It’s finally the end of Summer Semester for this year, the sun is shining bright and the weather is warm, it is indeed finally the time for our MAID thesis students to present their Thesis projects.
Cansu Kipirdi presenting her thesis about Emotional Voice Assistants. “My thesis analyses what is the emotionally intelligent voice interface design and how can emotional intelligence, positive psychology as well as voice interface design methodologies help in the process to approach emotionally intelligent voice assistants. The investigation showed that there is a desire to have emotional intelligent assistants to increase wellbeing and expectation to communicate more natural, empathic way. The study emphasizes the aspirations of emotional voice assistants that are based on pillars of emotional intelligence and designed through positive psychology to create sustainable relationships based on trust.”
Ju Meng Long presenting his thesis about The War of Zongzi: Design for cultural diﬀerences of Zongzi between China’s north and south. “Understanding each other is the key to solving this problem. It is very important for the visual design to communicate between diﬀerent cultures. It is possible to spread information eﬀectively by exploring visual communication language, let each other know each other and reduce misunderstandings. Cultural diﬀerences are diﬀerences in lifestyles, food, traditions and beliefs between diﬀerent countries, religions, societies, and people. As Lipton, the author of Designing Across Culture states, “To communicate with your ethnic audiences, you base your design on insights into the audience, then imbue these designs with subtle visual cultural cues”. Designers must study the culture they are designing in order to design eﬀective ways to express relevant concepts to the audience and cultural diﬀerences. Exploring an eﬀective visual communication language to reduce misunderstandings and stereotypes between diﬀerent cultures is my main goal.”
Esteban Amon presenting his thesis about Digital Poetics of Surveillance. “This study explores the possibilities to use design and digital poetry to express activism and critique the new form of capitalism known as Surveillance Capitalism – commodifies private human experience for the market sphere to be sold and purchase as behavioural data. For its part, electronic poetry can be understood as electronic objects that can only be read with the computer, they cannot be printed out nor read aloud, without changing the meaning and losing the extratextual elements as animations, sounds and programmed behaviors they have. The result of this design research project is a collection of experimental research and critical design prototypes that are created to explore, express and critique Surveillance Capitalism and its mechanisms of generated and predicted life, done without the awareness of the users.”
Kanokpon Youcharoen (Boss) presenting his thesis about Sustainability of Thai Park. “ThaiPark located at Preußenpark is not just another usual park in Berlin. You would see crowd of people tasting delicious Thai traditional foods sold by Thai vendors with street food air. Sounds perfect? The best part is you can enjoy all these in Germany! But, the market is shockingly illegal here!”
Jonathan Edward Lee presenting his thesis Dis/Connection. “My thesis explores the possibilities to use design to create interventions within our relationships with the digital products and us as a human being. The result of this design research project is a collection of research and speculative design proposals, each of those tackle a different question on how technology affects us, spark different controversies. However both are intended to make people step back, and think back again about their relationship with technology, what are their position right now, are they the master or the slave of technology?”
Kanokpon Yokchoo (Dohn) presenting his thesis about 3D Ceramic-print Experiment for Craft and Design. “3D ceramic experiment for craft and design is the experiment project between material and technology the goal is to find a new proposition and possibility for 3D ceramic design.”
Laura Gutiérrez presenting her thesis Decoding Hieroglyphs.
Mauricio Sosa Noreña presenting his thesis about Designing a Jungle
Raphael dos Santos Freire presenting his thesis about Politics and Design Interventions.
Camila Giraldo presenting her thesis Your MEnute. “Most people will spend around 50% of the time we are awake at work, but for most people this is not something they enjoy. Only 15% are engage at their work. These are pretty shocking statistic considering how important work is in human beings lives. The purpose of this project is to improve the way that companies use elements of empathy communication, such as self-awareness in order to improve the communication between employees and leaders and hence improve productivity. The scope is that by improving the wellbeing of employees that wellbeing will translate into more engage employees. Furthermore, this project explores how the frequent practice of self-awareness exercises and the improvement of the feedback sessions improves the way people communicate.”
Banafshe Namiranian presenting her thesis Spaces of Democracy “In contemporary world societies have been going through enormous changes and they are becoming more and more multicultural. Each culture practices social life and participates in public spaces differently according to their cultural differences and backgrounds. In order to develop an inclusive society, where communities can freely flourish, we need to seek for an open system which reflects the way people really live the space, rather than showing them a clear way to live. In my design I intend to provoke the thoughts toward the existing situation and policies of public spaces. I try to hack and reclaim the spaces through an add-on design intervention and transform the existing, un-useful urban objects into “open objects”. Thereby I intend to initiate different forms of activities and bring in the “diversity” into the public arena.”
And of course, a mandatory Bauhaus Masters photoshoot! Congratulations!
Every semester, we welcome the new students to Design Department and to Dessau with a party. This time, the semester started with BBQ and fun games 🙂
BBQ time in front of our main building
Students from the first and second semester preparing to have some fun time!
Time to break the ice
This winter semester of 2018/19 has been a very exciting semester. MAID welcomed guest professors from UdK Berlin, Prof. Florian Conradi & Prof. Michelle Christensen, for our MAID Studio project. The whole project explores how design interacts with politics, each group (interdisciplinary & interculturally mixed) are given a specific theme to investigate and develop further.
Prof. Florian Conradi & Prof. Michelle Christensen open the presentation with the whole concept of this studio class project.
Alejandro, Ponjira & Camila with their Legal Hacking DIY Cart project for Politics of Space.
Ponjira explaining about her group’s social experiment for the project.
Maria, Esteban & Banafshe showing their research for their project “Politics of Food”.
Shu-han, Jaydeep & Karen presenting their project “Politics of Code”
Meng presenting his group research on their project “Politics of Data”
“Politics of Data” showcasing how the tremendous data collected by digital products that we use daily.
Mehdi, Yurith, Aleksandra & Luana presenting their group project “Politics of Shape”
Juneid, Laksha & Lisa presenting their research for their group project “Politics of Sound”
Uneeb, Jonathan & Angie presenting their research for their group project “Politics of Material”
“Politics of Material” one of the toolkits created for refugee camps.
Happy faces before presentation 🙂 MAID professors & students.