The Non-Designers Design Book


“The Non-Designers Design Book – Design and Typographic Principles for the Visual Novice”, written by Robbin Williams, it is a book to help people who want to learn more about design but do not work with it.

The author presents basic concepts with wich the user can produce elements in a professional and organized way.

The book has four basic principles: contrast (similar elements in the same area), repetition (organization of the structure), alignment (a clean appearance) and proximity (reference to previous elements with the same function).

The book has multiple examples to help the reader understand the basic principles of Design. Examples such as cards, magazines, flyers, journals, websites and book covers are given. The writter says that the theory must be applied in practice.

The book explain in a very intuitive way, in which even people that do not work with design can understand its ideas.

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ITS Project

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The project consists of a web application which will display a 3D project of robots. The user can rotate the robots, see layers, make parts transparent, see key informations about the robot, but the user will not be able to change the project.

The project was inspired on Solid Works, and on websites which have similar applications (such as Mitsubishi and Toyota).

The user will be able, during expositions, to test the application in a more interactive way, fully experiencing all the features of the program with either an Oculus Rift or HoloLens. This will give the user a more immersive experience. A Kinect will be used to capture the user’s movements and control the rotation of the robot.

During this expositions, the user’s will get a quick tutorial about how to interact with the program.

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ITS Presentation

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In the last week of ITS class we did a presentation about our project.

My presentation needed more practice on speaking, I was not fluent enough. I could not give the idea of what exactly my project is, this also could be improved.

During the presentation I used several softwares to demonstrate my project, but this confused people, it would be better to put all the demonstrations in the same software.

The video in the presentation was clear and showed how the final project will look like.

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NASA Promotional Video

The intention of the video is to make people interested in our project. To do so, we used a few images from our software and gave some key informations about the project.

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NASA Presentation

The presentation at the NASA Space Apps 2016 event consisted of a 3 minutes presentation + a 30 seconds video.

During the presentation we talked about why we are doing the project and how will the project help astronauts on their trainings. We also show a video of a starting prototype of the software and we introduced some features that may be used to sell the project to the general public.

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NASA SpaceApps Event


The NASA Space Apps Challenge helped me to learn how to make a project from scratch. With only 72h we made a great project which will help astronauts on their training to start a colony in Mars. We won the “People’s choice awards”, we were also congratulated by being the first team to win a premium with any doctors in the team.

The result can be seen in the NASA Space Apps Challenge 2016 website:

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My presentation was not as interactive as I wanted. For next time I’ll put more interactive elements on it.
My QR code was not working properly, I also need to fix it.
The content and references of my presentation have a good quality, but the references need to be APA and I need more practice on presenting my content.

I’m also thinking about putting a background music to make the presentation more dinamic.

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