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Alec Chang
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Portfolio Day Session 3

Jenny Kinard

Portfolio Day

After the Final Presentation, you have the opportunity to consider your presentation in light of final feedback and discussion. You will spend additional time reviewing you presentations, refining you portfolio, and polishing you work before it is made public on the internet.

The Self Evaluation is an opportunity for you to reflect on your work during the Studio. Students and Coaches receive the same prompts and categories, and the students will evaluate their own progress and skill levels in Design Skills and Subject Skills applicable to the studio both numerically and textually. Through a narrative, you will also reflect on the quality and rigor of your work, give feedback on the studio, and have the opportunity to receive similar feedback directly from the coach.

water world

Sena Ball and Alex Shigueta
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Polar Chair

Kevin Brown and Julia Sneddon
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“Polar Chair” is a fur-like product that gives humans comfort in extreme weather conditions. Polar Chair exists as an item of comfort and reminiscence.

The function of the fur works through its structure. The dark pigmented skin attracts light while the thick undercoat retains the heat. The long, translucent, hollow hairs scatter the light and absorbs additional radiation from the sun. This product is taking phenomena in nature, and applying it to items that humans can use. This fur is applied to a comfortable chair design. The chair includes arms that are bendable and able to “hug” the user when pulled and wrapped around them.

The world in which the product lives in is a futuristic world on a different planet. In this world, humans had been forced to move from Earth to another planet due to a lack of resources. On this planet, most things living things are different from the animals and to the plants on earth. Additionally, the temperature and weather are drastically different. In this new world, the fur would be made out of biodegradable plastics instead of the synthetic fur used in the prototype. This would prevent humans from making similar mistakes with plastic production that they had in the past.This product is helping those who feel homesick on their new planet. It is not a survival tool, however, it does provide immense comfort. 

I now define sustainability as an object's capacity to endure certain conditions.

It's Alive!

Alec Chang and Alex Demidov
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Alex brief:

"It's Alive!” is a printer which allows colonies of bacteria to grow on it, leaving an encrypted text. In a society where the government has complete control of all media and information, "Alternative Journalism" is printed on a sheet of bioplastic, which allows a consumer to clandestinely learn the facts. The government funds monstrous corporations that have taken over all industries by introducing more cost-efficient and better A.I, replacing most jobs. In this world, people have confirmed their lifestyles to fit in large poor communities that live within the same building and cannot pay for any more expensive housing because of the desolation of jobs. To disguise the horrific actions made by the government, they control all of the media outlets across the world, making journalism propaganda. Alternative Journalism is a tool used by journalists to provide truth-seeking citizens with factual journalism while staying secret. The design is simple, however; needs to be timed correctly. The printer machine is similar to that of a 3D printer, where it has a gantry system moving it along the X and Y axis. The printer pours agar on to a sheet of bio plastic attracting bacteria to the specific surface for bacteria to grow on. In today's world, there are simpler ways of finding factual information just by going online, however; in this world, all media companies are controlled by the government. The user simply sprays or rubs bacteria over the bioplastic and when finished, flushes it down the toilet where it is dissolved and biodegraded leaving no trace. 

Alec brief:

It's alive!: a printer that extrudes sugar inoculated agar onto bioplastic sheets. When these sheets are sprayed with dirty water, bacterial colonies immediately bloom over the sugar-rich agar, revealing the message that was originally printed. Once all of the agar has been expended, the bacteria will consume the bioplastic, leaving behind no evidence of its existence. In this imagined future world, the general population is constantly surveilled by the electronics and software that they rely on. The data gathered from this surveillance is used to warp what an individual sees on the internet, subtly influencing them towards adopting an opinion or purchasing a product. “It’s alive!” counters the misinformation and corporate propaganda that has become an everyday occurrence. The materials printed with “It's alive!” will eventually self destruct, making it perfect for spreading illegal ideas without leaving any indication of doing so. “It's alive!” was designed for anyone with ideas that dissent from the norm, more specifically it was designed for journalists who cannot publish content that encourages dissent. Sterile agar “ink” is printed onto a bioplastic sheet. When exposed to bacterial spores, the agar is consumed by the bacterial colony. The ink that conventional printers use is made from chemicals that are harmful to the environment. “It's alive!” doesn’t use ink at all, it grows rather than prints. To use “It’s alive!”, a sheet of bioplastic "paper" is first loaded onto the print bed by the user. The user then sends the files they wish to print through an online service. After the files have been downloaded, the user hits start and waits for 2 to 5 minutes while the print completes.

Green Air

Mariela (Mari) Abramson and Zoe Siegelnickel
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Green Air is an artificial tree containing plants to produce oxygen with an accompanying mask to store oxygen and give the humans clean air. The purpose of this design is to imitate the functions of a real tree, such as absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

The mask is designed for a future world that has no trees. Without trees, air quality is very poor making it difficult for life to survive.  Green Air is a sustainable way to breath clean air. Users have their own mask, with an attached oxygen and carbon dioxide tanks. Users inhale oxygen from the plants inside the artificial tree. Once an individual runs low on oxygen, they attach their tanks to the artificial tree to release the collected carbon dioxide and gather oxygen from the tree. The artificial tree has bioplastic panels on a frame, and the mask is made out of bioplastic. The mask is made with a composite of iron filings to make it magnetic as a way of attaching it to the oxygen and carbon dioxide tanks. Green Air creates a symbiotic relationship between nature and humans.

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This post's privacy is set to Everyone. This post showcases your final design by telling the comprehensive story of how your idea was born, developed, and manifested. The arc of the story should encompass the, How of your project in a compelling narrative. It showcases your design process including your brainstorming, each of your iterations, and your final prototype. It allows the viewer to delve deeply into your process.

