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creative director / design innovation strategist
"the life of a designer is a life of asking questions..."
Rinelle is a passionately curious creative.
Fueled by all the possibilities that exist within and outside of design, she looks for inspiration in every person and life experience that comes her way.
As a multidisciplinary designer, she is adept at wearing different hats for the challenge at hand.
Her anthropologist cap allows her to keep an open mind and be intensely observant enabling her to hunt for problems and identify opportunities. She dons the explorer hat and heads out to investigate other territories beyond her comfort zone in order to draw connections between seemingly unrelated ideas of concepts in the pursuit of innovation and discovery. The brainstorming beanie empowers her to generate and contribute ideas for developing concepts whilst her storytellers’ newsboy pushes her to create compelling narratives of all the hard work, the opportunities, the insights, and their solutions
One would think that she’s a little bit of a Jack-of-all-Trades with all these hats but contrary to that, her varied headgear and skills support her expertise in the fields of Built Environments (Interior Architecture & Design) and Design Innovation Strategy.
Her varied life experiences have developed her into a load of other things as well.
She’s a museum junkie.
A bonafide girl scout (always be prepared!)
A yoga enthusiast.
A musical archaeologist.
An enthusiastic fencer (foil is her main weapon but she’ll dabble in epee and sabre on occasion).
A proud trekkie, firefly, and star wars fan.
An expert catnapper (sleeping…not kidnapping cats!)
A budding baker and cook.
A full-time student of life and an avid globetrotter.
A general happy bunny, optimist, and dreamer.
"The life of a designer is a life of observation, asking questions, identifying problems, and developing solutions to those problems. It is the complete immersion and dedication in the pursuit of making the world a little bit better than when we first arrived. Perhaps that's a grandiose statement but in the end I would like to look back and see that I have contributed something that mattered."
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that would be really amazing if it were to happen. one issue i do know that educators face often with these type of "new curriculums" is how they will have to assess it and justify it as part of the learning experience. we are still far from seeing such a large application but this project definitely opens up the opportunity to explore what is being done already and defining what the next steps need to be in order to get this going.
hi al, the start up tool box idea is quite an interesting concept. if something like that could be developed it would definitely be of interests to other universities and even high school programs.
in my head it reminded me of how the TEDx program works in that they provide the format and you can take it and run with it within your own community. i speak often to educators in universities and the trend towards providing curriculums that have not just internship periods built into the degree programs and looking into how to provide more practical experience and application is increasing. Especially now that internships are not as plentiful as before.
i think something that also bears consideration is looking into creating a "tool box" that promotes the cross-participation of different degrees and backgrounds of study. being able to expose and teach students in their formative years about working with and communicating with other programs will be key to them working together in the future.
the nugget i like the most of this particular idea is that after all security checks are done on the potential users and the spaces are brought up to rentable conditions - is the ease and accessibility of getting your own zip space to use. whether it is short term or long term - this is a great platform for new ventures and events to use.
looking at it from a growth into global proportions and having one site that allows users to see what's available wherever they are going is simple and quite elegant.
the website could also look into providing a list of suppliers for new users. for example - if an artist is renting a space for a short show but needs materials to set up the space - ZIP could have a list for that particular city of recommended local business and suppliers who can be approached by the users. this serves two purposes - to provide an immediate network of resources for the users and for ZIP to promote local businesses in the area who will appreciate new customers.