• MFA in Design

  • Alingo Loh
    Jason Harrow
    Shayna Proctor
    Treanndis Hurst

  • Jason Harrow - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Jason Harrow

    Form Studio: Coffee Filters
    Rebo: Physical Therapy Ecosystem
    Rebo: Models
    Rebo: Family of Products
    Salamander: Concept Sketches
    Salamander: Testing
    Salamander: Photoshop renders
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Tripod
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pocketing
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pictures

    Form Studio: Coffee Filters

    Rebo: Physical Therapy Ecosystem

    Creating frameworks to understand the support structure of physical therapy

    Rebo: Models

    Foam and acrylic 'looks like' prototypes

    Rebo: Family of Products

    Functions of the three pieces of the Rebo

    Salamander: Concept Sketches

    Ideation of a product that would reduce discomfort during cold showers

    Salamander: Testing

    Working with 'functions like' prototypes to test the effectiveness of chemical heat on the body during a shower

    Salamander: Photoshop renders

    Concept renderings with branding

    Moleskine Iphone Case: Tripod

    A tool for performing design research that simplifies the multi-tasking or mulitple tools

    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pocketing

    Designed to be portable, and leveraging equipment many designers already carry, a moleskine and an Iphone

    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pictures

    Take pictures hands-free while sketching or writing notes, all the while recording audio. No more switching between tools!

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    Rebo: Physical Therapy Ecosystem thumbnail
    Rebo: Models thumbnail
    Rebo: Family of Products thumbnail
    Salamander: Concept Sketches thumbnail
    Salamander: Testing thumbnail
    Salamander: Photoshop renders thumbnail
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Tripod thumbnail
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pocketing thumbnail
    Moleskine Iphone Case: Pictures thumbnail

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    Thesis Abstract

    The field of design research has risen to incredible heights. Today it has become a profession in its own right, with experts in fields such as ethnography, user-experience, and marketing, but where is the place of the designer, the novice now in the world of research? How can individual designers feel more empowered to go into the field and talk to people? By identifying new ways for the researcher to simplify and enhance the documentation experience in the field, designers are better equipped to generate the meaningful insights that address the needs and challenges of today’s world.

    In an effort to determine how the documentation of research can thus be improved to enable more effective observations, designers with little to no experience in design research were observed while performing contextual interviews. In addition, experts in design and ethnography were interviewed, in an effort to gain insight into the professional world of design research, specifically focusing on best practices and opportunity spaces. The insights gained from these field observations, interviews, and surveys were used to create a new tool for designers in the field. This exploration of the potential for a new tool is both physical and digital, seeking to create a discussion about how designers observe and document findings. Together they tell a story of the unique potential of the designer in the world of research.