Final Diagram

Maddie Johnson-Harwitz
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Christopher Kitchen
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Calming Leaves is a fountain tea brewer inspired by moments of contemplation sitting under trees at night. It mimics the calming nature of watching rustling leaves by mimicking it’s turbulent movement with water, and brewing tea in the process. 

Calming Leaves is an array of ceramic “leaves” attached at one point to maintain rotational freedom. As the water flows over each leaf, it changes their positions to create a constantly evolving path to flow through. This irregularity mimics the turbulent movements of leaves in the wind, and offers an engaging experience no matter how many times it’s used. Each leaf is a strainer for tea leaves, brewing the water flowing through. Using slip casting to produce the leaves allowed quick, reliable production of many leaves, and kept everything food safe. This project takes the already calming ritual of brewing tea, and adds a visual element.


Ethan Donaldson


Declan McEnerney


pierre Belizaire


Maddie Johnson-Harwitz


Richard Lourie
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How-to presentation: editing the brief

Tessa Fast

How-to presentation: writing the brief

Tessa Fast

Composition Reminder Sheet

Andrew Todd Marcus

Composition Reminder Sheet

1. Write in third person: this means no “I/my,” “you/your,” or “we/us/our.” People will be referred to as people, human subjects, users, viewers.

Not: “I designed my project thinking about the way teens use social media.”
Instead: “This project is designed as a commentary on the way teens use social media.”

2. Avoid dangling modifiers: when you try to avoid first person, it is easy to end up with dangling modifiers. For more detail, follow this link:

Example: Walking home, the bag tore. (This implies that the bag walked home.)
Instead: Walking home, I noticed the bag had torn.
Or: While I was walking home, the bag tore.

Note that to avoid first person, this would need to be: On the way home, the bag tore.
Or: As it was carried home, the bag tore.

3. Organize paragraphs by moving from given information to new information. Give us a high level and a visual description of your project before telling us about a particular mechanism within it. See this page for an explanation:

4. Be clear in your logical connections: are two ideas related by addition (also, in addition), example (for example, for instance), cause (as a result, for that purpose), time (next, then), contrast (but, however), or comparison (likewise, similarly)? For more examples:

5. Watch for pronoun references: be sure when you use this, that, these, those, it, and they, the pronouns refer clearly back to something previously mentioned.

6. Proofread for spelling: if you see a wavy red line under a word, look it up to make sure you’ve spelled it correctly. Watch for capitalization and be aware of when to use apostrophes (

7. Note when you use that vs. which:

8. When you combine two sentences with only a comma, it’s called a comma splice. For tips on how to avoid, see:

9. Note on where vs. in which: In formal writing, if you aren’t referring to a location of any sort, use “in which.” Don’t write about: a situation where…, a theory where…, etc.

10. Use semi-colons before transitional phrases and a comma after, e.g.: ; however,

11. The proper term is based on, not “based off/off of”:

12. When you have a list of things, be sure to observe parallelism:

13. Try to reduce your reliance on being verbs:

14.  Use verbs instead of nouns where possible: “represents” instead of “gives a representation of”

15. When you form a compound adjective (“custom-designed”) you will need a hyphen between the two words. For an explanation and examples see: For an exhaustive list of hyphenation rules, see:

16. Note that “an” rather than “a” is almost always required before words that start with a vowel. For details on the rule see: