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Drawn Cognitive Maps Of Environmental Perceptions And Expectations In The Des Moines International Airport, Clifford J. Gentry Jan 2010

Drawn Cognitive Maps Of Environmental Perceptions And Expectations In The Des Moines International Airport, Clifford J. Gentry

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This survey addressed and evaluated the statistical results and relationships between: (a) The amount of travel experience a person has and the impact of this experience to upcoming travel experiences, and (b) Identified the objects and events one indicated as a significant element - however defined by the participant - within the airport terminal.

Significant results from the study showed events after the travel experience, identified as POSTceptions, (based upon a projected and drawn mental maps of specific environmental spaces, utilizing schemata from projected mental maps and previous, although not always similar, user experiences) were greater in frequency and significance than those ...


User Centered Design Evaluation Of The Grocery Store Environment:, Shelley A. Steenblock Jan 2010

User Centered Design Evaluation Of The Grocery Store Environment:, Shelley A. Steenblock

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study identifies challenges experienced by older adults within the grocery retail

environment. Evaluation of design features is based on user input to identify areas that work well versus those that could benefit from replacement, enhancement or redesign. The objective is to promote greater independence in the task of grocery shopping. Results from this study are of interest to design professionals, retail grocery store management and developers regarding the changing needs and preferences of the aging population segment in the grocery store setting.

Data collection for this study is based on a series of focus group meetings at four different ...


Beyond Usability: An Alternative Usability Evaluation Method, Put-Q2, Troy Donald Abel Jan 2010

Beyond Usability: An Alternative Usability Evaluation Method, Put-Q2, Troy Donald Abel

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Usability can be thought of as a measure or degree to which a system satisfies the needs of the human. Usability is a quality inherent to any given system, which assists in determining the efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction levels of those involved in the interaction. Everyday we are bombarded with interactions and experiences that shape our thoughts, values, and judgments as well as test our limits of interaction with technology.

These interactions have progressed at such an intense pace that humans have become practically slaves to technological innovation. Humans are forced to conform with needs of technology, rather then technology ...


Modularity: The Solution For Green Tradeshow Exhibit Designs, Purnima Swaharu Jan 2010

Modularity: The Solution For Green Tradeshow Exhibit Designs, Purnima Swaharu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Modular tradeshow exhibit design systems were originally designed as an economical solution and were marketed for their features such as easy shipping and handling, easy set-up and a potential for reconfiguration of the components. This potential for reconfiguration is underutilized in the current modular systems, due to difficulty in understanding how to use and re-use the system components. Though modularity is considered as a sustainable measure in allied fields of architecture, industrial design etc, in the tradeshow design field the topic of the sustainable or "green" design seem to be limited to material selection, recycling or conserving energy. This study ...


Enhancing Patient Experience Through Environmental Design In Healthcare: A Case Study Of Privacy At Thielen Student Health Center And Mcfarland Clinic In Ames, Iowa, Brytton Jade Bjorngaard Jan 2010

Enhancing Patient Experience Through Environmental Design In Healthcare: A Case Study Of Privacy At Thielen Student Health Center And Mcfarland Clinic In Ames, Iowa, Brytton Jade Bjorngaard

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

With the establishment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the United States government mandated that healthcare facilities protect patient privacy through the implementation of physical safeguards. However, no requirements for the safeguards were established. This study utilizes lessons of wayfinding and behavior from environmental design research of humans in cities and applies them to the interior lobbies of healthcare facilities. To improve visual and auditory patient privacy at lobby's check-in desks, the study modifies the architecture, signage and interior elements to stop or slow patient movement towards the desks. Through field observation of patient behavior and the ...


Wayfinding In Healthcare Environments: A Case Study And Proposed Guidelines, Kristin Lewis Jan 2010

Wayfinding In Healthcare Environments: A Case Study And Proposed Guidelines, Kristin Lewis

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis consists of a literature review, a case study that was conducted, and a proposal of guidelines for effective wayfinding design in healthcare environments. The research questions investigated were: 1) How does the built environment of a multi-story clinic affect wayfinding? 2) Which elements of a healthcare environment become most important to users who are navigating it? 3) Which elements of a healthcare environment detract from the user's wayfinding experience? The researcher's hypothesis was that insufficient signage and a lack of available maps would be identified as the main issues in the wayfinding experience. This hypothesis was ...


