Cars, Coffee & Customer-Centered Research Citations

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Tumminelli, Paolo. Car Design America: Myths, Brands, People. Kempen: TeNeues Verl., 2012. Print.

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Choosing a thesis topic

It’s the second week of the Fall 2017 term at ArtCenter. One of the major goals of this term is to finalize a thesis topic, set a research direction for it and begin the research.

We’ve been suggested to refer to Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Going through the first 2 chapters it really helped verbalize my thoughts on the topics I had in mind.

I had a few topics in mind which I can broadly phrase as:

  1. Guidelines for occupant spaces in fully autonomous vessels based on a human-centric approach.
  2. Envisioning a gridlock-free Chandigarh(my hometown) by influencing personal and public behaviour.
  3. A mobility system for students who migrate across the world eventually supporting their educational experience.



We also had to think about 4 value criteria against which we can decide the topic we want to dive deeper into. Broadly these are:

  1. Me: My perspective as a designer
  2. Career: My goals as a designer
  3. Industry: How I can impact the industry I want to work in?
  4. World: How does that help people? The planet?



I have always wanted to work as an automotive designer and living in a time, where the industry is looking for ways to be meaningful in the future, I want to develop a thesis and perspective that generates more questions and research into human-centric spaces in autonomous vessels.

Stay tuned for the initial batch of research questions!