It’s been quite a challenge to combat my climbing anxiety this semester, and the unwieldy-ness of this project isn’t helping at all. Even though I have my production plan all worked out, my biggest concern is that I’m biting off more than I can chew. Right now, I can’t help but worry that the best way to achieve the best version of my project requires much more time than two and a half months.
I’m very comfortable with the content I want to investigate and cover. Overall, I’m exploring the gentrification of design, or what I’m calling the “Anthropologie effect.” I want to first research Anthropologie, anthropology, socio-economic trends, and gentrification, in order to understand the pervasiveness of this effect in modern lifestyle design. Then, I want to investigate Etsy as a product and perpetuator of the effect, since it fills a gentrified niche of peer-to-peer e-commerce made possible and left open by EBay. Finally, I want to bring this research together into a website that presents my findings while mimicking the effect Anthropologie has on its customers when they walk through the door.
My current thought is that this content take shape as informative articles, which can then become the sections of a larger research report that encompasses the whole website. However, I’m not sure that this is the most effective format, or whether or not this is the most engaging format to go for. If I were to do something else, I really don’t know what it would be. I’m concerned that I’m taking on more research than I’m capable of achieving by project deadline.
I’m also concerned that hand-coding this site is going to be the only way to achieve my intended effect. I know very little about site coding, and while I’m definitely looking at Pottermore for inspiration, I’m pretty sure I’m not capable of reaching that level of awesome. This is really where I’m starting to freak out.