Capstone: Process pt.1

Narrowing down a capstone theme is something that can be really difficult. When you have a lot of people throwing out different ideas about what the theme should be, you’re going to have some who may be disappointed. It is also difficult to come up with a theme that is not too close minded or too open ended. I think that mind mapping out ideas for a theme is very helpful, it allows you to see what everyone thinks about a word or topic, whether it be positive or negative. As a group, we narrowed it down to two options “perception” and “disrupt.”

While mind mapping I kept thinking about how disruptions in life can possibly change someone’s perception on life and how these two things can possibly be related. But they’re also different, and they both lie somewhere in between being open and closed ended.

While trying to decide on a theme a couple questions came to mind about the whole capstone process.

  1. What are some helpful exercises that can be used to come up with project ideas?
  2. How important is collaboration when it comes to executing projects?
  3. What are some tips when it comes to presenting the proposal?
  4. What is the best way to present the proposal?
  5. What is the best way to write blog posts for this class? How much information should we include? Are visuals better than just text?
  6. Are interactive projects/pieces received better than projects/pieces that don’t have and interactive element?
  7. Are pop culture references good or bad?

While trying to find resources for myself I came across this capstone project by Ettore Risi.

What I really liked about this project was that there was a call to action within the project and I think that is was done really well. I also liked how the piece was exhibited; the stripes on the wall being pulled from the stripes in the poster.

Research Bibliography:

  • Timothy Goodman and Jessica Walsh’s “Quotes on Shit”
  • Seth Godin’s “All Marketers are Liars” and “Purple Cow”



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