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Will Mederski

A twenty-seven year old photographer & recent transplant to austin from central ohio, Will Mederski lives a life by design. Whether it’s styling his breakfast to photo-worthy form or spending hours lying in the grass studying the structure and automation of insects, design is his daily habit. Taken from his studies of classical composition, he follows the school of motivic thorough-composition. Applied to everything from music & drama to transportation systems & civil engineering it means that every aspect of the viewer/user’s experience is thought-out and intentional.

Motivated to create a more intentioned political direction for the country, Will spent seven years involved in economic policy making, or as he likes to think of it, the design of society. After finding certain limitations within that arena, he spent five months on the road last summer, traveling the country, exploring regional food & culture. He has moved to Austin to set roots in it’s youthful soils, hoping to shape a few of his personal passions for social change into form & function.

Recent blog posts

IDSE302 Position Diagram II – What Business Can Learn from Design

The second set of readings in our Theory class revolved around creativity, strategy and design, and how those three concepts are practiced in design education versus business management education. In my position diagram I used the two extremes of Objective and Subjective approaches to education. Where Business Management education typically focuses on a strict system…

IDSE302 – Position Diagram One

The first two weeks of our Theory IDSE302 class we worked through ten readings on the changing role of technology in the world. Everything from Steve Mann’s idea of sousveillance, to Bruce Sterling arguing that designers can learn from fiction writers. We were then tasked to produce a position diagram developing the authors contributions to the subject. Below…

IDSE Course Scheduling App – Iteration v4

Taking from the feedback from user testing with the last iteration, I redesigned the course selection module. Users wanted a simple view of “What are my options for required classes?” I broke that down into four steps, starting with days of the week classes are held on, typically MWF and TTh, then a level down…

Class Schedule App – Iteration V3

Over the last five weeks, in our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class, we have been working on a making a web app that helps students sign up and schedule classes for college. First we start with a general design & layout, then user-test it, then go back and integrate that user feedback into…

IDSE201 – Iteration v2.0

For the second iteration we were tasked with rendering the wireframes in Adobe InDesign. While recreating them I kind of went back to the drawing board, design-wise. I refocused on the original assignment, and decided to dump the extraneous widgets: Iteration V2 Draft Which left me with two modules: a calendar and a class ‘finder,’ with…

Designers as Poets

“They are often used unconsciously, arising out of the natural activity of creation and interaction with created things. Yet, when consciously understood, developed, and applied, design languages can build on and improve this natural activity, and can result in dramatically better interactions, environments, and things of all kinds.” – Design Languages, Reinfrank & Evenson In my mind, design…

IDSE 201 – Learning to Iterate

For the entire 2nd Quarter of our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class with Jon Kolko we are doing one thing. Six times. The assignment was to develop a new and helpful way for a fictional student to sign up for and schedule classes at a university or college. After some quick brainstorming, I…

Noticing the Nuances – Home Screen Sliding

As a side assignment this quarter we are supposed to “notice” the little UI details that are almost designed to be unseen, and built into everyday digital interfaces more to affect us in a subconscious or intuitive way. Take the iPhone iOS for example: The subtle shading behind the apps on your iPhone’s home screen…

tackling ill-structured problems

the introduction and application of technology

 

digital community

What creates a sense of community among individuals?   Is it a geographic thing, forming around a local school, library or cafe, or living in the same neighborhood? Is it a matter of numbers, too many people and you’re interactions are spread too thin, losing their personal significance? These certainly apply, but what I’m interested…

a pair of companies

For my first presentation in Jon Kolko’s theory class I took two companies and deconstructed how they expressed the views of two of the design thinkers we have been studying, Victor Papanek & Maurizio Vitta. Choosing Nike, Inc and TOMS Shoes I first showed how they both displayed Papanek’s sharp words for modern design [read…

Do It Again

Last week’s orientation at AC4D wasn’t your usual meet & greet and tour of the campus. It’s a three-bedroom house on the East Side, there’s not much to see. But there is A LOT to learn. In the first three days we not only developed a working idea of design, we applied it in the…

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