How do arts-based writing endeavors catalyze generative thinking and support research development in design students’ thesis endeavors? This paper offers reflections from an industrial design masters student, a graphic design masters student, and their arts education professor in a School of Design at a Research I institution. Informed by theoretical and historical contexts of the design discipline and perspectives from composition studies and fine arts practice, we explore the potential of arts-based writing as an evocative, speculative tool and a distinctive form of reflective practice for the development of graduate design research. We suggest that arts-based writing’s iterative process, dialogic engagement, and speculative approach to knowledge-construction provide critical, reflective structures for working through uncertainties and thus are uniquely responsive to the evolving epistemologies of the transdisciplinary university. Three focal questions guide this reflection: What is arts-based writing? What role does arts-based writing play in students’ design research endeavors? How can arts-based writing practices support the growth of speculative and pragmatic design research?
A Proposal Submitted to the Faculty of the Information Engineering Technology Program in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Information Engineering Technology
There are around 2700 locations with National Park in their title on our planet, and more than 6500 locations with Category II type of protected areas that defines “National Park” per International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and its World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). So far, there is not a single website or mobile app dedicated to the World’s National Parks where all the information about the parks is available on a map. If any user wants to search information about the world’s national parks, he or she will have to rely on Wikipedia, TripAdvisor, travel blogs, or find the park’s official website. Searching for a list of World National Parks on online search engines usually returns an incomplete Wikipedia page or short list of well-known or well publicized National Parks. That makes the search very difficult and doesn’t give all the information. Also, there is not a single database or API with all the world’s national parks on the Internet. We’ve created The World’s National Parks website and mobile application that provides a brief information and a map of all the National Parks. Mobile Application has features like finding parks nearby and directions.
The current debates revolving around 5G, Huawei, and how they are resolved, are highly visible indicators of the technology based shifts in the global order which are setting the tone for the 21st century. Currently, it seems that many in the US and the PRC are using Cold War and Thucydides Trap paradigms, with a zero-sum mentality. At least in the case of 5G technology, the UK seems to have taken a more nuanced approach.
This article comes as the UK prepares its new National Cyber Security Strategy, reviewing the 5G and cyber security debates surrounding Huawei in a highly interdisciplinary manner, and directing readers to a rich variety of resources. In addition to its analysis of issues and solutions often absent from the discourse, this article’s feature contribution is the argument that the UK can be more than an example of a middle way. Specifically, if the UK scales up and internationalizes its Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Center, perhaps by creating an International Cyber Security Evaluation Center, it can lead its allies and the world in 5G, 6G, cybersecurity, and international relations, filling a vital leadership vacuum.
The Wireless Charging SmartBag is the ultimate solution for users on the go, who fail to find time to recharge devices. The combination of proprietary smart device connection cables, adapters, and battery banks into this SmartBag can substantially increase the freedom and organization of users of Qi enabled devices. Current market research shows no viable all-in-one solution that provides this ease-of-use. According to Cisco VNI, the number of networked devices per person is expected to jump to fourteen by 2022. This paper discusses the work, validation, and development of the resulting fully inclusive system utilizing a mobile application to allow users to view battery percentage data for each registered device including the backpack itself, as well as the ability to prioritize device charging based on need and available charging capacity. Additional features include a SmartBag charging dock, GPS tracking, and Global Wifi HotSpot.
WhereToPics is a web application built on the foundation and spirit of community with the intention of sharing the best picture locations around the world! Statista.com reported 1.323 billion international tourists as of 2019, compared to 911 million just 10 years ago. Everyone will be able to add their best photograph locations and check to see if there are any other incredible picturesque spots nearby! WhereToPics is unique in that it is the only application that provides precise information about the absolute best places to take pictures. We designed WhereToPics as a website application platform so that everyone can access it from their device via internet connection. The control and monitoring of content will be overseen by elected regulator site managers. WhereToPics will continue to bring people together and reinforce the importance of sharing, interaction, and strong community. Never miss a wonderful opportunity to capture a beautiful memory again!
IASDR 2017 Guest Speaker
Meredith Davis has taught for forty-seven years and served as head of the Department of Graphic Design, Director of Graduate Programs in Graphic Design, and Director of the PhD Design program at NC State University. She is an AIGA fellow and national medalist, Alexander Quarles Holladay Medalist for Teaching Excellence, and fellow and former member of the accreditation commission of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, for which she drafted the national standards for the evaluation of college-level design programs. She serves as a member of the education advisory committee of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Museum and is a former president of the American Center for Design. Meredith is a frequent author–including four books on design and design education– and serves on the editorial boards of She Ji and Design Issues. Her research includes a two-year study of design-based teaching and learning for the National Endowment for the Arts, which received a CHOICE award from the National Association of College and Research Libraries.
