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called
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or
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Art”...
which
my
good
friend
Melissa
coined
as
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9. Homage
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have
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notorious
stapler
from
the
cult
classic,
Office
Space
(it
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came
inside
a
u...
10.
Like
most
girls,
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absolutely
love
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colors,
and
shapes
and
intricacies
are
fascinating
to
me.
These
are
so...
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done
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my
two‐year
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teaching,
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was
asked
to
host
some
new
TFA
teachers
at
my
house.
I
racke...
14.
I
call
it
“One
Eight
Oh!”
a
play
on
the
number
of
days
in
you
first
year
of
teaching
(180).
This
collection
of
illustr...
15.
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the
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the
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18.
Still
Trip
reminded
me
that,
sometimes
the
best
ideas,
break
a
few
rules.
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last
project
is
me
reverting
to
a
more
...
19.
And
to
my
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it
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been
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of
the
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finally
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drag,
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Bears
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youth
soccer,...
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"Design Impacting Life, Life Impacting Design" is about the indirect impact other people have had on my design. From flaming flatulence, to a forbidden photocopier, to Robin Williams in drag, to the Bad News Bears of youth soccer, my presentation shows us that inspiration truly exists everywhere. It’s a bit Freudian, a bit silly, and mostly a look at how the people in my life have influenced my work.

Presented in Charlotte, NC at Pecha Kucha Volume 5. The slideshow used the Pecha Kucha format of 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide (6mins 40secs).

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  1. 1. My presentation is about how my unique life experiences and have impacted my creativity. Through a series of case studies, I will examine four people from my life, tell you a little bit about who they are, share an anecdote about them, and then reveal how that story shaped my design.
  2. 10 9 8 My Embarassment Level 7 7 6 3 Drives a Miata Loves Kenny G Tight Shoelaces Slept thru Grad. Plays Yahtzee Is on Facebook Performs Fire Farts at Restaurants 2. This is a highly scientific bar chart diagramming the embarrassment level I experience in relation to my dad’s antics. As you can see, his fire fart performances are most embarrassing. These occurred during family camping trips.
  3. + + Blue Flame Special 3. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Blue Flame Special recipe, I decided to visualize it for you. - Jeans must be Wranglers... according to my dad... to prevent back-draft. - Van Camps known for their musical fruit producing Pork and Beans. - Long Stick lighter, because my dad isn’t that flexible.
  4. 4. And so, this traumatizing experience became the subject of one of my first graphic design projects in college. We were assigned a display case and chose a product to create a window advertisement for. I’m especially proud of my tag line “Comfart Food.”
  5. Emailing Making Me Feel Guilty 8% 12% Sleeping 8% Eating 4% Cooking 4% Organizing 32% Putting on Lipstick 32% 5. This next case study is about my mother. Here I have diagramed how my mom spends her day. As you can see the 2 largest portions are spent organizing and applying lipstick. In fact, my mom has 5 strategically placed lipsticks: one in the bathroom, one in her purse, one next to the computer, one next to her recliner, and one in the car… that one she keeps without a lid for faster applications.
  6. - mom = happy 6. But as fascinating as her lipstick obsession is, it’s her organization anal retentiveness that is the subject of my presentation. You see, I grew
up
in
a
house
with
a
forbidden
photocopier.
Why
did
we
have
a
photocopier?
Basically,
my
mom
got
it
to
quench
her
 organizational
thirst.
And
it
wasn't
long
before
I
figured
out
how
to
use
it,
and
more
importantly,
how
to
abuse
it.
Unfortunately,
my
 parents
soon
discovered
that
toner
was
expensive,
and
mass
production
of
my
funny
faces
wasn't
very
economical.
Thus,
I
was
 banned.
  7. 7.
I
think
the
banishment
must
have
given
me
a
complex
that
has
since
resurfaced
in
my
adult
life.
Above
is
a
scanned
self
portrait
 (the
foreground
is
my
hair).
One
day,
while
burning
the
midnight
oil
at
work,
I
decided
to
see
what
would
happen
if
I
scanned
my
 face.
  8. 8.
Turns
out
there
is
a
name
for
this.
It’s
called
“Scanography,”
or
“Scan
Art”...
which
my
good
friend
Melissa
coined
as
“Scart.”
Soon
 after
I
scanned
my
face,
I
was
asked
to
present
on
a
topic
of
my
choosing
for
work.
So
I
decided
to
investigate
this
medium
a
little
 further.
Here
are
just
some
random
still
lifes
(for
the
record
the
egg
was
cracked
onto
a
transparency).
  9. 9. Homage
to
Swingline.
Yes,
I
have
the
notorious
stapler
from
the
cult
classic,
Office
Space
(it
actually
came
inside
a
used
desk
I
 bought).
Using
motion,
I
created
some
interesting
effects.
  10. 10.
Like
most
girls,
I
absolutely
love
jewelry.
The
colors,
and
shapes
and
intricacies
are
fascinating
to
me.
These
are
some
of
my
 favorite
earrings
and
rings.
The
image
to
the
far
left
is
the
original
scan.
The
two
on
the
right
are
patterned
repeats
of
the
original.


