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Delavietie

About Us

Our team is called Delavietie. It is a mash up of all our names. Denise, Alanna, Viet-My and Katie. We are all 8th graders.  My name is Denise, I play lacrosse, Im a straight A's student, and I love traveling with my family and friends. My name is Alanna, I play lacrosse and I love food. My name is Katie and I love chocolate. My name is Viet-My, I love bacon and I am also a straight A's student. Our team, Delavietie, is ambitious and determined to win the Number 1 prize.

Recent comments on our work:

1/25/19 · Assignment: Take 2: Prototype Iteration
Tamika · Dynamic Dynamite Diva’s
This is amazing, I really like how you're giving things to the homeless! Maybe you could make your own logo to cover the store's logo instead of just covering it with tape though.
2/1/19 · Assignment: Design Concept Sketches
Joann Girnius · The Greek Gods
nice drawing . it's great to help the homeless espcailly if they don't have food but I think maybe if you put a room with a tv and maybe if you and more foods to eat besides soup

Our Progress

Due Assignment Max Points Our Points
Sep 21
Sep 21
Sep 21
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10Welcome to DT Philly! We're excited that you've decided to join us, and we can't wait to see what you'll do with your project this year.
Sep 21
Sep 24
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1This is a good one. More important, we're sure you know how to upload and document your work on your team page. This is how you want to submit all of your assignments for DT Philly--with a nice clear picture (or a few) and good written explanations. Keep it up!
Sep 28
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8It sounds like you did some good research about how to protect your phone! Just as you paid attention to your own needs and preferences in designing this phone case, you'll want to pay attention to the needs and preferences of other people--the ones you're trying to help--when you create your DT Philly design. You can probably tell from the designs submitted by your classmates that there are similarities but also differences in what each team wanted or needed...so the case you designed for yourself might not be the best design for someone else. Remember this as you work on your DT Philly project--the best solution you can design will come from a deep understanding of the people you're designing for.
Oct 19
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12Thank you for having us out to visit. We had fun working with you on your mini design sprint! Remember the tips we gave you about how to do each stage of your design thinking project, and let us know if you have questions or need help at any point in your project.
Oct 5
Oct 5
Oct 5
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10We admire your compassion for the homeless! Is this a problem that takes place right near your school...how can you go about researching it and understanding their point of view? Homelessness is a huge and complicated problem, so it might be helpful to define your project in a very specific way. For example, you might not have the time and resources to get homeless people in a certain area into houses or apartments, but it might be realistic to find out what services are available in or close to your neighborhood and find a way of making that information available to people in need.
Oct 12
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10Thank you for this nice clear picture. We also like the quote you included--it's a good reminder for all of us. Did Ms. Griffith show you the example of a rich picture and explain how to do it? You did a great job thinking about different concerns, but you don't want to jump ahead to solutions just yet. Your next step is to conduct research to learn more about the problem. You'll do this by talking to people to find out more about what is going on, and maybe learning from experts who know a lot about homelessness and services for the homeless. This is a sensitive topic, so you will have to approach it with a lot of empathy. Do you know anyone who is homeless that you could speak with? It's not always easy to tell who is affected by this.
Nov 2
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20Thank you for taking the time to create user profiles for your project. Understanding your users' needs and the challenges they face will help you come up with creative solution ideas that work for many people! Your profiles are a little hard to read, but it looks like one of them is a college student and we're curious how college students are users for your project.
Oct 19
Oct 19
Oct 19
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8As you learned, homelessness has many challenges, and the homeless have many needs. Perhaps as part of your research you could speak with someone who is an expert in this--they can help you understand what part of this problem you might be able to address through your DT Philly project. There are many organizations that serve the homeless in the city. This is also a very large problem to tackle, so we'd suggest focusing on a place close to you where you see that homelessness is a problem. Try to talk to an organization that serves the homeless in that area, so you can find out what local services are already available and where you might be able to help.
Nov 2
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10You point out a lot of important considerations, and you have a lot of ideas...though this assignment was to share your research findings (brainstorming solution ideas will come soon). Were you able to find out anything about what services are available to the homeless in your area? You're right that the homeless have a large number of needs and challenges. Did your research teach you anything that will help you figure out which one of those needs is a good fit for you to address?
Nov 9
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8Thank you for completing this year's Scavenver Hunt. You got 5 of the 6 answers. We will share your question with Ms. Butera and ask her to send a message for you to Ms. Griffith. Don't forget to check the notices section (the pink box at the top of your TEAM page, not the section of homepage that shows tweets) from time to time and read the new announcements. We left you a few questionnaires that we'd love to have you answer if you can. Just for fun we also left a riddle there for your Scavenger Hunt.
Dec 7
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12Thank you for sharing these thoughts about homelessness. The purpose of this particular activity is to examine your research so far and see if you're missing anything important. Doing thorough research lays the groundwork for successful solutions. Is there any place where you are relying on assumptions or generalizations, areas that you didn't explore, user groups that you didn't speak to, or important questions that you didn't answer? Take a hard look at your research and share where you need to learn more to earn 8 additional points for this assignment.
Nov 16
Nov 16
Nov 16
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10It sounds like you learned a lot about the causes of homelessness, and you're right that many young people are also affected by it. It was a little hard to read some of what you put on your chart, but we didn't see a spot where you highlighted the needs and opportunities you might want to brainstorm around. Do you have any thoughts about that? From what you wrote, it sounds like one possible theme might be ways to educate people about how to help--ways to turn empathy into action. You didn't include it here, but we think you also mentioned personal hygiene as a need in one of your earlier assignments. Is that an area where you might brainstorm ways to help meet that need? You mentioned that the government does not help homeless people, but we think the government might actually offer some services for the homeless. If you're interested, you can learn more about that here: http://philadelphiaofficeofhomelessservices.org/.
Nov 30
