Field Trip – Emily Miethner

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Overall, I found this field trip to be the most successful. I took more out of this trip that pertained to my life and future career. For example, during our visit with Emily, I asked her where she did her most effective networking. I had anticipated her saying “social media”, seeing as that is her industry, but oddly enough she said that a lot of her networking is done at actual events. She tries to participate in as many events, that pertain to her field, as possible so that she can meet more people and broaden her network. I found this to be very interesting and made a note to remember that for future references.

It really was a pleasure meeting Emily. Her story was inspiring and her speaking skills were very effective; she had my attention from the minute I stepped in to the room until the second before I was forced out. Through watching her and her presentation, I was able to see all of the concepts, that have been taught to us in class, applied. Her co-working space was a beautiful new, refreshing thing to see as well.

After the Center for Social Innovation, we headed over to the Museum of Art and Design (MAD). I found this museum to be much more interesting than the Museum of Modern Art. While the Museum of Modern Art had many nice things to look at, the Museum of Art and Design contained pieces that both served a practical purpose and was appealing to the eye. I found, for example, the Nike track sneaker whose design was originally 3D printed.

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The entire 3D printing section fascinated me. It is, after all, the future of production. In the museum I saw 3D prints of things ranging from shoes, to chairs, to lamps, to utensils, to dresses, to even mini people! It’s amazing and I can’t wait to see how the technology progresses.

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I had a great time on Saturday and I was able to learn a lot of things about technology, presenting, and even myself. I definitely plan on attending one of Emily’s events and I hope to return to the Museum of Modern Art in the near future.

Emily Miethner

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In one of her recent tweets, Emily links to an article that she wrote regarding the name change of her company.

Formerly known as NY Creative Interns, FindSpark is an organization that she herself started in October of 2010. The company helps connect students with internship and job opportunities through a broad networking system. A former Hofstra Student herself, Emiily has seen what started off as a small company branch out into something huge.

Personally, I love the whole concept. Many college students struggle with trying to find an internship in their field of study especially when it comes to the area of design. I foresee myself struggling with this same issue and using FIndSpark as a valuable resource.

I love the energy of the company and I can’t wait to meet Emily Miethner in person and see what kind of advice she has to give us.

Watching the Clock

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The subject of death is commonly viewed as a taboo topic that everyone tries to avoid. For some however, a daily reminder of their mortality might not be such a bad thing.

The creator of the Tikker began to think more about death and what it means when his grandfather passed away. The Swedish publisher, Fredrik Colting, is an atheist who tends to believe that death is just an end rather than a reward of some kind. He believes, and I’m sure that many of us can agree, that people sometimes take life for granted; forgetting just how little time we have on earth and just how quickly it passes by.

Besides serving as a regular watch, the Tikker uses demographics such as your age, gender, and BMI and compares it to the average life expectancy of people your age to produce a date of death. The Tikker serves as a countdown to this date, serving as a constant reminder that your time is literally running out.

Personally, I love the idea. I’m as guilty as anyone else of taking time for granted. The Tikker would be a great way to remind myself, on a daily basis, to truly make every second count because once it’s gone there is no getting it back.

The Tikker itself is only $39. Orders for them  can be placed on Kickstarter.

Reaching New Heights

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As the tallest member of my family ( at a whopping 5 feet 4 inches), I struggle every morning to get a good glimpse of myself in the hallway mirror. My munchkin of a mother has it set so that mirror is at perfect eye level with her five foot frame; cutting my head in half whenever I look into it. It’s incredibly annoying and frankly very inconvenient. I stumbled upon a neat little contraption, however, that would solve my problem.

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The Rise and Shine, designed by two Scandinavians, Amy Hunting and Oscar Narud, is essentially just a mirror with a pulley attached to it. This small addition to the mirror allows for people of multiple heights to allocate the same mirror. With just a tug of the pulley, a mirror positioned at the height of someone who is over 6 feet tall can serve for someone as short as two feet tall. Besides its practical purpose, the Rise and Shine is also an eye pleasing, fun accessory to any wall.