Have you ever been in a tiny home or a converted van?

My favorite part about tiny spaces is the intricacy and intention with how they are built. Not only are they functional but they are full of tiny-living ‘hacks’ and dual-purpose elements. Oftentimes these items are so well integrated that they need to be pointed out in order to be appreciated and utilized.

Over the past few years, interest in tiny living has boomed. In particular, the #vanlife movement and van rental companies have seen massive growth in people looking to downsize and hit the road. There is so…

I used to live in a van down by the river.

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My partner and I spent 8 months converting a Sprinter Van to a tiny home on wheels. The process while difficult was also an enlightening experiment in human-centered design. Each element within the van is built to hold certain gear and accommodate a specific style of life. One of the things I enjoyed most about the process of building was that if something broke we knew how to fix it.

Since our time in the van, the #vanlife phenomenon has exploded, especially with the onset of covid and people…

This week’s project was not easy for me.

I continued to iterate on the environment I’d previously built. I was able to modify the script for the water asset to change the cadence and height of the ‘waves.’ In all honestly, that was the only win I had with the project.

I played around with the scale of the environment and it was a big mistake. Based on feedback I’d received I scaled the world up by quite a bit but once I got into it moving around was so so slow. After I’d scaled everything up I pivoted and…

I found this project to be a lot of fun. I got more bogged down deciding what I wanted to create than actually building in Unity which was a nice change of pace.

In the end, I couldn’t decide on what to build so I ended up mixing and matching assets that I found interesting. I used a few different low poly asset packs I found in the Unity Asset store. There are so many amazing things, I can see the fun in designing and building an environment.

I began working with a LowPoly Environment Pack — that had desert…

I think my imagination is a bit larger than my skillset at the moment. This week’s project proved more challenging than I’d anticipated.

I chose to work with a logo that I’ve developed for another project. I thought it would be fun to see it in action however the end result is way less dramatic and tech-savvy than I was hoping (sigh). I started out imported a few AI files and extruding the logo. The first hurdle I came to was hollowing out one of the triangles. It took me quite some time to find the inner extrude element.


Once I got through the tutorial and started working in Cinema 4D I found myself enjoying the process. Getting the hang of how things move in the 3D space was a bit of trial and error but I was able to lean into the keyboard shortcut and find a process flow.

I started the project about 5 times. Since it wasn’t a lot of legwork to get the AI file into Cinema 4D, I found it easier to start from scratch than try and backtrack elements. It took me a little bit to figure out the keyframes and which axis’…

An exploration of expectations and goals the second time around.

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When exactly do we become adults?

I’ve heard that our internal self never really grows old. You could be 100 years old but still feel that your spirit is 25. Perhaps we don’t ‘get older’ we just grow more mature. Our understanding of the world becomes more robust and our expectations become more refined.

I am not late in life. In fact, I’d say I am early on in my life journey. Mid-twenties with a lot of learning and growth still to be had. …

I set out on this project to build something that I have not been able to find in the marketplace. People often say that entrepreneurship is built out of our own need for something. This project has been a reflection of and solution for my own commuting needs.

Over the past few years, as I’ve started to commute more via bike, I’ve noticed a lack of flexible commuter pannier bags. Now before you say anything, I recognize that yes, there are many pannier bags on the market.

However, what I have failed to find is a stylish around-town pack that can also function as a pannier. That is the problem I have attempted to solve with this project.

While I focused mostly on a solution for my own commuting needs, this…

As a frequent commuter via bike, I need my gear to be versatile and dynamic.

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Over the past few years, I’ve spent a fair amount of time scouring the internet for a pannier bike bag that can also double as a backpack or shoulder bag once I’m off my bike. I have nothing against backpacks but after a long commute, I’ll often arrive with a sweaty back and sore shoulders. I’ve done market research and while there are a few packs that accomplish this task there are none that look good while doing so.

I want to build a pack that can seamlessly move between being a bike pannier and an around town pack that I wouldn’t think twice about bringing to a meeting or social gathering. We as commuters shouldn’t have to compromise on function or style.

The pack will combine a traditional…

Working with other people is hard. Let’s just put that out there. I don’t think there's any sense in beating around the bush and trying to avoid the truth. When you bring together different personalities, working styles, and communication expectations things are bound to go a bit awry.

However, once we recognize that working with others is difficult, it then falls on us to understand how we can ease the process.

What tools do we have in our toolkits to encourage and enable successful team environments?

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What role do we assume in a group environment? This is the crux of…

Heather Kraft

Designer. Strategist. Innovator. Wondering why the first questions we often ask people is, “what do you do?” Currently being educated @ The Studio (CU Boulder)

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