Inspiring & Surprising Projects

April 24, 2016 - All Inclusive

Earlier this week we had the privilege of being visited by two guest speakers: Vicky Kuhlmann and Niek Kosten. Both individuals have experience in several projects closely linked in goals to what we are attempting to achieve. They presented their projects, the process they went through and the results of their efforts.

One of Niek Kosten’s projects focussed around research on the identity of the neighbourhood known as Winterslag in the city of Genk. The manner in which he conducted this specific project is very interesting when it comes the current project we are conducting with regards to Muna.Co, this due to the fact that we want to create a sort of identity for Muna.Co. His methods, for example doing walks via an algorithm, are very inspiring. His research has inspired us to consider craetive, fun ways in which we can have people decide and pitch in on how to communicate the identity of Muna.Co both in content and visually. The inspiration his project has provided will certainly form grounds for the development of our project in the upcoming weeks.

A part of Vicky’s project regarding dyslexia concerned a sort of paper in which she ‘translated’ articles by using more images with only small pieces of text to make the articles more readily understandable. People with dyslexia namely link notions and words easier if these are supported by images.

The idea of an adjusted paper could also work for our project. We namely aim to communicate what the organisation stands for in a clear, easily understandable manner. The notion of using images and symbols seems like a suitable way to do this because it can be put to use in many ways. Additionally it was inspiring to see the passion and drive that Vicky displayed for her projects.

It was interesting to hear about the experiences of the guest speakers because it provided us with a reality when it comes to conducting such a project. Their stories made it clear that they didn’t know exactly what to do the first time they did a project such as this either. Niek illustrated this by indicating that sometimes you will gather information at the start of a project that you eventually end up not using. Regardless of this fact, every step you take during such a project has a certain meaning and in one way or the other can help you achieve the final goal.

In this light the assignment that followed sounded rather odd to begin with: spend ten minutes continuously writing about your project. If you start writing without giving this assignment much thought, the end results of what you have managed to write in those ten minutes will eventually make it clear why these kind of exercises and methods can be important. After finishing the writing exercise and returning to text you had created in these ten minutes to indicate key words, you start to see how many important links and unconsciously selected words can result in becoming inspiration for the next steps you’ll undertake. However making the actual sketches reflecting these key words that form the next step of the project, are a completely different story since advanced forms of sketching aren’t quite exactly our forte. But just like the writing, the key point is not to give to much thought about making these sketches and what would actually be in them, but just to be drawn in the moment and put to paper whatever comes up in your mind. Because the most surprising and successful ideas often grow roots and sprout in the moment you least expect them to.


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