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BFACD Alumni Feature: Michelle Eguia

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Recent graduate, Michelle Eguia’s thesis project Spare, is a board game that teaches one how to become more ambidextrous under the pressure of competition. Using the Montessori teaching method of guided problem solving, this game pushes players to complete a majority of activities using only their less dominant hand.

The elements of tactility, quick thinking, and competition ask the players to disregard perfection and to prioritize a steady hand and mind that they otherwise would never use so demandingly. As the interior contains the tools the players must use to complete various tasks, it is the exterior of each box that is covered with a distinct texture subtly communicating the activity the players must complete. The first person to successfully complete all six dexterity boxes wins and is closer to becoming a part of that one percent who are ambidextrous.

Spare is a board game that teaches one how to become ambidextrous under the pressure of competition

This game pushes players to complete a majority of activities using only their less dominant hand

The elements of tactility, quick thinking, and competition asks the players to disregard perfection and to prioritize a steady hand and mind that they otherwise would never use so demandingly

The first person to successfully complete all six dexterity boxes wins and is closer to becoming a part of that one percent who are naturally ambidextrous

What were your favorite classes at Parsons?

My favorite classes were Topics Branding, Jewelry 2, Design Entrepreneurship, and Non-Ferrous Metals.

What did you wish you knew as a student that you know now?

Your teachers can give you the insight into whichever industry you are trying to get your foot through the door. Talk to them, ask questions and learn from their expertise. Learning from their mistakes and success can help you navigate the career path you want for yourself.

Who do you look up to in the design community?

Jessica Walsh, Timothy Goodman, Joe Gebbia, my professors, and my peers/friends I have made at Parsons.

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