Merry Christmas guys!

Back to work tomorrow! I definitely needed just a week to chill! Edinburgh has been great! Aberdeen tomorrow and back to grays! Hope everyone had a great Christmas wherever you spent it!

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the conclusion to Part A…

this is the conclusion to my dissertation part A, which will lead on to part B, development and the final outcome.

Whether in the context of the past, or in the modern world we live in today, design has had, and still has a profound influence on people’s perceptions, behaviours and, from this, their interaction with each other. It can be observed that since the Industrial Revolution, design has catered increasingly to and encouraged our sense of individuality, in relief and reprieve of the cramped and crowded conditions which came before; yet has gone to the extreme of making people so conscious of themselves that they feel uncomfortable sharing their space with others and has cut them off from the world around them. There is something which can be done to allow people to feel connected, and through design, we can enable people to feel at ease once more with the world around them and the people within it.

Winter books.

The Image of the City (Harvard-Mit Joint Center for Urban Studies)

Kevin Lynch

Now and Then



And Now.


This post has nothing to do with snowboarding…I have just come home to Edinburgh for Christmas. I went into my old cupboard to find my book ‘The planets’. I wanted to see if I still had it because I won it or a school project when I was 8, that was when my teacher let us memorise all the popular planets in Space. And until now I haven’t thought much about Space until a few days ago when I was speaking to my flat mate about it for some reason.

From thinking purely about Space in terms of our universe and planets within it at a younger age, I was also naive about the size of people on Earth. Because we think people are big and little, fat and thin. However, on a broader scale, outside of Earth…we are all small. Yet the world is a crazy place, people want to be famous in the world and when they are they feel big. But again, they are still small. I only thought about these things when I was thinking about the sky at night. Because looking at the sky at night is like looking into Space through a large window, what we call he atmosphere. Such a nice thought when things get tough. We can’t visit the unknown but we can think about it because we are only one planet in a large place.

blog neglection

For the people who mainly look at my blog. I am currently half way through my report on 

“How can design make people more comfortable about others in their personal space?”  which I am actually enjoying. I have always been great at spelling but this is one of the hardest things for me, writing an essay. My mind can’t do it unless you let me draw a spider gram with all my ideas first and still I have trouble. I just wasn’t made for academic ‘things’ like this. Anyway it is going really well and it will be finished in the next few days where I can get back on and take what I have learned from it and put it into the final research tasks I want to do for my design projects..I am not neglecting my blog. Promise. Merry Christmas too! 

The London Underground Map

The London Underground, as I remember from 1 year ago is led by a range of colours similar to the  ones of the monopoly board. And we are led by these colours as they represent different routes. It is such a clever network and really easy to use I found with the coloured coaches and the small pocket maps you can take. It is a grand system and is easiest and simple to use this way. For my ‘good journey’ project I think something not similar or the same but something influenced by this system could really help the travelling around in our every day train station. Something more digital could work and could guide people to their train or to their gate they are heading for. Train stations can be ridiculous to tackle at the best of times with the surges or human traffic and the rush to get to your gate on time. Something can really be done to help this madness at our stations.


Japan crossing

I actually wanted to say something about this video but I don’t even know what to say! From around 0:35 watch. The zebra crossing is bigger than any I have seen and lets 1000’s of people cross roads- that are all linked together- at once. I think it is really impressive that the crossing can control the way the majority of people cross, using the black and white lines painted on the road. I just think something so simple can control so many people. They choose to use it to get from A to B safely however they don’t have to use it but they do.

It would be a shame to come to Tokyo and not take a walk across the famous intersection outside Shibuya Station. On sunny afternoons or clear evenings, the surrounding area is packed with shoppers, students, young couples and commuters. When the lights turn red at this busy junction, they all turn red at the same time in every direction. Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides, like marbles spilling out of a box. You can observe this moment of organized chaos from the second-story window of the Starbucks in the Tsutaya building on the crossing’s north side.

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A google map image of this area in Japan

shibuya google maps

Models are ready for research task, now for the map!

This was fun and time consuming and…yeah I can’t wait to set up this research task. It will bring in answers to my project problem! Making a task fun makes such a difference especially when you are dealing with people! I have and will avoid survey monkey at all times, I really don’y like it or the thought of it even if I have never used it. Not sure why.

card models