After a 30-day creative cross-training exercise in pattern-making, a heirloom ring was produced in solid gold, and a process book was printed.
The goal of the challenge was to end up with unexpected product ideas by branching off a new theme driver. This time it was patterns.
The first day of ideation included planning themes for the whole month, exploring a wide variety of possibilities from 2D analog, to 3D parametric patterns. Five minutes or eight hours were dedicated to each day. Ideas were routinely modified along the way in the direction that felt more natural.
One of the ideas inspired the ring, and the completion of lost wax casting with gold for the first time.
Role: Self-Directed, Designer
Reviving Craft After Typhoon Haiyan
How might we support the revival of pre-colonial traditions in banig weaving?
This is the ongoing question asked while supporting rural weavers in the village of Basey, Samar, Philippines.
Our funded program is Inclusive Sustainable Economic Growth, and we wanted to ensure financial growth without diluting the nationally treasured traditions of banig weaving.
We made a case for product enhancements, but rather than advising the team with one direction, to commercialize traditional designs, we focused on finding international trade buyers who order custom work, to educate the team on how different market preferences may look.
For our first international channel, we developed meditation mats that sold in Vancouver.
Then we onboarded more trade buyers, from Australia and Canada, and developed an effective, but low tech ordering system.
This also led us to investigate a more sustainable supply chain to meet our customer’s greatest demands.
Literature is very hard to acquire for the weavers, so volunteers travelling to other cities was required to find key information on natural dyes that were both connected to the past and valued by the present.
A guide for indigenous natural dyes and testing protocols was created and passed on as the final phase of the project.
How do we talk about the future of tech when trends are changing month-to-month?
To approach this problem, the team at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs decided to create a modular way of storytelling — scenario cubes covering five key technology aspects categorized by trend, type of noun and persona.
Through the strategic and collaborative mix of research, future scenario modelling was used as a framework to build the groundwork for upcoming stories.
Video insights from external domain experts, Deutsche Telekom’s internal expert symposiums, user research and future projections were all created in the discovery phase.
The videos served as a primer for weekly workshops, to help collaborate across industries and instill creative thinking as well as inspire the business unit’s roadmap.
Eventually, the team rolled out collaborations with other businesses, such as Volkswagen, and executives who had little insight into the work of the lab.
How to create a sense of belonging for the first time visitors from culturally and linguistically diverse communities spanning all age groups?
First, complement the building’s design narrative of kinematics with the visual concept using motion and a ribbon motif.
Second, utilize a functional, familiar and vibrant colour palette for all age groups. Maintain the hue from the original seniors centre so they feel at home. Eliminate ageism in the iconography. Avoid gender icons on universal washrooms and replace them with an approach that welcomes all genders.
Third, during the concept design stage, propose an inclusive welcome in the tone and nomenclature for key moments of the programming.
Fourth, consider typography for its cultural character, robust utility and weight for wayfinding. Rather than blending in, use diagonal letterforms, like the placemaking “M” that generates a strong, easy-to-locate contrast juxtaposed next to the verticality of the architecture.
Today, the Minoru Place for Active Living combines an Aquatic Centre, Seniors Centre, Fitness Centre, Team Sports Facilities, Food and Beverages Facilities, Outdoor Plazas and Public Art — all within a whopping 110,000 square feet.
Build is a community event with a goal to accelerate creative growth by creating opportunities for multi-disciplinary collaboration.
In Vancouver, creatives are silo-ed — and Creative Pulse set out to resolve that.
Build provides a forum to meet the tastemakers, all while listening to great music and learning from great hosts.
Unlike regular exhibits, Build doesn’t focus on the fine arts, but celebrates the commercial creative community whose work has a profound impact on our local businesses and urban landscape.
A wide variety of local talent in the Applied Arts community were brought together to spark new ideas and collaborations. Close to 100 works were featured, ranging from creative technology to architectural renderings, illustration, graphic design, photography and music.
How to encourage new connections?
Provocative nametags, intimate space planning, and artwork labeling that included social handles all helped guests get connected and stay connected. We even created a collaboration clipboard, for a Creative Pulse staff to interview guests to capture available jobs and aspirational projects, to help match professionals.
The first event was an astounding success supported by generous sponsors. Now it’s time to reflect, refine and repeat.
How to lessen the dependence on fossil fuels and facilitate the switch to a cleaner energy source?
The initial research question was posed while collaborating with advisor Louise St. Pierre and Powertech Labs.
Working closely with Powertech was crucial to learning about the roadblocks for electric and hydrogen vehicle adoption.
The project focus was defined as tackling one of the largest adoption barriers: range anxiety. If an EV could be driven around Canada, why not across Canada? The inspiration for the solution came from stories of travelling the Trans-Canada highway.
How to design a system of inter-urban travel without the burden of waiting?
Studying the urban and inter-urban landscape led to identifying key areas that should be relieved of burdensome wait times for charging vehicles. A basic feasibility study was then endorsed by the City of Vancouver’s Head of Sustainability.
The project came to completion with prototype designs that were tested in various far-in-the-field places.
The resulting Rest + Recharge case study was presented at international sustainability conferences by Louise St. Pierre and published in the Current Design Journal in 2011.