Have We Forgotten to Wander?

At first, I had a hypothesis that gap years are a somewhat new custom that is unique to our generation. The millennial generation and rise of the “gig” economy have led to our valuing freedom over job stability, something that is very different than the habits of Gen X or Baby Boomers.

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A World Without Stoplights?

The goals of this smart system is to coordinate the vehicles of a city at intersections to move without collisions, resulting a choreographed “dance” of passing vehicles that do not stop, but merely pass without accidents. This performance is measured by the expediency of vehicles to their destination, accuracy of crossing, and overall efficiency of fuel economy on all vehicles.

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Toaster Redesigned for Manufacturing

In this seven week project, we started out with a generic Procter-Silex brand toaster. After taking it apart down to its most simple parts, we examined each component in order to learn about inefficiencies in its design for easy assembly, manufacturing, and overall impact on…

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Pittsburgh

Its been a crazy eventful two weeks now since I’ve landed in Pittsburgh. Hurried to orientation an hour after my flight landed, and hit the ground running with lectures that day. I had suspected that the Master of Integrated Innovation program would be quite challenging, but I had no idea; it’s really hard, man!

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To Love Loneliness

I find the loneliness/isolation is a powerful thing. It can either make you or it can break you. The past few months sometimes have really been an exercise in being with myself and my thoughts and silence.

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Grad Application Writing

Great design is a mirror that teaches and inspires us to become our best selves.

As an undergraduate graphic design student at Art Center College of Design, working on idealist projects such as voice activated typography for children, and environmentally

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From the Workshop

Yes, I quit my job half a year ago (getting tired of telling the same story over and over again). I'm spending a year studying because, as cheesy as it sounds, I really do want to use my skills to help people. Anyway

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Zero Sum

It's 4 am and I can't sleep. Thinking about so many things. Perhaps it's a bit too early to be making New Years resolutions, but for the fir

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爷爷

我想说,我很开心看到大家。
但是,其实,我很悲伤的知道,上次我站在你们面前发言的时候和现在都还没到一年。

这次更准备面对大家,比上一次困难多了。

今天我不只是在纪念我爷爷。
今天我来跟我爷爷和奶奶说再见。

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奶奶

奶奶最偉大的天才就在於她勸解人們的能力。奶奶最會交朋友。今天我在葬禮看到了家人、奶奶的老同事、老朋友、新朋友、學生、學生的家庭和孩子;各種背景的人

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