The End For a Freshman’s English Class

Grade 9 English has been such a great journey for me, it has not only helped me develop as an English student but also as an individual, and as a thinker. Especially, the last unit – “What’s So Funny” was a particularly interesting one for me, since it was my first time truly  considering how do speakers and poets and play-writers make their work funny. Through my investigation of the play “Mother Figure”, the poem “Frau Freud” and many other activities I did in this unit, I’ve learnt that the tone, diction and the context of the language are critical in determining whether the piece of work is funny or not. In particular, irony and satire is one common way for authors to make their work comedic, yet still, have a purpose or message. Some literary devices also assist in making a work humorous, like rhyming pattern in the poem Frau Freud, “the dick, prick, dipstick and wick…” or confusion in the play “Mother Figure”,

“Terry: Eh?

Rosemary: What?”

However, there is still a lot to humour that I do not know yet, like how do speakers time their joke so it will be more effective, or how do poets use rhyming patterns to make it sound more light-hearted and funny.

Unfortunately, I failed to complete my SMART goal I’ve set at the beginning of the unit. I did submit all of my work, but my goal explicitly said “in time” and “with the best quality”. Because there were a lot of other tests and projects going on, I had failed to submit my play analysis on time, and I will admit it wasn’t my best work this year. That is also the hardest thing about this unit – time management. Not going to lie, I was heavily overwhelmed at the start of this unit. I must’ve not organise my days properly, and that led to me lacking behind in many classes, including English. One thing I would’ve done differently is to have a look at what my tasks are before blindly setting plans for them since I was wildly underestimating the time it will take me to finish the 5 journals.

Everything has a silver lining though, and I did see a few success in this unit. In particular, I am quite happy with my analysis of the play. It was my first time dealing with a “modern play” (not Shakespeare or those older plays), and also my first time working with comedic devices. Even though I’ve got some comedic devices wrong when I was writing my journals, I am overall happy that I’ve identified a few.

Regarding my Student as Learner standard, I believe I deserve a Satisfactory for my “responsibility” and Exemplary for “attitude”, here is why. I gave myself a Satisfactory for “responsibility ” standard because I have been using teachers’ and peer’s feedback well, and was decently organised. However, I did not complete all my work on time, so that prevents me to deserve an Exemplary. For this strand of the SAL, I need to start proactively requesting feedback, perhaps before I submit the work even. I never really did that, and only went to the teacher when I was confused about something or need help. If I go to the teacher for feedback before I submit I can ensure that my work is all correct and will be approved by the teacher. For my “attitude” strand, I gave myself an Exemplary because I always have a good outlook on my study. I always made sure that I stayed on task, and take initiative for my work. One thing I can still work on, however, is to work on my goal setting, maybe have some short term goals instead of one large long term goal to guide myself through this unit.

Anyways, it will be only a few weeks until I finish my freshman year of High School. Overall, I am pleased with my year in English. Even though I started quite slow, I eventually caught up to the standard and had some great performances for different tasks that I am very proud of. I am definitely looking forward to English 10. My goal for next year is to increase my reading amount. It is quite ironic that that is already my plan I set last August at the start of this year. I did make some solid progress, like reading at least for the required class amount every other day and reading more in the weekends, but I still feel like I have a lot to improve on. Specifically, I need to venture out to more genres and types of books, or read from authors from different cultures, and not just from the “classic English canon”. Another goal I have is to increase my vocabulary. Honestly, I feel like I haven’t made that much progress in increasing my vocabulary amount since preparing for the SSAT, and that’s definitely one area I will look to expand upon next year since I believe it’ll help me greatly to write better, read deeper and communicate clearer. But enough said, overall I am just looking forward to continuing my study in English, meet new classmates and continue to work with some fantastic teachers. Thank you to everyone that made my English 9 such a productive and enjoyable time, have a good summer.

Project COVID-19 Wearable Design

In this Wearable design unit, we had to design wearable products that can assist people who doesn’t want to be infected by the Coronavirus and keep them safe. My main target audience were people who want to go out of quarantine and travel to other places but wants to be safe along the way. Therefore the aspect of COVID-19 that inspired me was: getting too bored of quarantine but are afraid to travel because there is a high risk of getting infected when doing so.

