Individual project, Aug 2019 – Present
I am currently a candidate for a M.S. in Industrial Design and I am working on my thesis.
I have designed and led an exploratory and descriptive case study into factors correlated with distress in pediatric optometry patients. I use participatory design and mixed method research to uncover insights that will inform and inspire design principles, constraints, and strategies to address user needs.
It is still in progress but I am including some of the work I have done thus far.
For the first phase of my thesis, I am leading a study to identify factors that play a role in contributing to pediatric patient distress by determining how often distress and crying occur and to what degree they affect examinations.
The research design is a case study that is both descriptive and exploratory, comprised of a survey, observations, and field notes.
It has been approved by the University of Houston’s IRB and is taking place at the University Eye Institute in collaboration with licensed optometry faculty who specialize in pediatrics.
The second phase translates the study’s findings into design principles, constraints, and strategies to address user needs.
I will utilize collaborative methods such as participatory brainstorming sessions and focus groups throughout the design and development process.