Week 15 – Design Thinking

Hey and welcome to the very last post on this website, most likely ever. It’s been a fun and interesting semester and Art 110 has taught me a lot. To finish up this semester, it couldn’t fit any better than a Design Thinking activity about my future and life and career decisions! In this activity, we were asked to write down 3 possible future me’s with different scenarios. This was based on three questions:

  1. The thing you currently think you’ll be doing with your life
  2. The thing you would do if the current thing disappeared tomorrow
  3. The thing you would do if you were financially secure, and no one would ever laugh, go ahead, what would it be?

For the first question, I think right now I would end up doing some type of work related to the LGBT+ community because I’m myself a part of it and because it’s a very important cause for me. Since I’m a film major and that’s also something I want to work with right now, I would promote the LGBT community through forms of media such as films and the media’s portrait of the LGBT. I would want to promote it and normalize it to a standard where being LGBT is not a thing anymore, it’s just being human. I don’t know if this would ever happen because that’s a very long way to go, but that’s what I want to achieve or start building.

We were also asked to rate 5 scales for each scenario. This was confidence, resources, impact and satisfaction. I’m going to use the scale 1-10.

  1. Confidence: 7
  2. Resources: 5
  3. Impact: 9
  4. Satisfaction: 8

For the second question, I choose to play soccer because soccer has been a huge part of most of my life and is something I truly love to do. I played soccer for ten years and stopped because I wanted to focus on school. I’ve always loved soccer and will always love playing it so it there’s was something that would disappear tomorrow that I would want to do, it would be soccer. It’s only when I play soccer that I feel completely different, lost in the world without any concern about the real world. I’m a different person because soccer is in many ways my true passion. However, I never wanted to play professional soccer because as soon as it becomes professional, much of the happiness and freedom with it is going to be lost.

  1. Confidence: 10
  2. Resources: 4
  3. Impact: 6
  4. Satisfaction: 7

For the last question, I think I would have been traveling the world with my closest friends, filming and taking photos of crazy stuff we would have been doing. If money or a “career” wasn’t a big deal, I would live my life to the fullest with people I love, exploring the world for what it really has to offer. I would want to be spontaneous and do a lot od adventurous things and activities such as paragliding, snorkeling, surfing and crazy adrenaline experiences. I would also film or document everything so that I could look back at and enjoy.

  1. Confident: 9
  2. Resources: 3
  3. Impact: 3
  4. Satisfaction: 10

That was everything for this website. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed this class and everything I’ve learned.

-Miriam Nyback says bye








Week 15 – Classmate Conversation – Christian Infantes

Hey and welcome to the last Classmate Conversation ever (or at least in Art 110)! I’ve met so many interesting and cool people in this class, and it’s sad that this is ending. What I’ve learned about people in this class is that we are all our person and we look at things with different perspectives. Instead of dismissing this, I think it’s important to try to understand where they are coming from and why they are a certain way. So for my last classmate conversation is Christian Infantes!

Christian Infantes is a first-year student at California State University, Long Beach currently undeclared. He is debating into majoring in film, which was really interesting for me to hear because I’m a film major myself. I gave him a lot of advice and how my perspective on it is, which I think helped him deciding. He is commuting from the South Bay area but is also skating around campus to get to his classes. He just started skating but look like such a skater! This summer he started music production and is also teaching how to play the piano. This is really impressive and makes me want to start something this summer too. He loves music in film and that is something he wants to do besides directing. He took art classes in high school and that’s how he got into art. He has an older brother and a half sister, but none of them are living at home so he is living alone with his mom.

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Week 14 – Sketching in the Japanese Garden

I’ve waited for this activity this entire semester – sketching in the Japanese Garden! Yeyyy! The Japanese Garden at CSULB is probably my favorite place on campus because it’s not only aesthetic beautiful but because I really get time to relax and meditate about life. It couldn’t be a better perfect with finals and everything coming up! And also since I live in the dorms at Parkside, I literally live less than a minute away from it.

The activity divided into five different parts with different ways to draw. The first part was ten sketches drawn for under 30 seconds, the second part was to draw something I liked in 5 minutes, the third part was drawing your hand in 5 minutes, the fourth part was to draw something abstract and the last part was to draw to whatever else you wanted to draw. I think the first part was a really good start because it really made me “wake up” and get my drawing skills (or not) back again. I haven’t drawn in a really long time, but drawing again feels so nice, especially in such a peaceful place as the Japanese Garden.

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As you can see here, this isn’t the best quality of drawings. This is because all these drawings are drawn under 30 seconds. I decided to draw each part of the Japanese Garden for 30 seconds and put them together as one photo instead of drawing one piece ten times.

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The second part of the activity was the first 5-minute drawing where you can see a big difference between the previous photo and this. Because I already had started to draw and because I had a longer time, the result was way better this time.

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In this last photo that I’m going to show you, the point was to draw something as realistic as possible. I’m not the best drawer, but I tried to make the fish look like a fish and the plant look like a plant.

Overall, this was a very fun and relaxing activity that I wish we could do more, but I’m happy we had this as late as now because it fits perfectly with finals right around the corner.


Week 14 – Classmate Conversation – Sohee Son

In this week’s artist conversation, it was done in the Japanese Garden because we had out activity there. It was nice because it gave the atmosphere a more relaxing and natural mood.

I had my classmate conversation with Sohee Son! She is a one-year exchange student from South-Korea who mainly came to California to learn better English, but also wanted to travel the world. She is a third-year graphic design student who lives in the dorms at Beachside. On her free time, she likes to play games, especially the game Overwatch. She also draws pictures and relaxes in her bed. What was really interesting about this is that she is the first student in this class that I’ve met who is an international student like me and with that, I felt it was easy to talk to her because we are in many ways in the same situation. She is also a very good drawer because I saw her draw in the Japanse Garden and was very impressed, not wonder why she is a graphic design major! Photo May 03, 15 27 04