Low Technology in the Digital Age: Designing with Post Consumer Waste

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  • From Typography to Design Interface

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  • Low Technology in the Digital Age: Designing with Post Consumer Waste

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  • This presentation will examine the Turkish and American university students’ approaches toward utilizing the post-consumer waste for design purposes in their own classroom settings. It will compare how students designed and fabricated a product toward achieving the goal to go from the waste to the function.

    Post-consumer waste is the garbage that individuals routinely discard, either in a waste receptacle or a dump, or by littering, incinerating, pouring down the drain or washing into the gutter. Post-consumer waste is distinguished from pre-consumer waste, which is the reintroduction of manufacturing scrap (such as trimmings from paper production, defective aluminum cans, etc) back into the manufacturing process. Pre-consumer waste has been commonly used by industries for many years, and is therefore often not considered recycling in the traditional sense. Students were required to use some of those reuse objects or a non-reuse product of assembly, hardware, glue, etc. Project outcomes needed to meet the criteria of sustainability and originality created by environmentally conscious minds.

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