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The Benefits Of Art Therapy On Stress And Anxiety Of Oncology Patients During Treatment, Helen Shiepe 2023 Lesley University

The Benefits Of Art Therapy On Stress And Anxiety Of Oncology Patients During Treatment, Helen Shiepe

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

Within the last ten years research on art therapy and its positive impact on oncology patients’ stress and anxiety during treatment has been minimal. Oncology patients whether they are children or adults when diagnosed experience similar reactions due to their diagnosis, treatment, and in some cases end of life care. The current question is whether or not art therapy does have a positive impact on decreasing the stress and anxiety with oncology patients while undergoing treatment. Deane, Fitch & Carmen (2000), discussed art therapy as a healing art that is “intended to integrate physical, emotional, and spiritual care by facilitating creative ...


In-Between Spaces: Atmospheres, Movement And New Narratives For The City, Paul Alexander Stoicheff 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

In-Between Spaces: Atmospheres, Movement And New Narratives For The City, Paul Alexander Stoicheff

Masters Theses

We often think of architecture as distinct buildings, yet as we move through the city we continuously pass through a built environment that is a collage of buildings. These spaces between buildings are underestimated as influences on our experience of everyday life in the city. Considering architecture as linked existential experiences through spaces rather than confined to individual buildings is more in line with our experience of the city as a series of interconnected spaces and places. Rather than describing a single, static architecture through words, how can we express this linked experience of spaces dynamically through narratives? Can writing ...


Half In Dream: The Tangle In The Grid, Abbey L. Paccia 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Half In Dream: The Tangle In The Grid, Abbey L. Paccia

Masters Theses

Half in Dream: The Tangle in the Grid discusses the form and content of a physical art installation by the same name. The site-specific installation is a large three-dimensional collage of natural ephemera collected from the area around Amherst, Massachusetts, which interacts with natural lighting conditions to illuminate a gallery-facing image of ever-moving light and shadow. The written work elaborates some of the many details within the structure of the artwork, and reveals the philosophies, embodied practices, and methodologies that informed the visual work's creation. Woven throughout are reflections on phenomenology, walking practice, General Systems Theory, collective making, narrative ...


Mixed Messages, Hannah Duggan 2022 University of Massachusetts Amherst

Mixed Messages, Hannah Duggan

Masters Theses

The bodies of work that I have created during graduate school stem from my interest in mass media, culture studies and spectatorship in the digital era. My research engages digital technology and media studies to consider the ethics and ambivalence associated with spectatorship. Using traditional art mediums, I explore social and digital media, revealing tensions through representation and materiality. This translation from digital to analogue media is pivotal in all my work. Handmade objects introduce slippage and meaning as they break from the limiting format of the screen. This thesis will explore the research and content that inspired the creation ...


Co-Creating Playful Learning Designs For Interprofessional Higher Education: Dialogic Perspectives On Design-Based Research, Kim Holflod 2022 Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-Creating Playful Learning Designs For Interprofessional Higher Education: Dialogic Perspectives On Design-Based Research, Kim Holflod

DRS Biennial Conference Series

This paper examines the co-creation of playful learning designs across educational and professional boundaries in teacher education and social education through dialogic theories. It focuses on the understandings and voices of playful learning and how dialogic co-creation is influenced by the presence of multiple voices and perspectives. The study is guided by Design-Based Research in developing, testing, evaluating, and iterating a playful learning design in higher education. The results expand on playful learning across boundaries as a polyphonic and heterogeneous phenomenon with diverse and dynamic voices interplaying with each other. It is conceptualised as both experimental, affective, and relational learning ...


