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Kwok Yin Angelina Lo
How Children Design: Observational Study of Children's Design Process

This research aims to investigate children’s conception of and behaviours during a design process for implications on future pedagogies in creativity development. A mixed methods approach was adopted for a three-part empirical study on how children conceived design (1057 research subjects); their design process as co-experienced by their parents (10 families); and their behaviour during an adult-non-directed design task (nine 9-year-old children). Findings reveal that children conceive design as both a process (constructive and social) and a product (with specific purpose); and as human efforts to alter and anticipate changes for desired results. Children’s design processes are individualised (uniquely different from each other); improvised (playful, concurrent and in an intuitive combination of 2D/3D making, thinking aloud and testing); and ideating with hands (children’s preferred way to generate ideas is to ‘think-while-tinker’ with tangible materials through 3D Make/Model).

Kate Sangwon Lee
Designing Interventions to Induce Socially Responsible Behavior in Social Media

As social media has played an important role during recent societal events such as political campaigns and movements such as Black Lives Matter, it becomes necessary that social media provides a safe and responsible environment. This research aims to propose design interventions that can induce users’ socially responsible behaviour in social media/ By adopting approaches of design for behaviour change, this study focuses on three areas: (1) protecting privacy, (2) raising awareness, and (3) controlling abuse. Specifically, this research has three research questions: (1) what are the key principles and interventions to induce socially responsible behaviour? (2) what are user’s needs and implications around those key interventions? (3) how effective is each of those interventions? To investigate the answers, three studies have been conducted. The first study was service research and expert review. The second study consists of iterative series of participatory design workshops. For the last study, user diary and quantitative analysis will be conducted. The outcome of this study will be sets or prototyping and guidelines around the three areas.

Marty Miller
Seeing the Unseen
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Mike Oustamanolakis
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Academic Terms and Research Methods: A Comprehensive List

Academic terminology can be overwhelming to novice researchers. One website that helped me to get started was SAGE research methods. This poster portrays multiple terms and their parent-child relationships, as I saw the on the site on July 2020.

Gender, Daily Moiblity and Social Exclusion: Informal Transport as an Assest Towards Social Change
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Jee Yoohyun Lee
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Small Stories as Determinant for Ccommunity Design

I am interested in how community-specific narratives ad art practices whose aim is to serve communities can be better aligned for bottom-up community organisation. In order to understand the social mechanism of narratives and art practices specific to communities, the idea of “small stores” becomes crucial. Small stories are small talks happening in fleeting moments, which are nor freestanding, nor can be seen asa self-contained unit of narrative. However, they are heavily relevant to the immediate surroundings. It is in these particular characteristics and frames of all stories that I search ways for narratives and art practices to facilitate more effective and authentic social impact, and ultimately re-structuring of communities. As the unforeseen pandemic disturbs the livelihood and forces us to change our boundaries, the idea of community is reassessed. What sort of community do we want to live in? how can the new ways of organising community be practiced?

Susan Evans
Designing dor Alternative Futures for Wellbeing of Society and Nature
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Daniel Echeverri
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Experiencing Stories Through Artifacts
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Aruna Venkatesh
Tacit Knowledge Construction: A Study in Interior Design Studios

Tacit knowledge, as it is well-known, is inherent and embedded in the act of design. Yet, it is this intrinsic nature that makes it challenging to articulate and acquire in design education. Spatial understanding as a component to tacit knowledge in interior design is an area that is not fully investigated. This explorative research aims to study interior design students’ process of tacit knowledge acquisition in the context of the interior design studio. Constructivist theories were applied to obtain a holistic understanding of tacit knowledge construction through three perspectives of teaching, learning and studio interactions. The position of design as a dialogue, and Donald Schon’s reflective Practice theory served asa basis for the inquiry.


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