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Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
Thesis Midterm030910
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  • 1. THESIS CONCEPT CRITERIA: Does the student’s project demonstrably marry an idea with its form?  How well does its idea materialize in the project itself – for example, by participant-experience, interface, interaction model, filmic technique, other means to its end or aim?2. THESIS CONTEXT CRITERIA: How successfully has the candidate located the idea and form of the thesis in the current dialogue of the field (domain, area) and demonstrated its historical, social and technological significance? Did the student conduct appropriate and sufficient research? Is there evidence that the student’s research shaped and informed the project?3. THESIS CONTRIBUTION CRITERIA: Has the candidate thoroughly tested the target group or audience for the use and reception of the project? Do the project’s form, setting, interaction model, message, point of view, and aesthetics anticipate and satisfy its audience or participant’s needs, interests, or requirements? Has the student been in dialogue with the community to whom the thesis project will matter? Has the student entered the thesis project in exhibitions, shared documentation with a peer group, or demonstrated the project’s efficacy with a target audience?4. REFLECTION AND EVALUATION CRITERIA: Does the student have a clear sense of the life of the project beyond thesis? Is the student able to reflect on the efficacy of the thesis process and its outcome? Can the student point to areas for improvement and further work? Can the student evaluate the success level of the project?5.  PROJECT METHOD IS CLEAR AND APPROPRIATE: Has the candidate applied appropriate project technology and design in sync with the stated goals and production schedule of the project? Is the student appropriately deploying his/her research, developing a support system for user testing/outside evaluation, and effectively using resources in pursuit of project goals?
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    • 1. Bringing Joy Back to Thesis
      Midterm Preview
      Katherine Lee
      March 9, 2009
    • 2. Latest Physical Prototype
      Not logical
      Triangles are an overwhelming aesthetic constraint
      Not joyful
    • 3. Dunkin Donuts Make Your Own Donut
    • 4. Marvel Create Your Own Super Hero
    • 5. Spore Creature Creator
    • 6. Latest User Interface Prototype
    • 7.
    • 8. User Testing
      Detailing is too pronounced
      The form is not very wearable and might be considered as more for artistic value rather than for consumption
      User customization tools need to be used to create products that you care about and that reflect something about yourself
      There is a serious need for customizable tools for clothing
    • 9. What I Learned
      Suspension of reality/disbelief is only appropriate for products that are not for everyday, public consumption
      There must be joy in the customization process
      If the product doesn’t align with their perceived public image, they won’t buy it
    • 10. concept
      An effective customization tool must empower the user to make something they personally connect with, or in some way incorporates the user’s feelings or persona, in order for the user to have a sense of ownership over their creation.
    • 11. What I Propose to Make
      A customization tool that allows the user to design and order a plush creature or pillow in any likeness starting with…
      A selection of base body forms
      Eyes, ears, and mouths
      Legs, arms, horns, other appendages, etc.
      Skin from custom uploads (custom digital printing) or an existing selection or pre-chosen prints
    • 12. Make My Own Monster
    • 13. Why?
      There is currently nothing like this, where you can digitally design your own plush object and have it created
      Closest things include Build-a-Bear workshop (shudder) and super-expensive monster kit
      People feel an affinity for plush objects and pillows
      they’re comfortable and can assume many identities
      they can have a personal value separate from your public persona
    • 14. For Symposium
      Demo of customization tool
      3+ examples of objects created with tool
    • 15. Schedule
      Week of:
      March 7 – UX / base forms locked
      March 21 – put all forms in Flash
      March 28 – program selection tool
      April 4 – selection tool, visualization tool
      April 11 – make demo products
      April 18 – more demo products + QA for site
      April 26 – QA for site
    • 16. Life After Symposium
      Functioning customization tool
      Post user creations
      Order your own creation
      Make most popular creations available
    • 17. Thanks!