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COLLABORATOR / INNOVATOR / TINKERER RESEARCHER / THINKER / OBSERVER CONNECTOR / COMMUNICATOR STORYTELLER / LISTENER

A DESIGN PORTFOLIO

INDUSTRIAL_INTERACTION DESIGN

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

12471 BRAVO ROAD

LBCOHEN@SYR.EDU

COLLIERVILLE, TN 38017

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Q: How do you create an

interaction among strangers while building a community where people feel a sense of belonging?


A: Project-README.blogspot.com

README is an interactive initiative designed to pass knowledge and build community by sharing with each other the books that we read.

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*Please include Title/Author/README Tracking Nu README Tracking Stickers:

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Amazon.com is in everyday, but with the age of print media being transformed into digital, there is something beautiful being lost in translation. Project Readme’s aim is to remind users of the tangible beauty of the printed book, while encouraging people to connect with strangers and share ideas in the physical world.


Amazon.com sells 180 eBooks for every 100 Hardcover Books and the trend is rising. What is the future of the printed book?


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project-README.blogspot.com Project README is an interactive initiative designed to build community and pass knowledge by sharing with others the books that we read.

How To Get Started: 1_Find a book 2_Read the book (Don’t be afraid to write in the margins and

share your thoughts and feelings)

3_Pass the book along (Leave it on a park bench or give it to a friend… as long as you remember to leave it behind for someone new to find.)

Share With ME: Email ME at projectREADME@gmail.com and tell ME your story. _Where you found your book (location/City/State) _What you thought of it _How you passed it on (Feel free to send photos of the book)

*Please include Title/Author/README Tracking Number README Tracking Stickers:

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*Slap README icon on cover for all to find.

*Place README Information Card on inside cover to keep track of the book’s adventure.


Visit project-readme.blogspot.com to get started.


Q: How do you offer socially conscience design that tackles the global WATER problem?


A: Clear H2O

Offering a set of directions (a tool bag) where community members can use local craft traditions and locally sourced materials to build their own water purification unit. (Group Facilitator)


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of Earth’s water is fresh, much less than that is drinkable

of all diseases are caused by unsafe drinking water.

3,600 children die each day from water born diseases.

by 2025 up to 2/3 of the worlds population will be without safe drinking water

Initial Ideas - Use found objects and objects that could be made using local processes found in 3rd world countries for ease of production - The construction needs to be able to be achieved through common construction methods such as metalworking and welding. - Distillation and Slow Sand filters are very low tech. - Speeding up the process using pressurized water and then projecting it through the filter to clean the water faster than a gravity fed filter could ever do. - Dual Functionality, using heated surfaces that are used in the water purification process to aid in other processes as well, such as cooking food. - Is the unit communal or for personal use?

proof of initial concept

Steam generation test 2 liters of water from a local contaminated swamp

18-24 hours for all three filters to finish

8 minutes of heating vaporized a liter of water.

The filter with the most carbon filtered the fastest, while the pure sand filter was the slowest.




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Howcan Dothey Wehelp Help Ourselves? How themselves? current aid model

Now the UN and other organizations give and give to supply thirsty nations with potable water through short term solutions. This system is one way and not sustainable.

teach them what What we know... Teach People We Know. new aid model

Give the thirsty people of the world a way to filter their own water with what they already have. Use local craft traditions and locally sourced materials.

Set up a sustainable cycle of mutual benefits within the community so that everybody benefits.




Clearly Communicated...

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Printed on organic fast growing hemp these pictograms explain the construction and use of our water purification unit. We chose to omit language from the instructions because of the great variety of dialects varied levels of literacy. The combination of printing with dye and the hemp canvas makes a durable fade and tear resistant soft good.

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By showing how to build only the most important parts of the unit, we allow for local craft traditions like pottery and metalsmithing to find their way into the final deliverable.




Clearly Communicated... Tool bag

What more could the instructions be than a piece of cloth? With the clarity of the instructions as the highest priority, we found that the graphic layout lent itself to some interesting form folding possibilities. Adding practical funtionality to the instruction sheet elevates this piece of cloth to an artifact with real value.

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Q: How do you improve a system like TED as a form of modern day storytelling?


A: TED live

You give the power back to the audience by designing a system that allows the bright minds of TED conference members to record and upload their TED experience LIVE via a video upload platform. (Designer)


TED, “ideas worth spreading,” is an amazing platform that transforms an educated crowd into a captive audience. In less than eighteen short minutes, TED sets a stage for a remarkable person to share their ideas with the rest of the world. It transforms theses “remarkable people” into intellectual icons and leaders in their fields of study.

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When looking at TED.com and other digital educational platforms, what I noticed was that the audience members in the crowd at conferences, or watching at home online are only given the chance to observe and not actively participate. Within the development of TED, the act of participation was innovated out of the system. Whether or not this was done consciously, I feel that in order for an idea to have an impact on the world, society needs to feel as though they have contributed to that idea. They need to feel as though they have a voice within the system, which they can use to communicate their ideas and opinions. When they are given that voice they feel empowered to help and support the cause, spreading the message on to others. So how do you give audience members that voice, how do you make them active participants in the TED community? Stefan Sagmeister, Graphic Designer “The Power of Time Off”

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Christine Herron, Principal, First Round Capital

Researcher, University of the Arts and Design Helsinki TED Talk

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Q: How do we reduce

Americas dependence on foreign oil and find an answer to our energy addiction?


A: WiWalk

We can bring the global community together through kinetic energy created by the universal activity of walking. Winner- Syracuse University Next Generation Design Competition 2009

( Lead Designer)


Building a Community While Curing Ourselves of Our Energy Addiction

The kinetic energy produced from the pressure of walking is stored in piezoelectric materials, such as certain varieties of crystals or ceramics. These materials have the ability to generate an electric current from the applied pressure. The electrical energy stored in the show insert will be stored in the shoe insert until the individual steps onto the energy depositing station.

This is achieved by harnessing the potential of kinetic energy by placing a kinetic device in one’s shoe. With this system, one can simply donate energy without being inconvenienced. Socially connecting people through the need to find alternative forms of energy, this insert gathers one’s daily kinetic power and deposits it throughout the community. No matter how minute the effort, one will be able to create an impact in order to aid the fight to conserve our energy and save our world.

transferring electric energy or power over distance without wires

intelligent tracking system that detects all objects


Q: Why is effective

collaboration an important tool in the search to solve complex problems and find innovative solutions?


A: Collaboration :

AND ITS POWER TO SUPPORT THE PROCESS OF INNOVATION

Collaboration when done right, has the potential to bring people together from different backgrounds to build upon each others talents to find out of the box ideas that can exceed the needs of the problems that we face. (Author)


Semester One Research Book

Please visit http://issuu.com/lbcohenportfolio/docs/collaboration to view full text.


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