The RCAH Language and Media Center is a collaborative space at Michigan State University that supports student media projects and language learning. As a design consultant in the space, I spend my time helping students conceptualize their projects and helping them navigate the resources that are available to them. We have photography, filmmaking, and music production equipment for our users as well as a computer lab with graphic design and video production software. One of my favorite toys in the LMC is the digital cutting plotter:
In an effort to get more involvement from first-year students and to encourage a “gift economy” among RCAH students, I pitched my idea for an LMC Idea Passport to the director of the LMC. The premise for my first iteration of the passport was a small booklet that contained a checklist for ways to get involved, blank paper for brainstorming project ideas and keeping track of progress, and an area to collect trading cards, stickers, and stamps that were made in the LMC. I teamed up with the director of the LMC and a fellow consultant to refine my first prototype. Eventually, we decided on a prototype for the pilot, which was an envelope for interchangeable “passport cards.”
With the design phase of the project completed, we began producing 60 sets of envelops and cards for distribution to the college's first year students, who would be visiting the LMC in the coming week as a part of their introduction to the college.