Good day. My name is Gabe Landes, I’m getting my master’s in ID at GA Tech. My undergrad degree is in Environmental Science and it is my hope to use my degree from Tech to solve environmental problems through design.
I greatly enjoyed the lecture you gave this past Friday, the 7th at the IDSA conference. I have given a lot of thought to the idea, that you spoke about, that designers need to consider the compound consequences of their designs, beyond materials use, energy consumption, and disposal. Designs impact how people use space, how they relate to other people, how they judge the world around them, how self reliant they are capable of being, how they view the concept of hardship, and so on. As designers I feel that it is our responsibility to consider these ramifications.
I was wondering if you would be willing to send me your presentation. I’d like to have it as a reference and I’d like to deliver an abridged version of it to my classmates who were not able to attend conference. Of course, I would site you as my source.
In addition, I was hoping to initiate a regular correspondence with you about design and sustainability.
I am currently enrolled in a class entitled “Professional Practice”. As a project (until mid-April) we have been asked to find a mentor from a design firm or company of our choice. Because of your awareness of the extent of the environmental crisis and the quality of your designs I’d like to know more about how you work and what your experience has been like in the design and academic worlds. I’m interested in teaching design. I want to design furniture and lighting, I want to use wood and steel, I want to make art and objects of social commentary. I’m also interested in how design can relate to mass media, public policy, and conflict resolution.
I’d like you to be my mentor. For this project, I would like to contact you via email on a weekly basis to ask questions about your design philosophy, sustainability, and the industrial economy. Essentially you would be a resource of information and guidance for me as I begin to build a design philosophy and find a direction in the field of Industrial Design this semester. I realize you are quite busy and I would greatly appreciate your consideration and any time you would be able to afford me over the next few months. I look forward to hearing from you. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have before committing.