Industrial Design Masters Theses

 

The Master of Industrial Design program explores design as a vehicle for addressing social, cultural, environmental and other concerns, recognizing that design is not simply a professional service, but rather a way of connecting individual interests and values with a social framework. Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields or with limited design experience are invited to enter the program during Wintersession as a means of preparing to begin the two-year master’s program the following fall.

ID covers a broad range of fields, from product and furniture explorations to design for aerospace and medical applications. Graduate students work independently under the guidance of a faculty advisor and thesis committee, and present their final work verbally, visually and in writing. They also participate in the RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition, a large-scale public show held annually.

“Graduate candidates in ID don’t necessarily need an undergraduate degree in the field, but they do need strong visual communication skills. For those without an ID background, learning CAD, drawing and model making can be beneficial, and taking a general product design course can provide insight into the design process. Materials-based courses in a medium such as metal, glass, textiles, ceramics or wood also provide a good basis for work in ID.” - Andy Law, Graduate Program Director

Graduate Program Director: Andy Law

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Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Sol, John Beck

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Repairer's recipe : volume 0, Joyce Chang

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Experience the world: How the ever-present accessibility of hands-on opportunities & play enhance logistical learning, Mary E. Chavez

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Ocean state food stories, Charlotte Clement

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Beautiful dirt : exploring the American taboo of death through the things we leave behind, Jake Dangstorp

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Designed body, Jingwei Deng

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Acute, Alex D'Haeseleer

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Mimesis : human-centered digital profiling visual identity, Yangyang Ding

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Voran Test Lab : An exploration of teaching collaborative problem solving and critical thinking through emergent gameplay, Taber Gifford

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inVisible: a guide to understanding & designing for introverts, Ashesh Gohil

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Through the labyrinth, Rebeca Gonzalez Morales

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+ one : a new companionship, Vivien Mengjiao Han

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Lift a life, Vidur Madhav

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Night Knights: reminding children that their nighttime fear isn't something they have to face alone, Ji Hyung Moon

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Fifty fifty: redefining domesticity, Ziying Qiao

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The objects around us., Rohit Sen

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Accessibility to possibilities : discover the unknown unknown worlds, Yutong Shen

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Totem: An embodiment of human character and personality in footwear design, Sushant Shivaram

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Togather: To gather together, Kyungah Sohn

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Surviving in a gregarious world, Shiyang Yao

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Ether: a social design, Zihan Zhou

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Biomatters : future of biology as material source, Tareq Alzawawi

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Mindful interactions, Shreyans Bhandari

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Unimproved : land observation at the edge of progress, Adam Somers Bowen

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Bitter son, Adam Chuong

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Pekka : social software to improve in-game dynamics, Yu Mo

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Autonomous vehicle futures : designing experiences that enable trust and adoption, Jeremy Bass

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Foodways for earthlings : recipes and tools for eating in extreme environments, Maggie Coblentz

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Curious things, Allison Davis

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Idiosyncratic uniform, Erica Efstratoudakis

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Really clean no problems at all, Christina Johnston

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Letsqube, Biniam Assegid Kebede

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For a better normal : fostering the informal sector in post-hurricane Puerto Rico, as a pathway for economic stabilization, Jonathan W. Melendez Davidson

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Harmless Studio, David Thomas Pittman

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Dispatches from planet nowhere, Aaron Field Simmons

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Radically normal : the menstruation issue, Kathryn Smiley

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Talking to computers, Jen Spatz

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A place for plastics : bioplastics, bacteria and our thoughtless acts, Megan Valanidas

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Memory.zip, Yu-Hsing Wu

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Communicatronics, Adi Azulay

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Balance speaker : efficient work and break, Jin Cao

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Talistones : a handful of help for homecoming soldiers, Atulya Changanty

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Magkasama, Christina Chen

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Retooling : experiments in digital apprenticeship, Ryan Ferguson

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Body (less) fitness, Dan Gioia

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Love view, Wudi Hong

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Connections : a new model to customizing everything, Shao-Hsuan Hou

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Motivated motivation : a consulting tool to find new platforms for business, Xiaoxio Jin

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Embracing traditional Chinese culture through design, Jiaxuan Li

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P-Lax : toys for adults, to play & relax, Zhizi Liu

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Empowerment of people of all abilities, Kasia Matlak

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Jettison all stories : experimenting with our relationship to the physical, Alyssa R. Mayo

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Transitions : designing acceptance in a world of change, Hanna McLaughlin

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FLoop : improving eating habits, Namrata Phirke

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Transforme : a look at sports beyond the gender binary, Courtney Skabelund

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Good times, Tim Stoelting

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Blood in the water : tracing an interspecies alliance between at-risk humans and jellyfish in the Mediterranean, Ala Tannir

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Bodypart + object, Creama Wong

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Impractical community, Zixin Xiong

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The emotional intelligence of machines, Lokesh Zope

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Context clues, Brynn Trusewicz

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Obsessed with obsessions: design for obsession, Vara Yang

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Interplayable surface: an exploration on augmented GUI that co-exists with physical environments, Hoon Yoon

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Mealspace : beyond the table, Lauren Tedeschi

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Material | adventure, Diana Wagner

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Material Potential | Recontextualizing Material Libraries, Diana Wagner