Colloquium Abstract Submissions

 

Exploring Narrative Inquiry as a Design Research Method

Anne Berry Assistant Professor Cleveland State University Whether working as industry professionals or engaged in academic research, designers are trained to embrace complex, unframed problems and prioritize the needs of end-users. Processes derived from design practice, such as design thinking and human-centered design (HCD), can subsequently be useful in providing frameworks and strategies to address … Continue reading “Exploring Narrative Inquiry as a Design Research Method”

State of Flux

Natacha Poggio Assistant Professor University of Houston Downtown The climate change debate is divided into two major sides. One argues that the current global warming is caused by human factors while the other side insists it is occurring because of natural forces. Scientists around the world have conducted research that shows human activities contribute the … Continue reading “State of Flux”

Design Activism & Impact: How Can Principles of Social Impact Assessment Improve Outcomes of Socially Conscious Design Efforts in Graphic Design Curriculum?

Cat Normoyle    Assistant Professor    East Carolina University Visual communication is a powerful tool to affect change, and projects that advocate for change through activist messaging offer opportunities for designers to have impact in their communities. By building awareness around a particular issue, designers are able to engage with community, providing a voice for those that … Continue reading “Design Activism & Impact: How Can Principles of Social Impact Assessment Improve Outcomes of Socially Conscious Design Efforts in Graphic Design Curriculum?”

Comfort Toys

Benjamin Evjen Assistant Professor Utah Valley University When I was young my mother had epilepsy. I remember her seizures always began with a heavy sigh, raising in pitch until her body fell against a hard surface. Pots and pans crashed and chairs tipped as mom’s body crumpled to the floor. When this happened at home … Continue reading “Comfort Toys”

What Can Machine Learning Contribute to Empathy in Design? How to Build a Journey Map Using Big Data and Text Sentiment Analysis

Sarah Pagliaccio Principal, User Experience Designer Black Pepper What can machine learning contribute to empathy in design? How to build a journey map using big data and text sentiment analysis. Art and design are meant to reflect the world around us, show empathy for those we design for, and reflect the emotional state of our … Continue reading “What Can Machine Learning Contribute to Empathy in Design? How to Build a Journey Map Using Big Data and Text Sentiment Analysis”

Body Type

Samantha Flora Co-Founder and Designer JAM Studios and Fat Kid Type Foundry Centered around issues of identity, the body, womanhood, and how they interconnect with design in the context of body image and the body positivity movement, Body Type: An Analysis of Fat Identity and Fat Bias in Graphic Design, is an extensive body of … Continue reading “Body Type”

Design for Decentralized Studio Learning

Lisa Hammershaimb Associate Dean of Curriculum, Graphic Arts Independence University Due to financial concerns and shifting learner demographics, in many institutions, the hallmarks of studio pedagogy (small course sizes, dedicated unique learning spaces and extended course-meeting times) are eroding. The new reality for many programs is one where educators are expected to balance an increase … Continue reading “Design for Decentralized Studio Learning”

Social Homelessness on US Campuses

Yeohyun Ahn Assistant Professor Art Department UW Madison Asian women faculty on US campuses may experience the highest levels of isolation, marginalization, exclusion from decision making and networks, and disrespect. This is a multidisciplinary design project to raise awareness of the marginalization of Asian women faculty on US campuses. It includes Asian Women Scholars, and the software, Being … Continue reading “Social Homelessness on US Campuses”

Neuron Focus Support – Eliminating Distraction Through Facilitated Goal-Oriented Task Management

Abhinit Parelkar Graduate student College of Computing & Digital Media DePaul University Gerard Panganiban Graduate studentCollege of Computing & Digital Media DePaul University Initially inspired by people with attention-deficit disorders, this project seeks to assist people who often struggle to establish goals and accomplish tasks in a world that is continuously providing distractions. This project … Continue reading “Neuron Focus Support – Eliminating Distraction Through Facilitated Goal-Oriented Task Management”

Facilitating Justice through Design Research

Mariam Asad Graduate student Georgia Institute of Technology Whereas much academic scholarship engages with the concepts and principles of justice; design research is a unique opportunity to challenge oppression by leveraging design-based resources and practices. This presentation will discuss some concrete and pragmatic examples of design research work that tries to materially contributes to community-based … Continue reading “Facilitating Justice through Design Research”