Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design

Department

Industrial Design

First Advisor

Paolo Cardini

Second Advisor

Nick Scappaticci

Abstract

The digital revolution has transformed the world, and today we are drowning in information. We use search engines as an efficient way to access information, and when we search, by connecting, relating, or random recommending, our knowledge network expands from the keyword we put in. With this search engine model, it’s easy for us to find what we know we don’t know. But it’s hard to access things we don’t know we don’t know. In other words, our past limits our accessibility to information.

In this essay, I attempt to find an alternative way of approaching information in the design process through constructing accessibility to all kinds of possibilities. I propose that we generate knowledge instead of search for it — design in a way where innovation and willingness are not trapped by the past, and allow more people to participate and have fun in the design process. Thus, we can integrate the design process into daily life and, ultimately, build a decentralized design ecosystem for society.

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