Jenna Witzleben

MFA Thesis Blog

This blog contains experiments, project and reading reflections, unanswered questions, and more relating to my year-long thesis as part of my Master's design program. From Sept. 2016 to May 2017, I explored rewilding human beings and the environments we inhabit at multiple scales including investigation around individual fears of nature, regional food production systems, and global overpopulation. The final works of this thesis can be found in my portfolio.

Silly Walks and Asensistonding

The first class of Design Delight last week, an experience design course led by Emilie Baltz, was, well, delightful. We each created a silly walk for the behavior/emotion that we want our thesis experiences to create for our users. 

My first version of my silly walk was called "The Tactile Walk" in which I ran around touching different surfaces with my hands and bare feet. In reflection, this seemed too hyper. I don't think it's really curiousity and excitement that I'm going after. 

In attempts to refine my emotion, I found four verbs that seem appropriate: awakening, sensitizing, restoring, and bonding. Fusing them together, I created a new word: asensistonding. It is the transition and progression of emotions as one becomes closer to the earth. I do not have a video of this walk yet, but I imagine it to be more deliberate, progressing from standing to slow stretching presses of palm and foot into the ground, accompanied by bittersweet inhalations of reunion.

Also part of this week for this class was creating a mind map of experience typologies for our target emotion/behavior. This proved quite difficult for my multi faceted word. I look forward to expanding on my ideas such as pregnancy, jumping into water, and dating, later this week. 

Finally to expand visually on the emotion we are trying to evoke, we each created an initial mood board for our experience. The five images I selected are shown below.

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