Peer-reviewed comments for Maya’s Presentation

April 23, 2010
By Mathan_Ratinam

11 Responses to “ Peer-reviewed comments for Maya’s Presentation ”

  1. Chris_Choi on April 23, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I like the organic feel of the books and the handmade quality of the book, but have you thought about the size of the books? I’m wondering if a larger format would be more relevant for younger girls who, in my opinion may write/draw larger than adults do? The space intended for notes/drawings/etc may be a bit too small. Just a thought. I like the personalization of each book so that it’s not really just a manual but “your own” manual. Nice job.

  2. Mathan_Ratinam on April 23, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    the first book example ‘listography’ where the author gets into a conversation is great point as to how the RC can not instruct but get into a conversation with the volunteers, provoking the reader/contributor to consider things they wouldn’t ordinarily.

    The How to Make Books is also great for the illustrations because they are so clear and instant.

    I like the permanence of some of the book parts. So changing the materials and such so that in a way its like a photo album of events (fires/disasters) that didn’t happen.

    Definitely speak to a book binder who will tell you all the secrets of how to put the book together and what opportunities there are.

  3. Haeun_Kim on April 23, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Creating a personal manual.
    I like your yellow purse, but isn’t it small for storying documents?

    Thank you :)

  4. Julynn_Benedetti on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love the beautiful, hand-drawn quality of your books. I don’t know if you’ve addressed the age range for your audience, but I definitely see this being attractive to young girls to young adults. It still appeals to me, and I am definitely no longer a young adult!

    I suppose since it’s a prototype, it wasn’t completely fleshed out, but I was not 100% clear as to the purpose of the book. Also, as the prototype was made out of tissue paper, it seemed so delicate, but if it’s a safety survival guide, I think it should show a bit more toughness and durability.

  5. Nora_Gecan on April 23, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I love the way you’ve thought through this process and drawn inspiration from all aspects of the examples you brought in. You’ve taken information so incredibly dry and brought color, personality and value to it. Your prototypes are intriguing, beautiful, nd so touchable and I can’t wait to see the final product. There’s no doubt that this book would be treasured and used.

  6. Tanya_Kumar on April 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I really like the direction that you are going in. The book would be great because it is so personal but I think that there needs to be a little bit more of printed, very very easy to read text to balance out the professional and the personal- as in sometimes if everything is handwritten it could look a little less important than it should be. But I do think you’re making great process and I love the way the books are filled with pages that each family would have to fill out together, just consider how people will take the arts & crafts book and make sure it seem as urgent and important as it is.

  7. Rhiannon_Fox on April 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I love the aspect of it being a sort of diary or scrap book, and as nigel said about the book being more of a gift book is great and is very personalized. But I think maybe a little more direction or information could be put in it?
    what would be the production cost of these be?

    beautiful hand made prototypes maya :)

  8. Nadiah on April 23, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I love the poetic quality of your works. That really stands out for me.
    And the aspect of writing in your own ‘manual’ is really interesting.

    If these can tie in to the Red Cross, in ways that girls and women can get involved, or have done in the past, as inspirations, that could be a way of developing the content further.

    You go girl!

  9. Kelly_Nichols on April 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    These are great explorations into the possibilities of what you’re developing. The issue of handmade/precious vs mass produced could be resolved by the “inserts” form that you’re using. Perhaps the prototypes that you’ve made could be what the child makes/writes when her mother is putting together the “family” portion. Then the child’s part is inserted into the family’s portion. Every time the family document is updated, the child should be involved. I definitely think that viewing this as an heirloom of the family rather than just a tool is important.

  10. Nigel on April 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Just to repeat my comment from your presentation: I really like the fact that the handmade, customized view you’ve taken with this shifts the preparedness task from an external obligation, to an emotional connection and investment. It’s self curated. Balancing these two sets of outcomes will be the hardest thing (alongside figuring out a cost-effective way to produce the materials).

    Again this seems like something that would fit well with a school outreach – an educational, emotional piece of work that students could begin. It could easily get stuck as “homework” then, and resented, but you’d have more people doing it.

    I also imagine there might be a space for someone to document their family’s stories of “disaster” – grandma broke her hip, we got evicted, there was a fire at school, uncle peter died. This becomes the memory book, but also a chance to learn, and document what worked to help the family/people survive, or what they lost and wished they still had.

  11. Yina_Ma on April 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    sorry about reply so late>–<///

    I really like your book because I know a lot of girls like me, love the organic and hand-made stuff. Industrial production may be not warm and touching as you want to achieve in your beautiful design.

    Just finish it!! I want to have one!!!

    Yina