  • Every Slide should have a Title and Caption.
    The body of this post is The Brief. You should include a version of the Brief for each collaborator in the project.
  • This post will be used in your review presentation at the end of the session.

You are encouraged to make your narrative as compelling as possible. All of the content below should be included, but if you would like to rearrange the material in order to tell your story differently, work with your coach.


Your presentation is a narrative, and the introduction sets up the scene for that story. Here you introduce the project, say why it is important, and summarize what you did.

TITLE WITH TAGLINE: This slides shows a crisp, clear final image and the title of your project. with a pithy blurb describing the project. The image, name, and tagline should draw a viewer in. 


  • The Fruit - A line following, light tracking robot
  • Segmented Vehicle - A vehicle that conforms to the landscape
  • Cacoon - Wearable sculpture exploring the concept of transformation and death

EVOCATIVE  IMAGE: This is a single image that shows a clear image that evokes the soul of your project. This image helps set up the why in a compelling way, sets the stage for your narrative, and will help frame the entire presentation. The caption of this slide (set with the Edit Captions button when editing your post) should discuss the context of your project. No Text on the slide.

THESIS STATEMENT: This is a TEXT ONLY slide for which briefly describes the Soul and Body of your project. You can use the project description from your Brief or write something new. This statement ties together your narrative.


  • The Cocoon:  A wearable sculpture that explores the concept of transformations and death. The Cocoon explores the spiritual journey beyond the human experience; what it means to be human, how wonder effects us, and the concept of what happens after death.
  • Body Accordion: A musical prosthetic that translates the wearer’s body movements into a dynamic multimedia performance. The Body Accordion converts flex sensor input to sound through Arduino, MaxMSP, and Ableton Live. 
  • Seed to Soup Animation: A whimsical animation about the slow food movement. Seed to Soup showcases a holistic method of cooking. From garden, to kitchen, to dinner table.
  • Antlers: A wearable sculpture inspired by antlers found in the deer and antelope family. "Antlers" explores the comparison between armor and attraction. 


The Process Portion of your presentation tells the story of how you iteratively developed your project. Somewhere in that story you should include conceptual and technical precedents that guided you at each stage as well as brainstorming and process sketches and clear photo booth imagery for 3-4 stages of your process.

This portion is made up of three types of slides repeated 3-4 times. Each iteration in your process should include:

  • PRECEDENTS:  Precedents are any projects that inspired you creatively or gave you technical guidance. These can include conceptual precedents and technical precedents. No Text.
  • SKETCHES/SKETCH CONCEPT DIAGRAMS: These slides show your generative ideas in sketch form. These should clean, clear drawings. A sketch should show a clear idea. Do not simply scan a messy sketchbook page and expect that people will understand. If you do not have a clear concept or working sketches it is fine to make them after the fact. No Text.
  • PROTOTYPE IMAGES:  These are actual images of the prototypes  you documented in your daily posts. These images illustrate your design decisions and how your project changed at each step. No Text.


The Final stage of your presentation is the resolution of your narrative and shows your completed work. The use diagram shows how your project works and the construction diagram shows how it is assembled. Final photos show the project both in action and at rest. The imagery captures your final built design.

USE DIAGRAM: A diagram showing some aspect of the functionality. These can include:

  • How one uses or interacts with the project
  • The overall behavior of the project over time
  • For a complex interactive project, this can be a clear diagram of the software behavior

MECHANICAL DIAGRAM:  A diagram offering insight on how the project is put together and functions technically.

  • Ideally, this will be an exploded axonometric
  • At minimum this can be a labeled disassembled photo  

ELECTRONICS or OTHER DIAGRAM: Additional diagrams showing some important aspect of your design. 

IMAGERY: The last slides should have an images of the final project. These images should be taken in the photo booth, cropped, and adjusted for contrast, brightness, etc. Images should include:

  • An image of the project in use (taken in the booth or at large). This should include a human interacting with the project.
  • Images of project alone. Include at least one overall image and one detail image.
  • You can also use an image In-Use. 
  • Consider using a GIF to show how the project works. 


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Final Brief by Davin Izedian:

The foldable house provides a temporary living space that would sustain life on this new planet in the first weeks of arrival. The foldable house provides sustainable short term living that allows the population to survive, explore the new planet, and focus on building sustainable infrastructure.

Due to changing weather conditions and cold nights, the people arriving at the new planet need shelter to survive. The foldable house would ensure immediate housing stability allowing this new population to develop permanent forms of living. The foldable house would be constructed with bioplastic as it is a stable yet flexible material. Furthermore, the house is able to dissolve into the ground after use as it is made out of bioplastics. Lastly, each house is equipped with hinges in order to fully connect the bioplastic pieces together to make a compatible house.

Final Brief By Jason Saperstone:

"The Clean Slate" is a collapsible house that provides temporary shelter for humans upon their initial arrival on a new planet. Our project is based on a small percentage of the human race leaving earth and starting life on a new planet. We make products, such as the Clean State, that will help humans survive in their earlier days on a new planet, allowing them to discover and create new sustainable methods for their new world.

This house can be stacked on top of others, which saves space in the travel process. Once on the planet, it can be easily and quickly assembled, as all parts are attached to each other. The walls are made of biodegradable plastic that has seeds inside. When the house is no longer needed, it can grow into a tree if conditions permit, and produces zero waste.

The project is for those who seek to find a better life away from earth. This would only be used temporarily until a larger housing system was created. Once an ideal building is developed, the temporary housing would be biodegraded. "Clean Slate" provides easy access to sustainable housing allowing people to focus on planet exploration and finding new sustainable creations.