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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 ...


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

Packaging Design Development For Taiwanese Souvenirs, Wei-En Yang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Understanding The Relationship Between Signage And Mobile Map For Indoor Wayfinding, Young Ju Cho Jan 2016

Understanding The Relationship Between Signage And Mobile Map For Indoor Wayfinding, Young Ju Cho

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Wayfinding, a fundamental task in daily life, becomes more complicated and difficult with greater development of a society. People can become lost and frustrated by being disoriented in complex built environments.

This study investigates the effect of combining a physical wayfinding system with a digital device on users' wayfinding performance in a building with architectural complexity. Through exploring the combined use of signage and the Google Indoor Map, the study provides information on their interactivity, effectiveness and reliability for use in a wayfinding system that may increase understanding the design of well-functioning wayfinding systems.

Twenty participants ranging widely in age ...


I Can So I Will, Now We Must: A Creative Response To Selfie Culture, Eric Andren Jan 2016

I Can So I Will, Now We Must: A Creative Response To Selfie Culture, Eric Andren

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Social Media and Online Social Networks have become increasingly integrated into our every day lives. Digital technologies have progressed from an extension of body to an extension of self. With this integration may come unintended consequences that we are often unaware of. Who would have thought that posting an update on Facebook or browsing your Instagram feed might have an effect on your well-being?

The digital world–traditionally–is not a tangible one, but it is most definitely connected to the life experience of those who are part of it. This connection gives it influence, the ability to inform our ...


20-20 Listening: A Sound Documentary Dedicated To The Study Of Listening Experiences In Acoustic Environments, Julian Andres Osorio Jan 2016

20-20 Listening: A Sound Documentary Dedicated To The Study Of Listening Experiences In Acoustic Environments, Julian Andres Osorio

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The intersection of sound and design is an exciting and complex space for artistic experimentation and research. My approach for this work was to design, write, record and mix seven podcast episodes that narrate my analysis and interpretation of how we listen to sounds and interpret their meaning. Each episode is dedicated to one topic, and presents multiple sound samples that illustrate my take on the subject. The episodes cover the basics of listening, how sound conveys information about objects in environments and how soundscapes are ubiquitous. They include how the music, sounds and noises in film convey meaning, represent ...


An Icon Recognition Study On Different Simplicity Levels, Qing Guo Jan 2016

An Icon Recognition Study On Different Simplicity Levels, Qing Guo

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Current smart phone carriers are sharing the same interface icon style, which is materialized drawing with filtered details. However “complex details can become confusing and may appear muddy at smaller sizes” (iOS human interface design guidelines, 2015). Therefore, The central aim of this study is to examine to what point viewers can recognize or feel lost in recognizing smart phone interface icons, in terms of simplicity levels. Then interface designers can design and produce simplified smart phone interface icons to save space on screens and make icons more clear at small sizes. This study included three survey parts to test ...


Designing Infographics To Support Teaching Complex Science Subject: A Comparison Between Static And Animated Infographics, Hesham Galal Hassan Jan 2016

Designing Infographics To Support Teaching Complex Science Subject: A Comparison Between Static And Animated Infographics, Hesham Galal Hassan

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This thesis explores the proper principles and rules for creating excellent infographics that communicate information successfully and effectively. Not only does this thesis examine the creation of Infographics, it also tries to answer which format, Static or Animated Infographics, is the most effective when used as a teaching-aid framework for complex science subjects, and if compelling Infographics in the preferred format facilitate the learning experience. The methodology includes the creation of infographic using two formats (Static and Animated) of a fairly complex science subject (Phases Of The Moon), which were then tested for their efficacy as a whole, and the ...


