Every Designer’s job is to connect the dots.
I used to make architectural models. It is a small but essential industry that is devoted entirely to making people who cannot read technical drawings understand what the building they depict looks like. I made tiny versions of office buildings, commercial spaces and landscapes. For some reason it is much easier for someone to accept a very small building on a table and project all of their hopes and intentions onto it, than a two-dimensional technical drawing.
My job was not so much to make the most realistic version of a miniature office tower, it was to connect a person to a future reality so that they could make decisions, and for some reason everyone seemed to understand models.
What I found was that those Ah Ha! moments were very satisfying to create. Anyone who’s ever tried to explain a concept knows the distress of being met with glazed or frustrated expressions and, hopefully, the spark of comprehension as the audience finally ‘gets it’.
It is my job to create simple “Ah Ha!” moments for patrons of the library, EdLab and the Learning Theater.
Zoe is the Lead Designer of EdLab. She is also a native New Yorker, designer, fabricator and and creative technologist with a background in 3D Printing, architecture and production fabrication.