Research, Collaboration and Community in an Interactive Design Curriculum

By Adream Blair-Early.

Published by The Design Collection

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Interactive forms of communication, those that are made up of dynamic and time-based information, require more dynamic and iterative methods to show relationships between and among content and users. Action research is an iterative process that balances collaborative problem solving with data-driven analysis or research (Reason & Bradbury, 2001). Action research requires that students analyze and develop concepts and theories based on their experiences.
Students were asked to work in teams to address the issues surrounding the implementation of a rapid-transit bus system in Cincinnati’s underused public transportation system. During the course of several studios, students were challenged with making a new mass transit system an iconic part of Cincinnati by connecting neighborhoods and communities through wayfinding, digital signage and accessible community information.

Keywords: Experience Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.309-324. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.716MB).

Prof. Adream Blair-Early

Assistant Professor of Design, School of Design and the Center for Design Research and Innovation, College of Design Architecture Art and Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Adream Blair had worked as a graphic designer, educator and researcher since 1998. She earned her Masters of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University in 2003. Following graduation, Adream worked in the internationally ranked School of Design at the University of Cincinnati, focusing her research into the development of principles of interaction and digital wayfinding. Adream recently moved from teaching digital design at the University of Cincinnati to teaching Graphic Design at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she is working to develop cross-disciplinary design research initiatives. Her research interests include further developing principles of interaction and digital wayfinding as well as exploring the role of design in addressing information poverty and the visualization of medical information for non-english speaking audiences. Her research has been presented in conferences and exhibitions at both the national and international levels as well as published in internationally recognized journals of design.


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