She has served on the development teams for two National Assessments of Educational Progress, most recently for the scenario-based evaluation of 21,500 students in Technology and Engineering Design Literacy. She authored a five-year research study of teaching critical and creative thinking across the college curriculum, featured in a study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development on the effectiveness of higher education in preparing students for innovation jobs. She has reviewed proposals for the Smithsonian Office of Education and Museum Studies, National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and her work has been funded by the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Science and Technology; National Endowment for the Arts; Worldesign Foundation; and several state commissions.
IASDR 2017 Guest Speaker
Bob Schwartz joined GE Healthcare (GEHC) in December 2007 as General Manager, Global Design & User Experience. With five studios in four countries, Bob is responsible for overseeing the Global Design function encompassing human factors, industrial design, ergonomics, user-interface, environmental design, and design research. As a strategic driver of organic business growth, his team focuses on the look, feel usability and end-to-end experience of GEHC products and services. Bob is also the GE Healthcare Global Executive Sponsor of the People with Disabilities Network.
Since 2009, Global Design/UX has been the recipient of 19 medals from the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) and was listed, in 2011, by Fast Company magazine as a Corporate Design Stronghold. In 2015, Bob’s career trajectory was cited by Fast Company as among the top Chief Design Officers. In 2015 the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) named him among the 50 most notable industrial designers of the last 50 years. Bob was recently elected Chair of the Board of the Design Management Institute.
Continuously engaged in Design education throughout his career, he is a two-term member of the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design and its Executive Committee and is Chair of its Academic Excellence Committee.
Bob is also a member of the Design Management Advisory Board at Northwestern University and has had similar roles at Savannah College of Art and Design and Carnegie Mellon University. Further, he has also held a design faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati. While at P&G, Bob applied his leadership to developing the School Collaboratives Program there and has created similar relationships in his other roles with academic institutions globally.
Bob joined GEHC from Procter & Gamble, where he was a global design leader working to transform the design function there to a strategically relevant capability, which is now comprised of 350 global designers and design managers. Prior to P&G, Bob was Vice President, New Product Development, at Levolor Kirsch, a division of Newell Rubbermaid, where he brought innovation to the home decor industry. At Motorola, Bob was the Director of Design, responsible globally for all key product lines within the Commercial, Government, Industrial and Consumer Products businesses.
As Executive Director and COO for the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Bob forged an unprecedented relationship with Business Week magazine to annually publish the Industrial Design Excellence (IDEA) awards and later the Catalyst Awards. This accomplishment led to Bob receiving a United Nations appointment to the People's Republic of China as Senior Advisor for Design. He has also testified before Congress on a Bill to establish a US Design Center in the Dept. of Commerce.
Bob was also the Director, Science and Technology Programs for AdvaMed, where he forged strong partnerships with the FDA, HCFA and Congress and lobbied and directed policy and voluntary standards research for circulatory and cardiovascular devices, healthcare information systems and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Prior to this, Bob was the head of Corporate Industrial Design and Architecture for the American Red Cross, where he implemented new nation-wide mobile blood collection, tissue banking and disaster services systems and blood center laboratory designs.
Most notably, Bob was inducted into the IDSA Academy of Fellows at the 2007 World Congress of Industrial Design, for his outstanding contributions to the industry.
Bob has a Masters degree in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a Roddy Scholar, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Industrial & Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Submitted to the Faculty of the Computer Science Technology Program and the Faculty of the Information Engineering Technology Program in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor Science in Computer Science Technology and Information Engineering Technology.
In modern business/enterprise environments, automation has become the driving force to improve products, workflow, and business practices. Managing where, when, and how these automated jobs are running can become an unwieldy task for many. Windows Task Scheduler, SQL Server Agent, SQL Server Report/Integration Services, and numerous other automation tasks all have their own interfaces. WAM (Windows Automation Manager) is a web-based automation application that allows users to quickly access scheduled jobs, log information, and access a job creation interface to perform a variety of automation tasks. Through it’s simplistic and to the streamlined design, WAM will allow system and network administrators to spend less time monitoring and scheduling tasks, and more time on projects and maintenance.