Tokens Of Kindness: Explorations In Design As A Bridge For Societal Gaps, Calee Himes Jan 2016

Tokens Of Kindness: Explorations In Design As A Bridge For Societal Gaps, Calee Himes

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Graphic design has long been considered a profession for people interested in creating glossy magazines, posters, and other ephemera. Can graphic design do more for society? Through analysis of social design, wicked problems, and gift economies, this study aims to begin to understand graphic design as a method to bridge societal gaps. This study uses principles of social design, behavior change theory, and immersive community research to experiment within the local communities of Ames and Des Moines, Iowa. Several experimental methods are explored, such as the use of design to create pockets of kind acts through a pseudo-gift economy, and ...


A Study Of Healthcare Websites' Visual Information In Service Design, Hye Jeong Park Jan 2016

A Study Of Healthcare Websites' Visual Information In Service Design, Hye Jeong Park

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Advances in the Internet have changed people’s traditional lifestyles with regard to getting information and buying products at home with only a few clicks. In response to this changed situation, many websites have been launched and are competing with each other. Therefore, since a main page design (MPD) is the first a viewer sees of a website, it is considered a significant factor in attracting people at a glance.

Service design is a form of design that necessary to improving the quality of the service and the provider-customer interactions. An effective website is one such component. This study researched ...


Effective Movie Title Sequence: A Challenge To Chinese Designers, Bo Chen Jan 2015

Effective Movie Title Sequence: A Challenge To Chinese Designers, Bo Chen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This paper aims to identify the criteria of effective movie title sequence design. The research method is to generalize views common to different senior title designers and practitioners with regard to the criteria of effective movie title sequence design and then use these criteria to evaluate top box office Chinese domestic movies. The paper also analyzes problems of present Chinese domestic movie title sequence design and provides suggestions for improving them.

An effective movie title sequence needs to set the mood and anticipations to the audience. Additionally, it must have the following characteristics: (1) It must express the story in ...


Designing For Interactive Ebooks: An Evaluation Of Effective Interaction Elements In Children’S Ebooks, Karen Marie Doty Jan 2015

Designing For Interactive Ebooks: An Evaluation Of Effective Interaction Elements In Children’S Ebooks, Karen Marie Doty

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

We live in a world where technology is woven into nearly every aspect of our

lives. From the moment we wake, we are surrounded by technology. Technology is

present in our homes, careers and schools, incorporating itself in our daily routines,

entertainment and education. Due to the speed at which technology has evolved, little

research has been completed regarding reading on interactive enhanced eBooks. For

children learning to read in the modern world, eBooks provided on tablets are becoming a

common occurrence.

With this increase of eBook availability, it is of utmost importance that a better

understanding is gained over ...


Dyslexic Edge: Designing An Awareness Campaign To Foster Wider Understanding Of Dyslexia, Laura Anne Huisinga Jan 2015

Dyslexic Edge: Designing An Awareness Campaign To Foster Wider Understanding Of Dyslexia, Laura Anne Huisinga

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This paper details the process of designing a dyslexia awareness campaign. The literature review covers: what dyslexia is, who is affected, and why a carefully designed campaign is needed. The methodology section covers how research was collected in various ways to create an effective design. Including an initial focus study of 36 K-12 teachers that gathered both qualitative and quantitative data. Followed by a review of existing design campaigns, cataloging the pros and cons of each based on the literature review and the existing style guides put forth by dyslexic awareness organizations. Finally, the implementation of design methods for multimodal ...


Comprehension Problems In Icon Design For Mobile Devices: Analysis And Prototype Design, Fei Yang Jan 2015

Comprehension Problems In Icon Design For Mobile Devices: Analysis And Prototype Design, Fei Yang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This graphic design research paper focused on the problems users have in understanding the meaning of icons used on mobile devices. This research was to find out why some graphical icons can help the user understand while others prevent the user from getting the meaning easily. If the icons are not meaningful to users, this study is also intended to explore how to re-design problematic icons to deliver the message more efficiently.

It is assumed that: a) People will have trouble in understanding some of the icons on mobile devices because they are over-simplified due to their reduced size. b ...


