Happy Songs

To kick start the design I wanted to see what songs make other people happy. Of course the design is aimed at getting people to relax and enjoy where they are but what’s the harm in finding out what my friends would pick as the one song that makes them instantly happy. To go about this I wrote a Facebook status asking people to comment with the artist and title of the song that makes them feel this way. After just 20 minutes I have had an amazing response, but I’m hoping that a few more people will join in too.

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So an hour on the response has been mad, I guess people love showing off what they know about music. However, I don’t particularly like or even know some of the songs but it’s been a great opportunity to hear new stuff although a few people got a little silly towards the end.

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I’ve reserved three pretty cheap MP3 players to pick up tomorrow morning from Argos so I will have an idea how big the packaging will need to be and I’ll be able to start compiling together a play list, whether I use all of the songs from this research is another thing but it’ll be fun.


Thursday 27th March

So, since the presentation I have felt completely lost with where I am going and of course this has meant that I have been putting off doing work. Researching happiness has been really dull, and I feel that if I begin finding the subject dull the outcome will reflect this.

Last week I began another mind map to try and narrow down the topic. This lead to thinking about drugs. As of yet I have not conducted any research into this but I had the thoughts of perhaps creating an outcome that reflects the effects of recreational and/or prescription drugs on peoples happiness.

However, in the tutorial I discussed this idea and the struggles that I have come across since beginning this project and that I still do not know where I am going.

Whilst talking to James, he took me back to my initial thoughts and ideas about peoples happiness in cities. I spoke about how I appreciate all the random things and ordinary things in any situation, I make an effort to enjoy my surroundings and that fact that people don’t do this really confuses me. Maybe I could use this as a guide? How could I make people appreciate normal everyday things that people see that often they don’t even notice?

Tutorial Notes


So, over the next few days I intend to narrow down my focus, re-write my brief and have some direction in where I am heading.

Counting Sheep/Counting Sleep

We were given a task in groups to find data on a subject. Our subject was ‘Sleeping patterns of a student’.

We began by going around the classroom and asking fellow students on an average night how many hours sleep they got, the data was recorded and then the ideas started to come. The group talked about what things represented sleep such as the letter ‘Z’, pillows and clouds but we settle on sheep as the best option, it’s more fun and we could have fun making them.

After buying two huge bags of cotton wool balls we got to work on making our sheep. Each total was worked out as a percentage and each sheep was made out of that many balls, e.g., 1%, 1 ball… The smallest was in fact 1 ball and the largest 70.





Originally we wanted to lay them outside on the grass as if they were in a field but this being England it hammered it down and had to resort to the grubby carpet in the hallway!


This was then made into a graph…


Group Work

This mini brief had a very restricted time frame and I think if I were to do it on my own the out come wouldn’t have been so inventive. I found that for a task such as this one working in a group speeded up the process. All of us contributed ideas and thoughts on the subject which meant that we had our idea relatively quickly and could set to work on getting the materials and graph made.