Finished!

It's been a very long week to say the least, but after the most all nighters I've ever pulled everything came together. Despite having to remake half of my project since the last crit, I'm very happy with how everything turned out.

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This was one of my posters for the final show. I love how the cinch bag turned out, but I have way too much fabric left and I don't quite know what to do with it! I'm also kind of sad with how it was easily overlooked at the show, but I digress.

The other day Dylan graciously let me film at his house with Lena. I had a great time, although she did a number on my prototype... nothing a little more sanding couldn't fix, though! I had a great time watching her play, she's overwhelmingly adorable.

This was my final demo video for the show. This is probably the thing I'm most excited about for my project. I think I've discovered a love for film making! I took some inspiration from japanese sensory cooking youtube videos that I watch all the time.

Reflection

The more I work on this project, the more I fall a little more in love with it. I've been asked and approached several times if I am interested in putting this into production or kickstarting it. While I don't imagine doing so anytime soon, if I ever get exhausted from the corporate grind, I would really like to push this further. While the prototype was still clunky, I think it's an effective proof of concept. I had a lot of construction snafus since everything seemed to break every time I moved forward, but it does work (unfortunately my battery was dead for the show). There's still a plenty to improve on functionally, aesthetically, and experientially, but this is a lot more refined than where it was junior year, and overall I'm satisfied.

As for the feedback I've gotten, a lot of people commented on how everything I make is cute and adorable - which is a blessing and a curse. I'm glad I had a chance to not fight it and embrace the cuteness for what it is - a children's toy. I've been battling a lot with adding meaning and substance to this project, but I think there's a fine line between being richly meaningful and being overcomplicated. I don't think I've settled too much in that, at its core, this project is "just" a children's toy, but my journey so far and the thought I've put behind it may lead to something deeper.

This whole semester I've been thinking: "Is this really what I want to do as my very last thing in design school?" The pressure has been tremendous, but I haven't been so driven (ha) and inspired for a studio project in a long time. I'm glad I'm leaving with something I can take and develop more in the future. This project is definitely not finished, and the end to this semester has been very bittersweet, but I'm happy.