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10Your picture cuts off a bit at the top, so we can't see the third insight you chose to brainstorm under, but we like the way you're looking at the problem in three different ways: 1) immediate physical needs like clothes and food, 2) slightly bigger-picture needs like connections to services for healthcare/counseling and shelter/housing, and 3) even longer-term needs like education and jobs. What kinds of prototypes can you develop from these ideas...some kind of program or service? Some kind of product or object? You'll want to try out a few of your ideas to see what has the biggest impact, so plan to make a couple of prototypes!
Dec 21
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20Nice work thinking up some "terrible" ideas to help the homeless! Now can you flip this kind of thinking around to come up with ways to help the homeless that take all of their needs--and the limitations of their environment--into consideration? Sometimes turning a problem on its head and looking at things from a different or even silly perspective can spark new ideas!
Dec 7
Dec 7
Dec 14
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10Wow, your team is working to solve some really big problems! We admire your creative vision to help in so many ways, and we love the thoughtfulness behind your ideas. It sounds like you have some ideas you could develop and implement yourself, and some that would require partnerships with other organizations. Which of these can you prototype and test in a realistic way? Have you started to identify services in your area that could go on your card? Do you know what supplies the homeless need most that you could collect? How will you distribute them...to people on the street, or to people in temporary shelters or at soup kitchens? Have you identified organizations you could reach out to for your bigger ideas? Do the homeless have the ability to connect to services you let them know about (do they need transportation, a way to make an appointment, a way to make a call)? You'll want to put a lot of thought into your prototypes and figure out all the small details that will make your prototypes work well. A good way to approach this is to outline all of the steps needed to carry out your solution, and plan for the different things that might happen. As you do this, think about physical items you'll need to make in order to test your ideas. We're excited to see what you do next!
Dec 21
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10Thank you for sharing your prototypes with us! Is that first picture the job center/school/shower facility? The goal of prototyping is to make sure your design ideas are desirable (people will want to use them to) and feasible (you can actually do them). We admire your compassion and big-picture thinking, but if it's not feasible to create this center, is there something else you could do to address this need? Maybe schedule an outreach visit from an existing center that serves the homeless, so the homeless in your area learn about places they can go? Have you looked into any local organizations that you could work with to achieve something like this? Your care package has an interesting variety of items...how did you decide what mad the most sense to include? Did you contact anyone who works with the homeless to get some input? Keep researching and talking through all the steps needed to make your ideas work...like how you might plan and set up a supply drive to create care boxes (you could create flyers, a wish list, a schedule, etc.) or getting information about the homeless in your area to agencies that could help (what information would they need, do they do outreach in your part of the city?), or giving the same information to the homeless so they can seek help themselves (what information do they need, what format should it be in?). You might even want to put together a box and give it to a homeless person (go with an adult, and take proper precautions so you are safe) or to someone who works with the homeless so they can distribute it. Then try to find out what items were most valuable and what items maybe didn't make sense. There are a lot of different things to think about, and a lot of creative ways you could approach prototyping and testing your ideas!
Jan 11
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Jan 4
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10It sounds like your team has some good plans for testing! Have you decided what to put in the mini boxes, and will you ask right away what people think of it or will you let them try it out and come back to see what their reactions are? A map sounds like a good visual for a services information card. Have you decided on a list of the organizations and services you'll be including on your maps? Do you have any criteria for deciding what services to include? How will you make sure this card gets to the people you want to help? For both of these prototypes, you may want to consider creating a list of questions to ask the people who participate. As for the small class concept, we admire your enthusiasm and encourage you to keep thinking about ways you can bring the idea to life even if you can't do a full test right now.
Jan 11
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10Congratulations on testing your first prototype! You included quite a variety of things in your package. How did your team decide which items to include--what important needs did you consider? It's great that you got the package to a person in need. Did you get any feedback from her afterward about the care package--did some things make more sense than others? Talking to the people you're designing for can help you get a better understanding of their needs and therefore improve your designs. Please have an adult go with you to do this. How often do you think you'll need to distribute care packages, and would the items change depending on the time of year? We're really interested in your second prototype, the card of services and organizations. Will you include this in the care package for the next test, or will it be a separate prototype? You're off to a great start--keep working on your designs and getting feedback to see how you can improve them to achieve the best possible outcomes!
Jan 18
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10Your adaptation of these Bob Evans bags does a good job of conveying the compassion behind your solution and sends a positive message to the recipients. Did you get any feedback from testing your care package that could help you improve the design of that item? Getting feedback from the person you gave it to would be helpful, and you could also talk to someone who works with the homeless to see if they have any feedback for you. Also, did your team make any progress on a service/organizations card to give homeless people?
Jan 25
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20Thank you for taking the time to look at some other teams' work. Your team did a good job not only giving encouragement, but asking some important questions. Knowing how to give feedback and receive feedback are important skills to develop. You can learn a lot from seeing how other people approach problems and work through them, just as you can learn a lot from seeing how people outside your team understand your work. Questions like what ingredients The Ballers will use in their shakes or how SGAAJ will go about installing washing machines may help those teams reconsider details of their projects. Keep sharing your own work and supporting your fellow design thinkers on other teams!
Jan 25
Jan 28
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5Thank you for submitting your summary, implementation plan and budget! For your implementation plan, please see your DT Philly Playbook for an example...this should include dates for when you will do things. Your team has dedicated a lot of time and hard work to this project, and we appreciate your passion for your project. We can't wait to see how you share your design story with the judges and your fellow design thinkers next week.
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Badges

