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Rapport: A System Designed To Limit Digital Distraction Within Romantic Relationships, Alexandria Collins Jan 2018

Rapport: A System Designed To Limit Digital Distraction Within Romantic Relationships, Alexandria Collins

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Technology continues to take a more prominent role within our relationships. Although the Internet allows for more connectivity, it also disconnects people from family and friends in face-to-face situations. As mobile digital technologies continue to advance, they create more and more opportunities for distraction and overuse. With an ever-growing market of smart devices with enhanced abilities, it's important that partners are aware of the implications of their use.

To develop a deeper understanding of how digital technology impacts romantic relationships, a digital survey and two data collection studies were administered. Vital information was collected to further develop an understanding ...


Designing And Evaluating Personalized Lifestyle Blog Using Wordpress, Sijia He Jan 2018

Designing And Evaluating Personalized Lifestyle Blog Using Wordpress, Sijia He

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“Blog” is a concentrate of “weblog” and was invented in the late 1990s to provide a chronological ordered calendar style method of discussion or informational websites published on the Internet. People are motivated by different reasons to start or run a blog, which means there are many different types of blogs. Some blogs focus on a particular subject such as a lifestyle blog, which is best defined as a digital content representation of its author's everyday life and interests.

Blogging in itself is quite popular, but it would not be what it is today without blog platforms such as ...


Packaging Design Development For Taiwanese Souvenirs, Wei-En Yang Jan 2018

Packaging Design Development For Taiwanese Souvenirs, Wei-En Yang

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Purchasing souvenirs from a foreign country is a way for tourists to preserve a memory of travel or bestow as a gift to others. Souvenirs are one of the prevalent elements that promote the identities of cultures. The purchasing preferences of souvenirs are influenced by various attributes, such as local branding, and packaging features. Therefore, distinctive souvenir packaging design can both communicate the identity of the culture and attract consumers’ attention. In addition to the basic purposes of containing, protecting, identifying, and distinguishing products, souvenir packages can deliver a cultural representation. Effective souvenir package design can be a way to ...


A Design Anthropology Approach To Understanding Human Wildlife Relationships: Monkeys, Local Development And Participant Conservation In Southest Costa Rica, Yibo Fan Jan 2018

A Design Anthropology Approach To Understanding Human Wildlife Relationships: Monkeys, Local Development And Participant Conservation In Southest Costa Rica, Yibo Fan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This project uses a combined methodology of participatory design and ethnographic fieldwork to study human-wildlife relationships and explore better ways to design and implement a monkey crossing bridge in the area of Talamanca, Costa Rica. It also examines how an interdisciplinary methodology can identify the needs of three species of monkeys and local beliefs, and to integrate these things into project design. The project not only answers how participatory design might promote a favorable human-wildlife relationship, but also explores local beliefs about development and conservation. Based on my research, I argue that the design of the bridge and the process ...


Work-Homes, Satya Charan Ganesuni Jan 2018

Work-Homes, Satya Charan Ganesuni

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Work homes have been used by the people since ancient times but, today people are preferring more to use work-home ideology because of technological advantages, time saving, budget savings etc. Advancements in communications have created new ideologies like work from home etc.

I believe work-homes are a broader concept than what's currently existing. Many architects have researched on integrated spaces and defined the typologies of them. That existing research was about the immobile integrated spaces, but very limited research has been done on the design elements that influence the space in these buildings and no proper research is done ...


Choreography And Interior Design; Using Performance Terminology To Describe Interior Experience, Maricel Lloyd Jan 2018

Choreography And Interior Design; Using Performance Terminology To Describe Interior Experience, Maricel Lloyd

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This qualitative thesis is based on literature in two fields to establish a connection between interior design and choreography. The discipline of interior design and the field of performing arts, specifically dance, are here correlated in order to show the benefit of utilizing performance terms to expand descriptive terminology for interior design. A glossary of terms determined for interior design use, drawn from current stage performance descriptors is established, in order to enhance the descriptive capabilities of interior designers, to both clients and other professionals. A history of each field is investigated to bring understanding about the origins and production ...


Left/Over Objects, Kristina Rice Jan 2018

Left/Over Objects, Kristina Rice

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is the written component of the Master of Fine Arts describing the body of work created and subsequently exhibited as Left/Over Objects, which took place at The Gallery in the Round, Ames, Iowa from March 25-May 18, 2018. These works examine the effect of using found objects in order to derive concepts as the basis for the making of art. It also investigates the symbolic form of everyday objects and the relationships we build with them. Objects and visual analysis are used to inform the artwork which consists of sculptural objects, video, and collage. The artist incorporates ...


