Author Archives: michelleguarino

About michelleguarino

A curious observer, explorer and designer.

Moving Forward after the Postcards

Currently my project is a data-collector, a source, it’s data mining.

But what could it become -> where can it grow?

Currently people: find the card, share their story, read other stories

But what could it do for other people? like a policy maker, how is this method effective for them? and what becomes possible?

What do you do with the data, how do you transform it or bring it to life?

Currently the postcards are a promotion itself for social action, activism, and works within several different entities -> online for spread and sharing -> postcard for the personal touch.

Postcard Designs

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I started out by sketching different layout possibilities for my postcard, the goal of the postcard is to:

1. start a conversation
2. let them know all perspectives are welcome
3. recipient shares their story
3. recipient sends it back
4. recipient checks out the website

this method will hopefully demonstrate
1. if people will communicate through anonymity
2. if people are interested in other’s stories
3. if people will take action on this topic
4. if it cultivates many perspectives or just one

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After a couple of critiques and discussions about word choices my final design became this:

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I’m sending out the about 1950 black and white versions to the local cmu area and hopefully I’ll get some responses! I’m picking up the prints on Monday and my Tuesday I’m hoping to give them to the mailers who will mail them out the neighboring CMU houses.

I’m hoping to print around 300 color copies to leave at local coffee shops and see if anyone will pick them up once they see them. This way I can also tell if someone received it by mail or by picking it up. Reese has been closed, but I’m hoping to print them before thursday, but with such a large print I will need to print it myself in Reese.

I’m almost done with the wordpress blog, but I now need to populate it by actively asking people I know to possible share and submit their stories, and to test it to make sure it correctly works. I’m hoping to ask a range of people form different perspectives so visitors feel like they can share anything.

Interview with Pro-Gun and Pro-Regulation Community Member

1. Pro-Gun And Pro-Regulation

2. Family, Safety, Culture,

3. Guns are part of his culture + generational heritage. Safety matters, and has been taught and passed down to him. He doesn’t have a gun for safety (if he did he’d use a bat or mace), he has a gun as a family tradition and for hunting. Middle School Gun Training was normal for everyone in the town he grew up in. He knows it’s unrealistic to use guns to fight the government, but other gun owners believe they can if need be. We should be as strict with guns as we are with drinking and driving.

4. Interesting facts.
Guy at gun club once said: “I will guarantee you if obama gets reelected, there is going to be a civil war in this country.”

Reaching out to Pittsburgh Organizations

I’ve currently reaching out to several contacts to send my project to people’s addresses through their organizations.

It seems possible to send my postcards to all CMU students as well as surrounding neighbors of CMU.

This weekend I’m hoping to reach out to local organizations who might be willing to put them on display to let people take the initiative to fill them out and send them back. Organizations such as: big ideas bookshop, coffee shops, food co-op, and the city council building.

Next step is to produce the postcards and website so I can get started on printing and mailing!

Reaching out to Pittsburgh

So for my project, I decided to sort out the logistical problems first, to see if I could reach the greater Pittsburgh area, since I have the skills and resources to be able to create a website for it.

I’ve started to look into mass mailers, the University of Pittsburgh has a program for non-profits, so I may be able to get a cheaper price with them.  ->  http://www.pts.pitt.edu/mailserv/bulk/index.html

I also found a local pittsburgh mailer that also has the same kind of program -> http://www.pittsburghmailing.com/casestudies.php

My biggest problem currently is getting access to the database of addresses of Pittsburgh and then how do I distinguish what neighborhoods to send it to?

Once I figure this out, this local information can be paired with the greater website. I was also thinking I could let people download, print and send if they want to mail it in rather than uploading an image or writing a story.

My search for addresses continues!