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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Mock-ups in design : the implications of utlizing [sic] a mock-up review process in professional practice

Boggs, Charles M. 15 July 2010 (has links)
The purpose of this research is to examine the use of a mock-up review process in interior design projects to better understand the implications of using such a process within the standard professional practice model. The research consisted of interviewing design professionals who utilize mock-ups as part of their standard of practice. These interviews were centered around two groups - those working in shipbuilding, where mock-ups have a long history, and those working in land-based projects, where mock-up use is rare. Analysis of the interviews indicated a positive relationship between mock-up use and collaboration, innovation, and problem solving. The interviews also brought to light concerns on behalf of all the professionals surveyed about the current practice model in land-based building design and construction projects within the United States. The positive relationships shown in the thesis support further research to explore how mock-ups can be best utilized in interior design.

Designing for Travel: The Inconsistent User Experience of Riders of Public Transportation Systems

Bird, Peter S. 01 May 2008 (has links)
I remember as a young child being fascinated with all forms of transportation: from the Walt Disney World monorails and shuttle buses, to Busy Boats, my favorite library picture book, to my first train ride, a 20-mile one-way trip on Amtrak that became the subject of my second-grade book fair masterpiece, The Great Day. Now, quite a number of years later, that fascination remains, manifesting itself in different ways, like getting excited when I get stopped by a passing train at a railroad crossing or riding the city bus to campus every day. Being an avid newspaper reader, I followed the long public process in the winter and spring of 2006–2007 as the Port Authority of Allegheny County, the public transit entity in Pittsburgh, identified ways to reduce costs to meet a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Being a designer, one of the things that struck me was the Port Authority’s use of visuals to communicate what routes they proposed for elimination. These diagrams, one of which is shown in Figure 1, left something to be desired. It didn’t seem to communicate a clear message amidst all the visual clutter. I spent a few weeks trying out different variations and revisions of the diagram for a class in mapping and diagramming and thought that this area of design—user experience and complex information systems for transit—would be perfect for further study. In my preliminary review of current literature, I found studies of specific design improvements, such as a new bus map system in London (Horne, Roberts & Rose, 1986), historical reviews of iconic documents such as the London Underground diagram (Garland, 1994) and surveys of current practices by organizations such as the American Public Transportation Association (2007), an industry trade group, and the Transportation Research Board (1999). However, this research focused primarily on the document or artifact in question and only tangentially on rider information needs from an abstract perspective while ignoring the user experience. This essay will present the results of my observations and thoughts about the user experience of riders in public transportation systems. I will begin by defining a public transportation system and describing its various components and integration into the city’s transportation infrastructure. In the second section, I’ll describe users of these transit systems—the riders—and offer a series of categories and characteristics we can use to understand why they use public transportation. I’ll discuss how these riders use a public transportation system in section three, by offering a five-part model for a trip. Finally, in section four, I will analyze various aspects of the physical, printed artifacts transit systems distribute to the public to communicate what services they provide.

Dialogues in Light and Temperature

Althouse, Stephen 01 January 1976 (has links)
The work illustrated and discussed in this paper was exhibited in the Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University, November, 1974, as my graduate show. Presented here is a written explanation of the work contained in that show.

Toward the Universal

Bracy, Jennifer 01 January 1997 (has links)
This creative project is concerned with archetypal forms expressed in art, design and communication, from Neolithic rock carvings and native American Indian petroglyphs to individual graphic languages that look to the 'primitives' like those of Joan Miro and Neville Brody. It is my belief that through the study of this diverse collection of graphic signs and archetypal forms, one can develop a system of signs that cross barriers of language and culture. A morphology, a collection of possibilities, derived from such archetypal forms, could provide designers with a foundation for the development and use of symbol signs and sign systems.

