Things have been crazy here in Grinnell, but life is quite wonderful and exciting!
On the Wellness Technology Intern (under the guidance of Jen Jacobsen ’95) side of things, I’ve been on quite a design spree. We’ve been planning and executing a variety of events. I’ve also been drafted into another couple of design projects, which are always a fun way to take a break from studying. Our most recent event was Facing the Bear, an evening devoted to making the athletics facility (nicknamed the Bear) as appealing and inviting as possible. We stocked the Bear with friendly staff, gave tours, and gave away food. I was also responsible for creating a few handouts to illustrate the Bear’s many offerings. It was an enjoyable evening, and has set up a good prototype for future events. Check out the design work I’ve been up to below!
My MAP (Mentored Advanced Project) with Professor Purcell ’92 has taken a dramatic and exciting change in direction. After a few discussions on the goals of my project and on the DIgital Humanities (particularly its emphasis on building things, rather than just discussing things), we’re changing gears. Rather than an ebook, I’ll be creating an app. We’re still very early in the planning stages, but essentially the app will provide a guided tour of the campus of Grinnell College and allow the user to “go back in time” to see what buildings once stood on the same ground, notable events that happened in certain buildings, and a wealth of information about each building and its evolutions. It looks to be a massive, but extremely rewarding project. Currently, I’m examining other touring apps, college apps, and various history apps and making prototype mock-ups. More to come on that front as the semester progresses.