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  1. BFA DT Thesis Fall 2012WEEK 4 Anezka Sebek September 20, 2012

  2. What is Thesis?

  3. What is Thesis? Iterative production of artifacts becomes argumentation. • Ontology • Epistemology • Axiology • Rhetoric • Methodology

  4. Craft of ResearchFrom Topics to Questions Research Questions help save time and needless searching. This is the same for designers/artists researchers everywhere I am researching X ____________________ Because I want to find out who/how/what/why In order to understand X___________________

  5. Craft of ResearchFrom Topics to Questions Research: we do it to find our CONTEXT in the specific realm of knowledge we are engaging in and what remains to be an open question where we can contribute our voice in the form of a project or answer to a problem or problematic.

  6. What is Thesis? Map your thesis: MAP 1 What values are embedded in your thesis?(axiological) OR Who is your thesis for? (demographics: age, gender, education, location, class, image of your user/participant ) Who will use it and how/where? **contact user group/mentors/collaborators** Will it change how people think? (art) Will it change how people use something?(design)

  7. What is Thesis? Do you need to do research on your values – user group, mentors, collaborators? I am researching X ____________________ Because I want to find out who/how/what/why In order to understand X___________________

  8. What is Thesis? Map your thesis: MAP 2 How do you know what you know?(epistemology) OR What dilemma/problem/issue does your thesis address? Tell the story of your thesis (narrative) Who cares? Why is this important?

  9. What is Thesis? Write for 5 min Do you need to do research on your dilemma? I am researching X ____________________ Because I want to find out who/how/what/why In order to understand X___________________

  10. What is Thesis? Glossary-distinct words that define your thesis Write for 5 min What is the language of your thesis?(rhetorical) The vocabulary and language of your thesis

  11. What is Thesis? Write for 5 min Do you need to do research on your vocabulary? I am researching X ____________________ Because I want to find out who/how/what/why In order to understand X___________________

  12. What is Thesis? What is the methodology?(methodological) What are all the things you need to do to get this project on its feet? (even if you are making small iterations or an assemblage of projects)

  13. What is Thesis? Write for 5 min Do you need to do research on your methodology? I am researching X ____________________ Because I want to find out who/how/what/why In order to understand X___________________

  14. What is Thesis? Write 5 min What is the nature of the artifact/prototype? (ontology) Why is your artifact the best way to address your thesis dilemma/problem/issue?

  15. What Do Prototypes Prototype? Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill: Artist/Designer-as communicator and planner Elevator Pitch: http://www.alumni.hbs.edu/careers/pitch/

  16. What Do Prototypes Prototype? Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill: Prototypes provide a means to • Examine design problems • Select the focus of a prototype to answer design questions: what it does and does not explore • Evaluate whether the prototype works or not

  17. What Do Prototypes Prototype? Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill:

  18. What Do Prototypes Prototype? Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill: Pretend you are finished with your thesis: Write: Artifact –what is its form? Who will use it? Who will be changed by it? Where will we see it? Prototype- what is the iteration meant to prove: Look and feel (concrete experience of the project)? Role it will have in the user’s life?

  19. What Do Prototypes Prototype? Stephanie Houde and Charles Hill: Pretend you are finished with your thesis: Write: Iteration production-what will it take? Materials/space/resources? Implementation? What will it take to exhibit/launch this project?