The 10 steps that I took were: 1. Research for inspiration 2. Brainstorm ideas 3. First sketches and descriptions 4. Matching them with household materials 5. More sketches 6. Prototyping in real life 7. Modeling in Minecraft 8. Finalizing and editing 9. documenting process along the way 10. Final presentation and blog. These are some evidence of the process:

Face mask description (1)
Face mask description (1)
Face mask description (2)
Face mask description (2)
GPS Watch description
Quick sketches of the products
GPS Watch Minecraft model
Face mask Minecraft model
Face mask inspiration
Face mask inspiration
GPS watch inspiration
GPS watch inspiration
GPS Watch prototype (silicon, plastic markers etc.)
Face mask prototype
Face mask prototype
Materials used for prototypes
Success criteria In relation to these criteria, where is your design now? How do you know this? What specific improvements do you need to make and why?
My design is innovative and creative I think my design is very innovative because I designed two products that could wirelessly connect together and also cutting-edge technology like the long-distance Nucleic Acid testing and also the sensors. It also looks futuristic from the outside. I don’t think I need to make any improvements on the overall design because I think it is very original, innovative and creative.
My design addresses the users’ problem or need I think my design does this well because you can clearly see the different features and what they are used for and how it was designed overall. I don’t think I need to make any improvements because you can see clearly what the problem is and what the users want which is a product that will keep them safe in crowd areas when going to their destination.
My design is easy for the user to understand This design is very easy to understand when using the product every time because the product is almost automatic with everything lay out clearly. You just need to turn on and connect both devices together. Then select were you are going and just follow what the products tell you to do to get to your final destination safely. I think I have done well on this already because if it wasn’t already easy to use for many customers, I even made a feature for color blind people to make it easier.

 

I needed to learn some use of materials, how to include many features into one or two products, and solving this problem in the simplest way. I think everything went well except for the prototyping part because I didn’t really have all the materials needed to make the products but at least it was somewhat wearable and looked similar. Next time, I would probably brainstorm more ideas to see if I can use only one product to meet the needs of the audience and solve the problem.

Description of product:

The final chosen solution for this project is the face mask combined with the GPS watch because they can be connected wirelessly using Bluetooth. This solution is for people that are really cautious and scared of getting infected with the virus when going outside especially into the crowded city areas. This is why it sounds and looks like a device to track down criminals or something, but it is nothing like that. This device uses NAD which stands for Nucleic Acid Detection to detect surrounding people that carry the virus. The people that get identified will not be intimidated because the device will only show it for the customer and does not make a sound or move or anything to allow the infected person to know. This only informs the customer that the person is infected, so I suggest you stay at least 2 meters away from him. Since this is not a device for healing infected ones, it can only protect people that are really scared and cautious. This clearly helps the customers in this Coronavirus outbreak scenario because it keeps them safe when they meet people, so they do not get infected.

Final PPT: Wearable Presentation

Final Sketches for both products:

Final Products Try on by Myself:

Personal Reflection for “Wearable”:

In this design unit, I think I did really well on brainstorming didn’t ideas and coming up with a creative, innovative, and well-developed design idea that can maybe go to the market in the future. I also had some nice sketches here and there to communicate and showcase my products clearly and thoroughly. I also think my idea of creating two products that can connect with each other through Bluetooth is really effective and useful for the user and is kind of unique because most designers only had one product. There were also some challenges throughout this project that I overcame. For example, it was difficult finding objects in my house to create a prototype/model for my design, so I first found some items (some were not a good fit) that I can use to create the first prototypes, but then I realized that I can use Minecraft for some of the digital 3D modeling. As you can see above, I have some screenshots of the models I made using different blocks in Minecraft and it actually worked out quite well, especially for the watch. I think the way to avoid this problem next time is to walk around the house first and get inspiration from the materials I see around and then possibly come up with designs and just use those items after for prototyping.

Finally, I believe that my products successfully address the problem because they keep my users completely safe wherever they are traveling and it is portable, durable, cool-looking, and easy to use. My users will have no problem using this product.

