The nice twist this time around is that there are seven muses — young innovators all, in widely different fields — to be matched with our seven remaining designers. The muse paired with the winning designer will also get a technology prize in the form of product from the sponsor, so we get to have that repeated another time at the beginning and at the runway show start. But I digress, as I really liked the muse aspect of this episode. Let me spend some time sharing the muses with you:
foundation working on health and education issues, starting in South Africa where her mother was born. Justin sees the love as his inspiration.
Girls Who Code to encourage young women to enter the super geeky field of programming, which has been too male dominated for too long. I have to say that I looked for and couldn’t find the app she talked about creating. Kate has a basic misunderstanding of the consept of “binary” if we are to judge from her interpretation of it. [Note that I only have a picture of the organization logo…apart from the fact that Maria Gonzalez is not a particularly rare name, it’s probably a good thing that a 17-year-old’s photo is not readily available by Google search!]
his site seems to show peripheral connections to charitable causes and a whole lot of merchandising. I guess that would inspirational for young capitalist wannabes? Bradon gets inspired by the idea of Manhattan from above, with Nigel streaking through the cityscape on his bike.
upscale restaurant destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Ever gushing and emotional Alexandria (I kid…the woman is barely animated!) is inspired by a brick wall she sees in the space. Exciting!
Kiva is a crowd source microfinancing site connecting small donors to starting entrepreneurs in 72 countries around the world. They accept “loans” in $25 increments and they have a payback rate of over 99%. Dom focuses on the lively colours that she sees in a couple of the projects and then later explains her fabric design as being about the lines that connect people over the internet. Okay…
his Tumblr. Helen, the child of two artists, is dreading the print challenge, so you’d think she might go deeper into the artist motivation, but no.
I’ll be back shortly with part 2…