Design 4

Give a damn! Designing for an issue.

For our final project, each student will choose two topics and prepare a thesis for each which proposes a design problem to explore.

Part 1. Thesis

Due Next Week: 10 April –  Presentation of two thesis ideas. The presentation is to be prepared using the new brand identity and visual vocabulary you created for your self.

Students will initially choose two topics.  And prepare a brief visual presentation of a thesis statement for each of the issues.  Through class discussion students will choose one of these topics to develop further for their final project.

Each student will choose an issue and create a platform or campaign for or against that issue. We will examine current issues and discover potential opportunities through data collection and analysis, and will express our findings though information graphics and visualizations. We will use navigational and narrative skills to communicate messages about our findings to targeted audiences. This design exploration may result in a variety of designed artifacts from research presentations of data to audience personae, marketing flows, process diagrams and designed prototypes which may include communications materials, design for a product or a platform, a creative brief, diagrams, research, etc.

Begin researching the issue by compiling relevant facts and statistics, anecdotal stories, history, etc. As we progress with this project, your assignments will be focused on developing designs related to each campaign issue.
The first step is to choose a topic to use as a theme for your issue driven campaign. If you’re not sure where to begin here is a list of just a few hot-button issues in current events.
  • Abortion
  • Afganistan
  • AIDS
  • Alcoholism
  • Animal cruelty
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Arts Funding (too much or too little)
  • Automobile congestion
  • Bicycle
  • Campaign for a person running for public office, such as President of the United States.
  • Campaign finance
  • China
  • Child care
  • Child labor
  • Child soldiers
  • Civil rights
  • Corporate are people?
  • Crime
  • Death penalty
  • Disabilities rights
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug addiction
  • Eating disorders
  • Economy
  • Education (public vs. charter, private, access, cost, tuition, quality, etc.)
  • Election Reform
  • Environment
  • Equal rights Amendment
  • Evolution
  • Factory farming
  • Fast Food
  • Financial Reform
  • Food
  • Food Stamps
  • Gay rights
  • Globalization
  • Governance (in the public and private sector)
  • Gun Control
  • Gun Violence
  • Health
  • Healthcare
  • Homelessness
  • Housing Bubble
  • Human Rights
  • Hunger
  • India
  • Intelligent design
  • Illiteracy
  • Immigration
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Land mines
  • Liberal elite
  • Living wage
  • Manufacturing Policy
  • Manufacturing (or lack there of)
  • Marijuana
  • Minimum wage
  • Misogyny
  • Obesity in America
  • Occupy (e.g. 1% vs 99%, poverty, activism and economic disparity in America, etc.)
  • Palestine
  • Peace
  • Populist Politics
  • Poverty
  • Prayer in the schools
  • Privacy
  • Racism
  • Recycling
  • Religious Fundamentalism and Extremism
  • Right to life
  • Right wing extremist
  • Same-sex marriage
  • Separation of church and state
  • Sex Trafficking
  • Sharia law
  • Slavery
  • Slow Food
  • Surveillance
  • Tax reform
  • Terrorism
  • Theocracy
  • Tobacco
  • Torture by governments
  • Tuition Increases
  • Unfair trade agreements
  • Unemployment
  • Unions
  • Vegetarianism
  • Voter Apathy (voter turn out)
  • Walmart (and other big box stores)
  • War
  • Women’s Rights
  • Worker rights
  • etc….

Choose an issue you feel passionately about.

Part 2 TBD


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This blog is for inspiration and education related to the Parsons Design 4 Information Design and Visualization course taught by Andrew Robinson. The objectives of this class are to help students in the Strategic Design Studies program to learn how to create effective information design as a tool for communication. Beauty in form and function, which communicates ideas effectively, is our goal.
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