Week 12: Assessment 1 – Activity 6: Reflection

I don’t think I can narrow it down to one overall ‘favourite’ or most interesting topic for this unit. All of them had something of their ‘own’ to bring to each discussion and activity/task. In saying that, I have whittled it down to three choices:

  1. Michel Gondry – he is an inspirational character. The way in which he uses his own life influences (whether a conscious decision or not…) to create his works of art, is astounding.
  2. Data visualisation – the ‘Zero Noon’ clock, designed and developed by Lozano-Hemmer is amazing. This subjet was my first choice for my essay, however felt I was drawn more towards my final point below..!
  3. Design activism – there is definitely something about having a skill and using it for the greater good. Having the ability to change ones perception on a topic is something that should be commended. One day I hope to have the ability to do this.

I feel I learned a lot through each of these weeks. However, design activism is something which has definitely taken my fancy and honestly think I would enjoy learning more and using it in my chosen career.

I think I enjoyed Michel Gondry the most, discovering he directed one of my favourite film clips by the Foo Fighters made it even more enjoyable! However, I think the design activism is something that has definitely helped me build my skills the most.

Week 11 – Assessment 2 – Task 6: Design for nature

1392424_10151783109877633_1908269913_nThis place, while it has been touched by people, is a place where old still has a sense of being, a sense of home. There are so many antique pieces here, from old tractors and plows to the jetty’s which have been restored and made new again. This reminds me of Marris’ comments about conservationists restoring a site or park (Marris, 2011). This is a resort at Tarthra on the east coast. Surrounded by bushland and native fauna. It was the first time and place my son saw a family of kangaroos and possums eating outside our cabin and both my children hearing kookaburra’s as they sat up in the gum trees which surrounded us.

{image source: Hurley, R. 2013. Tarthra, NSW}

IMAG0918While Marris writes about an imagined place, somewhere distant, where no people have been, with no roads, fences or power lines (Marris, 2011), this is it for me – while people have been there and stepped foot on its beautiful white sandy beach, it’s free from roads, power lines and anything else human like. This to me, is a ‘pristine wilderness’ and it’s somewhere I get to venture to quite frequently. Somewhere I get to take my kids to enjoy, and for that, I am incredibly grateful.

{image source: Hurley, R. 2015. Tomakin, NSW}



Marris, E. (2011) Chapter 1: Weeding the garden. Rambunctious garden: saving nature in a post-wild world. Retrieved from http://onlineres.swin.edu.au.ezproxy.lib.swin.edu.au/99332392111.pdf

Assessment 2 – Task 5: Cradle to Cradle and the Lite2Go

(Source: Lite2Go by Knoend via Tree Hugger)

The Lite2Go is an environmentally safe product, designed so all of the components in the packaging form the finished product itself. The outer case of the packaging becomes the lamp shade, it contains a small 7w globe and the electrical cable. The only part of the packaging which wasn’t really designed for end use was the cardboard label and some twine. All things considered, this is a pretty amazing product – of which ALL parts can be recycled.

This product easily fits into steps 3 and 5 of McDonough and Braungart’s (2002) list – 5 steps to Eco-Effectiveness.

Step three – Creating a “passive positive” list

Knoend have hit the nail on the head here by ensuring they looked beyond “the contents of a given product, we conduct a detailed inventory of the entire palette of materials used” – everything in this packaging is ultimately used to make the final product. They definitely thought about how it was going to be used and when no longer required that each and every piece could be recycled.

Step five – Reinvent

This step fits in with McDonough and Braungat’s comment that “design is based on the attempt to fulfill human needs” and with the world taking on such an environmentally sustainable view, why not take something that people use everyday – such as a light and make them feel good about buying the product, by knowing that they are purchasing something which is completely recyclable and good for the earth.


McDonough,  . Braungart,  . (2002) Cradle to Cradle. Retrieved 17 September 2015 from http://onlineres.swin.edu.au.ezproxy.lib.swin.edu.au/1376906.pdf

Week 7: Assessment 1 – Activity – Resource list for essay


Few, S. (2014). Data visualization for human perception. As seen in The encyclopedia of human-computer interaction 2nd edition. Retrieved 30 August 2015 from https://www.interaction-design.org/encyclopedia/data_visualization_for_human_perception.html

Retrieved 30 August 2015 from http://www.lib.umich.edu/data-visualization

Kirk, A. (2015). Retrieved 30 August 2015 from http://www.visualisingdata.com/2015/08/10-significant-visualisation-developments-january-to-june-2015/

Warden, P. (2013). Retrieved 30 August 2015 from http://petewarden.com/2013/07/18/why-you-should-never-trust-a-data-scientist/


Hohl, M. (2011). From abstract to actual: art and designer-like enquiries into data visualisation, Kybernetes, 40, 7-8, 1038-1044. Retrieved from https://www.academia.edu/1251934/From_abstract_to_actual_art_and_designer-like_enquiries_into_data_visualisation

Schneiderman, B. (2014). The Big Picture for Big Data: Visualization, SCIENCE, Vol. 343 no. 6172 p. 730. DOI: 10.1126/science.343.6172.730-a.

Kosara, R. (2007). Visualization Criticism – The missing link between information visualization and Art, in Information Visualization. IV ’07. 11th International Conference, vol., no., pp. 631-636, 4-6 July 2007. DOI: 10.1109/IV.2007.130



Week 6: Assessment 2 – task 3: The wonder that is Michel Gondry

“There must be a lot of brain in there” (Grohl, D. Partisan Official, 2014) and what a brilliant brain it is.

Gondry used a number of effects in this clip, the lights flashing with the beat of the music, also features in the Daft Punk film clip “Around the world”.

Another is the use of stop motion or as Melies referred to “substitution splicing”. One of the first times this technique was used was in the 1896 film L’Escamotage d’une dame chez or The vanishing lady (Ezra, 2000, p. 28).

Defined by Ezra (2000, p. 28), substitution splicing created the sudden appearance or disappearance of a person or object or…one object for another.

While this film clip doesn’t substitute, it does stop the take and move items from one position to another to create an animated effect.

This is demonstrated below by the chairs and children being moved to look like they are dancing;

Gondry_West example(West, K. Gondry, M. – Heard them say 2005 sourced from https://vimeo.com/32402028 )

Gondry has an amazing way to make his clips playful. It’s fitting the Partisan Official documentary was titled I’ve been twelve forever, it’s as if he’s been stuck in a childhood fantasy (or nightmare as the case may be) and uses this as a form of therapy.


Partisan Official. (2014). I’ve been twelve for ever – documentary – Michel Gondry (2004). Retrieved 13 August 2015 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF8kN-M2XNY

Ezra, E. (2000). Melies does tricks. Retrieved 13 August 2015 from http://librarysearch.swinburne.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/display.do?tabs=detailsTab&ct=display&fn=search&doc=SUT-ALMA5192912650001361&indx=1&recIds=SUT-ALMA5192912650001361&recIdxs=0&elementId=0&renderMode=poppedOut&displayMode=full&frbrVersion=&dscnt=0&dum=true&vl(30784455UI0)=any&tab=combined&dstmp=1439498977035&vl(freeText0)=Melies%20does%20tricks&vid=SWIN2&mode=Basic

Film clip  2005–  Heard them say – Retrieved 13 August 2015 from https://vimeo.com/32402028