Lamp Design

In this amazing Lamp Design Unit from the Product Design elective class, I had the opportunity to design my own lamp using sketching, tinker-cad, and Canva as creation tools. My ability to sketch and to create awesome posters improved immensely throughout this unit and I feel more comfortable doing such things now. However, the main challenge I had was coming up with ideas and themes that could be actually turned into an innovative and usable lamp concept. I found some inspirations at the start and that how I solved the problem and got a great start on this project. In the end, I designed a great basketball spinning themed standing lamp and made a beautiful poster to go with it:

In this design concept, my favorite part must have been the basketball that can change color by spinning around on the figure’s finger tip because it represents my love for basketball and also creates a disco like effect in the room where the lamp is placed. If I was to go further with this lamp concept,  I would use wood to make a model of the concept with a 1:6 scale and then see where it takes me and go further from there to hopefully make a full prototype with the full scale using the original materials. Lastly, I think I need to learn more about the use of material and color for a design like this because knowing those will big a amazing new upgrade to this incredible lamp concept.

(Sorry if I didn’t have any sketches because they kind of got confused with scrap paper and some were thrown away)

Unit 2 Drawing Portfolio

The Purpose of Drawing/Sketching When Designing

– Observational drawing is important is design because it is the starting point of every product and it can also be where you get your inspiration from, which is in the define and inquire stage. It can be your first draft of a product or it can be a recording of a thing or place that caught your eye and you feel like it  can be helpful for your design later.

– The point of visualisation drawing is helping to communicate new ideas quickly, to support verbal communication, to confirm understanding, to form a written record for later reference, to build complex ideas, and to explain difficult concepts which allowed people to take ideas in their head and to try them out on paper. This can be used in create and improve but also can be used in  develop and plan.

– The concept of Disruptus  can help us as designers immensely when we are stuck on a topic and can’t come up with solutions because it puts your brain into a rapid fire idea thinking mode to speed up your creative to come up with more ideas in a shorter amount of time. After doing this exercise, just exclude some solutions you feel will not work and leave the best ones to then develop and improve.

Drawings:

The Pool Table

The Snooker Shot

Lamborghini Terzo Millenio

Steinway Red Pops Piano

Household Items and Glasses

 

Felix’s Profound Design Poster

In this first project of the elective Product Design with Mr. Griffin, we mainly focused on learning how to trace pictures in Adobe Illustrator CS6 on our computers. The pictures were self portraits of us and we basically used the pen tool in illustrator to trace the outlines of our portraits. Then we filled the outlines in with different colors to show the layers of the picture. The hardest parts of this process was the different layers we had to create and especially the shadows we had to show with different shades of the same color. I had to make decisions on where to change the tone of color and where to outline for those parts. I overcame this challenge by asking Mr. Griffin and some of my friends for help, and after I listened to their explanations, I focused and overcame the challenge.

The aesthetics of this self portrait poster reflects my style as a designer because my style when copying or changing a picture that was already made is a simple but abstract way that still show the details but not as much as the original picture so then it will be unique. This also show the style of my design with some parts having original colors and some parts more unique and having crazy colors that are way different than the original picture.

My Poster:

Felix Product Design

Design Challenge #1

What will I repeat?

I will repeat the same design process and my same open-minded way of coming up with a creative solution. I will use the same confident way of presenting my product at the end.

What will I avoid?

I should avoid doing minimal research in define and inquire and including minimal detail on the poster.  I will do more research on my next design challenge and therefore putting more details in my poster.

Which literation strategy did you use? Would you use it again? Why/why not?

In this project, based on the information and feedback I got, I kept on changing my design plan but my big picture did not change, so the strategy was very organized, I will use this again because it is one of the best ways to improve my product.

What did you enjoy in the planning stage?

I enjoyed just coming up with a solution and just putting ideas out there and being creative.

How will you better include concepts from responsive design in your next challenge?

I will care more about the environment by being more environmentally friendly and green when making my product.

What does your poster show about you as a learner?

My poster has colours, descriptions, different fonts, and models. This shows that I am very organized and creative when doing work.

Overall, I think that I should do more research on my next project and be more environmentally friendly when making my solution.

 

D-Log presentation reflection

In this presentation for my product, I got some very good feedback on my speech and product. Some of the important feedback was: I did well putting out hand gestures and projection for my voice, I just needed to explain more clearly and explain more in detail about my product and answer the two questions more clearly. I will try to work on that next time by thinking about all the things I need to work on before my presentation and do my best when presenting. The ultimate goal for myself is probably more confident and speak with fewer filler words and explain my product in more detail.

Reading Goal for G9

I chose to read this book because it was a Edgar Award finalist and also the cover and the title were very mysterious and interesting. I really wanted to dig into this exquisite book to find out more. In this school year, I want to encourage myself to read more actively everyday and read deeper. I want to read a least half an hour everyday for pleasure.

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