Evaluation Of Consumer Perceptions And Acceptance Of Sustainable Fashion Products Made Of Bacterial Cellulose, Armine Ghalachyan Jan 2018

Evaluation Of Consumer Perceptions And Acceptance Of Sustainable Fashion Products Made Of Bacterial Cellulose, Armine Ghalachyan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Due to tremendous contributions of the fashion industry to environmental degradation, novel sustainable materials and practices are becoming increasingly important. The purpose of this research was to investigate consumer perceptions of fashion products made from bacterial cellulose (BC), a novel sustainable material. Research objectives were to: (a) understand how consumers perceive and characterize BC material based on the senses of touch, sight, smell, and hearing; (b) identify areas for material improvement and potential barriers and motivations for consumer acceptance of products made of BC; and (c) evaluate the acceptability of BC, from a consumer perspective, as a novel material for ...


Swagger Like Us: Black Millennials’ Perceptions Of 1990s Urban Brands, Courtney Danielle Johnson Jan 2018

Swagger Like Us: Black Millennials’ Perceptions Of 1990s Urban Brands, Courtney Danielle Johnson

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Hip-hop is a significant cultural and artistic phenomenon that was created in the Black community and has since spread around the world (Aldridge & Stewart, 2005). Hip-hop culture has a unique and authentic clothing style, music style, and language (McLeod, 1999). The relationship between hip-hop culture, rap music, and fashion has global appeal (Power & Hauge, 2008). This research is centered around the evolution of this cultural fashion movement in Black history as it relates to Black millennials today and their experiences fashioning their bodies. There is not a significant amount of literature on urbanwear brands that came out of hip-hop culture or the owners of these fashion brands. The purpose of this study is to examine Black millennials attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) about their perceptions and knowledge of prominent, Black-owned, urban fashion brands that emerged in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s during the hip-hop fashion revolution. Black millennials currently attending or who are alumni of HBCU’s were specifically chosen as the focus of this study because of the heightened immersion in Black culture that a HBCU environment provides. Throughout history, Black individuals have contributed significantly to American society, and hip-hop culture is one of those contributions as it was a major cultural revolution. While Black appearance and clothing has been under scrutiny in America since slavery, urbanwear fashion was a way for Black individuals to express themselves and represent their community. Ethnic dress, such as urban styles of dress, are clothing worn by individuals to express their belonging to a community with a common heritage (Kaiser, 2012; Eicher & Sumberg, 1995). The participants in this study explained their experiences with urban fashion brands, support of Black-owned brands, stereotypes associated with urban fashion, and how hip-hop and urbanwear still inspires their style today. The narratives and perceptions from Black individuals has changed over time and viewing urban fashion through the lens of various social science theories such as Critical Race Theory, Afrocentric theory, and symbolic interaction will further explain the relationship between Black millennials and 1990s ...


Integrating Systematic Design For Sustainability In Design Education To Stimulate Sustainability Awareness In Developing Countries: A Case Study In Rwanda, Aziza Cyamani Jan 2018

Integrating Systematic Design For Sustainability In Design Education To Stimulate Sustainability Awareness In Developing Countries: A Case Study In Rwanda, Aziza Cyamani

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

It is a shared opinion that sustainability designers, regardless of their domain of specialization, need to reframe their traditional modus operandi to adapt practices that are less harmful. This is due to studies that continue to indicate that traditional design practices and outcomes greatly contribute to environmental, social, and economic degradation. Design for sustainability in itself is not a new concept; it has been extensively explored and a plethora of methods, tools, and approaches have emerged from its practice. Even more interesting is its integration in design education. Currently, methods of certifying, refining, and tracking the integration of sustainability in ...


Leveling The Playing Field: Breaking Down Walls Between Artists And Audiences Through Generative, Interactive Visuals And Improvisation, Maggie M. Grundy Jan 2018

Leveling The Playing Field: Breaking Down Walls Between Artists And Audiences Through Generative, Interactive Visuals And Improvisation, Maggie M. Grundy

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis discusses methods of achieving inclusive performance spaces through improvisation and interactive visuals. A non-linear methodology is employed, and research and projects develop side-by-side. The culmination of these projects and research is an audiovisual music project called Starlight Therapy. This music project is designed to help the researcher reach a musical flow state while performing despite anxiety, as well as create opportunities for audience engagement. Methods of diminishing power imbalances that occur between performer and audience are also explored. The researcher is neuroatypical, and thus the acceptance and understanding of neuroatypical people is major theme of this text.


