This assignment forced me to assess the constraints around me and how it was going to affect my daily life. I tried to break down and look at the most important aspects of my life that would be changed, and used the example format to flesh out different ways the design, production, and end user constraints would affect each one. The assignment opened my eyes to the amount of ways my life was going to have to be confined and changed and how many different factors affected one another. When trying to get ideas going about what would be different for me, I relied on the research the module prompted to get some examples.
I first looked at news in the media and positive ways people were trying to attack this life in quarantine and help others. On social media I was surprised to see a large amount of people giving out free home workouts to do without the availability of gyms and how much celebrities are looking to give back to those in need. Looking at the workouts, a number of personal trainers I follow whose livelihoods depend on getting paid to work people out are offering free workouts for those with no weights at home to help them get better. This act of kindness doesn’t benefit them financially at all, yet it’s a great way to help give people at home something to do and hopefully get into now that they have time. It also can be a great way to market themselves. As for the celebrities, especially professional athletes, many of them are helping to pay a couple weeks worth of people in their organizations salary to help keep their family afloat during this time of crisis. It’s really cool to see that community band together to help those less financially stable than them who help their lives everyday.
Looking at historical event that rivaled this virus in history, the bird flu and SARS epidemic in China matched up perfectly. All three epidemics originated from China and each one China’s government was slow to take any action as they were trying to save face, causing the diseases to spread rapidly. In this case China’s government was a little more quick to respond which helped their country, but almost too little too late as it has affected countries across the globe. In the other two cases the same thing happened just not on as national of a level, with diseases spreading into Hong Kong and surrounding countries. The lack of government action helped me realize that this disease is out of the control of the common peoples hand as we can’t constrain those above us.
This research and my common knowledge helped me comb a list of different ways I thought my life would be different in different aspects. This will help me be able to create a clear plan for how I am going to attack each phase of my life to adapt and make it the most I can. The boxes represent the areas which I feel as though I can change the most to best fit my life. Things like changing the space and area in which I workout in, or how to use time management now that there are so many more distractions, and even finding alternative ways to interact with people. These are all different areas of life that are important to me that I feel as though I need to take action on immediately. Being able to have the opportunity to reevaluate and take time to figure out if my focus needs improvement or if the materials I have are enough will help me break out of my routine of everyday life and inspire me to make necessary changes. this serves as an opportunity grow my creative side which lacks in these types of situations, and the constraints I have compiled will help to serve as a guideline for what conditions I’m working under and how to utilize them.