Jubbies Steinweh-Adler, Jasmin Kim, Joseph Kim, Maggie Ma

Research Question

How might the purpose of education be best served by a cultural shift to hybrid life?

We want to research and understand the core purpose of education to design for the future, instead of picking apart the current system we have in place.

Figma Board

Mapping out the complexity

We began by writing down our research question and the KWHL Table to guide our discussion. To better understand the complex question of “the purpose of education” and “academic hybrid life,” we mapped out all relevant interconnections: these nodes include biases, assumptions, personal worldview, and objective issues.


Round 1: Bullseye Diagramming, presented by Bon

Bullseye diagramming is a method where participants write down desired features, or anything related to the product in question on a post-it note, organized on a concentric diagram ranging from most important (relevant) to least important, from the center to outwards respectively. I found this research method interesting and effective because it visually organizes the MVP for the participants for more streamlined design development. Furthermore, it forces designers to critically think about features and organize them because the concentric circles physically limit the amount of space available.

This research method requires designers to have a general understanding of “what” product…


Case study of Research Methods

What is the research method about?

Simulation aims to recreate the user's environmental conditions to forge an immersive, empathetic sense of real-life user experiences. It allows designers to feel and experience first hand, resulting in a more human-centered design.

When is it typically used?

Simulation method is used in many different contexts. It ranges from creating low-tech wearables to approximate limitations or disabilities that people might encounter, to high-tech replication of environments to seamlessly immerse designers. …


February 1, 2021

Joseph Kim

During our in-class exercise, I had an easier time as the “heart chair.”Regardless of what “role” I had, I always talked about how certain things, ideas, or people relate to me and how it made me feel. Because our worldview is in the perspective of ourselves, I think it is only natural that people find it easier to talk about themselves. This reaffirms the importance of user research in the design process because just like how I sprinkled in my personal biases during the exercise, Designers will inevitably make false assumptions during the early phase of design…


Maggie Ma, Joseph Kim, Julia (Jubbies) Steinweh-Adler, Jasmin Kim

Chair Exercise Reflection

February 1, 2021

Joseph Kim

During our in-class exercise, I had an easier time as the “heart chair.” Regardless of what “role” I had, I always talked about how certain things, ideas, or people relate to me and how it made me feel. Because our worldview is in the perspective of ourselves, I think it is only natural that people find it easier to talk about themselves. This reaffirms the importance of user research in the design process because just like how I sprinkled in my personal biases during the exercise, Designers will…


Understanding form and context

Final Video:

Project I: Similar but different


Assignment 2: Blog post

Written by Iris Yip and Joseph Kim

In the last couple of weeks, How People Work has continued to push us to be more conscious of our Design process. In this blog post, we reflect on our main takeaways on how emotion, cognition, and inclusivity informs our design practice and thinking.

Emotion:

Joseph: Emotions are dynamic and blended. Design isn’t about “happy” user experience because people are complex — emotions aren’t binary and theory of hedonic adaptation states: emotions simply don’t last. Everything elicits an emotional response: People feel things all the time. Design isn’t about forcing emotion, but deciding…


Project 4

Project Overview

October 10, 2020

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Design a 60-second video that highlights the unique characteristics and personality of your typeface in the context of its use and in relation to its larger type family.

Use the 50 word statement and your list of adjectives to story tell your video.

Things to consider:

  • The name of the type face and the family
  • The name of the designer(s), the country of origin, and date of design
  • emphasize visual characteristics of the family
  • Examples of various weights, slats, etc of the entire family
  • Examples of the type in use, as display and in…


Project 3: Type Face

Part One Overview:

September 26, 2020

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Make a list of adjectives that describe your typeface (Arvo). Then, write a one to two page essay that highlights the unique characteristics and personality of the typeface, and a brief statement (50–65 words) that encapsulates the content of the essay.

Elements to consider:

  • Name of the typeface and the family
  • Name of the designer(s), country of origin, and date of design
  • Type classification, expressive qualities, personality
  • Description of the visual characteristics of the family
  • List or description of the various weights, slants of the entire family

Exploration:

September 27, 2020

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Before…


Project 2: Visual Hierarchy

Part One Overview:

September 11, 2020

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Research your assigned local organization (City Theatre) and think of three adjectives and a sentence that describes the event.

Using 8.5 x 11 paper, a vertical orientation, use Neue Haas Grotesk in its three strokes (Light 45, Roman 55, Medium 65, Bold 75). Content should be flush left, rag right, and 17 pts with leading of 21.

Here are the four exercises:

  1. Stroke weights: select two stroke weights
  2. Linespacing: insert one linespace between any two lines of type
  3. Horizontal shift: two flush-left margins
  4. Horizontal shift: three flush-left margins

*when in one exercise…

Joseph Kim

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