Resurrection, Robert David Jinkins Jan 2018

Resurrection, Robert David Jinkins

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Growing up on a farm that has been in my family since 1849, I gained an admiration and reverence for the land that so many of my family members have worked. Like ghosts or spirits that walk the place, monument-like markers exist, signifying the actions and lives of those who came before me. A tractor may remain parked as it has been for years since the last time it was driven. A broken crock full of metal now slowly sinks into the earth under years of maple leaves fallen from the massive trees that my grandfather planted when he was ...


Generating Branding Buzz On Social Media For A Pop-Up Store: Focused On Brand Experience, Huiwon Lim Jan 2018

Generating Branding Buzz On Social Media For A Pop-Up Store: Focused On Brand Experience, Huiwon Lim

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to determine the role of graphic designers or brands in building a good brand experience in a pop-up store for generating branding buzz on social media. Brands are trying to build up good brand experience through their branding promotions in order to get to good brand identity and image for their customers. Brands are also using diverse social media as a platform for their brand communication with their customers. Recently, a pop-up store is used as an experiential store for creating the good brand experience and for getting positive buzz related to the brand ...


Korean Fashion Media, Beauty Ideals, And Colorism: Examining The Prominence Of Whiteness Between 2013 And 2017 In CãƒÂ©Ci Magazine, Eunji Choi Jan 2018

Korean Fashion Media, Beauty Ideals, And Colorism: Examining The Prominence Of Whiteness Between 2013 And 2017 In CãƒÂ©Ci Magazine, Eunji Choi

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this research was to critically examine fashion magazines targeting Korean women to examine to what degree White or European beauty ideals permeate Korean cultural outlets. To analyze beauty ideal representations in these fashion magazines, I used the content analysis method and examined issues of Céci, the most popular and widely circulated fashion magazine published in Korea, from 2013 to 2017. Each individual pictured in the magazine was coded in five categories: race, skin tone, hairstyle, hair color, and facial characteristics. Descriptive statistics, Pearson’s chi-square, and independent samples t-tests were used to analyze the data ...


A Game-Based Design Studio: An Exploration Of An Interior Design Studio Environment For Implementing Game-Based Learning, Zina Alaswad Jan 2017

A Game-Based Design Studio: An Exploration Of An Interior Design Studio Environment For Implementing Game-Based Learning, Zina Alaswad

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The design studio is an active, participatory, and experimental learning environment. Since the 19th century, the studio has been a place for learning through doing with a community of peers seeking knowledge, skills, and a space for unleashing creativity. The advancement in teaching and learning has shown to address a variety of instructional issues in a variety of fields using digital technology and innovative pedagogies. The design studio, despite its many affordances, has been criticized over the past decade for multiple reasons. This three-article dissertation focuses on using the game-based learning (GBL) pedagogy to address three instructional issues in interior ...


Addressing Variability As An Expansion Of Naturalistic Lighting Theory For User Wellbeing, Zhenru Zhang Jan 2017

Addressing Variability As An Expansion Of Naturalistic Lighting Theory For User Wellbeing, Zhenru Zhang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This study is an exploration into the relationship between lighting and office occupant productivity and wellbeing, attempting to better understand how enhanced naturalistic lighting and lighting control might enable an environment that affects occupants positively. To explore the possibilities of this concept, a morphological research approach has been implemented to ultimately integrate the following three major lighting developments; human affinity to nature; accommodation of physiological, functional, and psychological aspects; and acknowledgement of the inherent need for variability and evolution.

This study consisted mainly of two segments. First, through the review of literature, three key lighting-oriented developments have been identified; human ...


Computer Detection Of Spatial Visualization In A Location-Based Task, Georgi Iliev Batinov Jan 2017

Computer Detection Of Spatial Visualization In A Location-Based Task, Georgi Iliev Batinov

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

An untapped area of productivity gains hinges on automatic detection of user cognitive characteristics. One such characteristic, spatial visualization ability, relates to users’ computer performance. In this dissertation, we describe a novel, behavior-based, spatial visualization detection technique. The technique does not depend on sensors or knowledge of the environment and can be adopted on generic computers. In a Census Bureau location-based address verification task, detection rates exceeded 80% and approached 90%.


