Social Media as a Vehicle to Enhance Design Thesis Research

By Roselynn M. Newton.

Published by The International Journal of Design Education

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Many people dismiss social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) as frivolous distractions on the internet that are meant for superficial interaction. Most naysayers feel that social media is a quick way to get bites of information that really have no substance or purpose. However, social media can be an extremely valuable tool in which to gather information, find like minds and to expose oneself to other arenas that are readily available with the click of a mouse. Social media can be used effectively when you know its capabilities and limits. When handled properly, social media can be an invaluable tool to enhance research. This paper will discuss a case study showing the use of social media to enhance design research. More specifically, to enhance research with a focus on graduate thesis work. The study will address how the students employed conceptual strategies using social media as a vehicle of delivery.

Keywords: Thesis Research, Social Media

The International Journal of Design Education, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp.59-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.941MB).

Prof. Roselynn M. Newton

Assistant Professor, Communication Design, Department of Art and Design, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Texas State University San Marcos, San Marcos, TX, USA

Rose earned her B.E.D. in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University in 1995. She was a graphic designer in the oil and gas industry in Houston for such firms as Enron (United Media Corp), PennUnion and PG&E Energy Services before attending graduate school. She received her M.F.A. in Graphic Communications in 2002 from the University of Houston. Rose is currently an assistant professor of Communication Design at Texas State University San Marcos, specializing in typography, dimensional design and paper structures. Her research interest focuses on new technology and pedagogy.