Friday, September 25, 2009

the official name: design systems

The Create Haven

design systems


To spark a new renaissance by creating havens for individuals from ages 11—18 in the form of tree houses utilized as creativity centers that are focused on music and art.

This organization aspires to become the Medici’s of this century.



The program created demonstrates flexibility, sophistication, freedom and empowerment to participants.


Creativity and Imagination

potential names:

Think Haven  >>>> I like this the best.


Collective Dreams

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

interview with a coordinator at VV

I called at 8:35 am today, got an answering machine and left a message with my number.
I received a call at 8:56 am today as the return call

I told her about myself, what i was trying to do and if I could ask her a few questions about the subject and she agreed to do it over the phone. 

Q: "How old do most women or girls end up in a situation where they are being trafficked?" 

A: "nation wide? twelve years old."

Q: "what do you think is an underlying issue that feeds into this industry?"

A: "Sexual abuse in the homes, most people when they think of 'sex trafficking' they think that the girls and women were kidnapped when that usually isn't the case. It starts from the home, usually someone from the outside entering the home, touching the young girls in the wrong way and then giving them rewards like candy, or anything if they 'keep it a secret' and so the girls begin to associate those 'feelings' with rewards."

Q: "where do these girls live when they begin child prostitution or being sexually exploited as DMST victims?"

A: "they are usually runaways, homeless or throwaways— throwaways are kids from homes where the parents are addicted to drugs and the parents don't care, and when girls get into the sex industry it's because they feel they have no where else to go. They sometimes also do it as an easy way to feed a drug addiction."

Q: "do you think that law enforcement help the problem...or try to stop the problem or contribute to it?"

A: "well ... the problems going on in the young woman's life with the police starts when she turns 18, she's still got the same problems, but as soon as she turns 18 her treatment from law enforcement changes" 

Q: "Are the women that are victims or prostitutes also involved in other industries having to do with adult content?"

A: "...I don't understand what you mean."

Q: " as in do many of the prostitutes or the young women work in strip clubs or things like that?"

A: "no, actually for many, before prostitution they start in high class strip clubs. However they begin to try to find outlets from depression due to constantly being touched or surrounded by men they do not like, they turn to drugs and alcohol, then their standards fall, they end up in a lower strip club and eventually...they end up in prostitution."

Q: "so what do you feel is needed to help end this issue or industry?"

A: "awareness of the demand, if there weren't men looking to buy sex, then these girls wouldn't be out there, also the pimps and men who buy sex from these women always get away.  Recently a girl who was 12 years old was arrested, the men all thought she was 17, she looked convincing, and when a girl's in this situation she's looking at about 182 days in jail, the pimp and all the men who bought her went free."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

the individual cyclist

i was in charge of the persona/ audience and the symbols of the group which would be the main focus of the "individual" research poster. 

Sunday, September 6, 2009

basic demographic info such as age, education, home


The “hipster” – 18-25

The “sporty pro” ­– 30-60

The “joe” ­– 20-60 ­


"membership" info (from the reading and/or your own model) such as boundaries, emotional safety, level of belonging and identification, symbols used, etc.


The “hipster” – 18-25 – Rolled Pant leg, Cut off shorts, slender, Customized bicycles


The “sporty pro” ­– 25-60 – Spandex Bicycle shorts, Bicycle gloves, Helmet, Fit, Clip on Shoes, Water reservoir, Sunglasses, Time watch.


The “joe” ­– 20-70 ­– Work clothes, Helmet,


needs for community interaction: what is desired and valued by this person?

needs for successful activity involvement



-   environment

-   personal health

-   convenience

-   enjoyment

-   cost

-   exploration

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

multimedia - Jessica, Cassie, Corie


The Web 2.0 Community

1. Membership
For the Web Community this would involve authorship on the site. Members are able to add to the content in addition to being a reader and follower. Being apart of the online community would be less personal than a physical community, but it allows for a wide range of members because the community becomes globally accessible.

2. Influence
A community and individual’s influence within the community in a Web 2.0 environment would involve the quantity and effectiveness of the member’s participation in authorship, commentary and sharing. The community platform would allow access for all members to be published and heard equally by everyone and each other encouraging an equal exchange of power.

3. Integration and Fulfillment of Needs
Involvement in a Web 2.0 community allows participants with common interests to find what they desire and contribute information that enables others to obtain what they need.

4. Shared Emotional Connection
Emotional connection through Web 2.0 is enhanced by the quality of the interaction by the individual user. The time and energy invested into the community is rewarded by recognition and deeper involvement in the community.