Thesis I

Summer

Bio:

I was born and raised in Mexico City and currently live in New York City. I have a BFA in Industrial Design from Parsons School for Design, and I am currently pursuing a MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons School for Design.

In trying to bring together my wide range of interests, which include technology, nature, psychology, biology, chemistry, medical sciences, engineering, sustainability, and much more, I have developed a very research-based process when it comes to approaching design.

I believe that designers are sensitive users that get to be part of the process that turns desire and intuition into something tangible. Through design, I hopes to become a translator between makers and users and to create bridges between these two elements to play a part in the creation of human experiences.


Questions:

  1. How can light be used to prevent or manage challenges during an emergency?

    • We tend to take light for granted, but it is one of our most useful and powerful tools. Light can be used in many different ways, not just for illuminating.

  2. Why do we let efficiency get in the way of us reimagining everyday objects or interactions?

    • We tend to settle for how things are because they have been like that for so long, but there are so many ways in which we can add a little bit of magic to our daily interactions.

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Prototype 1

Warning triangle for car breakdown:

Different colors signal different situations so people can know if they are able to help the person.

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Prototype 2

Car line signals:

Instead of painting lines on the streets, these LED panels with a solar panel can be inserted. When an ambulance is called, the fastest route can be assigned and the panels can change color to let the cars and pedestrians that an ambulance will be passing by soon, giving them time to clear out.

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Sofia Von Hauske