A Study Of How Lighting Can Affect A Guest's Dining Experience, Amy Elizabeth Ciani Jan 2010

A Study Of How Lighting Can Affect A Guest's Dining Experience, Amy Elizabeth Ciani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The goal of this thesis is to provide a case study to the design community that will offer data in regards to incorporating a specific lighting design within the design matrix of a restaurant. Having a comprehensive lighting design that allows the clientele to be comfortable and at ease within a space should be a key focus for restaurant owners. The purpose of this study is to see how lighting design within a restaurant affects a guest's experience throughout the meal and will look at how the color of the overall lighting - from cool to warm - impacts a guest ...


Nature, Culture, And Emotion:Objects Of Wood, Metal, And Stone, Sunki Hong Jan 2010

Nature, Culture, And Emotion:Objects Of Wood, Metal, And Stone, Sunki Hong

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The eleven art works made during my masters program share similar themes and were created using a similar process.

The concepts for my art begin with searching nature, looking at the natural environment that surrounds me to find something of interest. I start with nature because of the infinite range of intimate subjects it possesses; there is always something that grasps me at that moment among the trees, flowers, and birds in every season. When I find that interesting element it reminds me of a certain song, poem, or myth from Korean culture emerging from accumulated knowledge and memories, from ...


Nearly Gone, Amanda Marie Hood Jan 2010

Nearly Gone, Amanda Marie Hood

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The intent of this written component is to document my thesis exhibition, "Nearly Gone." It explains the influences, processes and research critical to its development. Twenty-three paintings and digital prints were exhibited at The Gallery in the Round in Ames, Iowa, April 10- May 29, 2010.

Focusing on emotion, my work seeks to elicit a visceral response from the viewer. Though the development of these works over time has helped me to define my own sense of identity and history, my goal is to provide a type of visual catharsis, exploring emotions that are common to all of us, but ...


Miyazaki's Graphic Novels: Patterns In Design, James Rothschild Ewald Jan 2010

Miyazaki's Graphic Novels: Patterns In Design, James Rothschild Ewald

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines patterns in the design choices of Hayao Miyazaki in Nausicay of the Valley of the Wind. It addresses a gap in the research about graphic novels by focusing on patterns that relate to comic art as a genre, patterns that recall various design principles, and patterns that reflect design strategies. The analysis recognizes that looking at these aesthetic choices involves discussion of the function of each design choice and the relationship of that function to content. Overall, patterns in the design often accounted for issues involving time, character, and change. In addition to analyzing the patterns in ...


Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer Jan 2010

Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The late twentieth century was a time of great change. The advent of Internet connectivity and the World Wide Web dramatically redefined the way all humans live and communicate. Where cross-cultural interaction, relationships, and business practices once existed primarily for the wealthy and powerful, we now find these opportunities readily available to all. One major area that has been greatly affected by this transformation is the field of graphic design. Practitioners in graphic design, for the first time, find themselves in a position to work with an international clientele and to design for global audiences. As a result of these ...


Service-Learning As Strategy Of Aging And Environment: Developing Generations Of Socially Responsible Interior Designers, Lisa Marie Bates Jan 2010

Service-Learning As Strategy Of Aging And Environment: Developing Generations Of Socially Responsible Interior Designers, Lisa Marie Bates

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Interior designers are well suited as activists for change, undertaking the multitude of social issues plaguing our democratic society. On a daily basis designers are directly engaged with the world around them, inspiring dialogue in order to create the physical spaces and places where others live, work, and play. As our nation is facing obstacles and difficult issues pertaining to aging, the economy, and health care, designers can offer diversity and fulfill a multitude of responsibilities including as social scholars and educators. Inspiring and empowering the next generation of interior designers is a challenge educational institutions face. Therefore, the creation ...