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:
- Guidelines for occupant spaces in fully autonomous vessels based on a human-centric approach.
- Envisioning a gridlock-free Chandigarh(my hometown) by influencing personal and public behaviour.
- 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:
- Me: My perspective as a designer
- Career: My goals as a designer
- Industry: How I can impact the industry I want to work in?
- 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!