Idea Bank is a tool to facilitate collaboration within Parsons’ DT MFA program and between this group and our peers in Trans Design. It is a bound book that allows people to submit and browse project concepts to connect the range of skills needed to bring the concept to fruition.
The Bank provides an asynchronous forum for building a network, but roots it strongly in the shared space of these programs. Originally conceived as a website, the Bank became a book to provide more security for the ideas by keeping them within the community.
Each project deposited can specify a few essential aspect:
- date & expiration
- creative commons license
- collaboration roles and skills needed
- contact information
- keywords for easier browsing
Each project form is numbered sequentially in this bound volume, making it a stronger record of the author’s originality. The Bank leads with a page that describes the intention of the bank and the policy for its use. The Creative Commons licenses and a reminder of the student code of conduct at the front of the book are included to encourage more free and confident sharing.
Idea Bank is part of a series of projects called 5 in 5. With each, I aimed to create something interactive and truly made possible by the participation of many other people.