Artifacts Presented In Class


My artifact that I brought to class is my Kentucky toboggan. Although this may seem like a last minute, “I forgot to bring my artifact so I’ll just use my hat” artifact, it’s not. This hat represents so much in my life. I got this hat the day that I got accepted in to the University. When I got that acceptance letter in the mail on December 9th, 2013 I was beyond excited. My mom took me to Wal-Mart and we purchased this toboggan because I had to have something Kentucky and it was the first thing I saw. It symbolizes way more than just something to keep my head warm during the cold. It represents everything that I love about UK.



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For this picture, I relate this to the american national character of “forward-looking (but thinking of the past)”. Reason being, it has a very futuristic design to it, being small, sleek, and sharp. It also adds some basic past designs with tires. The product is definitely a forward-looking product.

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The American national character aspect this relates to would be “athletic”. It was designed to hold a lot of people to be entertained by various athletes. Very similar to the design of the roman coliseum.

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This is a good old fashioned stress ball. The American national character aspect it relates to is “comfort seeking”. The design of the ball is very simple, but also very important. Without the smiley face, this ball is just a ball. Instead it has a smiley face that encourages happiness and it is yellow which is bright and happy contrary to black which is dull and sad. It is also a soft ball which gives comfort to the person squeezing it.

Water Bottle

During class we discussed the different aspects of design with certain water bottles. At first I couldn’t understand why we brought in water bottles to class, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one. I have never been asked to bring a water bottle to class for “observation” before and it just struck me as odd. But, I must say today’s class was very interesting. We took something so simple like a water bottle and associated it with various communities and interests of different people. Whether it was the logos on a bottle or the different brands of water people had, it described a lot about the person who had it. I think overall the message was that everything we own in our life describes us in some way. The way realize this is by looking at the design of the object, how it looks, how it makes us feel, and how can it relate to our everyday lives. I love thinking outside the box and looking at things differently than how they seem. Some people are too ordinary, they don’t like to look deeper or explore the meaning of small things like water bottles. We all do things for a reason, and whether that’s buying a plain water bottle from Kroger or having a recyclable bottle that has a million logos on it, it definitely says something about you.