Design As An Agent Of Narratives: A Conceptual Framework And A First Exploration In The Context Of Inclusive Paediatric Mobility Design, Cara Shaw, Farnaz Nickpour 2022 University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Design As An Agent Of Narratives: A Conceptual Framework And A First Exploration In The Context Of Inclusive Paediatric Mobility Design, Cara Shaw, Farnaz Nickpour

DRS Biennial Conference Series

Although much of human experience is qualitative, front-end design documentation typically defaults to quantification which can abstract, dilute or lose meaning and reasoning with regards to lived experiences. Narratives are a well-established channel for gathering rich qualitative insights around individual and collective experiences, perceptions and values. However, the potential to advance the role of design beyond simply an embodiment agent for dominant narratives - to an agent for uncovering, interrogating, speculating, and scaling a diversity of narrative ‘classes’ and ‘statuses’ - is yet to be fully explored. This paper proposes a conceptual framework positioning design as an agent of narratives through three ...


A Framework For Designing The Seamless Automotive Multimodal Experience In Future Connected And Autonomous Vehicles, Fangli Song, Wei Wang, Hongnan Lin, Yuanqing Tian 2022 School of Design, Hunan University; School of Design, Georgia Institute of Technology

A Framework For Designing The Seamless Automotive Multimodal Experience In Future Connected And Autonomous Vehicles, Fangli Song, Wei Wang, Hongnan Lin, Yuanqing Tian

DRS Biennial Conference Series

As multimodal user interfaces (MUIs) significantly enrich user experience with connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), a seamless modality combination and multimodal switch is the key to enhancing human interaction's efficiency and usability across multiple interfaces in vehicles. From the theoretical review, we discuss the concept of seamlessness. Based on the consideration of driving automation upgrade and multi-tasking dynamics, we introduce two seamless dimensions of the new design space of multimodal user interfaces in both chronological and spatial orders. We propose a framework incorporating the design space and discuss the factors influencing the performance of multimodal seamlessness with the driving ...


Repair As A Social Design Practice: Three Case Studies In Vulnerable Households In Chile, Pedro Alvarez Caselli, Antonio Batlle Lathrop 2022 Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Repair As A Social Design Practice: Three Case Studies In Vulnerable Households In Chile, Pedro Alvarez Caselli, Antonio Batlle Lathrop

DRS Biennial Conference Series

The work presented herein addresses the socio-material implications and spontaneous design actions that emerge from the home repair practices of household objects in low-income areas. Through qualitative research and contextual inquiry from the investigation of their praxis (Cross, 2007), we reassess the principles of planned obsolescence associated with product design and throw-away culture. Within the framework of matters of care of non-human devices that are part of a social assembly, a theoretical discussion develops around certain actions; in particular, repairing everyday household objects, as design solutions. The exploratory methodology of this project is based on literature review and on-site case ...


Potential Benefits Of Designing Immersive Technologies To Reduce Anxiety In The Perioperative Patient Journey, Nikou Javadi, Ian Gwilt, Aaron Davis 2022 University of South Australia, Australia

Potential Benefits Of Designing Immersive Technologies To Reduce Anxiety In The Perioperative Patient Journey, Nikou Javadi, Ian Gwilt, Aaron Davis

DRS Biennial Conference Series

This research investigates if virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies can be used to help people cope with the anxiety associated with a surgical procedure in the patient health care journey. Perioperative anxiety is a natural response to surgery stress which may happen at any point before or after a surgical procedure. Research has shown that high level of perioperative anxiety are a potential health and recovery threat for a patient due to the effects on psychologic and physiologic responses. The concept of Digital Health is increasingly playing a more substantial role in health care provision and there is ...


Graphic Design And Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Challenges For Designers In The Search For Research Collaboration, Yaron Meron 2022 University of Sydney, Australia

Graphic Design And Artificial Intelligence: Interdisciplinary Challenges For Designers In The Search For Research Collaboration, Yaron Meron

DRS Biennial Conference Series

The introduction of electronic publishing, multimedia, the web and social media have influenced and presented challenges for graphic design. Now the implementation of artificial intelligence (AI) features within graphic design software enables practitioners to automate many design processes. However, this threatens to deskill the profession and create a second tier of ‘non-professional’ designers, particularly within less creative work that emphasises fast turnover and functional artefact production. Research at the intersection of AI and graphic design has been led by computer scientists. This paper argues, from a designer’s perspective, that a paucity of scholarly engagement by graphic designers with their ...


