Archive for August, 2012

Rice packaging

Posted: August 31, 2012 in Uncategorized, week2
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I didn’t know that there are several forms of rice packaging until i browsed the web for an assignment. I was amazed by the assortment i found and made it even harder for me to think of a new form of packaging.

The class was asked to create or re-create rice packaging and learning the SCAMPER method, i tried to come up of something that is traditional, modern and functional not to mention recyclable.

Taking on the challenge:

Substitute: My research revealed that most packaging comes in the form of cartons, sacks and plastic. I thought of glass as it is recyclable but i don’t want to add the weight of the glass to the already heavy 1kg-5kg-50kg rice. So let’s substitute those material to plastic weave with sack cloth  lining. Let us substitute the modern form of rice packaging from the traditional sack packaging. Also the rules of disposing is substituted from throwing it to the garbage to re-using it or getting a discount for the next buy.

Combine: Combination of traditional design and practicality. The packaging makes it easier to store and dispense your rice.

Adapt: As many of us now use different diet methods and reduce rice consumption, the packing comes in 3 different forms and sizes. The packaging also promote the now and ever needed recycling method. Since it’s plastic weave, the packaging is just like your ordinary plastic/glass bottle wherein you can go back to the store where you bought it and get a discount when you buy your next rice.

Modify: Modification of the lock system enable it to be used for other purposes. The shape, materials and the method of disposing of the packaging are modified.

Put to other use: These packaging can be used as your pencil case or even store your cookie in it.  (for the 1kg package); Make the 5kg packaging your grocery bag and for the 50kg packaging,  use it for beddings and soft furnishing storage.

Eliminate: This will help us eliminate garbage and also the hardship of carrying you rice.

Reverse: Reversal…these packaging can be used as stand alone packs for other purposes.

The 1-kg pack is very handy, stylish and spill-free even if you accidentally dropped it or turned it up-side-down.

The 5-kg pack is also lined with sack cloth and if you remember the traditional sack wherein you’ll remove the thread that seals it? Same system here but easier 🙂 After removing the thread, the pack is equipped with zipper that will be used to seal in the rice. Spill-free once again.

The 50-kg pack works just like the tumbler but with wheels! Very back friendly!!!

The packaging will make you spend more on your rice than usual, initially but long term use….this will prove beneficial.  I wish i have more time to sketch and develop my idea….


SCAMPER in my life

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized, week2

Recently, i made a decision, a big one – I enrolled myself to a fulltime online study course. I am working fulltime and this is my second week of the course. So far, i am managing but i am feeling the pressure of not having enough time to read (work and study related readings), not enough time with the people in my life. As part of my assignment, i am to choose a personal problem and use the SCAMPER method to somehow find a solution. I chose time management as it is the most pressing of all as of now.

HOw can i manage my time working and studying full time and continue living?

Substitute:  Reading related topics to work and study from Watching TV.

Combine: Studying and Recreation (audiobooks while biking or sitting under the sun;  Time with significant others and studying/work (discuss lectures and work related topics )

 Alter/adapt: Alter behavior towards time. ‘I have plenty of time rather than i lack time.’  

Modify:  Modify how i work, learn to delegate things and plan ahead. 

Put to another use:  Use  time to sleep and rest not only work and study. I work more effectively well-rested

Eliminate: Time wasters like unnecessary tasks, watching tv, long discussions.

Reverse/Rearrange:  Don’t hurry. Take my time doing things. Things done hurriedly and half-heartedly lack quality and have to be redone, most of the time.

I know things are easier said than done but taking time to sit down and think things thru always give good result.


I’ve been reading about the SCAMPER method which is one part of our assignment this week. I realized that somehow we apply this method in our everyday lives without even knowing it. Anyway, SCAMPER stands for:

S – substitute; C – combine; A – alter/adapt; M – modify (mega/mini); P – put to other use; E – eliminate; R – reverse

This is a method developed by Bob Eberle based on Alex Osborn, sets of questions for brainstorming. Scamper is being used by many as a tool to help generate ideas for new products and services by encouraging people to think about how one could improve existing ones.

Let us see if I can use it to transform a teaspoon into something else.

Substitute: Can I use the teaspoon as a substitute for something? I held it up and saw myself…can i put it in my wallet and use it as a mirror? why not? But what i would like to do is to substitute the metal handle into a malleable metal with rubber coating.

Combine: How do we do this then? I combined it with a magnet and voila! It became a note holder!!

Adapt/Alter: What to alter? I would like to somehow alter or adapt to a situation. I am sitting in a coffee shop answering a crossword puzzle, made a mistake and would like to change my answer…my teaspoon with its rubber end can be used as an eraser. (I think I can get away with this idea!)

Modify: So I am bored of my old teaspoon; how it behaves, just lying on the side of my saucer…so my new teaspoon with malleable and rubber handle can… refer to the figure below. (forgive my sketches)

Put to another use: My new teaspoon can also be used as a ponytail   Remember those rubber rods? 🙂 Just imagine it with the scoop/bowl part of the teaspoon at one end…that’s my teaspoon around your hair.

Eliminate:  old teaspoon = hard, metal : new teaspoon = rubbery, soft. So we eliminated the cold and hard part of the traditional teaspoon. While we are at it, let’s remove the bulkiness of the rubber and flatten it.

Reverse: Let’s forget that it is a teaspoon altogether and just use it as a napkin holder that is very much appropriate to use on top of a table.

That was it!! I hope I got away with it!!! I must admit that it’s an interesting concept! I hope you learned something ‘coz i did!!

