Effective Organization of Complex Information

Kylie Wagner, a graphic design major minoring in statistics, aimed to explore not only data visualization, but to tackle it within the context of the (typically poorly visually considered) scientific conference poster. To increase legibility, readability, hierarchy of information, Kylie applied effective design principles, thoughtful typography, a more efficient composition, and improved visualization of data to redesign an existing neuroscience conference poster. She then included the redesigned poster in her own symposium poster, explaining the problems, process and solutions.

She presented her poser at the 2015 CURO symposium on campus (Center for Undergraduate  Research Opportunities) and was then asked by the head of the Honors program to present her findings to the undergraduate honors research course that  fall.

Using UX Research Methods to Design an Optimal Interdisciplinary Curriculum

Julie Rodriquez used experience design research methods to re-strategize the School of Art's graphic design program of study as a more flexible, contemporary curriculum model relevant to the dynamic nature of technology and visual communication. She  investigated and mapped optioned course(s) of study that would prepare graduates for ever-varing types of design careers through an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, broad University education with increased experiential learning. 

Rodriquez used research methods practiced in UX design such as empathy maps, creative user personas and user narratives, conducting surveys and user interviews, and studying other competitive models. 

She received a competitive CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities) research assistantship, which provided her summer funding to work in this project under my mentorship while also receiving academic credit. (2015)