Designing With Chemical Haptics, Jasmine Lu 2022 University of Chicago, United States of America

Designing With Chemical Haptics, Jasmine Lu

DRS Biennial Conference Series

Designers have developed a vast array of rich interactions to stimulate the mind and body. While much of the focus has been on creating visual systems (such as in VR), there is increasing interest in developing ways to reproduce touch sensations. This turn suggests a desire to create interactive experiences that involve our whole bodies and not solely our visual senses. However, a major part of the human sensorium has been neglected: our chemosensory systems, the sensory pathways that respond to chemical stimuli. Chemical receptors exist all throughout our body and are embedded throughout our skin. In this paper, I ...


Pragmatism, Design And Public Sector Innovation: Reflections On Action, Rodger Watson, Kees Dorst 2022 University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Pragmatism, Design And Public Sector Innovation: Reflections On Action, Rodger Watson, Kees Dorst

DRS Biennial Conference Series

This reflective paper explores the intersection of Pragmatism, Design Research and Public Sector Innovation through the lens of a body of work undertaken at a public sector innovation, design research center between 2010-2018. This center drew explicitly on the work of Donald Schön and Charles Sanders Peirce in the development of its research methodology and practice. The paper includes an illustrative case study that demonstrates the application of Peirce’s model of Innovative Abduction, draws on recent interview data that demonstrates engagement with Deweyan Analysis of Reflective Thinking and reflects on the possibilities that may come from further engagement with ...


Participatory Design Towards Digital Democracy, Santiago Augusto Silva, Joon Sang Baek 2022 Yonsei University Department of Human Environment and Design

Participatory Design Towards Digital Democracy, Santiago Augusto Silva, Joon Sang Baek

DRS Biennial Conference Series

The potential contributions of participatory design towards current problems of digital democracy platforms are investigated in this research. Literature review, thematic analysis, and inter-rater reliability test were used to determine the major issues in digital democracy platforms and what approaches and tools from participatory design study and practice can be used to address them, considering that democratic dynamics face similar difficulties in both participatory design, and digital democracy. As a result, a participatory design guide for digital democracy is developed, which included seven proposed strategies for dealing with five common issues of public participation platforms. This work contributes to the ...


Listening Tests For Sound Design: Faster Optimization Through Lower-Dimensional Parameter Spaces, Tom Barker, Joana Vieira, Frederico Pereira, Rui Marques, Guilherme Campos 2022 Emotech Ltd, London UK; ALGORITMI Research Centre, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal

Listening Tests For Sound Design: Faster Optimization Through Lower-Dimensional Parameter Spaces, Tom Barker, Joana Vieira, Frederico Pereira, Rui Marques, Guilherme Campos

DRS Biennial Conference Series

Listening tests are often an essential part of sound design but can be resource intensive to carry out. Where there are many degrees of freedom in the sound design parameters, the ‘curse of dimensionality’, means that the number of trials required to reliably understand the impact of a particular design variable increases exponentially with increasing number of parameters. When there is a particular design goal in mind (e.g. maximum audibility, pleasantness, etc.) this can be somewhat mitigated by using efficient optimisation techniques with online sound generation during listening tests -- whereby a black box optimiser iteratively moves the parameters towards ...


Preparing For The Pluriverse: Embracing Critical Self-Reflection In Service Design Practice, Shivani Prakash 2022 The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norway

Preparing For The Pluriverse: Embracing Critical Self-Reflection In Service Design Practice, Shivani Prakash

DRS Biennial Conference Series

This paper explores how service designers in the public sector can embrace a lens of cultural plurality in their daily design practice. When designing for public services, a gap between the cultural assumptions of the designer and diverse residents is going to emerge. If this gap is not addressed, service design risks enacting harmful oppressive structures. This study develops a process model based on a research through design approach. It describes how a generative feedback loop of critical self-reflection negotiated within design practice could support designers to begin embracing cultural plurality along with concrete examples. The process model addresses the ...


