• Autobiographical memories and design 

    Pecha, Shelley Marie (2004)
    As a designer who has frequent emotional bonds with objects and places, I became curious as to how and why these things captivate me. Why do we cherish what we do? Is it possible to design with this in mind and make ...
  • Balance between humanity and ecology 

    Spears, Steven Joseph, 1974- (2009)
    Incorporating aspects of public and environmental art practices into my professional endeavors as a landscape architect and urban designer has provided me with opportunities to work at a human scale, consider human needs, ...
  • Beleaf : an earth-friendly solution to disposable dinnerware 

    Adhikary, Amrita Prasad (2011-05)
    This report is a documentation of an investigative design process that looks at how small shifts in established systems can be reconfigured to make big changes. It is an attempt at establishing a framework for designing ...
  • Data visualization as craft 

    Rowe, Cathryn Elaine (2011-05)
    For my MFA, I have decided to explore data visualization not as an automated technology but as a craft—a systematic and precise practice done entirely by hand. Though the craft-based approach is not appropriate for all ...
  • Design : a tool for transformation 

    Ferguson, Beth Jean (2009)
    My graduate research has been focused on testing how visual communication in the form of three-dimensional polemic works can become a tool for effecting social change. The change I am interested in relates to the global ...
  • Design and the qualities of craft 

    Culpepper, Lindsey L. (2012-05)
    During my research, I’ve studied craft through various lenses as a way to explore the realm of meaningful experiences within material culture. It is through an understanding of materials and process, through craft, that ...
  • Design for reflective behavioral change 

    Xu, Yi, M.F.A. (2012-05)
    This report is concerned with using design to encourage reflective behavioral change through the use of everyday objects. Many designers have studied behavioral change in the context of sustainability and social interaction ...
  • Design to re-nourish 

    Benson, Eric, 1975- (2006)
    My graduate research explores how sustainable principles can be more fully incorporated into professional graphic design studios. The experiments and projects that I have undertaken include both printed and digital pieces ...
  • Design toward dialogue : a graphic design methodology 

    Paredes, Xochitl Angela (2004)
    This report emphasizes the social design aspect possible in graphic design. It focuses on creating a dialectical environment where critical thinking can begin and flourish. A methodology of graphic design is presented as ...
  • Design workshops 

    Howell, Bryan Franklin (2003)
    In the course of this report I discuss the creation and meaning of three design workshops. The first workshop, "A Design Process For Everyone," introduces the essentials of a conventional six-step design process of problem ...
  • Designing for lived experience : a suite of tools for people with Type 1 diabetes 

    Kinbarovsky, Jesse Israel (2014-05)
    Diabetes is a chronic, patient-managed illness. Type 1 diabetics must maintain near-constant awareness of their blood sugar levels and perform frequent medical interventions in order to remain alive and healthy. Research ...
  • Designing tools and interventions for a more engaging formative feedback process 

    Kraus, Alexis Rose (2014-05)
    To teach effectively, teachers rely on feedback from their students. But students often dislike conventional forms of feedback such as taking tests or answering questions in front of their peers. For my MFA thesis project, ...
  • Experiences of rupture 

    Carroll, Ledia Pearl (2005)
    I am interested in a mode of inquiry that reveals existing conditions to people through direct experience of an artifact or phenomena. My work ranges from objects, to overt experience, to the documentation of observed ...
  • Exploring spatial interactions 

    Bruner, Ryan David (2012-05)
    The field of interaction design is constantly shifting with the introduction of new technologies that allow individuals the ability to interact with or act upon an environment, such as installations that use motion ...
  • A field guide to observable phenomena : a tool for aesthetic practice 

    Bash, Katherine E. (2004)
    A Field Guide to Observable Phenomena is the result of various observational investigations of natural phenomena that I have performed during the last two years. In this guide, I write a commentary on the role of naming ...
  • Foregrounding accessibility for user experience design 

    Sandhu, Amanjot Kaur (2015-05)
    I am interested in creating generative tools and techniques for designing accessible user experiences for end users. As a user experience designer, I am working on embracing the web accessibility standards and guidelines ...
  • A generative methodology for reframing visual culture 

    Willett, Alice A (2013-05)
    The purpose of my experimental research in the MFA Design Program has been to develop a working methodology to transfer into a professional graphic design practice upon completion of the program. In my time here, I have ...
  • I Heart Arabic : online "working procrastination" resources for Arabic language learners 

    Thong, Claire Mei Li (2014-05)
    Reaching proficiency in Arabic requires a lengthy commitment, and as a result, it is important that students have access to resources that will help them maintain their motivation to learn. Many students are motivated to ...
  • The impotent toolkit : challenges and limitations of co-design for societal value in Southeast Louisiana's landscapes of African American dispossession 

    McDowell, Robin Boeun (2015-05)
    This report details a reflexive practice that lies in the emerging field of co-design for societal value. This territory marks a move from user participation to equal empowerment of stakeholders--that is, designers, users, ...
  • Information visualization : working with screens of experience 

    Aler, Carolyn Jean (2012-05)
    Information visualizations have become increasingly popular in the last decade. Viewing data visually has proved helpful in communicating or revealing information in many fields ranging from science to journalism to art. ...