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Last week! Already?

Two months already gone! How fast! I can remember our first class perfectly. The meeting with Nancy, no one understand anything, blog posts, NGO, ideas, new group, new people, definitely confusiasm was the word!

When we finally understood what we had to do life was easier, but as I said some weeks ago, hard work was coming. And so it came. Doing a website takes time, and patience. Lots of research to define a “style”, and after many many hours in front of the computer it was ready!!! And there is no better feeling then putting effort into something, and it works the way you planned. It looked like what was on my mind (which is pretty hard because I don’t know if this feeling is general, but the connection brain-hand is not very precise, drawings and other works seems to have its own life haha)!

But that was only a small part of the work. I still had to make the tiny cardboard house model work, and its really confusing! But it worked in the third time and I was so happy about it that I can’t even say!

So, with the tiny house model in hands, and the website done, it was time for the video! The experience of making my first video was really nice to me! We interviewed new people, getting to know other IDE students, and despite suuuuper tiring, the stop motion give such great results, that we were dead, but super glad!

Editing the video is a new challenge. I don’t know a lot about video editing programs, but it’s good that I’m learning new stuff.

In the end I only have to thank for this experience. I was lucky to have a awesome group of hardworkers, that became really good friends for me. Thank you guys! I’m glad that I could be a part of your “tiny” group!

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As I already said in one of my posts, despite I’m not the hugest fan of online networks, they play a very important role in my life. Living far away from my family and friends, made a constant user of those tools.

But social networks can have countless other utilities, and may have a lot of value for design if you know how to use them.

They create a very easy interaction and exchange of knowledge and ideas, not only in between people from the same “background”, but from many different cultures.Sharing ideas is a source of inspiration. Design is more and more, working in diverse fields.

Using social networks to get in contact to our NGO and Nancy made our work so much better, giving it focus and content, and getting a immediate  feedback.

Not only we use social networks to do our job, but we are creating one. A social platform, where enthusiast for tiny houses can share experiences, images, news and interact with each other. I think this will be very important tool for them, not only in the social “field” but also as a marketing tool.

Once the website is working they will be able to know more about their visitors, what they want to know, and even plan a better croudfunding campaign once they know their target better.

We can’t deny the importance of social media nowadays, be we also can’t think they will solve every single problem we have, that we will find all the information we need. Designers need to venture themselves, go “on field”, observe who he is projecting too. Most people don’t know what they want, don’t know they have a hidden need, and won’t speak about it. 

You have to observe, observe, observe. So don’t despise a good face to face contact and research. People are rich, and you can find the answer to your questions in them, not only by asking, cause like Henry Ford said:

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

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The wave

So, one more week and moving faster! Since we defined our objective it’s been pretty great for me. I’m doing what i like and getting results!

We did the first model of the teeny tiny house that i was so excited about! We still have a lot to work on the model but it is already pretty cute :)

The teeny tiny house was supposed to be a gift, for any contribution to the community, once they are not asking for money for a “social cause”, they would have to give back something to the donator to attract more contributions, and actually to thank them!

Crowdfunding is so awesome because is a wave. You just need the drop, and if this drop represents a good idea, if you did your work well, it will spread and reach places you never imagined. Its a awesome advertisement tool too!

I’ve always been in love with graffiti, and back in Brasil I have a big project going on. In the center of Belo Horizonte there is a building very famous in town, because he is very old. The city is 115 years old and the building is turning 70 this year. As a gift for it’s birthday I decided I wanted to do something for the building, for the city, and I couldn’t believe the sidewalls. They are huge! Almost no windows and and is visible in a huge avenue. But its all gray.

So i talked to some friends of mine, that do graffiti, some of them have works in famous magazines all around the world, and we decided to paint that wall.

I talked to the owner of the building and he allowed! I was so happy! But how could i make this happen? We decided for crowdfunding! Is a lot of work but the same amount of benefits! If people belive your idea you can make it tangible, you can make it happen! The crowdfunding campaign is already a huge advertisement, even for the artists work. The campaign can be pretty fun too! with lots of parties and you can meet a lot of new people that is also interested in the same topics!

But you gotta be ready to WORK. Some may see this as a con in crowdunding. For me, nah.

Meet Ed Dantés, my lovely and future pannel building (as soon as I’m back in Brasil) :)

In the end, I can’t really see bad sides in crowdfunding. Getting to know people that have the same beliefs and interest as you seems to me a pretty awesome task, as heavy as it is!

I just hope we can help our NGO to have a awesome experience in hers!

