Fall Studio Tumblr

To see projects from this Fall’s Design Advocacy studio course, Design for Mindful Interaction, check out the updated Tumblr. Work shown is a response to the following assignments:

7 Rules in 7 Weeks (self study): A poster sequence constructing & deconstructing behavior. Shown as gif animations online.

The Gift (one to one): This project explores design as a form of exchange. Students learn methodologies for cultivating empathy of a user. Step 1. Students formulate questions to interview a stranger or acquaintance. Step 2. The interview is translated into a ‘visual portrait’—synthesizing their impressions into a visual form. Step 3. Students design ‘a gift’ for this person that can be a designed scenario, object, or service.

Public Intervention: Form, Content, Context (one to many): This project is about stepping out of the studio and conducting primary research of a place and it’s users through making. It involves a series of rapid iterations evolving to the next stage weekly. Concepts evolve from the initial formal investigations. Themes: site specificity, making as a form of research, visual disruption, making the familiar unfamiliar Week 1: Form: Alter form in a public space; Week 2: Content: Add a message; Week 3/4: Context: Invite participation; Week 5: Design a folio or process book to document the process.

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Design for Mindful Interaction looks at how we can introduce self or group reflection into the design experience. This might happen in the design process as a form of intention on the part of the designer, but could also occur between multiple users of a designed object, experience, service, etc. In the class, we consider how to disrupt expectation or perception, and therefore behavior or interaction, in a social setting. Students learn methodologies for conducting ethnographic research and cultivating empathy as a formative part of the design process. Studio course developed and taught by Jean Brennan.