After our mini group, discussions, everyone gathered in the crit room and discussed more about our ideas. More design terms such as FOCUS, CRAFT, and the idea of PURPOSEFULNESS and telling a "story" through our structures really encouraged us new designers to think more about what we were creating. In every project, there must be one focus. What came up in the discussion was that in some peoples project, it looked as if they did not know whether they were focusing on the twigs or the paper when they were constructing their models. Strategic thinking is extremely important in any project because it allows for a clean and organized product. This also goes along with craft because in order to become a better designer, you must make numerous iterations to perfect every project. Along with having a specific purpose, it is also interesting to try and tell a story with your project, where it looks literal in a way, but it is also imaginative at the same time.
Listening to the comments of my peers in our mini group helped me greatly, but listening to the first years as a whole was also helpful and I'm glad they had the effect that they did.