Finland, 1980

Happy Thoughts - a kite concept for Arabia residents

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Aalto School of Art, Design and Architecture
Department of Design
Textile Art and Design

Understanding the user has become more and more essential in the design practice. In my thesis, this area of expertise is researched through a design process. My task is to design an interpretation of an ancient artefact, a kite, that connects with the user of today. Empathic design approach and participatory workshops, pattern design skills and examining lifestyle and trend data are set to be utilized as means to answer the design problem. The work presents an optional way for a designer to work, inspired by the user, without losing one’s artistic freedom.

kaisa (dot) k (dot) ruotsalainen (at) gmail (dot) com

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  • 10 May 2012, 12:37 pm

    Kaisa Ruotsalainen

    In addition to the written part of the thesis, MoA´12 exhibition presents the final kites I designed for play park Arabia to build up cohesion and dialogue between children and their parents and enliven the residential area by the seashore.

    In play park kites are available for anyone to use, after MoA´12 exhibition is over.

    The kite fabrics were printed by Arazzo Oy.