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Michelle’s Tiny Little Map

By “Anthropologie” I meant the clothing store and as an area of focus.



4 thoughts on “Michelle’s Tiny Little Map

  1. I’m thinking about anthropology BUT I’m really confused because I was thrown into critical thinking of art in the first quarter and I really don’t want to do something related to art, unless it deals with clothing. Maybe. I really am not interested in art, despite people’s recommendations for me.

    Posted by miclauren | April 11, 2011, 10:58 am
    • I’m incredibly confused. I feel like going into vacation, we were already supposed to know what our senior project was going to be and if this class was designed to help us pick what it’s supposed to be, I really don’t think it did it’s job. We had, what, maybe 3 periods of this class and then got all these break assignments asking questions about our project and asking us to get feedback on them. How am I supposed to do this if i have no idea what to do for the project and have no sense of direction to even begin with? Honestly, what is this class about? I don’t really think I know.

      Posted by Miclauren | April 25, 2011, 7:58 pm
  2. Hey Michelle,

    So you definitely don’t need to know exactly what your project is going to be – the point of the class is to help you identify an area of interest (more specific than an area of focus), do some research in those areas, and come up with a project to respond to that. Some people have come into the process already being really interested in, I don’t know, making a film – so that’s why they already know what their project is.

    Anyway, it’s fine that you don’t know, but you need to begin to figure out how to narrow your interests. When I study your map – which I just saw five minutes ago for the first time, yikes – I’m making connections between fashion/trends/tattoos/anthro/tech. I have a friend who actually came into the Sixteen module today who I should have had you speak with for a minute – he works here: http://www.flamingo-international.com/trends.cfm

    The website is actually far less interesting than what he actually does. Essentially, brands will come to his firm and he helps them do research around trends/etc to help them better articulate (or predict) what their brand is or where it should go. For example, a label like the GAP might go to them if they need help figuring out how to make their brand sexier, or how to make it appeal more to young people, or .. etc.

    He sees his job as that of an ethnographer – essentially, an anthropologist.

    Trend forecasting is another thing, but related. Check out http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704288204575363151343676336.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_LeadStoryNA for a story on that.

    Anyway, check out those sites and let me know what you think.

    Posted by Christina Jenkins | April 28, 2011, 1:39 am
  3. Also, re: your second comment, yes – 3 classes for your section. Schedule fail. But also, attendance fail!

    Posted by Christina Jenkins | April 28, 2011, 1:44 am

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