Senior capstone – design system development
|Institution:||Ohio State University|
|Level:||Advanced, Capstone, Senior|
|Category:||Animation, Branding, Design Methods, Environmental Design, Experience Design, Graphic Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Motion, Print, Service Design, User Experience, User Interface, Visual Communication, Web Design|
|Filed Under:||3-D, Collaboration, Community, Design for Democracy, Design for Good, Design Research, Design Thinking, Digital, Four-year Program, Information Architecture, Integrative, Interdisciplinary, Iteration, Multidisciplinary, Participatory, Printed Matter, Process, Production, Publication, Signage, Social Impact, Usability, Video, Wayfinding, Writing|
Students create a comprehensive design system addressing a topic of their choice, using a process that involves research, problem identification, prototype development, user testing, and design documentation. Below are three project examples.
Project 1 - Rise: a digital platform for self-directed learning by musicians.
Project 2 – Ballot: a digital resource to assist young adults with the voting process.
Project 3 – Breeze: a physical and digital wayfinding system for visitors to Chicago.
Students achieve a working understanding of:
1) Research strategies to uncover human problems and ways they may be improved.
2) Development of communication prototypes in various media that can be evaluated by users.
3) Documentation of a comprehensive research and design development process.
Design prototypes, project documentation, and various materials used to present projects in our annual spring exhibit of capstone work by graduating students.
1) The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design - https://www.designkit.org/
2) Elizabeth Sanders - Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design (Laurence King Publishing, 2013)
3) Bruce Hanington - Universal Methods of Design: 125 Ways to Research Complex Problems, Develop Innovative Ideas, and Design Effective Solutions (Rockport Universal, 2019)
4) Vijay Kumar - 101 Design Methods: A Structured Approach for Driving Innovation in Your Organization (Wiley, 2012)
My colleagues and I have taught this course many times over the last several years and have refined it quite a bit, so that it works well as the culmination of our program sequence.