Research Areas + Initiatives

At ID, every full-time faculty member has various research interests and initiatives, which are taken on regardless of funding status. Areas of interest include: a general framework or toolkit of methods design, visualizing complex data, persuasive communication, visualizing big data, digital media and learning, strategic design, social entrepreneurship, interaction design and other emerging topics.

Overview of Current ID Research Areas

Communication Design

  • Application of visualization techniques to large qualitative data sets
  • Communicating the new: moving from static presentations to data experiences
  • Diagramming
    Understanding the emerging visual language of data visualizations
  • Humanities visualization
    The future of reading
  • The development of prototypes to support the hermeneutic or interpretive process

Design Knowledge and Methods

  • Design thinking in business contexts
  • General design theory/methodology
  • Design knowledge representation and management
  • Computer-based design methodologies
  • Design methods for the process of design including prototyping in the early stages

Domain Applications

  • Global companies in local markets
  • Design for the base of the pyramid
  • Schools in the digital age
  • Framing emerging innovation opportunities in complex domains
  • Role of information technology in supporting open innovation networks in urban environments
  • Health and Senior Care Systems

Interaction Design

  • Persuasive interaction
  • Development of interactive solutions with convivial qualities & effective performance
  • Interactive systems design and evaluation methods
  • Interactive placemaking

Product Design

  • Product and inter-disciplinary design education
  • Prototyping tools and methods for product and environmental design

System Design

  • Human-centered system architecture and integration
  • Context-sensitive system design methodology

Strategy and Decision-Making

  • Design problem framing and decision-making
  • Using design strategy to guide government and not-for-profits
  • Impact of computing technologies on decision making for design and business