Psychological Well-Being Through Music Listening, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Psychological Well-Being Through Music Listening, Majed Boughanem
Design has gotten good at delighting and stimulating us in the short term. Could we design products that are good for us in the long run?
In this project, I looked at positive psychology for concepts to develop into features of products and use music listening as a vehicle for integrating them. I propose three music-listening features that help exercise and cultivate emotional regulation strategies:
1_The Reaction Tile
Each feature represents one or multiple strategies from the Process Model of Emotional Regulation.
Shoes For Advanced Urban Surfaces, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Shoes For Advanced Urban Surfaces, Karan Buasakdi
The journey to designing shoes that use irony and mischief of everyday life in Bangkok to criticize the social-political climate and challenge the norm. In the act of desacralization while trying not to get arrested with the problematic criminal code article 112, the Lèse-majesté law of Thailand.
The design is based on the designer's life growing up in Bangkok. The tax use priority in Thailand doesn’t reflect the life of its people. One of the most prominent features of Bangkok is its abandoned sidewalks. The abandonment of infrastructure is part of our lives as well as the feeling that we …
Rebuilt The Fading Vicinity, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Rebuilt The Fading Vicinity, Yifan Du
Something is missing on the scale between me and the whole world. That’s also the dilemma of the Millennials. The giant gap between the ego and the world builds an invisible wall. This invisible barrier makes us nonchalant toward the trivial things happening just right in front of us. Ironically, the nonchalance makes our society more emotional and drastic. We get outraged more easily compare to the past.
How should I invite people to appreciate and care more about our surroundings? How do I rebuild the fading vicinity? Those questions are the starting point of my thesis journey.
Beyond Conscious: The Knowing Of Self-Owned Anxiety, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Beyond Conscious: The Knowing Of Self-Owned Anxiety, Wenyu Du
To achieve recognition of when we might under anxiety attack, the first step is to introduce the practice of expressing ourselves with wearable devices- Nudo for users to say “no”, “I am not in a good condition” with no words, gently reveal your emotional status and give you the sense of support. Nudo works like the defense mechanism of humans and gathers our body signals that are triggered from anxiety as a recording piece that allows users to track what’s happening during every specific moment. It also works as a reminder for those who might not recognize their own anxiety. …
The Portal : A Tool For Uncertain Times, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
The Portal : A Tool For Uncertain Times, Sophie Engel
My thesis is about imagining a Positive Apocalypse. Not a utopic version of the end times, but one that sees hope in the end of our current systems and ways of thinking; a future where at the end of the world, instead of reaching for your gun, you reach out to your neighbors. Most renderings of the apocalypse we see in popular culture stem from patriarchal fears of loss of control, chaos. Most narratives depicting the end of the world devolve into inevitable violence and extreme isolationism.
In the industrial design world, narratives are used as a way to sell …
Living Objects, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Living Objects, Katie Tzu Hua Huang
Sometimes, I find myself sunk into my memories, during daytime when the sun illuminates through the seam of the shutters in my room, or at midnight, when the world is in deep silence.
The sound of flipping books brings me back to the time when my mom sat in the living room quietly, with a cup of hot black tea as always. At the time when she read, I always found a stream of light illuminating the table, covering her face partially. One page, two pages, and three pages; as she kept flipping, the repetitive sound made the quiet afternoon …
The Art Of Microbe Maintenance: Value And Applications In Design, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
The Art Of Microbe Maintenance: Value And Applications In Design, Yujin Hwang
My thesis centers around designing microbial systems and objects for a sustainable future. I propose ideas to bring microbes into the home in order to make people understand them as a part of the environment. Through deep consideration of how my microbe based material could change across national and social contexts, I create accessible, attractive and friendly-looking design objects with microbes that address people’s fear of microbial life. I strive to facilitate the intersection and interaction between people and technologies in ways that are ultimately harmonious for the well being of both.
My ultimate goal for my thesis is not …
Ars Technica, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Ars Technica, Bayan Mashrequi
It’s easy to forget that we are living in an age of wonders, where the ability to perform feats that would have seemed divine miracles to our ancestors, has become mundane and routine to us. Even for people who are practitioners of this Modern Magic, the artificers and the sorcerers, the wonderfulness of the endeavor becomes difficult to appreciate most times.
Ars Technica serves a two-fold purpose here: for the uninitiated and the novice, this book aims to inspire and enable students, engineers and tech aficionados by highlighting the connection between mythology, literature, history and folklore with the wonders of …
Indefinite Origin: Decentralizing Knowledge, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Indefinite Origin: Decentralizing Knowledge, Tong-June Moon
The RISD Digital Commons notes that “graduate education is focused on producing original contributions to a field, based on research and advance practice."
What is collaborative thesis, and what value does it bring to the process?
