During the summer leading into to my senior year of college, I
spent three weeks in the Netherlands participating in various
workshops and studio projects held by some of Holland’s most
internationally recognized designers.
However, it was the very first assignment that I received when
I got there that I remember being the toughest: “Find yourself in
the Hague.” (Yes, that was all.) After about 48 painful hours of
trying to wrap my head around what the hell I was supposed to
do, it began to dawn on me that I would have to start making
some choices in order to narrow my focus into something more
As I wandered the streets of the Hague in search of answers, I
found that many things I saw around the city made me think of
something or someone from home. So I started to keep a tally
sheet tracking every time I found myself reminded of somebody,
something, or someplace, and how that memory made me feel.
Surely the things that crossed my mind the most would offer
some insight into my individual interests and values! Sure
enough, after translating all my scribbled down tallies into a
more comprehensible format, I now had a pretty agreeable
representation of my passions, loves, and fears.
Utilizing the 18 remaining hours I had before I was to present
my outcomes (the project was only 5 days long), I stayed up all
night doing the best I could to turn this data into a more visual
representation of my experiences.
The final outcome was a web-based prototype of an interactive
“interface for memories and emotions.” By hovering over specific
memories, the user discovers the events or objects that triggered
them, and the emotional response each memory evoked. While
it’s basically a glorified sketch, this project represents the
progression from research to conceptualization to execution,
all within a very narrow time frame.