Back for the final push.  Keep cool and focused for the next few weeks – summer is waiting.

Talk about sustainability has been very prevalent in design news this week.  First there was a really beautiful pavilion created with interlocking stone block in Jericho, showcasing stone as a more flexible and beautiful product than may have been thought.  It’s part of a larger project aimed at both identifying unique and inventive stone techniques as well as preserving knowledge of how to work with stone as a material.

Then, SolarGaps announced a new window blind that incorporates solar cells and automated sun tracking, which the company claims can reduce your power bill by huge amounts, in part because each blind is capable of generating about 100 watts per square meter.

And on the sustainable energy front, Germany continues to lead the world, according to Inhabitat: “Germany has outdone itself yet again when it comes to clean energy. From April 30 through May 1, the country set a national record by generating 85% of all its energy needs using renewable wind, solar, biomass, and hydroelectric power. And this isn’t just an anomaly – experts believe that this will be the new normal for Germany by 2030.”

-Ms Nolat

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Y1 - Final Exam Summary

In case any of you weren’t keeping track as we went through the topics, here is a summary of what we’ve covered in your first year.  You can find a set of review cards in the Mezzanine that go over each of these topics in detail.  The “Topic” is how the IB lists the content; you’l find our exercises related to that content on the Floor listed at the end.

In the core content (for both SL and HL), we covered:

  • Topic 1 – Anthropometrics and human factors (Floor 5)
  • Topic 2 – Resource management and sustainable production (Floors 7 and 8)
  • Topic 3 – Modeling, sections .1 to .3 (conceptual, graphical and physical) (Floor 3)
  • Topic 4 – Raw materials to final product (Floors 4 and 6)

In the HL content we covered:

  • Topic 7 – User centered design & usability, section .1 and .2 (UCD and Usability) (Floor 12)
  • Topic 9 – Innovation and markets, section .4 and .5 (Market research and branding) (Floor 14)
  • Topic 10 – Commercial production (Floor 15)

In the core, that leaves us only topics 5 (Invention and Innovation) and 6 (Classic design) to cover next year.  In HL, we’ll have the second portion of topic 7, topic 8 (Sustainability) and the first portion of topic 9 (Corporate strategies, market sectors and segments, and marketing mix) to cover next year.

That means you are in great shape in terms of coverage of your content.  How are you feeling about your IA?  Have you spent enough time each week on developing your problem definition, so you have a really thorough and fully fleshed-out problem definition?  The more work you put into it, the easier the rest of your work will become.  If you’ve gone light on effort put into defining the problem, now would be a good time to add a few extra hours of research and user observation (User centered design, remember?), to nail down a fully detailed problem definition.

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