In class yesterday, we were reminded that there are 71 days until the final thesis presentation. This calls for a written reflection on the scope of my projects to consider goals that are realistic, approachable, and manageable. The goal of my thesis work is to increase conservation and show the hidden impacts of common objects based on how we use them. So far, I have created design provocations that examine the relationships between money and time, metrics that portray weights and amounts, and the use-cycle of products.
My strategy is to construct a thesis deliverable that is clear and concise to avoid the audience having to take long strides to follow along. By cross referencing the degree of commonality between each of my projects, I aim for consistency. This requires me to shed many or all of the previous semesters deliverables in favor of the overall narrative of my current work.
For example, the relationship between finances and the conservation of natural resources is very interesting. I believe that if people stash more money in retirement and savings accounts, they will decrease spending, which in turn lowers the consumption of unnecessary objects. Considering my scope and goals, this direction is currently my weakest link and better to save as a post graduate project.
The most reoccurring feedback I've gotten about my overall thesis is to leverage my extensive history as a maker to create physical products that support the final deliverable. I am now manipulating metal wire to build semi-flexible structures and hot-forming plastic bottles to add this back into my work.
Now there are 70 days left.