The aesthetics of exile : an exploration of place and image space

Ni Bhriain, Ailbhe January 2008 (has links)
'The Aesthetics of Exile' seeks to understand and represent a condition of exile through visual practice. The following text comprises two parts. Part one is divided into three sections, and serves to outline the form of the project, as well as the thinking behind it. Section 1 introduces the visual exploration and reasoning within the practice, Section 2 summarises its contextual and conceptual grounding, and Section 3 describes the visual material to be viewed, focussing on the processes behind each individual series of work. In Part two an essay on the artwork written by Jonathan Miles is reproduced in full to provide a further reading of the practice. The text is by way of introduction and reference but, ultimately, the evidence and outcome of the research lies in the artwork itself, which is presented here in a series of ten folios. These folios document chronologically the visual exploration and progression of the project. Each series of work selected for reproduction is represented by an edition of unbound c-prints and/or DVD, individually housed and titled. The final folio documents the concluding exhibition of the research project, as it was installed and assessed in the gallery setting.

The zone : a subjective investigation, set up as a meta-fictional play towards recognition of the Event in the process of creation

Ljungdalh, Stine Nielsen January 2016 (has links)
No description available.

The vision of others : feminist thought in the drawings and paintings of Rebecca Fortnum

Fortnum, Rebecca January 2018 (has links)
This PhD by portfolio comprises of a critical commentary reflecting on a visual art practice form 1988 to 2013 with a particular focus on four series of recent work: 'Dream' (2011-13) [Appendix B], 'Wide Shut' (2013) [Appendix D], 'Self contain' (2012-13) [Appendix C] and 'L'Inconnue de la Seine' (2010-) [Appendix A] and two exhibitions, Absurd Impositions (2011, V&A's Museum of Childhood) and Self Contained (2013, Freud Museum London). In exploring how the work suggests 'the vision of others' (Hilty, 1996) might be accommodated I exploit the meanings of the word vision. Initially concerned with how the work represents sight and looking, that is both how people become objects of sight as well as how thye see, I explore vision as the formation and communication of an individual outlook or view of the world, that is as dreams, deisres and sense of identity. To map this complexity, I suggest looking, materiality, and narrativity as the core concerns of my painting. The critical commentary is in three parts. The first, Vision, explores the ways in which portraiture opens up an awareness of the ethics of looking and depiction. Framed by notions of a gendered, embodied gaze explored in my earlier painting, I discuss the dynamics of sight within the painted portrait, in particular the reciprocity of look between the artist who originates the depiction, the subject depicted and the viewer for whom the work is made. This includes a discussion of Michael Fried's notion of 'absorption' and in particular what this might mean for depictions of children. The second part, 'Re-Vision', critically assesses how the 'touch' of drawing relates to sight and sightlessness in portraiture. This examination of the materiality of the work articulated how the processes of making inflect the work's meaning. It reflects on the use of the photograph and doubled imagery and on the different forms of mark making and geture employed in the drawings that I propose are able to bring a particular quality of ambivalence to a meditation on maternal gaze. 'Imaging Narrative', the last section, examines strategies for facilitating the reading of text as image and image as text. It explores my material choices, use of juxtaposition, the work's site and a notion of return and how these are deployed to encourage certain interpretations. Here I make a claim for a method of material juxtapositions that allows for a literary overshadowing of the visual, allowing the viewer as an active, imaginative part in the construction of meaning. The idea of autobiography as a fiction is utilised (via Anne Wagner and Paul de Man) in relation to self-portraiture and art-work by women, who are positioned by their gender outside their medium's history and heritage. Through the work I argue there is a direct feminist perspective on the depiction of the gendered and maternal gaze. I draw on art historical and literary criticism to elucidate the work's potential for feminist enquiry. Ultimately these reflections tentatively propose that the work, via a feminist reading, might point the way to a recalibration of certain values within contemporary art practice in relation to genre, site and subject, and through the work's relation to portraiture, drawing, museums and children. My conclusion reflects on the difficulty of an ethical representation of others and its consequential dispersed notion of portraiture. However, I also claim that alongside what Maria Walsh has called within these works 'maternalised optics', 'a shared space of intimacy without judgement' [Walsh 2013: 69-76] there is a perverse and violent aspect to the version of the maternal gaze they propose, creating an undercurrent in the work which leads to a productive ambivalence.


McMilon, Matthew Benjamin 10 December 2016 (has links)
I am an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer from Southern California. My practice explores the ways in which images, text and even something as complex as human identity are all made up of fragmented parts that work together to establish visual narrative. Working across multiple media, I create artworks that are lyrical and chaotic and place them in highly aestheticized conditions. My work depicts universal themes of love, loss and resilience over social and political oppression. Additionally, my work questions ideas of social and personal validity, agency and the visually queer.