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Half way

Time flies! We are already half way and things are warming up even more!
This week was really great because now we have our (almost) clear objective, so we can put all our efforts in it! It’s hard for me to find out what to do, but once I do this, i want to work work work!
We decided to do a website, that contains a guide for people who want to live in tiny houses, enjoys the lifestyle or just want to know more about it. We wanted to put together all the ideas we had, some with more focus than others, what clearly, is a lot of work. So here comes the hard part, letting go. We decided not to focus on the touristic attraction or the minor, and the crowd funding part, we decided to co-work with the other tiny houses group.
We had some ideas for the crowdfunding campaign that I’m really excited about (more than I should actually hehe). Teeny tiny houses as some kind of a puzzle that you can win as a reward for a donation or any kind of contribution. The teeny tiny house (<3) would be from cardboard so its light and easy to produce and send it, and more eco responsible.
But thinking about a crowdfunding campaign could take away our focus from what really matters in our work; like getting moral support (petition) so they can be a legal community, and call attention (and help to clear the doubts) from people who can identify themselves with this lifestyle.
So now we are focusing on finding out petition websites, thinking about the website itself, the navigation, “use cases”, site map and the content, so we can make it beautiful afterwards (my favorite part) :)
I think the whole group is very enthusiastic about that work, we like what we are doing and we have great advices (God! How fast Nancy can think? Amazing!) and i really like my main tasks inside the group. My biggest challenge although is opening my mind to other ideas and opinions. I always worked alone so I’m not used to letting ideas go away easily, but i needed this! Is very important to be more flexible.
By now, i just hope my pens can handle me! hahah
See you!

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Connected 24/7

Living so far away from home made the internet more important then ever to me, once its not the coolest, but the easier way to keep in touch with my family and the ones I love. Actually, i think the main reason why I started and keep using so many kinds of networks, is to have contact with those. 

It all started with MSN. I had a very bad and expensive internet, so I could only connect after midnight and only stay connected for a little bit, but i used that time exclusively to talk with my friends.

Older and with better connection I made an account in a very famous network from Brasil, Orkut, that was overshadowed by facebook, and google just disabled it last month (in my opinion, orkut was waaayyy funnier than Facebook).

Of course my interest and use of internet has grown with the years. I love researching about design, music, photography, but the amount of information makes me crazy! It’s too much! And the easiest thing is to almost involuntarily, get distracted by facebook and spending a lot of precious time in it.

I love being on youtube, in design blogs, but dealing with lots of accounts makes me crazy! I only have a facebook and a instagram account (as i said, i love photography), but i only open that last one 1 time per day, max 15 min.

The problems I’m dealing for posting in this blog, summerize myself pretty well. They are:

1- I have never done this before! I had a tumblr but only as an archive where i post the pictures I do.

2- I’m not used to make posts, and express my thoughts to everyone! I love thinking to myself. I love to hear people’s thoughts! But my opinion? most of the times i like to keep it to myself, maybe make drawings about my ideas, but never, ever, put it to every single person that wants to see it on the internet.

Way bravest then me, i have friends that makes internet friends, which i think is very interesting, but since I’m not that brave, i never tried it, i keep it to my circles.

In the end, i prefere the networks without the net! Haha I love keeping in touch with people and i think going out with them and grabbing a coffe can be much more valuable, and have way more information exchange, than this close but not close at all internet contact.

So, be connected 24/7 but not conNETcted 27/7 :)

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More confused, more excited!

Once I discovered being confused is not completely a bad thing I’m learning how to deal with it, and pretty excited, I think I am finally feeling the confusiasm!

We haven’t had a skype conference with our NGO, which is pretty bad, but forced our group to find another way to work, to find as many solutions as possible (and by solutions I mean problems) in all the topics. I’m not sure if we are jumping steps but I think we had really great ideas, and they are boiling in my mind constantly.

Not to lose the track completely, today we did the spidegram, that gave us a really good idea on where we are in our group work and what do we want to achieve.

Dealing with tiny houses and spidergrams I couldn’t help but remember a drawing I made when i was reading one of my favorite (amazing) books, the invisible cities, from Italo Calvino. I guess once I post the picture you will understand why, so there it is:

Now I will tell how Octavia, the spider-web city, is made. There is a precipice between two steep mountains: the city is over the void, bound to the two crests with ropes and chains and catwalks. You walk on the little wooden ties, careful not to set your foot in the open spaces, or you cling to the hempen strands. Below there is nothing for hundreds and hundreds of feet: a few clouds glide past; farther down you can glimpse the chasm’s bed.

This is the foundation of the city: a net which serves as passage and as support. All the rest, instead of rising up, is hung below: rope ladders, hammocks, houses made like sacks, clothes hangers, terraces like gondolas, skins of water, gas jets, spits, baskets on strings, dumb-waiters, showers, trapezes and rings for children’s games, cable cars, chandeliers, pots with trailing plants.

Suspended over the abyss, the life of Octavia’s inhabitants is less uncertain than in other cities. They know the net will last only so long.

—Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities

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