The Value of Design: An Exploration

On our morning travel to the university, we were halted as the Wilhelm Kaiser Bridge began its action to swing open allowing the military ship to make its ways through the waterway for demagnetizing or degaussing. Though worried we might miss our bus and be late for school, we were mesmerized by the process as the bridge turned sideways to allow the ship to be towed through.

swinging the bridge open for a ship to pass
swinging the bridge open for a ship to pass
our morning walk to the bus across this beautiful bridge
morning walk across this beautiful bridge

The bus rides in the morning have taken a mysterious turn as sweet little ladies sit next to Jordan. Inexplicable. Darling.

ladies in purple coats like to sit by jordan
ladies in purple coats like to sit by jordan

Upon arrival at class, the Jade students who are the other half of our Design Synergy class gave us presentations of their work on their interpretations of The Value of Design. We were so impressed by our new German-speaking friends—who presented to us in English. We feel a little bad that we can’t reciprocate by showing our work to them on Friday in German. Tanya #2 prototyped a better, lighted screwdriver. Robin coined the phrase of the day with “Keep it Krunchy” to describe his milk and cereal separator bowl invention. Tanya #1 showed us an updated website for her alma mater Marien Gymnasium, and Lisa (now known as Lisa #2) refreshed the Kreissportbund Friesland sports website.

Tanja #2 designed a lighted screwdriver
Tanja #2 designed a lighted screwdriver
Robin #keepitkrunchy cereal bowl
Robin and his #keepitkrunchy cereal bowl
Tanja #1 detailing her website redesign
Tanja #1 detailing her website redesign for an international school
 Lisa #2 presenting a new and improved website design for Kreissportbund
Lisa #2 presenting a new and improved website design for Kreissportbund

The TXState crew continued working on projects after lunch. We made good progress through our discussions about the value of design and its applications on new or existing brands and products. The exploration is challenging to each of us in unique ways and the research is allowing us to combine our ideas and thoughts on international design and what it means in this process of discovery. It will be exciting to see what we come up with—and present on Friday.

A wonderful day of learning was ended with fantastic food and shared laughter, and of course, a little yoga. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s adventures in typography and design!

new friends, great evening
new friends, great evening
lisa's yoga pose of the day :)
lisa #1 and her yoga pose of the day :)

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