People. Good design responds to human need. It is socially responsible, responsive and ambitious.Through scholarly, effective listening good designers transform problems into opportunities for people to live and per-form optimally. Our students study human-centered design – a focus that crosses all design disciplines by placing human experience and engagement at the center of problem solving.
Process. DEA blends studio-based training with scholarly research to inform creative process. This dual design/research focus gives students a unique foundation for practice because they understand design from a systems perspective – individual needs inthe context of broader social, technical, and global influences.
Place. DEA students learn that 'place' represents a continuum of experience which cross multiple design disciplines and scales e.g. graphic, interior, and product design express values and choreograph behaviors; ergonomics, facility planning,and interface design manage interactions with users and technology; while policy and community design address larger issues of stakeholder engagement. All these levels work in concert to create the built environment. It is why DEA students explore human-centered design + analysis on multiple levels – place, product, process and practice – with the goal to support people and the planet.
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