The image on the right explains the images I'll be using below to visualise my skills. The bigger the circle in which the skill is placed the more bigger my skill in that area. Next to that, when hovering over the image a red dashed circle will show what skill I'm planning to work on for the upcoming time.
Feel free to give it a try with the image on the right.
This is the area I'm most confident in. I enjoy programming and desgining complex systems that change designs through coded parameters.
For the coming halfyear I want to work on my photoshop skills. Something that I have not put in any effort yet, however I start seeing the benifit of being able to create convincing images even if there is no real working prototype.
This is mainly a useful skill in speculative design, because what you are designing might not be possible to make in real life, yet does need to be visualised in order to properly convince people of your concept.
I plan to follow a Linkin Learning course about Photoshop and try to utilise the new skill throughout the project whenever possible.
During my bachelor I got to learn types of relatively technical ways of prototyping like 3D-printing, lasercutting and using electronics. During my time at the Fabricademy I learned that not everyting needs to be pretting at planned from beginning to end (this makes you postpone the actual building), sometimes just starting and improving through making can be more effective.
During the first year of MAMF I started learning more about natural materials that can be made in any homekitchen, but for my final year of the master I want take it a level higher and learn how to co-design with nature and living organisms. To be able to do this I want to get to know more about the workings of a biolab and the skills needed to usilise it.
I plan to gain knowledge through following the Bio-Hackacademy online and build (partially) my own opensource biolab. I think this is one of the best ways to get to actively learn and play with a new topic.
For my final project I want to improve on my concepts through engaging experts and research through making. Other then that I want to be able to design for a better future. And since it is probably quite difficult to actually create my complete concept, I'll probably need to rely on speculative design to fill the gaps.
Concreatly this means that I want to contact an expert a day (20 in total) during the month of November.
This is the area I'm least knowlegable in, and at the same time the area I want to grow most in.
My goal is to read one book per topic (Biodesign, Regenerative Design and Green Chemistry) before halfway November. The books I choose are Biodesign by William Myers (2018), Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel C. Wahl (2016) and watch 14 videos by Dr. David Constable and Dr. Richard Williams which will spend around 20 minutes per green chemisty principle (12 in total).
Since I'm so new on these topics I think starting with reading on the topic gives me more feel for what is out there and ultimately it will give me an idea how I could implement this topic in my design practice in a original manner.
During my bachelor Industrial Design I've been taught how to direct my learning path, how to find information and courses to follow to gain the skills to become the kind of designer I aspire to be.
MAMF is a self-taught course, meaning that next to choosing the direction I want to go in it is also expected to be ones own teacher. How to do this properly is still a bit of a mystery to me. I think the best way is to find places and sites where good quality of information can be found. And next to that, networking! You can learn so much from others.
My plan of action for this point is having an elaborate schedule of not only what I will do during this course, but also when (if something doesn't work out) I'll move on to another idea.