Touch-Screen Tablet Navigation And Older Adults: An Investigation Into The Perceptions And Opinions Of Baby Boomers On Long, Scrolling Home Pages And The "Hamburger Icon", Linda Litchfield Griffen Jan 2015

Touch-Screen Tablet Navigation And Older Adults: An Investigation Into The Perceptions And Opinions Of Baby Boomers On Long, Scrolling Home Pages And The "Hamburger Icon", Linda Litchfield Griffen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

How information and navigation are presented on a website can greatly impact one's ability to successfully use the site. While this is an important consideration for all audiences, it is especially important for older adults. Decreases in visual acuity, working memory, and the ability to block out distractions can greatly impact the successful use of a website and, therefore, the overall user experience for older adults. Compounding these issues, it has been observed web designers often do not take into consideration the usability needs of older adults. This is unfortunate, since the world population is experiencing an unprecedented increase ...


A Symbolism Study Of Expression In Text-Based Communication, Xi Zhu Jan 2015

A Symbolism Study Of Expression In Text-Based Communication, Xi Zhu

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Modern communication technology such as mobile phone and the Internet have made long-distance text-based communication very convenient. As a result, more and more people choose to send text messages via SMS or instant message software (e.g., WhatsApp) as a major approach to communicate with each other. However, due to the limitations of written language, text-based communication usually cannot accurately express the emotions and feelings of the message sender. Symbolic facial expressions, such as emoji and emoticons, were invented to overcome this shortcoming of text-based communication. By inserting symbols in a text message, the sender has an ability to express ...


A Study For Increasing Reusable Cup Consumption In The Coffee Industry: Focused On Behavior Change With Motivation, Joongsup Lee Jan 2015

A Study For Increasing Reusable Cup Consumption In The Coffee Industry: Focused On Behavior Change With Motivation, Joongsup Lee

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The use of reusable cups as a solution for the issues on waste and environment destruction has been brought up and is not that of a new topic. Although this has been an issue for decades and there had been suggested solutions, we still could not solve the problem until now. The issue is getting worse with the recent expansion of the hot beverage business market.

I believe we have to change our perspective on how we view the problem. It's not that people can not recognize or are ignoring this problem, they just have a hard time putting ...


Cultural Differences In The Context Of Fast Food Website Design: A Comparison Of Taiwan And The United States, Yin-Sin Chang Jan 2015

Cultural Differences In The Context Of Fast Food Website Design: A Comparison Of Taiwan And The United States, Yin-Sin Chang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Research on cross-national websites reveals that culture is an important factor in the characteristics of websites in different countries. This research examines websites of fast food chains and presents preliminary results describing their tendencies to differ between Taiwan and the U.S.

Hofstede’s five cultural dimensions and Hall’s two cultural dimensions were adopted as the basic cultural framework for comparing fast food chain websites in Taiwan and the U.S. Burger chains and chicken-based restaurant chains are the focus of this study, because those two categories commonly offer similar products. Three English-version fast-food chain websites from the U ...


Getting Out Of The Kitchen And Into The Bedroom: The Objectification Of Women In Advertising Through The Use Of Design Elements Exploring The Perception Of Sexual Imagery And Objectification In Advertising Amongst Graphic Design Undergraduates, Melissa Mcdonald Jan 2014

Getting Out Of The Kitchen And Into The Bedroom: The Objectification Of Women In Advertising Through The Use Of Design Elements Exploring The Perception Of Sexual Imagery And Objectification In Advertising Amongst Graphic Design Undergraduates, Melissa Mcdonald

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

"Sex sells" is a common phrase popular in the world of advertising and marketing. More specifically, it is the sexual material plastering the pages of magazines in various forms of advertisements such as cologne or alcohol, selling not only the product itself, but also the women who inhabit it.

This thesis gives a brief introduction to the sexual history behind "the gaze"--the lustful stare man places on a woman, its impact on advertising, and how America's universities are not properly informing their undergraduates of the overtly sexual content. In many regards, painting during the Renaissance paved the way ...


