Abstract

The principle of design is to create something both beautiful and effective. However, not all designs are created equal. There are plenty of inefficient designs in existence. The reason is not because of bad designers, but because of the lacking platforms for designers to communicate and test their designs.

There are many tools available, both application and website, for designers to express their ideas. However, the majority of these resources are focused on sharing project on the social media and treat it like an element of personal portfolio. Platforms for designers to actually test their project, gathering critical product-developing feedback is limited.

A common need designers have is a place to seek feedback and share inspiration for their projects. This thesis project is an app that will fulfill that need. At the beginning of a new project, users could use the application to seek inspiration through others designs, local events or locations. During the process, users could post their ideas to gather feedback to improve the project. Upon finishing the design, users could share their project where other users can also share their opinions and ideas.

DZone creates a simple and efficient way for designers to share and find ideas. It combines graphic, interaction and user experience design. The user interface and interactivity will be prototyped for an iOS device. The thesis will focus on the usability test of several groups of people in different ages and genders.

Publication Date

12-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Visual Communication Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Design (CIAS)

Advisor

Daniel DeLuna

Advisor/Committee Member

Chris Jackson

Advisor/Committee Member

Nancy Ciolek

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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