Prototyping Learning And Congruence In New Realities, Peter Mcneil Evans Jan 2017

Prototyping Learning And Congruence In New Realities, Peter Mcneil Evans

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The educational system in the industrialized 20th Century, a monolithic delivery model, prepared students for a hierarchical livelihood in either blue collar or white collar worlds. Today, a different landscape is predicted for the workforce. And it is rapidly changing and advancing. Will Richardson points out that by 2020 more than half the US workforce will be “freelancers, consultants and independent workers” (Richardson, 2012). While forecasts and predictions vary, continuing studies support this workforce evolution.

The continued revolution in digital technology is pervasive today with mobile devices and the Internet providing an abundance of information, knowledge and opportunity with the ...


A Tablet-Based Application For Older Adults To Enhance Memory: Communication With Archiving Stories, Wonsil Jang Jan 2017

A Tablet-Based Application For Older Adults To Enhance Memory: Communication With Archiving Stories, Wonsil Jang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Sharing emotion is one aspect of communication between humans. Throughout human history people have regularly met face to face in order to share or collect information and to experience emotional interaction. As technology rapidly developed the means of communication have dramatically moved to online space through social communication methods or through online information spaces where people comment or write their ideas and thoughts. Although most audiences now use online communication methods, the older population has been relatively neglected in the industry because they are sometimes considered customers outside the major market. The main goal of this study was (1) to ...


Automated Design For Manufacturing And Supply Chain Using Geometric Data Mining And Machine Learning, Michael Jeffrey Daniel Hoefer Jan 2017

Automated Design For Manufacturing And Supply Chain Using Geometric Data Mining And Machine Learning, Michael Jeffrey Daniel Hoefer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis presents an automated method for assessing conceptual designs with respect to manufacturing and supply chain, using geometric data mining and machine learning algorithms. It is important for designers to understand how design decisions will impact downstream manufacturing and sourcing. Many critical decisions are made during conceptual design that impact production cost even before detailed design is finalized; however, the effects of these decisions are not known until later. Design for manufacturing and design for supply chain are methods that provide feedback to the user in a way that enables proactive design changes.

A conceptual design is largely defined ...


Black Fashion Designers Matter: A Qualitative Study Exploring The Experiences Of Black Female Fashion Design Entrepreneurs, Samii Lashanta Kennedy Benson Jan 2017

Black Fashion Designers Matter: A Qualitative Study Exploring The Experiences Of Black Female Fashion Design Entrepreneurs, Samii Lashanta Kennedy Benson

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of Black female fashion design entrepreneurs by examining how they launched, financed and successfully maintained their businesses. Fifteen female fashion designers, ages 25 to 50 years old, who identified as Black or African American, participated in this study. The participants also met three out of the following criteria: (a) have completed a fashion design certificate or degree program, (b) design and produce a line at least twice a year, (c) participate in at least two fashion shows a year, (d) rely on their fashion design business as their primary source ...


#Notiowanice: Guerrilla Design Tactics And Addressing Nitrate Pollution, Heather V. Sumners-Purdy Jan 2017

#Notiowanice: Guerrilla Design Tactics And Addressing Nitrate Pollution, Heather V. Sumners-Purdy

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Calling attention to the issue of nitrate pollution in Iowa’s waterways as a result of current agricultural practices, my goal was to initiate a dialogue on social media prompted by guerrilla tactics. The issue of nitrate pollution has been steadily increasing over the past decade as a result of Iowa’s lack of environmental mandates to maintain and monitor nitrate leeching from the soil into the watersheds. In 2015, this issue initiated a lawsuit by the Des Moines Water Works against three northern farming counties, citing runoff into ditches that feed into the Raccoon River as source points of ...


Tackling The ‘Right’ Problem: Investigating Cognitive Strategies Used In Understanding Design Problems, Jaryn Studer Jan 2017

Tackling The ‘Right’ Problem: Investigating Cognitive Strategies Used In Understanding Design Problems, Jaryn Studer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Looking beyond the provided or presented problem can allow new perspectives to emerge, revealing the potential for more varied and creative solutions. Current engineering and design research has primarily focused on the generation of ideas, and little research has investigated how engineering designers engage in identifying and refining problem definitions, a process called “problem exploration.” Past research has established that knowledge about how to perform problem exploration is important for improving our understanding of how presented problems turn into successful design solutions. However, existing problem exploration methods are not based on learning theory, and there is little empirical evidence about ...


