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Design as a professional discipline has undergone a tremendous evolution in the last generation from a practice focused mainly on the aesthetic style to one with a clear and explicit focus on users and their hopes, desires, challenges, and needs. By establishing empathy and curiosity with the user, designers are able to work toward outcomes that meet those needs more successfully. This human-centered design approach enables designers to address a wide range of complex social issues and it can apply to a wide range of design disciplines such as Interaction Design, Brand Design, Service Design, and even Landscape Design.
This talk will focus on human-centered design projects and co-creation, how the human-centered design approach can be applied to various design disciplines, and why it is important to understand users for innovative design solutions. This event is sponsored by The Higgins School of Humanities.
MiHyun Kim is a designer, an artist, and an educator. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Communication Design, School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Her research agenda focuses on creating meaningful connections between people and their communities. By using digital technology, human experience design, and data visualization, her interdisciplinary nature of projects serves to create a sense of belonging and to advance humanity.
Her projects have been recognized by numerous international and national design organizations including Interaction Design (IxD) Association, ico-d (International Council of Design), CAA (College Arts Association), Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), Ars Electronica, AIGA Design Educator Community, UCDA Design Education Summit, and eyeO festival.