SUGGESTED TEMPLATE FOR YOUR BLOG
Keeping track of research and ideas is a skill. Here are some suggestions on how to stay on top of your work, track progress, and build a “paper trail” for your project:
Articulate your intentions and goals
for the project
for your documentation process
Your personal goals for learning, experimentation
Write this down as a blog post
Set up blog posts you can edit/add to over time
Tagging works, too, but it’s harder to remember to do it.
What are your opening questions/hypothesis?
You can update these as you progress and this creates easy-to-find containers: Make sure you can edit your entries!
Create a map of the systems that contain or relate to your topic
who is working in this field
what are some related projects
identify methods of projects that share some aspect of your work
Identify and work with at least two visual (or other artistic) analogies for your topic or project. Create or provide images to create comparisons
Mitigating Outdoor Air Pollution
Are there modular air filtering solutions that work outdoors?
Can I also raise consciousness by making this public?
A sculpture that cleans air at a busy public meeting point
HVAC systems. Rainforests (topic)
Indoor HEPA units. Traffic cops?
Con Ed street steam vents?
Identify and contact 3-5 experts for interviews/exchanges:
Hope for 2 firm responses!
Don’t be afraid to follow up 2x a week! Persistence is also a skill.
Follow up, try your idea out on them, get their feedback
Design a context/ call for your project
Experiment with your idea
- Make something out of junk, scrap, leftovers, friends, etc
- Identify, observe and maybe interact with your public(s) (ethnography)
- Create a speculative fiction/new mythology
- Design a daily practice based on constraints (at least 7 days)
- Make an x/y grid of kindred projects
- Make an x/y grid of other project ideations
- Try the program logic model
- Identify leverage points (opportunities) in a system
Taken from class syllabus