This year's Thesis Festival Keynote speaker was Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practice teacher Munawar Ahmed. Munawar is a design and technology consultant, and founding partner at Bluprint. Her work over the last 17 years has spanned brand development, digital strategy, user experience design, workflow streamlining, data modeling, and large-scale back-end system implementations.
Alum Kohzy Koh, along with Products of Design students Gahnee Kang, and Doug Fertig, won the Runner Up Service Design Award at Core77 Design Awards for Sift, their platform that helps canners quickly figure out which containers can be returned for money in their state, while establishing a stronger connection between recycling center and canner.
Students Elushika Weerakoon, Paola Rangel, and Uijun Park's Kiwi, a mobile application scanner for physical textbooks that enhances the reading experience for high school students, has been selected as one of very few university projects to be funded as part of the 2016-2017 Verizon Challenge.
We caught up with Tony Chu for our latest Alumni Spotlight, who told us all about what she's been up to since graduating: working in AI, expressive data visualization projects, and what a typical day looks like for him working as Principal Designer at Noodle Analytics in San Francisco.
Entrepreneurial Design, one of our Spring semester classes taught by Gary Chou and Christina Xu, feels like a right of passage. The first years must launch a Kickstarter project that raises $1,000 and gets 50 backers. More so than anything I've experienced so far in the program, EVERYONE is curious about it. 2nd years, instructors, alumni. It was so common to hear questions like "Has your Kickstarter launched yet? What are you doing? Can you send me the link?"
We caught up with Benjamin Gadbaw for our latest Alumni Spotlight, who told us all about his work with WeWork in Denver, how he manages working remotely, and what he hopes his legacy and influence will be in the future.
For the past few weeks, I have been looking into branding my thesis. My first impression was this is going to be a piece of cake and I will be able to complete it very soon. I soon realized that it was a lot of work, even though I stuck to the bare necessities of branding.
Everytime when I see Min in school, I screamed her name, MIN!! She is one of the friendliest and shyest classmates. But don’t let that fool you. Min has an amazing UI background and anything she designs turns into absolutely stunning pieces. Her thesis is about “Life documentation — How to create and manage personal archives.” And while we are in the final months of grad school I wanted to catch up with Min and ask her about her future in interaction design.