Start-Up: Nike Grind Badge

Congratulations on your creative problem solving—an essential skill for every designer!  Innovations and break-through moments come when you think outside the box, like Nike did when they began recycling worn-out shoes to reduce the company's environmental impact.  The recycled shoes were ground up and used to create springy surfaces for athletic facilities.  For example, Sacramento Kings fans donated their sneakers to be used in constructing the team's new practice court.  Not content to stop there, Nike keeps developing new applications for this innovative product, and recycled material from Nike Grind is now used in 71% of the company's footwear and apparel!

Empathize: Hub of Hope Badge

Thanks for taking a walk in someone else's shoes.  Designers empathize to understand the needs of the people they want to help, just as SEPTA did when they agreed to collaborate with other agencies to serve homeless people where they already congregate...at Suburban Station.  Instead of kicking the homeless out, the agencies worked together to open the Hub of Hope, a site that functions as a daytime living room for homeless individuals, where they can socialize, get a meal, shower, do laundry, and access a variety of health and social services in a safe and welcoming setting.

Define: Embrace Badge

Nice work using your powers of perception!  Good designers keep their eyes and minds open so they don't miss key insights...just as four Stanford students did while creating a low-cost baby incubator for developing countries.  To learn more about the problem, team member Linus Liang traveled to Nepal.  His "aha" moment came when he discovered that hospital incubators often went unused because mothers couldn’t get to, or stay at the hospital.  The team realized they had to create something that could be used easily and affordably in homes, as well as in hospitals.  The team kept researching and learning throughout their design process to make sure their product met the needs of the people they wanted to help.  Since 2011 their solution—the Embrace Incubator—has helped over 200,000 babies in 20 countries.

Ideate: 40/4 Chair Badge

Way to get creative!  It's not always easy to see things with new eyes, and sometimes ingenious design is hidden right in front of you.  When was the last time you gave any thought to the humble stacking chair?  Designer David Rowland spent 8 years of his own time designing a chair that could be compactly stacked to fit the greatest number of chairs in the smallest amount of space.  He made 32 full-scale models in a quest to achieve the best form and greatest comfort, and he was rejected many times when he tried to license his final design for a chair that could be stacked 40 high at a height of just 4 feet.  But he persisted, and today his 40/4 chair is the winner of numerous awards, is showcased in museums around the world, and is a commercial success.  8 million and counting have been sold since 1964!

Prototype: Kenji Ekuan Badge

Well done! Prototyping takes patience and persistence, as Kenji Ekuan demonstrated when he and his team spent three years creating the iconic design of the elegant, tear-drop shaped Kikkoman soy sauce bottle.  Mr. Ekuan, an award-winning designer who also worked on the Yamaha YA-1 and the Komachi Bullet Train, is said to have tested over 100 prototypes before finalizing the design of the innovative and dripless two-sided spout—a design which works so well it hasn't been altered since it was introduced in 1961!

Test: MWOBS Badge

Now you know...testing's not just for school!  Designers know it's important to put their prototypes through rigorous real-world tests, which is why people who design products to function in extreme outdoor environments go to the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, where the conditions are equivalent to what you’d encounter in Antarctica and the polar regions!  Clothing, experimental robots, and tents are just a few of the products to test their mettle against the mountain!

DT Philly Showcase: Es Devlin Badge

Hooray—you've made it to the final stage of DT Philly, and it’s time to think about how you’ll share the story of your design project.  Take a page from the playbook of renowned set designer Es Devlin and consider your presentation from the perspective of the audience.  How will they see, hear, and experience the story you want to tell?  Devlin, who has designed sets for Kanye West, Beyoncé, and Rihanna, as well as for fashion shows, plays, operas, and ballets, considers both the spirit of the performance and the experience that the audience will share.  What will bring your story to life and help you connect with your audience?

Collaborator Badge 2 of 4

Way to take it to the next level!  Keep the collaboration going!