By Invitation Only: A Multidisciplinary Framework For An Industry-Led Design Approach, Clara Fernandes, Yasser Suratman, Nur Hidayah Abu Bakar 2022 LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore; UNIDCOM/IADE Research Unit

By Invitation Only: A Multidisciplinary Framework For An Industry-Led Design Approach, Clara Fernandes, Yasser Suratman, Nur Hidayah Abu Bakar

DRS Biennial Conference Series

Considering the issues faced by education during the pandemic, the need for design programmes to synchronise with the industry is rather essential. The disconnect between design students' studio practice during the pandemic has aggravated the situation further, considering that the most appointed defect of design programmes is their low involvement with the industry in multidisciplinary projects. What benefits for design students and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in industry-led projects? How can those be implemented, considering the recovery state in which many design programmes currently are? Through a survey with students who participated in this brief (N=32), and ...


Beyond Progress: Exploring Alternative Trajectories For Design Museums, Anja Neidhardt, Heather Wiltse, Anna Croon 2022 Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden

Beyond Progress: Exploring Alternative Trajectories For Design Museums, Anja Neidhardt, Heather Wiltse, Anna Croon

DRS Biennial Conference Series

How can design museums be disentangled from systems like patriarchy, so that they become able to support change towards more justice? To explore this question, we use our standpoint as design researchers in combination with a feminist perspective. Historically, most design museums supported a path of progress which supposedly leads straight from the past into the future. Even though today attempts to change design museums can be observed, criteria for good design and methods for collecting and exhibiting mainly stay unchanged. However, when questioning them, it becomes clear that they were shaped by a white, male, imperialist perspective. Through shifting ...


Dynamic Learning: A Learner-Centered Paradigm In Art And Design, Delane Ingalls Vanada, Delane Ingalls Vanada 2022 Catholic University of America, United States of America

Dynamic Learning: A Learner-Centered Paradigm In Art And Design, Delane Ingalls Vanada, Delane Ingalls Vanada

DRS Biennial Conference Series

There is a critical need for training students to think critically, creatively, and practi-cally. Traditional art and design education classrooms, more focused on end prod-ucts, do not foster students’ abilities for inquiry and connection making and are miss-ing opportunities to develop the capacities of tomorrow’s change makers and prob-lem solvers. From a systems-thinking approach, this article discusses the importance of teacher pedagogy and process skills as important underlying drivers in developing’ learning power. Fostering students’ integrated, self-directed, and dynamic learning requires a more learner-centered paradigm. It reports on a mixed model research study conducted in middle school art and ...


A Co-Design Method For Museums To Engage Migrant Communities With Cultural Heritage, Vanessa Cesário, Valentina Nisi 2022 ITI/LARSyS, IST University of Lisbon, Portugal

A Co-Design Method For Museums To Engage Migrant Communities With Cultural Heritage, Vanessa Cesário, Valentina Nisi

DRS Biennial Conference Series

This chapter presents an experimental method designed to engage migrant participants with local cultural heritage. The initiative was part of an exploratory field study conducted in the context of the European-funded project MEMEX, a research effort promoting the social wellbeing of communities at risk of exclusion through the narration and collection of memories and stories related to cultural heritage. To engage members of such communities with the topic of cultural heritage, we deployed a two-stage intervention: a five-day photo-challenge, where participants were asked to photograph sites that they felt connected to, and a four-hour co-design workshop in which they explored ...


Arabic Type In Urban Environments: A Graphic Heritage, Shaima Elbardawil 2022 University of Shajrah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Arabic Type In Urban Environments: A Graphic Heritage, Shaima Elbardawil

DRS Biennial Conference Series

Graphic design as a cultural object can contribute to the design of heritage in various ways. This study investigates the meaning of heritage and graphic design in relation to culture and communication. It discusses cultural heritage in Arab states with reference to Arabic type and introduces Naskh-style typefaces in wayfinding systems and signage as a graphic urban heritage. This is done using a framework for analyzing urban graphic heritage alongside empirical field study from the United Arab Emirates and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The study reveals that graphic design provides a unique framework toward understanding the role of typographic ...


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