I was going to call this blogpost “An Ousider’s Perspective,” but I never really felt like an outsider at Public Workshop. At my first day at the Department of Making and Doing, I put on a Building Hero shirt and was filmed for the kickstarter project. I don’t know if it was just that my personality fit with the Makers and Doers or if it was because they were so unbelievably friendly and welcoming. Either way, I am so happy to be a part of this team.
If the first day at DM+D was a joy, the first day working at Smith Playground was a dream. Alex started the day with design exercises that reminded me of the games we played as freshmen studying industrial design at Philadelphia University. We don’t do crazy cool creative exercises quite as often. It’s a shame, really. But not at Public Workshop! We are encouraged to think like children.
The first goal of the Smith Playground Project was completed on Sunday. We have succeeded in building a submarine! A more arduous task than I had originally thought it would be. But it so beautifully came together, and so the work was most definitely worth it. Walking through the park with this enormous open-air submarine was hilarious and awesome, albeit heavy and painful (but that will soon be remedied).
All in all, it has been an incredible week!