How Designers Can Transform Bad Habits into New Assets: The Application on Social Design

Dissertation (Autumn 2013)

Research Partner: National Trust, TEIA, WaterAid

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

This dissertation is my personal reflection on what I’ve seen and experienced as a young designer. It’s about the way I look at the world and the idea of human being, trying to find the harmony between them in these changing times. While I was looking for a topic to write about, my favorite song came to mind: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.” I sincerely hope my piece of writing could be a clear guide for myself after the first year of study, and perhaps even be valuable for others who also wish to engage in social design. It might be a long way, but it could be much shorter if people tried to help each other. That’s my simple belief, and here is the overture of my story. 

Ⓒ Irene Yen-Hsuan Shih, 2013