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SOD faculty Lori Rubeling and Inna Alesina continue their Impact design initiative by facilitating design thinking workshops by visiting classrooms of their colleagues at Stevenson University. 

This week they conducted idea-generating charrette in two Film and Moving Image classes taught by faculty Dina Fiasconaro.

Next week, Inna Alesina will use design thinking to walk students taking ENG 381 class taught by faculty Amanda Licastro through the scenario design exercise where students will envision how people will read in the future.

What are Impact Design Processes?

Impact Design Processes incorporate more variables than simply designing the way things look. 

Impact Design requires all participants to abandon assumptions and 
conventions in solving design problems. 

 

1. Thinking non-linearly

2. Beginning with questions instead of outcomes

  scenario-based questions

  systems-based questions

  human-centered questions

  learning framework questions

3. Devise questions by generating

  yes/no maps

  Idea /mind maps

  word lists

  connotations and denotations lists

 

Click here to learn more about impact design.

VCD students help local company visualize complex information.

VCD professors Inna Alesina and Meghan Marx assigned a short project in their VCD 270— Introduction to Corporate Design classes where students had to take a complex scientific information and make visually effective interpretation for a specific audience.

Shown here is an interim review with a client representative, Alfred R. Berkeley III from Differential Dynamics Corporation, DD Motion. 

DDMotion is working on power controls that are used in alternative energy production.

On November 17th, Carter Brigham (right), one of the creators of Corcl, visited the VCD 370 class to design merit badges for a summer camp. Corcl has become popular among a number of camps. The students shared their own camping experiences and brainstormed ideas for the corcl badges. Carter will return to give feedback on their designs.

On November 15th, Brian Lagette visited Inna Alesina’s class for a third time to view the student’s final logos for the project. The students put their work together and presented their work individually. Brian reviewed each one, commenting on the student’s strong points and how they can further improve their logos for his next visit. He will be returning for one last time in December to see the students and their final edited pieces.

On November 8th and 9th, Mary Mashburn taught two Communication Design III classes how to use the old letterpress in her workshop. She showed the students posters that had been made using a letterpress and taught them how to create their own. The two classes got their hands dirty and made two different posters using a method that involved using two colors to create a third color.

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