The design artifact created through this thesis is a series of animated and video-recorded documentary shorts. Making what is normally hidden visible, this design piece displays an evolving self-portrait of my process applying a hermeneutic, embodied methodology to my own design practice. These shorts function as both a documentation of this iterative research and as a multimedia communication tool.
Each short ranges from 3 to 6 minutes in length; there are 13 shorts or “chapters” in total, for a total of 40 minutes of footage. Together, these shorts document my initial interpretations, and how these interpretations evolved as my “horizon of understanding” grew through the various dialogues I engaged in over the 9-month research period. Each chapter introduces a separate element of my research, progressively building a narration of my research experience, as I engaged in a literature review, six semi-structured interviews, and an embodied dialogue with myself. Together, these documentary videos showcase a case study of my dialogue and transformation as I explored the research question, how can I disrupt current narratives of women in design? It is worth noting that, although this project has a necessary end point (my thesis exhibit and defence), in theory this would be an iterative process without a final “solution”, since participants in dialogue are continually evolving and changing.
The Thesis Support Document can be downloaded here.
Images from the grad show exhibition can be viewed here.