User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer Jan 2017

User Data Spectrum Theory: Collecting, Interpreting, And Implementing User Data In Organizations, Andrea J. Peer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Organizations interested in increasing their user experience (UX) capacity lack the tools they need to know how to do so. This dissertation addresses this challenge via three major research efforts: 1) the creation of User Data Spectrum theory and a User Data Spectrum survey for helping organizations better invest resources to grow their UX capacity, 2) a new UX method and model for organizations that want to capitalize on spoken words from end users called Rapid Meaningful Scenarios (RMS), and 3) a recommendation for UX education in response to the current ACM SIGCHI education Living Curriculum initiative. The User Data ...


Recognition Of Symbols In Different Cultures: Chinese Culture Vs. Non-Chinese Culture, Tian Shen Jan 2017

Recognition Of Symbols In Different Cultures: Chinese Culture Vs. Non-Chinese Culture, Tian Shen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Graphic design in different countries exhibits strong cultural characteristics of the countries. The beauty of cultural differences is commonly viewed as making graphic design unique and valuable. Alternately, the diversity of cultures may also result in unsatisfactory design due to a cultural barrier between the designer and people who are from a different cultural background. As a graphic designer, creating high-quality visual information that satisfies consumers with different cultural backgrounds is very important. Misinterpretation and misunderstanding of some cultures may result in design failure or cause conflict between different cultural groups. This study compares the acceptance levels of various kinds ...


Women’S Motivations To Sew Clothing For Themselves, Addie Martindale Jan 2017

Women’S Motivations To Sew Clothing For Themselves, Addie Martindale

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The purpose of this study was to understand why women are choosing to sew clothing for themselves as a leisure activity in the age of fast fashion. Resurgence in home sewing participation, specifically an increased interest in personal garment sewing, has prompted the need to explore these women’s perceived benefits and their consumer behavior as they operate outside of typical consumer culture. Due to the lack of current home sewing research, a grounded theory approach was used to reveal the reasons for this phenomenon through the experiences of the female sewers. An ethnically diverse sample of 15 female middle-class ...


Transitions In The Design Process, Monica Lynn Amman Jan 2017

Transitions In The Design Process, Monica Lynn Amman

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The proposed research uses empirical methods to investigate designers’ use of research

throughout the design process with an emphasis on research and idea generation. The goal is to explore the factors which impact the various phases of the design process. The early phase of the design process is often referred to as the “fuzzy front end” where many variables are still in play and the design direction is not completely agreed upon. This is also when the designer is conducting user research. The connection between the user research and the design solutions that designers move forward is critical. This connection ...


Seamless Knitted Sports Bra Design: A Responsive System Design Exploration, Adriana Carmen Gorea Jan 2017

Seamless Knitted Sports Bra Design: A Responsive System Design Exploration, Adriana Carmen Gorea

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

ABSTRACT

The transition of sports bras’ uses, from an active lifestyle to resting activities, requires dynamic and adaptable comfort properties of the design, as well as adequate breast support, fit, and comfort. Thus, the two-fold purpose of this study was to: (a) analyze the use of current materials and processes in the product development process of seamless sports bras, via industry interview and observation, and (b) propose a design solution for a seamless sports bra that offers variable breast support during running versus resting activities.

Using a case study approach, an in-depth interview with a Santoni seamless knitting technician provided ...


Design Requirements For Female Boomer Activewear: A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Study, Chanmi Hwang Jan 2017

Design Requirements For Female Boomer Activewear: A Sequential Exploratory Mixed Methods Study, Chanmi Hwang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The emerging phenomena of active aging brought new challenges for professionals to respond to female boomers’ demands on special needs for fit and styling of activewear. Since this market is not well understood, a holistic research that integrates both consumer behavior and product development is needed. Thus, this study explored and analyzed design requirements for female boomer activewear for indoor fitness through a sequential exploratory mixed methods research. This method consists of three phases that begins with the collection and analysis of qualitative data and builds from the qualitative results to a quantitative phase.

In the first phase, 15 in-depth ...


A Study Of Teaching Methods To Enhance Creativity And Critical Thinking In Graphic Design, Samantha Colleen Barbour Jan 2016

A Study Of Teaching Methods To Enhance Creativity And Critical Thinking In Graphic Design, Samantha Colleen Barbour

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Progress and change are important to improving old processes and educational

methods are not an exception to these facts of life. Numerous studies have been conducted on different learning styles and methods individuals use to transfer what they learn to new

situations. However, most of these studies do not reflect on what this research means for

designers, specifically graphic designers. Graphic designers play many roles as problem solvers, critical thinkers, and creative strategists. Generally speaking, success in graphic design is measured by the strength of a solution’s creativity. When a solution is creative it tends to address the need ...