Maps Of Routes To Destinations And Their Utility For Direction Giving, Clifford J. Gentry Jan 2012

Maps Of Routes To Destinations And Their Utility For Direction Giving, Clifford J. Gentry

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

How does one indicate objects in a drawn map while they are traveling to a specific destination? How are these notations, which are frequently anecdotal in nature, understood by those who are not familiar with the environment? This two-phase study examines qualities of hand-drawn maps drawn by subjects while en-route towards a specific destination. Next, another participant (who is unfamiliar with the geographic area drawn on the map) tests the accuracy of the map and its notations as the participant navigates the route drawn on the map. Using categorical coding and content analysis of the items noted on the map ...


Designing Restaurant Digital Menus To Enhance User Experience, Yun Wang Jan 2012

Designing Restaurant Digital Menus To Enhance User Experience, Yun Wang

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Menu is a primary marketing and communication tools in the restaurants industry. Business-to-consumer digital devices are widely used in both daily life and business, especially the hospitality industry. Menus have a history of 260 years and now more restaurants are revising menus and starting to use digital menus. Marketing research and reports from Nation's Restaurant and New York Times show that digital menu helps restaurants to increase profit by making food more accessible, selling more and requiring less labor in comparison to the traditional printed paper menu. The design principles and user interface are different in print menu and ...


Electronic Form Design, Mikako Matsunaga Jan 2012

Electronic Form Design, Mikako Matsunaga

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

With technological innovation and emergence of the World Wide Web, digital forms of information surround us today more than ever. It is common for us to access information online with computational devices, rather than in paper and other analog media. Today information is fluid, always up-to-date without interruption. We can find most information with computational devices online. It is convenient for users from some perspectives; they can access information anytime, anywhere with an Internet connection.

In some instances, access to necessary information is accompanied by problems. Usability of the electronic site is one of the problems; some users are fluent ...


Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer Jan 2010

Globalization, Culture, And Communication: Proposal For Cultural Studies Integration Within Higher Education Graphic Design Curriculum, Brooke Scherer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

The late twentieth century was a time of great change. The advent of Internet connectivity and the World Wide Web dramatically redefined the way all humans live and communicate. Where cross-cultural interaction, relationships, and business practices once existed primarily for the wealthy and powerful, we now find these opportunities readily available to all. One major area that has been greatly affected by this transformation is the field of graphic design. Practitioners in graphic design, for the first time, find themselves in a position to work with an international clientele and to design for global audiences. As a result of these ...


Enhancing Patient Experience Through Environmental Design In Healthcare: A Case Study Of Privacy At Thielen Student Health Center And Mcfarland Clinic In Ames, Iowa, Brytton Jade Bjorngaard Jan 2010

Enhancing Patient Experience Through Environmental Design In Healthcare: A Case Study Of Privacy At Thielen Student Health Center And Mcfarland Clinic In Ames, Iowa, Brytton Jade Bjorngaard

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

With the establishment of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the United States government mandated that healthcare facilities protect patient privacy through the implementation of physical safeguards. However, no requirements for the safeguards were established. This study utilizes lessons of wayfinding and behavior from environmental design research of humans in cities and applies them to the interior lobbies of healthcare facilities. To improve visual and auditory patient privacy at lobby's check-in desks, the study modifies the architecture, signage and interior elements to stop or slow patient movement towards the desks. Through field observation of patient behavior and the ...


The Development Of An Analysis Tool To Categorize, Michael Onffroy Shelley Jan 2009

The Development Of An Analysis Tool To Categorize, Michael Onffroy Shelley

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

There has been much discussion within the areas of media effects and journalism that has been focused on the issue of framing. Framing occurs when journalists employ various tactics in order to connect to their audience and enhance the understanding of a certain topic or event. These tactics include using particular grammar and vocabulary within the text that sets the tone for the story. The tactics can also include choosing particular visual imagery to engage the reader, although this is rarely discussed within media research. Graphic design research, which includes the study of iconography, semiotics and social semiotics, has determined ...