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Author Topic: Like Feedback on Thesis Project  (Read 4703 times)

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Offline studento

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Like Feedback on Thesis Project
« on: January 19, 2007, 08:16:03 PM »
Hello All,

I am a fourth year industrial design student at Philadelphia University.  A fellow peer and I are currently working on our senior thesis project.  Industrial design typically focuses on product design & our thoughts are to educate through product(s).  Through many ups and downs we have come upon focusing on an HIV/AIDS awareness project of sorts.  Hopefully we continue on this path after today.  We presented our topic to our professors and some peers and the response was less than good.  I suppose it was because we did't especially have a solid approach point.  After developing proposals for other projects that didn't take off, I think we were short on time for this one.  Nonetheless I would appreciate if anyone would like to comment on this project (pos or neg).  We just haven't gotten too much insight at this point.  Philly has some great AIDS orgs, but we haven't gotten there yet, so I was hoping this can be a great avenue for insight.  We are open to any & all comments.  If there are other pertinent areas to HIV/AIDS that you feel would benefit from a product-based project, we'd love to know.   

Below is our proposal.   Thank You Much.

Project Statement
Design has an innate ability to affect the lives of people.  As designers, we strive to make these affects positive and hopefully beneficial.  Ideally, we will also design within the context of social relevance.

Today, there are many pertinent issues within society that should be addressed.  There are few, however, that are as pressing as the HIV/AIDS pandemic.  This disease knows no bounds.

Since it’s emergence in the early 1980’s, HIV/AIDS has been a constant, devastating burden within societies.  It was a mysterious disease at first.  No one knew exactly how it was being passed on or where it came from.  Although we may never come to know the origins of HIV/AIDS, we have a better understanding of the fatal disease and how it is transmitted.  We know that it is cross-cultural, and unlike people, HIV/AIDS does not discriminate.  It is somewhat of a taboo topic of discussion.  People are still afraid of being infected by just shaking hands with someone or sharing a drinking fountain.  There is also stigma and discrimination that many people who are suffering the disease are faced with in light of their ailment.  HIV/AIDS is too often wrongly associated with “immoral living” such as homosexuality, intravenous drug use, and sexual promiscuity.  As a result, people living with HIV/AIDS are sometimes seen as social outcasts.  They may face social rejection, avoidance, judgments, and abuses, among other discriminations. 

These stigmas are a major stumbling block for stopping the transmission of HIV/AIDS.  People are afraid to get tested for the fear of knowing that they may be positive and thus face such social demoralization.  This is dangerous.  The disease thrives on people living uninformed. 

Herein lays our thesis project.  Our goal is to develop a project that informs people of HIV/AIDS while addressing the sensitivity of living with the disease.

Design Brief
There are many current initiatives and projects that encourage the prevention and education of HIV/AIDS.  Our intention is to address life with HIV/AIDS.  There are around 40 million people worldwide who are infected and live with HIV/AIDS.  We would like to convey to others what it is like to live with the disease, thereby increasing social sensitivity and reducing associated stigmas.  We are not directly approaching this as a prevention project, but we see that as a positive, indirect result. 

We intend to accomplish this endeavor through an object(s) that people live with in their homes.  The personal environment of the home will allow the object(s) to grow a deeper connection with the user.  Overtime, the user will build a relationship with the object(s), which will cause them to become more conscious of the effects of HIV/AIDS and how to cope with it within society. 

In addressing this global concern, the object(s) developed will inform and create a deeper awareness while suggesting a sense of urgency.  It will fulfill its niche and serve as a beacon of change in attitude and acceptance to those living with HIV/AIDS.  The product aims to establish itself in everyday life creating a constant awareness in the hopes that when people do encounter others living with HIV/AIDS, they will treat them with dignity and compassion.

The actual design components of this project will be determined from research; specifically, the history of the disease, the organizations working towards helping people living with HIV/AIDS, and the awareness projects that currently exists.  Once a solid understanding is achieved we will proceed to developing the object(s), specifically tailored to the effects of the disease.  This project is intended to give realistic and thoughtful insight into life with HIV/AIDS.  Additionally, it may also allow the user to directly influence change through smarter prevention, donations, volunteering, etc. 

We will also be researching the ideal places the awareness object(s) should exist and how they get there.  The object placement is important so that it can make itself apparent to the user easily. The object(s) may also have a higher level of functionality combined with their awareness function.  Through living with the object(s), a better understanding of the realities will be gained.

Offline bear60

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Re: Like Feedback on Thesis Project
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2007, 03:47:08 PM »
WHAT are these objects you speak of?
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Offline thunter34

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Re: Like Feedback on Thesis Project
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2007, 07:50:09 PM »
that is what i was wondering.
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline studento

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Re: Like Feedback on Thesis Project
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007, 07:53:44 PM »

Thanky you for your comments thunter & bear.  I can't answer your question at this point because the actual objects were to be determined through research and analysis.  Unfortunately, we have turned course on this project again.  It has been a bit frustrating to say the least.  We have flipped around too much on topics for my liking, and we are on to another.  This is a project that I think still has a lot of potential and it's something that I'd like to address at a later date.  Thank you for any interest on the topic and I'm sorry for the confusion.

Offline alisenjafi

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Re: Like Feedback on Thesis Project
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2007, 09:18:57 AM »
Gee if it's shiny red ipods, shiny red nikes, shiny red gap $40 caps, those are my ideas! :-*
"You shut your mouth
how can you say
I go about things the wrong way
I am human and I need to be loved
just like everybody else does"
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