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Title:Apply industrial design methodology to multidisciplinary projects
Author(s):Chen, Qi
Advisor(s):Reeder, Kevin
Department / Program:Art & Design
Discipline:Art and Design
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):industrial design
user interface design
human computer interaction
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to apply knowledge from industrial design to other related field such as user interface design, computer science, education, etc. The author had the chance to participate in several multi-disciplinary projects with students from other majors and applied knowledge from industrial design to the projects of interface design for online voting system and  interface design of education portal. This study are assembled by two projects, but more importantly from working on the two projects of interface design, author developed the method of applying industrial design knowledge to that different fields, the study contains both the ways that author tried to apply the practical design knowledge to the inter-disciplinary field and the afterward result; which means the study will not mainly analyze the process of applying industrial design methodologies to interface design projects. From the background of industrial design, it always encourages the designer/researcher to directly interact with the product or to experience users’ feeling, and innovate, which mostly means to revise what already existed; while other field encourage the steady improvement. The popular methodology in industrial design encourage the designers to continue bring up different/ innovated ideas, then to evaluate and select; while from interface design or engineering, the methodology also encourage innovation but much more steady, which means the design will always follow the similar standard for the most of part and the improvement will be based on the certain study. Other conclusions will be carry out through out the content of this study. With the author’s experience of applying the knowledge from industrial design to other related fields, it carries out some innovations of the methodologies which maybe applicable for not only industrial design but also the other fields, and again this not only include the methodology itself but also the way of how to apply it to the multi-disciplinary field, further explanation will be addressed in the study.
Issue Date:2012-02-06
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2011 Qi Chen
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-02-06
Date Deposited:2011-12

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