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Howdy Everyone!

Currently I reside in Do or Die Bedstuy in a princess room with a cat named Judy! I was raised in southern Kentucky twirling baton for 13 yrs and collecting porcelain dolls. My undergraduate degree is in Ceramics and if you stop by my place for some treats and eats you will notice a eclectic collection of table ware from all ova!

I have a love for cycling as transportation and roller dancing on Wednesday evenings at Crazy Legs Skate Club.  For the past 4 years I taught and ran the Ceramic Department at The Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. During my tenure I indulged in education classes learning a good deal about the history of the New York Public educational system. I wish to use this knowledge and much more gained to work toward a goal of community and educational development through design.

Brighter than a lucky penny!

Inspired by this….

An Installation of 1,036 pieces at Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, New York

And This last video was a collaboration with a friend inspired by my mother and her life long obsession for the Illusion of Luxury!!!!!

Mansi Gupta

Hi, I’m Mansi! I grew up in India, mostly in a boarding school in the foothills of the Himalayas. I studied Computer Science and Economics at Bryn Mawr College, and then lived in San Francisco and London before moving to New York.


I love dance, Tibetan food, fashion, mountains and views, and cowboy boots. London is my favorite city, but Bhutan is the most beautiful place I’ve ever bribed anyone to visit – that’s me in the photo above, in Bhutanese clothes in Bhutan.

In college, I developed a computing curriculum for middle school students. Here is a life size maze we built for the students to steer their robots around in:


I’ve mostly seen design from a computing and programming stand point. I’m excited to learn and work on more hands-on projects in this class. I’ve recently begun chatting with independent designers in NYC and I write about them in this blog. If you ever need a pseudo expert at Indian cooking or Bollywood, please come find me!

Charlotta Nanina Varsanyi Hellichius

Yes, that’s my full name. 

I just moved to NYC a couple of days ago from Stockholm, Sweden and currently live in Brooklyn. I’ve done design ever since finishing secondary school. I jumped straight in to the student life of Lund University back in 2008 and took my undergrad in Industrial Design in 2011. Since then, Ive worked in Stockholm at a Design and Architecture firm called Claesson Koivisto Rune (you can check them out at http://www.ckr.se) The aspect of design that I love is that it allows you to make an impact on your surroundings. People always ask me why I started studying right out of school, and I think its because I feel Ive found what I love to do, but also what I feel I need to do.

Anywaay, here are some pictures to lighten the mood. So this is me and my (younger) sister when we were tiny

Since then Ive done a lot of this,

And, most recently, some of this

I have a passion for anything that makes our world a better place. Im an idealist and a problem solver, and I love to apply design to fields that usually dont use the design methodology.

Have a nice day.

Richard Clarkson

Hi i’m Richard. Im from New Zealand, grew up on a farm in Hawkes Bay. I have always been interested in how things work and trying to make more efficient & better versions of existing things.

I really enjoy the workshop and am especially looking forward to merging digital and physical craft into one entity. My background is in Industrial Design, specifically furniture and conceptual products. I also have experience with photography, jewelry and interaction design. also I don’t believe in uppercase letters and my spelling is atrocious.

This is my website: http://richardclarkson.com

Some images that represent me and my work:

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Hey, this is Rona. I was born in Washington D.C. and moved to Turkey when l was 3 years old. I grew up in the capital city; Ankara where l received my BFA degree from Bilkent University in Interior Architecture and Environmental Design. After my graduation I moved to the city which l absolutely love; Istanbul.

I worked for some art galleries, a kids oriented product design firm, an architectural firm and a design & fashion store.

I also do illustrations, take pictures and make jewelry.

I like to talk about animal documentaires, art and high fashion. Every day I’m motivated about trying new things and experimenting. Very excited about having the time & this great opportunity to produce my own products and designs.

FacebooktwitterMy illustration worksPhotographyJewelry/ Shave Your Head

Hi, I’m Clay!

I arrived in New York last week after living in sunny Pittsburgh for the past 5 years. Its fascinating to dive into school while attempting to get acquainted with the vastness of this city. There’s just so many awesome museums and galleries here! Earlier today, I went to the Public Library with a couple classmates to learn about the history of lunches.

Anyway, the photo (above) was taken by my friend Laura, while hiking in Wyoming this summer.

I wrangled the Panther at U Pitt while majoring in Studio Arts and Architectural Studies. Printmaking was my focus and I’ve come to appreciate rigorous making processes (sometimes more than the end result). After graduation I worked at FISHER ARCHitecture, where I had the opportunity to design glass furniture. My experience as an intern opened my eyes to the to possibilities of 3d computer design and digital fabrication. I can’t wait to learn CNC, 3d printing, and laser cutting!

My favorite hobby is photography and I’m a strong supporter of analog/darkroom processes.

Fuji pack-film (above) is my latest obsession, because it works in older Polaroid Automatic Land Cameras. You can see all of my design/artwork/photography on my website: claykippen.com. I also post daily to my flickr and tumblr accounts, which list the different cameras and films that I use.

Hello interweb, my name is Damon Ahola.

My dad used to own his own popcorn company. This is me in his catalog with an obscenely large button on my member’s only jacket.

I was born & raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota (technically Edina which is a suburb). Brooklyn is my new home via Chicago, where I was for the last 7 yrs. I received a BFA in industrial design & a minor in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. For the past 10 years I’ve worked at numerous consultancies & corporations as a full-time & freelance designer at places such as Radius, Lunar, Teague, Wrigley, Ignite & Choi Design.

Here is a hilarious viral video of some speakers I worked on that were just released.

I dabble in furniture design as well as design competitions in my free time.

I’d like to think that I am a well-rounded industrial designer very knowledgeable in the entire product development process. My website is damonahola.com; you may find me on  Facebook Twitter (which I rarely use), Google+ (which I use less) & the Tumblr page I just created for the PoD class. I’m really looking forward to this amazing opportunity as a part of the inaugural PoD class.

Project 1: A Making Mashup

You’ll each choose a descriptor and a thing from my lists. Use the descriptor to make a thing, and post it here on the blog. Use the internet for research– tutorial sites like Instructables.com are great if you’ve never worked with a certain material before. Post up photos, a brief description of your thing including which descriptor and which thing you were assigned, and any sites/resources that proved useful during your research. Your assignment is due on the blog at 8pm ET Monday September 10.

Duct tape
Junk mail
Plastic bag

Animated GIF
Motel art
Fax machine replacement
Plush Toy
Phone case/dock
Email notifier
Pub game
Water carrier
Musical instrument
Artificial pet
Bike accessory
Party favor
Privacy device
Kitchen utensil
Prison contraband

Class Introductions

Hello! I’m Becky Stern, your instructor for Making Studio. Welcome to the first class of your new grad school careers! Please make a post on this, our class blog, introducing yourself. I’ll go first.

I grew up in rural Connecticut and went to Parsons School of Design for undergrad and Arizona State University for grad school. I worked for a long time at MAKE Magazine, on the blog and as a video producer. Now I’m head of wearable electronics at Adafruit, an electronics company in downtown Manhattan. I consider myself an expert at making tutorials, and an enthusiastic novice at making most everything else.

I like to make jewelry, electronics, fabric and fiber crafts, and sometimes combinations thereof. You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, the Adafruit YouTube channel and blog, Ravelry, and my own site, Sternlab.org.

One thing I’m looking forward to in this class is seeing you all take up something you’ve never tried before. I love those “a-ha” moments when a concept or technique clicks into understanding.