I'm a Designer and Researcher specializing in UX/Product and Service Design, with Visual Design expertise to communicate complex concepts. My work focuses on human-centred design and innovation.
The thesis proposal is a culmination of my Masters Thesis research to date, and a proposal for my research and design trajectory moving forward.
The problem space for this study is three fold. First we, as westerners, have overly consumptive practices as consumers of fashion and clothing. We have an industry that is constantly producing garments, at unprecedented rates. This is leading to harmful ecological impacts, and contributing to the un-sustainability of current human practices.
Secondly we are entrenched in consumption patterns developed for economic recovery post World War II that are struggling to innovate and are incompatible with contemporary lifestyles, where economic prosperity looks significantly different than in previous generations, and ownership has become a burden as density increases and personal property decreases. On top of this younger generations are becoming more mobile. They are using mobile technology, they are shifting jobs and personal directions constantly, and they are moving globally for work, pleasure, and family.
Thirdly we have a fashion industry that is responding quite slowly to the above changes and issues. What response they are undergoing is often to remedy current situations, however these interventions are doing little to envision what the future of garment use, and fashion really could be. How could we reduce the impact of the clothing industry, while providing unique and exciting experiences that will help users transition to less consumptive habits. This is where my thesis is positioned.
Salvedge is a project of Junior Design Office, a student led design consultancy. Junior Design Office was founded by Andreas Eiken and Maia Rowan in 2012 as a means to supplement their education with more direct client work. JDO is a platform that brings design students together with local organizations working towards social and environmental sustainability. We offer introductory design services to businesses that normally can’t afford it, while providing students with tangible real world experience working in a design consultation environment.
This past summer we embarked on the third iteration of the project. Junior Design Office partnered with SFU, pairing emerging designers with young business entrepreneurs. JDO re-branded the start-up and designed two new bags for their line that can be manufactured in a local setting.
JDO took place in the Concourse Gallery where we set up the studio and displayed our process. We interacted with the public, inviting discussion and critique over the course of the two weeks. Our presentations and client meetings were also held in the Gallery.
Sponsors: Emily Carr University of Design (Bonne Zabolotney Dean of Design and Dynamic Media, Laura Kozak, Continuing Studies), Simon Fraser University (Lisa Papania)
CIRCULAR ECONOMY REPORT
The circular economy report was developed as a consolidation and analysis of 11 case studies conducted on local business incorporating circular economy practices. This research and visualization contributes to circular economy research and development in local and international contexts.
Content developed by BUS 443 Fall 2014, SFU / Instructor: Lisa Papania, Beedie School of Business / Analysis, editing, and design by Maia Rowan
Project Supported by Vancouver Economic Commission, and the National Zero Waste Council.
This rain jacket was designed as part of the 5 to 1 project. It incorporates aesthetics suited for lifestyle and urban centred design. Specifically designed to meet the needs of a daily cyclist, the shape of the jacket widens at the bottom to cover your thighs when biking, and to hover over your seat without getting stuck. The hood hugs your head closely for ducking out during lunch, and for those inevitable walks in the rain if you live in the Pacific North West.