Apr 17, 2014
Design major gets zombie's reception at her former school
Mar 15, 2014 @ MOCA Cleveland in Cleveland, OH
CIA's Traveling Sketchbooks make a last stop at MOCA
Apr 16, 2014
CIA's 'focused workshop environment' paid off
Mar 28, 2014
Dinner by Design – Art of the Table, and a runway show
about 10 hours ago via Facebook
Explore the best works and latest ideas by students in our renowned Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, and Graphic Design programs at the 2014 Spring Design Show’s public opening at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland MOCA this Tuesday, Apr. 22 from 5-7pm. More info. at http://ow.ly/vVsGC.
Apr 15, 2014
Students win $11,000 in Dealer Tire art competition
Mar 28, 2014
The Accident: Recent Work by Nicky Nodjoumi
Apr 11, 2014
Romanian visiting artist brings new perspective to CIA
Apr 22, 2014
2014 Spring Illustration + Animation Show
Apr 15, 2014
4/17-19: Benicio Del Toro in Jimmy P, Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief & more!
Design Research Methods
Course No. DES353 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kaja Tooming Buchanan
The goal of this course is to explore the methods by which designers come to understand user needs, feelings, expectations, and values. These methods are a preparation for developing breakthrough products— tangible and intangible—as well as interactions and services. We will explore several methods and their practical application in the design process to develop new products and test their usability and efficiency. Understanding user experience has become a central, distinguishing feature of the best product development, and our goal is to survey some of the best methods in current use. For example, we will learn how to build scenarios, interpret needs, generate and test ideas, visualize information and choreograph solutions. This involves interdisciplinary understanding, because many of the methods come from other fields. The growing complexity of products in our lives requires a wider understanding of how the social and behavioral sciences, together with the humanities and cultural sciences, are of deep value in the work of design. It requires, for example, an understanding of case study methodology, a matrix of methods of value for designers. It also requires deeper understanding of the underlying principles that give meaning, create value, and direct the whole design process. The course will be based on readings, exercises, and a variety of practical projects that support studio work. Apply as studio elective or as art/craft/design history/theory liberal arts distribution requirement.
Assistant Professor/Chair of Graphic Design
Larry O’Neal is a graphic designer/illustrator with a unique professional history that allows him to pro...more
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Nicky Nodjoumi and Dinner by Design exhibitions
CIA welcomes spring with two very different shows opening on March 28.
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