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MA Thesis

Project Description

My master thesis explores the design and prototyping process of the Urban Data Posts project – a public light installation which playfully displays urban and communal data.

Inspired by Annotated Portfolios, this works establishes the notion of the Focus Framework as a tool to capture intentional and unintentional design aspects in prototypes. Using the Focus Framework to analyse all 16 prototypes developed for the Urban Data Posts project, this research reveals how the project’s final design is fundamentally rooted in unintended and unexpected design aspects of earlier prototypes. This provides a better understanding of the complex interplay between a designer and her prototypes and exemplifies what impact unintentional and unexpected design aspects can have in a design process.

The main contribution of this research, among others, is the Focus Framework, which captures intentional and unintentional design aspects in prototypes.

 

Publications

 

Committee

Dr. Ron Wakkary

Dr. William Odom

Dr. Thecla Schiphorst

Dr. Camille Moussette


Year

2016


Categories

…this research reveals how the project’s final design is fundamentally rooted in unintended and unexpected design aspects of earlier prototypes.