many opportunities for me to pursue my main passion, Art and Design. So I had to travel all the way to become a part of society, completely different from the one I was used to and begin my studies in the IDEA school of design at Capilano University. Right now I’m focusing on my academic progress as this is the long expected chance for me to build a solid foundation of skills necessary for a professional designer that I finally got. However, I also keep reminding myself that I will have to bring some amazing stories when I come back home, which means that I’m also open to meeting new friends and sharing memorable moments together…