  11. vs. Time Spent Sleeping Working Socializing Crying Being called Drinking Sharpening Pencils a Motherfucker 11.
This
next
case
study
is
about
my
good
friend
Madeleine.
She
and
I
were
in
Teach
for
America
together.
And
one
of
the
most
 shocking
things
about
my
2
years
of
teaching
was
the
disparity
between
the
lifestyles
of
a
regular
22
year
old
(shown
in
blue),
and
 a
TFA
22
year
old
(shown
in
green).
  12. + + Typical Friday Night 12.
To
further
illustrate
this
disparity;
here
is
a
simple
story
about
Madeleine.

One
day
I
came
home
from
work
at
4pm
in
the
 afternoon
to
find
her
passed
out
on
the
couch…
with
6
empty
Miller
lights,
and
Mrs.
Doubtfire
playing
on
the
tv.
I
mean
that
is
just
 sad...
she
should
be
out
screwing
guys
and
doing
keg
stands...
But
this
was
just
a
typical
Friday
for
a
new
teacher.
  13. 13.
Later,
after
I
was
done
with
my
two‐year
term
teaching,
I
was
asked
to
host
some
new
TFA
teachers
at
my
house.
I
racked
my
 brain
for
what
I
could
impart
on
them…
because
it
sure
wasn’t
classroom
management
skills.
So
I
thought
about
what
it
was
I
 wanted
most
while
I
was
teaching:
a
social
life.
This
is
my
guide
for
new
teachers
in
Charlotte.

  14. 14.
I
call
it
“One
Eight
Oh!”
a
play
on
the
number
of
days
in
you
first
year
of
teaching
(180).
This
collection
of
illustrations
 encompasses
several
rookie
teaching
mistakes:
improper
use
of
the
Scantron
machine,
monopolizing
the
copy
machine
right
before
 class,
getting
buried
in
paper
grading,
eating
cafeteria
food,
and
making
bad
health
decisions.

  15. 15.
On
the
reverse
of
each
illustration
are
remedies
for
those
disasters
in
the
form
of
local
entertainment,
shopping,
restaurants,
 events,
and
activities.
This
project
is
a
small
token
of
my
appreciation
for
those
teachers
going
into
the
trenches
for
public
 education.
Because
everyone
needs
to
have
a
little
fun,
even
teachers.
  16. vs. 10.0 7.5 5.0 2.5 0 Attention Span Hyper Activity Intelligence Extrovertedness Saliva-Talking Imagination Plays Well w/ Others 16.
My
final
case
study
is
about
one
of
my
soccer
pupils
named
Trip.
Here
is
a
comparison
chart
that
looks
at
the
differences
 between
Trip
(in
Orange)
and
the
other
members
of
our
6
and
under
soccer
team…
the
Tiger
Sharks
(in
Gray).
As
you
can
see
Trip
 has
a
shorter
attention
span
and
doesn’t
play
well
with
others.
But,
he
is
also
more
intelligent
with
a
much
greater
imagination.
  17. + = 17.
For
instance,
on
our
first
day
of
practice,
I
was
just
going
over
the
basics
and
started
with
a
simple
drill.
Before
I
could
even
say
 a
word,
Trip
had
grabbed
a
soccer
ball
and
a
cone,
put
one
on
top
of
the
other,
and
called
it
“ICE
CREAM!”
Soon
I
had
eight
6‐year‐ olds
running
around
the
field
breaking
the
cardinal
rule
of
soccer:
“Don’t
touch
the
fucking
ball!”
Needless
to
say
we
had
the
worst
 record
in
the
league,
but
the
most
entertaining
games
to
watch.
  18. 18.
Still
Trip
reminded
me
that,
sometimes
the
best
ideas,
break
a
few
rules.
This
last
project
is
me
reverting
to
a
more
childlike
 mindset:
using
my
imagination,
saying
things
I
shouldn’t
just
for
a
laugh,
being
colorful,
and
teasing.
I
created
12
Charlotte‐Centric
 magnets.
This
is
the
first
six.
  19. 19.
And
to
my
disbelief
it
has
been
one
of
the
most
gratifying
and
successful
projects
I’ve
ever
done.
I’ve
finally
started
doing
design
 for
myself.
Producing
things
I
want
to
see,
not
client
driven
work.
No
rules.

I
even
started
a
blog
and
online
shop
called
“Not
Made
 in
China,”
basically
an
extension
of
this
project.
And,
I’m
excited
about
design
again.
  20. 20.
From
flaming
flatulence,
to
a
forbidden
photocopier,
to
Robin
Williams
in
drag,
to
the
Bad
News
Bears
of
youth
soccer,
I’ve
 discovered
that
inspiration
truly
exists
everywhere.
Thank
you.

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