Games, Design & Game Design

Short Bio

In Design Practice, Design Process, Promo on October 13, 2010 at 9:11 am

Part of the Milan class is generating materials for publicity. We’re entering the design world monkeysphere with the project, so we need to get PR stuff done pretty much before we actually have finished, or even in-progress, projects. First up: 50-word and 100-word descriptions of my project, and my short bio. They are presented here as works-in-progress. I’m interested in your response to the project descriptions, and title in particular, whether good, bad or meh.

Project Title
More Than It’s Worth

50 Words
More Than It’s Worth explores the way in which design adds to the face value of the materials used to construct luxury items. The use of pennies as the medium for construction of high-end lighting fixtures interrogates the relationship between materiality and monetary value in our increasingly abstract world.

100 Words
As currency becomes more digital and abstract, it leaves the physical totems of bills and coins behind. These objects that were once money are essentially worthless in a digitally networked global world. What worth remains? More Than It’s Worth explores how design adds to the face value of the materials used to construct luxury items. All consumer items are sold for more than their material costs. By making the literal worth of the material used in the manufacture of high-end lighting fixtures completely transparent, this project interrogates the relationship between materiality and monetary value in the marketplace.

Short Bio
Nathan D. Paoletta
BA Politics & History, Brandeis University, 2006
MDDO, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2011

Nathan D. Paoletta is a multidisciplinary American designer and maker of objects. Born in Hawaii, raised in New Mexico and educated in Boston and Chicago, his work is informed by his eclectic background in the humanities, technical theatre, scenic construction and game design. His designs focus on the ideas of worth, whimsy and the role of story in human interactions. Nathan’s latest projects can be found at ndpdesign.com.

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