Indefinite Origin, is a thesis advocating for knowledge to be decentralized and treated as a shared resource. Deviating from a focus on originality, it engages in the creation of knowledge as a collaborative effort. Design flexibility is practiced through intellectual humility, negotiating methodologies and welcoming chance. This thesis explores ideas from Furtherfield’s Do-It-With-Other (DIWO) or Do-It-Together (DIT)4 philosophies that promote synergy around commons5, cultural …
Inter - : Design For Fostering Action-Oriented Awareness Towards Sustainable Transition, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Inter - : Design For Fostering Action-Oriented Awareness Towards Sustainable Transition, Elena Danlei Huang
In order to meet the need for sustainable transition, it is vital for the general public to be aware of the social and ecological interconnectedness within existential climate crisis, local sustainable development, and urban individual’s behavioral patterns. As a method to rebuild interconnectedness, this thesis explores design interventions for fostering action-oriented awareness towards sustainable transition. Jumping out from the current paradigm, it tries to connect the audience to alternative conceptual representations. An integrated theoretical model built around a local contextualized issue is proposed in the thesis, followed by a practice-based case project focusing on Rhode Island Squid Fishery as a …
Move In The Internet, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Move In The Internet, Jennifer Ziyuan Huang
We work in front of computers and consume digital entertainment our leisure time. Our bodies need frequent consumption of varied movements for essential physiological processes, while screens cause prolonged stationary. Our bodies need good alignment to function well for a lifetime, while devices and chairs cause bad alignments. The goal of my thesis is to design objects to encourage body movements and good body alignments throughout the day. I hope to design for a sustainable state of well-being.
For my first project for the thesis, I looked into sitting. I designed a chair that allows people to switch between kneeling …
Distilling The Narragansett Bay, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Distilling The Narragansett Bay, Parker Ives
My thesis is an investigation of material vernacular and a celebration of process and material. I am manipulating locally sourced materials to pull out unexpected qualities in order to distill a unique identity associated with a place and the things that give that place its character.
The resulting work focuses on distilling the Narragansett Bay through the lens of three categories. Reminiscence, Impression, Composition. These works fall into the categories of being reminiscent of a place, impressed upon by a place and composed of a place.
This thesis is not a conclusion of this area of inquiry, rather it seeks …
Kitsch Study And Chinese Kitsch Market, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Kitsch Study And Chinese Kitsch Market, Jiaqi Ellie Liu
From the old industrial age to the new information age, the accumulation of capital has led to the monopoly of the assets and technology of large enterprises, and the pressure of the middle class is increasing day by day.
At the same time, informatization has led to a substantial increase in the next round of energy and material needs, and therefore human needs for thinking, physical and emotional needs have also increased. Kitsch can meet the thinking and emotional needs of the public. Therefore, it has become the mainstream contemporary aesthetics.
Kitsch art & design are easier to be loved …
Zoomorphic Extended Body, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Zoomorphic Extended Body, Nicholas Tamas
My thesis work is built around emerging technologies within the fields of prosthetic and robotics. The end result is a speculative proposal with how to expand the potential modes of use with these emerging technologies to extend and build upon their potential uses.
Beacon Public Library: Expanding Radical Civic Care For An Uncertain Future, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Beacon Public Library: Expanding Radical Civic Care For An Uncertain Future, Katrina Machado
Stressors like climate change will put strain on our communities, making them more vulnerable. I am asserting and expanding the role of the public library as a civic space for radical care and community resilience. This work explores the ways in which the public library, as an existing institution, could adapt to the needs of its changing environment and community. Interventions are visualized by a librarian’s jumpsuit and library apron, an adapted library book cart, public signage, and a re-imagined library card.
I imagine a public library that pushes the bounds of its physical building and actively and compassionately serves …
Uncertainty Wanted: Deconstructing Gender Gap In Parenting Mentality, 2021 Rhode Island School of Design
Uncertainty Wanted: Deconstructing Gender Gap In Parenting Mentality, Zimeng Xiang
Gender stereotypes propagate through generations like a loop without a clear start or end, constantly reinforcing and being reinforced by the constructed, gendered system of information around us. For this project, I take the start of parenthood - the moment when new parents begin to learn everything about newborn care - as a critical point to encourage gender-neutral parenthood and eventually, to fill the gender gap in parents’ mental load.
Fine Roman Dining At Affordable Pompeian Prices: A New Evaluation Of The Non-Domestic Gardens Of Pompeii, 2021 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Fine Roman Dining At Affordable Pompeian Prices: A New Evaluation Of The Non-Domestic Gardens Of Pompeii, Claire Campbell
World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Undergraduate Honors Theses
Previous scholarship has designated Roman gardens into otium or negotium designations; however, this research on Roman gardens suggests that these concepts often exist in the spaces simultaneously. To address this issue, I compiled catalogs of garden spaces identified at Regio I and Regio VI of Pompeii. This methodology cuts across traditional public and private or productive and aesthetic designations, which will allow me to draw connections between the gardens found in different types of settings. This new catalog methodology of Roman gardens presented in this thesis allows for an integrative analysis of garden spaces, which reveals that these commercial gardens …
(Personal Protective Equipment) Ppe Design Prompt, 2021 San Jose State University
(Personal Protective Equipment) Ppe Design Prompt, Kohar Scott
All Assignment Prompts
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Subsistence Marketplaces: Journal, Knowledge-Practice Portal, And Organization, 2021 Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School
Subsistence Marketplaces: Journal, Knowledge-Practice Portal, And Organization, Madhu Viswanathan
Subsistence Marketplaces: Journal, Knowledge-Practice Portal and Organization
These Are My People: An Ethnography Of Quiltcon, 2021 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
These Are My People: An Ethnography Of Quiltcon, Kristin Barrus
Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design: Dissertations, Theses, & Student Research
This thesis presents the first ethnography of QuiltCon, the annual fan and artist convention for quiltmakers who identify with and participate in a social phenomenon called the Modern Quilt Movement (MQM) within the 21st century quilt world. QuiltCon (QC) is one product of this movement. This study considers the following questions: What kinds of people attend QC, and what types of experiences and encounters do they expect at the convention? What needs are met at QC for this subset of quiltmakers who attend and for the greater community of Modern quiltmakers? What role does QC play in cementing the identity …