Mente Abierta, Estómago Lleno

An open mind and a full stomach. According to our Spanish orientation professor, these are two necessities for a great semester in Madrid. If this first week has served as any indication of what my semester will be like, he is absolutely right (see: amazing food courtesy of my host mom and this wonderful city). …

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3, 1, 5 – Madrid, here I come

I bet you're thinking I've forgotten how to count down from 3. Although plausible, thankfully, this is not the case [yet]. 3 days. 1 year. 5 months. Just three short days remain until one year of planning results in five months of studying abroad in Madrid. Planning this trip involved sifting through the plethora of …

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On Purple Pens and the Trap of Uniformity

I have a problem. In my room at home I have a pink dollhouse bookcase (yes, I found the exact same 15-year old bookcase still being sold in Target). The bookcase itself, however, is not the problem. The problem is what lies above the shelf of dusty test prep books and below the shelf of jewelry stands- a row of half-used …

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#ModPodSquad Reunites: Earth Day TX 2017

The winter Immersive Design Challenge at SMU, explained in my previous three posts, ended on January 18, 2017. I realize that I never did a formal wrap-up post detailing our presentation and showcasing the life-sized prototype of our creation, the ModPod, a digitally-fabricated flat-packed solar-powered charging station, but luckily there are press releases that did …

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“That’s so cool! Uh, what is it?”

The title of this post accurately reflects replies I've gotten to pictures on social media of the SMU IDC team's "Mod Pod" prototype, so hopefully I can clear up some confusion. The Mod Pod (pictured in the post's featured image) is a modular, flat-packed, digitally fabricated, solar-powered public charging station.  Wow, that was a lot …

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Street Walking and SketchUp Drawing: The IDC Continues

Note: For background information regarding the Innovation Design Challenge, read my previous post. Approximately 4 hours remain until design files are due to Better Block to cut plywood sheets with their CNC Router. Two days remain until our product pitch. We've been busy in the basement of Caruth Hall at the Deason Innovation Gym (as you …

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