Design Manifesto by Carolina Melo
The more we are willing to stretch the less likely we are to break:
Less likely to break ourselves, less likely to break others, and less likely to break our surroundings. How do we move forward as thinkers, as designers, and most importantly as human beings? By stretching.
This, however, is much easier said than done. Stretching hurts and can be uncomfortable. It requires practice, discipline, and perseverance. Stretching commands self-espionage and demands both long-term and large-scale participation. To better understand this, three main questions need to be answered. What is stretching? How does one…
Plant Sensory Perception in Poetry
Can we break away from anthropocentrism and expand our empathy by understanding a plant’s perspective and its perception of the world?
A Mile In Their Roots explores this concept through first-plant narratives (a play on first-person), in which their sensory perception is conveyed in the form of poetry. The thesis narrative focuses specifically on five senses from the perspective of plants:
The first three are important because they are the closest overlapping senses between plants and human beings. The last two are…
This project started as an encapsulation of my past (my history and heritage) and my present/future (my ongoing values and priorities). But for this proposal, I sought to expand to the representation of Colombian people and their relationship with coffee as a whole.
“… I was inspired to really expand my own way of thinking about perception and what it truly means. This additional sense I would like to propose is therefore not usually included within the parameters of officially defined senses. It lies even beyond the full list of seven senses that exist, but it is something I strongly believe should be included as part of how we and other organisms navigate and perceive life as an experience.
This sense is the sense of time.”
- Carolina Melo
For our first paper assignment, I created a scene of a cat trying to catch a mouse through a piece of Swiss cheese.
Initially I used pencil to draw all of the details on the cat and mouse, although the cheese holes were actually cut out. I also played around with the positioning of the mouse and the direction it was running towards. Ultimately it ended up being best for the mouse to face to the right, as left-to-right motion seems to be more accentuated even if the off side layer didn’t result in as much movement.
Interdisciplinary Designer • Artist • Poet