Goal Setting

    By Patrick McElroy

    In order to achieve the goals that EDI, a regimen must be satisfied. Both in and out of meetings, the Fellows has worked to set, complete, and reflect on meaningful objectives. In a way, finding and completing a goal is much like the design process itself (see article). First, we must think and emphasize to set our sights upon a purpose, then we must define the goal itself. After these stages, which exist to create our problem or challenge, comes the part that involves the Fellows the most. We then ideate, my peers and I create ideas for our own goals and offer our suggestions to Mrs. Newland. As the supervisor, she considers all of our ideas, and will use them to model the next design challenge or Design Palooza (see article). As a group, we prototype exercises to assist in achieving our goals, such as keeping a Design Notebook to help in our hope to understand the design process better. For example, we all created our own individual and group goals for the year that the Fellows will help us to achieve. Some of the group goals were similar, such as to understand each other’s’ design, and the design process as a whole. However, each Fellow had both unique and achievable goals for themselves, such as exploring CAD or design challenges to help improve different aspects of themselves. Through experimentation, analysis, and reform of the program as a whole, we can refine our ideals and goals in this first year of our Fellows. As we design, we test, and our failures and successes will help us become a better Fellows overall, for us and the generations to come.