When enrolling in Aesthetic of Design, I was hoping to gain more experience in current best practices in Design. This still holds true, and I think it will happen as I learn from following classmates design processes. Much has changed since I first studied Design. For example, back in the late 1900’s we were taught to render by hand with a mixture of pastel chalk, baby powder, and lighter fluid. So I’m excited to see design techniques that are new to me.
My overall educational goal is to develop learning tools for children with autism. My life has been impacted by my own son’s diagnosis with this fascinating condition – this is my main motivation. While there are an increasing number of products available that aim to help individuals with autism, not much design thinking has gone into this category. Many families still improvise their own therapeutic solutions to best meet their needs. So there is a great opportunity to use design to help children transform certain “disabilities” into temporary obstacles that are easily overcome with the right tools.
Ideally, I will be able to work full time to create compelling products that will actually help overcome difficulties associated with autism. Furthermore, I hope that I can do this work in an organization with the financial and technical resources to make products a reality and get them into the hands of many individuals on the autism spectrum.