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Jaime Krakowiak

Jaime Krakowiak is an engineer and student of architecture dreaming of marrying logic and intuition through purposeful, user-centered design. Jaime has spent the last 10 years in Breckenridge, Colorado helping shape the landscape through water resources engineering and building homes that puncture the sky at 10,000 feet. Her path to interaction design has been cultivated through a constant curiosity and inquisitiveness in everything she comes across. She developed her love of taking objects and making them better while rummaging through thrift stores, and has taken this to a larger arena evaluating products for Outside and Backcountry Magazine, and as an athlete for Roxy Skis.

Jaime is likely to be caught riding her bike in the middle of the night, and skiing remote peaks at dawn. While she may have to trade in her mountain scene in Breckenridge for the music scene in Austin, she’s looking forward to the new adventure.

We, as a culture, have turned into hasty consumers, valuing excess as a symbol of success and answer to personal discontent, instead of placing value on experiences and time. A minimalistic mindset valuing fundamental and essential qualities is a key foundation to sustainability, and an underlying theme that I strive to portray through design.

 

Recent blog posts

A Cow's Search for Her Wizard.

(A short story on social entrepreneurship based on readings from our theory class.) A Cow’s Search for Her Wizard. The usual characters gathered around the new hour school bus at AC4D. Ruby and Alex were handing over the keys to Jordache, wishing her farewell on her roadtrip to find her version of a wizard. The…

Trying to make sense

8 articles, 3 topics, and many disparate ideas in between. Should be easy to coherently piece together the relationship between creativity, knowledge, and strategy, right? I find it difficult to wade through academic articles like these, and I set out to simply reduce the information into a story told through a concept map. It took…

Do I really have to draw?

The answer was a yes, coming from Matt Franks and Lauren Serota in their Rapid Ideation and Prototyping class.  The idea of drawing is fairly scary to me, it’s never come easy, nor has it been something I’ve enjoyed to do. I remember in the first week of my masters program in architecture one of…

Fresh Finds hits the world wide web

A marketing kit for the Fresh Finds app was the next order of business for this week’s rapid ideation class. What’s in my kit? Social media campaigns with Twitter and Facebook, a Facebook ad, email newsletter template using Mail Chimp, and a landing page for downloading the app on a domain. Twitter Facebook Facebook ad…

Empowering the Bottom of the Pyramid.

(This piece was a co-creation between myself and the sachet toting Samir Rath, in response to the question of how the nature of designed culture has changed due to the increased presence of, ubiquity, and acceptance of technology; furthermore, we were asked to describe the differences between applying this technology in the US, as compared…

Fresh Finds prototyping

Last week we took a first swing at pitching a business, this week was a lesson in prototyping that idea through the medium of a mobile application. It was an attempt to communicate key flows through low fidelity wireframe sketches. After four iterations of the app, I discovered that I was far from done. But…

Fresh Find. Coming to an iPhone near you?

The challenge? Create a business plan and pitch it – in a week. After spending the last month researching and visiting Austin farms and farmer markets, I started with high aspirations of solving big problems for local agricultural. As I vetted those lofty ideas, from solar field installations to organizing and training a coalition of…

Less is harder than more

During an exercise in brevity, I found a little inspiration in Hemingway. He once said, “I am trying to make, before I get through, a picture of the world-or as much of it as I have seen. Boiling it down always, rather than spreading it out thin.” And without further ado, here is my brand…

Telling Stories

There are many amazing qualities that separate AC4D from any school I have attended before. Allowing me the opportunity to articulate my opinion is just one example that came to mind this week – whether it is the pronunciation of the word “Canuck” or the interpretation of a homework assignment. I’m comfortable with my Western…

Unveiling the brand

The unveiling of this new brand doesn’t involve a newswire to the Associated Press, ringing of the opening bell on Wall Street, or even a champagne popping celebration. It is only the first attempts at an exercise in quiet reflection to outline my values, passions, and dreams, and neatly roll them into a succinct and…

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