Five Steps To a Great Design Thesis 2.0 1 2 3 4 5 research discover strategize strategize develop develop document document share Michael Eckersley, PhD
IntroThe master’s thesis is a product of research, analysis, and creative synthesis. It’s purpose isto document your research on a subject of some relevance to your ﬁeld, and to communicatethose insights, understandings, and original ideas that resulted from your study. Your MA inDesign thesis at KU may take the form of a traditional scholarly paper, or a well documenteddesign project. As the culmination of your master’s study, the thesis should should besubstantial. It should matter both to you and to your chosen ﬁeld of study.You can think of your thesis, itself, as a design problem. Take the lead of Professor VijayKumar in his characterization of integrative or “design thinking”:• Start from the point of people’s needs and experiences.• Think in relation to the system, not just the product or experience.• Use a disciplined process to study the context of what’s going on, identifying patterns and frameworks, generating ideas, modeling solutions, validating the solution by prototyping, testing.This is your study. You will have the support of a faculty thesis committee to help. Enjoy thisunique opportunity of doing something meaningful and original. – Michael Eckersley Professor September 2012 Thesis research
1 sources Research & Discover Bill Lucas on “Looking with Explore a problem or opportunity of care” http://vimeo.com/ 12917849 relevance to you or the industry you desire to work in. Look for insights and ideas in the needs, wants, and aspirations of people. Tips: “Design Research: Methods & Perspectives”, Laurel • Explore subjects you have some familiarity with, or can gain familiarity with. • Identify issues or problems relevant to your ﬁeld. • Consider your topic in the context of what kind of work you want to do in the future. • You can start your exploration anytime; you needn’t wait to take ADS 890 or ADS 861 “A Designers Research Manual: Succeed in Design by Knowing Your Clients and What They Really Need”, OGradyresearch strategize develop document share Thesis research
2 sources Strategize Examine promising subjects and frame each in a manner you can effectively Jeremy Alexis on Problem Framing www.vimeo.com/21770257 address. Your selected subject should be drafted into a good, tight proposal, and submitted to your committee for feedback & approval. Thesis Proposal Outline https://docs.google.com/viewer? a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B36lum- Tip: What makes for a great thesis subject? QNuqxMTA5OGEyZDMtN2U5Yi00YmI3LWE2MmMtZG IxNTAwNDIyZjE3&hl=en_US Score your ideas using the questions below: Sample thesis proposals: 1.Is the topic, or my approach to it, original? (1 low --- 5 high) Ricarda Miller https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum- 2.Is it practically doable? (1 low --- 5 high) QNuqxMzJiYzdkYTMtOTExYy00MGM3LTk4MjAtYT E5NGI1YThmMjRj 3.Does it create new value? (1 low --- 5 high) 4.Could the outcome make a difference for people? (1 low --- 5 high) Georgette Sullivan https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum- 5.Does it pertain and contribute to my ﬁeld? (1 low --- 5 high) QNuqxNjIzNDg4Y2QtMzgzMC00N2MxLWJjZjAt MzkyNmU5NDNhMmMz 6.Could it help advance my career? (1 low --- 5 high) 7.Am I passionate about it? (1 low --- 5 high) Brian Smith https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum- QNuqxdldtYS1XdkJVWHcresearch strategize develop document share Thesis research
3 sources Develop Your proposal green-lighted? Great, Ideo techniques... http://www.ideo.com/work/ now do the thing you proposed! ideo-method-card-app/ Research, analyze, problem-solve, create. Test your ideas and validate your design. Can prototype elicit Strategy approaches... good feedback from your target www.brainsbehaviora nddesign.com/ audience? Can you iterate it and improve it? Tips: • There are lots of research methods and techniques available for you to develop your insights and ideas. Think prototype... • Visually represent your insights and design ideas http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=_5FGeSQ7DBU&feature=related with models, maps, storyboards, scenarios, etc.research strategize develop document share Thesis research
sources4 Document Produce the actual thesis documents describing your discoveries, insights, ideas, or assertions clearly and searchable database of graduate theses & dissertations http://www2.lib.ku.edu:2048/login?url=http:// search.proquest.com/pqdtft?accountid=14556 succinctly. Tips: • You’ll need to prepare a presentation of your thesis, so start constructing a deck. • Outline, draft, iterate, and improve your docs. Get feedback; use your committee. Graduate School thesis • If you’re doing a thesis project, your presentation guidelines deck you will need to draft a short document to http://www.graduate.ku.edu/- accompany your deck. See Grad School guidelines downloads/ETD/ETD%20Thesis %20Guidelines_10.22.10.pdf below* • Review Purdue’s APA formatting resource: http:// owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/research strategize develop document share Thesis research
5 Report & Share Now share the results of your work by presenting your thesis to your www.graduate.ku.edu/04-02_etd.shtml committee. Disseminating and sharing your work is key to the purpose of graduate school. Tips: • Schedule your thesis presentation with your committee. Notify Grad Program Director of your intent • Apply for graduation. Check with Grad School for deadlines, etc. • Publish a professional article or give a talk at a professional conference.research strategize develop document share Thesis research
Sample MA Design Management Theses 2008-12 “Squirrel: A Community-Directed Approach To Investing”, by Brian Smith https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxcjNvUXBjU2hUanF0R2ppbDNKMW55dw ! “Reducing Wrong Way Driving Events” by Chris Simon https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐ QNuqxZjJhMGIzZjUtMTU4YS00YTk2LTg2NGUtNjc0MDk4NzIxMzBh “Creative Operations Management System”, by Ryan Hembree https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxaTdrZ29jNUNUVE9qUm5kYkRheHA0dw ! “Using Design to Facilitate Personal Engagement in a Church Community: A Service Design Approach”, by Randall Blair https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxd0hjMFpRUVlUZHliMHVSbHpmZDNjUQ ! “Punto. Design Training Center for Small-Sized Business Owners and Entrepreneurs in the Central American Region”, by Maria Jose Misalem ! https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxZ3dFZnp5Q3hSNE9qNzZTd3lqRkFLUQ http://prezi.com/r8sl14y-‐sb5h/majos-‐thesis-‐project-‐punto/ Thesis research
Sample MA Interaction Design Theses 2008-11 “An Integrated Network Performance and Capacity Planning Tool Suite (CTS): One Tool to Do It All”, by Angel Stahl https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxX0RyRmFnc1JRVENNcktXWk5VRWRpUQ ! “Virtual Family Social Network: Designing a contextually aware and surfacing computing system to increase awareness, engagement, connectivity and organizations of families”, by Georgette Sullivan ! https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxSnNLRGlyVVlTdzI3UTdsWEVuUEpFUQ “Canect: Matching The Best-Fit Translation Service”, by Yujie Guo https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxUDdyY0JuelFRbVdVdjhjVFRMYy1SQQ ! http://prezi.com/4qakgfo-‐ycib/thesis-‐presentation/?auth_key=43241d76434cf74c13695ab57e35ad7dfd0cf47c "An Activity-Centered Design Perspective For The Creation of Museum Exhibits”, by Morgan Shortle https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B36lum-‐QNuqxLVBxUTN6eUJRWWlfZWhDZzkzem91dw ! Thesis research
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