Speculative Objects Review
In class this week, we reviewed our speculative objects and branding (see previous post).
One of the primary pieces of advice I was given was to think about audience and decide - is this a retreat outside of the city, is this about nature within the city, etc. I'm leaning towards the latter. One of the most interesting insights I had this summer was that we need to shift our image of "wild". Manicured parks are not nearly as wild as the dandelion growing in the cracks of the sidewalk in NYC. See good TED talk on this here:http://www.ted.com/talks/emma_marris_nature_is_everywhere_we_just_need_to_look_for_it
That being said, I think, with the right photography, all of the prototypes I created fit within this concept - the sidewalk greenhouse encouraging recognition of nature in the city, the robots acting to increase natural areas within cities, and even the shower makes sense for an urban dweller who wants to enjoy the rain in non-private spaces.
In terms of the thesis brand I was recommended to look into Stefan Sagmeister's work. He physically builds typefaces and typography. I could use moss, dirt, mud, grass, etc as my material. For a thesis about "wildness", it makes sense to have a physical/handmade typeface.
Also this week, I had a great conversation with my therapist on my thesis. As I was explaining the area of inquiry that I am exploring, he asked about rewilding. I explained its basic goals and some examples and he quickly chimed in: "So would walking around barefoot count too?" I was thrilled. He went on to explain how he has met people who don't wear shoes and how often they have no issues with back pain. He pointed to his loafers saying "This is not normal." It was exciting to have his support and affirmation.