Week2 has begun…

This week we got practical and research assignments. As I usually approach situations, I will start with the easiest of them. The puzzle and fun part!! So, we were given these situations wherein we have to find solutions to its problems. I have always been interested in these kind of trick questions which I always prefer than the questions asked by my english or history teacher. 🙂

Well, here are the situations:

  • A man is replacing a wheel on his car, when he accidentally drops the four nuts used to hold the wheel on the car. They fall into a deep drain, irretrievably lost. A passing girl offers him a solution that enables him to drive home. What is it?

Given:  A man with a car but no tire.

A woman with an idea

Problem: HOw can girl help man drive home?

Solutions: a) Girl has car and lets man drive. 

b) Girl is a car repairman/woman who drove by and has tools in her car.

c) Girl has mobile phone and called car repairshop. 🙂

d) The girl is his wife and after calling him stupid :), he lets him drive home.

  • Two Russians walk down a street in Moscow. One Russian is the father of the other Russian’s son. How are they related? Could it be that they are a couple and has a son?
  • What occurs once in June, once in July and twice in August? The letter U
  • Six drinking glasses stand in a row, with the first three full of water and the next three empty. By handling and moving only one glass at a time, how can you arrange the six glasses so that no full glass stands next to another full glass, and no empty glass stands next to another empty glass? What is the minimum number of moves to solve this puzzle? One move, just pour the second full glass to the second empty glass.

And there…so off to research now!

Week 1 in the box

Posted: August 26, 2012 in firstweek, Uncategorized

Week1 went by fast. Moodle map and my summary report submitted yesterday. I was a bit doubtful of zipping my files. I hope i did it the right way.

Anyway, i think it is fun to share what was on my mind during the making of moodle map. Moodle, as i found out is a free resource learning platform. As a part of my online multimedia course, i was asked to map it to somehow be familiar with it before the real lessons begin. Smart and fun way of learning it. So, ideas flood in my mind but it was not easy to put it in paper. I first thought of mimicking a family tree, then  of rocks rolling downhill (my sketch was pathetic 🙂 ), there was this idea of letting balloons fly high (had a hard time executing) and there was also the bookshelf (which i thought was too simple and common). In short, i abandoned all those ideas. I finally settled with the heart concept and with the help of online resources, i learned about mind mapping. I think i executed it fine…so i am satisfied with the result.

Behind the scene – the making of moodle map


Study Plan 2012-2013 MMD

Posted: August 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

It wasn’t easy to have an overview of the whole study plan using a spreadsheet so it’s really good to make an outline and personalize it. Here is mine for the first semester:




OPPGAVER obligatory 00:  < Introduce myself to moodle forum, edit moodle profile

< Reflected journal: Make a WordPress account; make an

essay ‘The Journey Here’ with a creative self-portrait, publish my study plan.

< Make a Moodle map

< Summarize and submit a report. Submission on or before 26. aug. 2400

  • WEEK 2 (27. AUG. to 2. SEPT.)   Idéutvikling. Kreativer metoder og teknikker

OPPGAVER (obligatory 01): FOTOARKIV

  •  WEEK 3 (3. SEPT. to 9. SEPT)   Typografi. Skrifthistorie, anatomi, lesbarhet

OPPGAVER (obligatory 02): LOGO

  •   WEEK 4 (10. SEPT to 16. SEPT)    Skisseteknikk og fargelære.


  • WEEK 5 ( 17. SEPT to 23 SEPT.)     Identitet og logo. Logo branding



  • WEEK 6 (24. SEPT. to 30. SEPT) Introduction to photography

Fotografi. Lys, blender, lukker, manuell fokus

  • WEEK 7 (8. OCT. to 14. OCT.)   Bilder og Budskap

Komposisjonsprinsipper. Perspektiv

  •  WEEK 8 ( 15. OCT to 21. OCT)  FORMSPRÅK:  Grunnprinsipper i Grafisk Design
  • WEEK 9 ( 22. OCT to 28. OCT)     LAYOUT             Grid, rytme, flyt, kontrast, stiler, layout
  • WEEK 10 (29. OCT. to 4. NOV.)    Trykk-klargjøring. PDF, generell klargjøring, sjekkliste


  • WEEK 11 (5. NOV. to 11. NOV)  MAPPEARBEID
  • WEEK 12 (12. NOV to 18. NOV)  MAPPEARBEID


  • WEEK 13 TO WEEK 16 (19. NOV to 16. DEC. )      PROSJEKTEKSAMEN!!!

Overview of Project/Assignment schedule and schedule of submission:

Utlevering: Oblig 00 uke1

Innlevering: senest kl. 10:00 Man uke2

Utlevering: Oblig 01 – FOTOARKIV uke2 man. Leveres senest kl. 16:00 fre. uke12 (leveres som en del av mappevurdering (GRAM)

Utlevering: oblig 02 – LOGO uke3.

Innlevering: Oblig 02 senest kl. 16:00 uke5 fre

Utlevering: oblig 03 uke6 – Illustrasjon

Innlevering: uke8 oblig 03 senest kl.16:00 fre

Utlevering GRAP – Prosjektbeskrivelse uke9

Innlevering GRAP innen kl. 16:00 fre. uke 10

Utlevering oblig 04 Layout uke9 (leveres som en del av GRAM)

Utlevering GRAM uke9 : Innlevering innen kl. 16:00 fre uke12

Innlevering:  Prosjektbeskrivelse uke10 fre. innen kl. 16:00

Innlevering: GRAM uke12 senest kl. 16:00 fre.

Innlevering: GRAP uke16 senest kl. 16:00 fre.


I did Follow mY HeaRt

Posted: August 24, 2012 in firstweek

I did follow my heart…

I’m done mind mapping;

Burst all the balloons;

Let the rocks roll down the hills;

Cut down the trees;

And Emptied the bookshelf!!!

Instead, I followed my heart and find a home in it.

Moodle map done. Getting the hang of moodle platform…getting there!

Rapport og innlevering… snart!Image