The Privacy and Social Needs of Women in Contemporary Kuwaiti Homes

Unknown Date (has links)
The purpose of this study was to explore the design of the contemporary Kuwaiti home to determine if it meets the needs of the contemporary Kuwaiti women in terms of privacy, social interaction, and aesthetic preferences, as well as connection to the past. To this end, a case study was conducted in a Kuwaiti house which included architectural and interior elements common in contemporary Kuwaiti homes. The research techniques of observation, visual documentation, and interview were used to explore how the home was used, with specific focus on three historical architectural features including the guest salon, the screen, and the courtyard. This exploration revealed that modern design failed to respond to meet many of the Kuwaiti women's needs for privacy, contact with nature, free movement within the home, and social interaction with family members. The study offers design recommendations that better meet the needs of Kuwaiti women in their homes. / A Thesis submitted to the Department of Interior Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts. / Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2007. / Date of Defense: June 27, 2007. / Architecture, Woman, Lattice, Screen, Courtyard, Kuwait, Traditional House, Interior Design, Contemporary / Includes bibliographical references. / Lisa Waxman, Professor Directing Thesis; Eric Wiedegreen, Committee Member; Jill Pable, Committee Member.

A Design Program for a Girl Scout Urban Campus

Unknown Date (has links)
The Girl Scout organization's mission is to build "girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place." The organization often lacks adequate facilities to fully cater to girls and the issues they face today. Most properties owned by the Girl Scouts are located in rural areas which are not easily accessible by the majority of the members to fulfill their mission. These facilities do not help the organization challenge the stereotype that Girl Scouts is only about selling cookies and camping. Furthermore, the image that the Girl Scout organization is a progressive and innovative one is not portrayed to the communities they are in through the facilities they occupy. This is because, as mentioned before, most of the facilities are located in rural areas and revolve around outdoor activities and connecting girls with nature. In no way does this thesis argue that this connection with nature is somehow unimportant or unneeded. However, this thesis does make the case that the majority of the Girl Scout owned buildings located within city and urban areas lack inclusive functions and appeal to draw in new members and offer existing members facilities to be proud of. To rectify this situation, this thesis has proposed that Girl Scout councils design and construct Girl Scout Urban Campuses. As defined in this thesis, a Girl Scout Urban Campus is, "a facility utilized by Girl Scout members for the purposes of education and fun. These properties are similar to camps and can be used in many of the same ways camps are utilized. However, campuses seek to combine the spaces essential to the functioning of any council (such as program spaces, service spaces, meeting spaces, camping places and council shops) to a central location while also providing programs geared towards urban lifestyles. These are additional programs offered as a contrast to the rural/ outdoor centered programming offered at the camps." The idea for building these facilities came from Girl Scout facilities around the country, several of which were specifically given the name "urban campus". Other ideas came from Girl Scout buildings whose innovative features were worth consideration. The objective of this thesis was to prepare design programming for one specific Girl Scout council, the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle. The profiles and requirements of the members were examined in this study. The specific ideas taken from the members of the council were then translated into individual spaces. The spaces were broken down into a programming format to determine the specific aspects and design features which were required within each individual space. Further, the spaces were grouped into categories based on user access. Each space reviewed various aspects of design such as atmosphere, security, approximate square footage and design characteristics. Ideas for design features were proposed and explained for each space. Many of the spaces were given bubble flow diagrams to show circulation, as well as images to help the reader understand how the space might look. The compilation of these individual spaces can later be translated into an actual design. It is the hope that this thesis will provide the Girl Scout Council of the Florida Panhandle with a springboard to continue with the design and fundraising processes in order to fulfill this vision. Furthermore, it is the hope that other councils around the United States will use the information in this thesis to begin to create their own Girl Scout Urban Campuses. / A Thesis submitted to the Department of Interior Design in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts. / Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2010. / Date of Defense: April 28, 2010. / Urban Campus, Girl Scouts, Girl Scout, Design, Design Program, Trefoil Effect, Camp, Juliette Gordon Low / Includes bibliographical references. / Tasuku Ohazama, Professor Directing Thesis; Jill Pable, Committee Member; Lisa K. Waxman, Committee Member.

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