Self-directed Projects
SELF-DIRECTED PROJECTS
In week 8-10 of the minor (starting on Monday 25 March), you will get 2.5 weeks for an individual research project that you propose yourself. You may dive deeper into one of the techniques, materials or methods we covered in week 1-7, or get inspiration from elsewhere. Some of last year’s examples can be viewed here.
http://minormakerslab.nl/?week-3-readingweek
What should this project be about?
You are relatively free to choose anything that tickles your fancy, but we will aim to have everyone fashion their proposal in such a way that it becomes a little research project (design research, materials research, other) with tangible outcomes that can be shared in the form of designs, objects, tutorials, materials library, tools, or documentation. In other words: your project should lead to new information, new applications for something, a way to repurpose something, a new critique or perspective, an accessible inventory, a more accessible or more complete documentation of a certain technique: you will aim to make a contribution to the body of work you draw from (in terms of inspiration, knowledge or otherwise).
What this project is not
The mini project is not: pursuing any learning objective for the sake of learning it alone, nor is it a chance to rebuild a project that someone else developed. You can do both these things but you will have to think of ways to embed it into an investigation, exploration or a pursuit that leads to something new. Of course this may fail, just be sure it fails in the most systematic, well-documented way possible).
- deadline 18 March 9AM
You started with 3 fascinations and made a zine spread for each. The next step is to choose one final project idea, and write a project plan for it. The time is very short so make it small! Write a project plan by answering the following questions and post them on your Hotglue page.

We will dedicate time next week to you sharing your project plans and finding appropriate sparring/collaboration partners for your project.


Introduction: What is your project about? Which fascination sparked it?

Goal of the project: what is the project meant to achieve? (awareness of something, a new or different perspective on a topic, a material exploration, a catalogue of techniques, a tutorial, a new evocative aesthetic experience, other)

Relevance: why is this project important to other people who might read about it? What might other people learn from your project and documentation?

Context: which other projects are related to this idea? Where do you get inspiration from? (include at least 3 references with NAME, TITLE, YEAR of project and WEBLINKS if applicable.

Expected outcomes: what do you intend to deliver at the end of the project?

Activities and planning: list the activities you will undertake, and describe when you plan to do what for the duration of the project.

Foundational skills and knowledge: state the knowledge and skills you already have that will help you do this project on your own. List at least 2 tutorials you found that will help you get started.

Learning goals: which new skills do you need to learn to make this project successful? What kind of person might be a useful sparring partner in that?

Support: what kind of support will you need? Is that support available?

Materials: which materials do you expect to use? Where will you get them? What's the cost? Are they the most sustainable option available?
Writing a project plan