Sprint #1: Documenting & Moving on

While I found expert research interviewees, it took me longer than expected to document the sprint in the past week.

For a project that I learned and found the direction on the way, writing a post is a mix of documentation and reflection. At the moment, I’m looking for the best way to separate my design approach and the critique on the issue. It’s important to tell the story well, and I recognized it might take some time for me to get feedback before sending it out.

It’s also a great timing to introduce my work around YouTube when Mozilla published #YouTubeRegrets, a new project collecting stories when people’s lives are changed by the “bizarre and dangerous recommendations.” I’m planning on reaching out to them after I publish the post.

Time is ticking for my senior project. It’s been more than a half of the semester, and I’m just starting my second sprint. I realized that I could’ve spent the time more wisely, and that I’m way too ambitious with my deadlines. I guess everyone has a moment when they wish they have all the time in the world to do something.

A month ago, I stumbled upon this quote found by Tina Eisenberg, a Swiss designer:

I can’t give my students more time in their lives; but what I try to do is change the way they think about and value it in the first place. My class typically includes students who aren’t art majors, some of whom may never have made art before. I give them the same advice every quarter: Leave yourself twice as much time as you think you need for a project, knowing that half of that may not look like “making” anything at all. There is no Soylent version of thought and reflection — creativity is unpredictable, and it simply takes time.

— Jenny Odell

Maybe I’m looking for the right balance between design and life, or between moments of “creation” and “execution.” Maybe I’m lazy. I guess I will find out later in my life.

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