Thursday, April 2, 2009

Former iDo Student Director-Travis Meinolf

Travis Meinolf, former student director for the Industrial Design Outreach program at SFSU sets up his portable loom on wheels to weave fabric among the sun worshipers at Dolores Park in San Francisco on Tuesday. Meinolf frequently takes his loom to public places to weave.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

iDo Plans on Gifting the Community Bench to the San Francisco Mayor's Office

Industrial Design Outreach (iDo) and Thurgood Marshall Academic High School TMAHS will gift the Community Bench to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office to be put on display at City Hall. This is the second successfully created Community Bench for the Bayview-Hunters Point district high school and represents an acknowledgement of the value big step for iDo provides to San Francisco public school students through and experiential design education.

As the details of the ceremony are finalized, we'll update you. We'd love to have you join us in celebrating this milestone. It's important for the students, the city and the organization.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

iDo Workbook Blog

Hello Everyone!

Michael and I have created a blog specifically for the iDo workbook. Please pay us a visit:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Little Explorers

As a designer I tend to migrate towards graphic communications and new media design over product design. In 2006 I participated in a group project that created a multi-lingual CD-Rom for younger children. For me this project was the turning point in my education and career that got me started with the development and design of user interfaces and applications for the web. Below is a link to the finished project.


Thursday, March 5, 2009

Early Outreach & Duct Tape Wallets

My kids with their crazy wallets.

Working hard.

For the third consecutive year iDo participated with SFSU's early outreach program to provide design workshops to elementary school kids. This years group was from Marshall Elementary School. A total of 35 children constructed duct tape wallets from templates and their imaginations in 45 minutes with the help and instruction of iDo mentors.

At the end of the project each child was able to walk away with their very own creation, some had even done hand drawings or created personalities for their wallets. For example, my group turned their wallets into monstrous ticks and fleas with chains for horns. There is no limit to a child's imagination...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Edutopia & iDo

While building the newly re-designed website I frequently visited Edutopia for inspiration and guidance in seeing, experiencing, and understanding how other non-profit educational organizations structured their site. I found that Edutopia and others rely heavily on imagery, video, and concise information to spread their information, as well as, participant feedback.

In addition to Edutopia, I also read about the Flat Classroom Project which creates group collaboration between schools on either side of the world. This site was the inspiration for integrating blogger and basecamp into the iDo website.

Below are the links to each respective site.