Doctor of Design at NC State College of Design
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Doctor of Design Research Areas

Meet our DDes Student Practitioners

Check out these general research domains and activities. They represent current DDes student/faculty interests, some of which cross more than one domain. Do your interests relate to one or more of these transdisciplinary categories?

 

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Human-Computer Interaction, Digital Design & Communication (8)

 

Computational design, innovation, and HCI (human-computer interaction):

  • Lee Cherry (Co1) ethics and artificial intelligence
  • Carla Delcambre (Co1) adapting VR techniques for teaching landscape construction
  • Justin Johnson (Co1) video game design for restorative therapy

User-centered design, e.g. digital media, communication, and accessibility:

  • AJ Polanco (Co1) equitable testing for deaf and hard of hearing children
  • Elyse Girard (Co4) universal design for equity and inclusion and information literacy
  • Shruthi Manjula Balakrishna (Co4) visual rhetoric and persuasion in branding

 

Design Methods, Materials & Education (8)

 

Design methods: new materials and design/construction techniques:

  • Lexi Namer (Co4) alternative formats for K-12 design education

Design education: theory, assessment, and outreach:

  • Jonathan Williams (Co2) designerly knotting as a curricular asset
  • Iyare Oronsaye (Co3) engaging children of color in digital design and game industry
  • Will Lidwell (Co3) principles of universal design for cross-species communication

 

Engaged Social Design & Organization Strategies (6)

 

Community access, engagement, and empowerment by design:

Organization social design, innovation, and entrepreneurship:

  • Kevin Fitzgerald (Co2) using frame theory for public discourse on wicked problems
  • Chris Mismash (Co3) promoting design innovation in service organizations

 

Spatial & Environmental Design (7)

 

Resilient urbanism and/or environmental systems design:

  • Mike Ortosky (Co1) resilient community-based food systems
  • Juhann Waller (Co1) early warning flood-control system for at-risk communities
  • Joe Moore (Co2) assessing NEA’s Main Street program for revitalization outcomes
  • Astrid Haryati (Co3) strategies for managing growth in coastal Indonesia

Environment, behavior, and wellness (across scales from materials to spaces to systems):

  • Anne Spafford (Co2) therapeutic gardens for youth rehabilitation and wellness
  • Meghan Bausone (Co4) design for pre-and post-natal wellness