NC State University

Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design

Master of Graphic Design

The student initiated final project is undertaken in the last two semesters of the program, and is in part a culmination of graduate study that synthesizes previous coursework and investigations. Students are responsible for defining the area of investigation, for the research that informs their investigation, for organizing the study and its methods, and for documenting the results.

Then Finally is a repository of recent final project documents and digital support files. It is part of an online student publication series from the Master of Graphic Design program at NC State University, which includes:

╳  Yes And: student experience blog

╳  And So: Graduate Journal of Graphic Design

╳  So Then: studio projects

╳  Then Finally


Final Projects

Class of 2017

Cyborg Centered Design: Designing a User Interface for Cochlear Implant Recipients through User-Sensitive Inclusive Design

How can User-Sensitive Inclusive Design principles inform the design of a customizable user experience for Cochlear Implant users?

Alexandra Grossi

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Designing a Language Toolkit for Virtual Reality Documentary Film

How can existing theories currently influencing filmmaking be aggregated, altered, and redefined to create a digital tool that can be used for the development of future virtual reality experiences?

Ioan Opris

The Emotional Potential of Personal Messaging in Immersive Mobile VR Environments

How can the design of multimodal experiences within immersive virtual reality facilitate poetic and emotive personal messaging?

Tori Jordan

full document support files

Learning to Make: Lowering Barriers to e-Learning

How can the design of an online learning platform facilitate learning to make by lowering barriers to entry for self-learning novices and support the community engagement through a contextual user interface?

Anantaya (Grace) Wonaphotimuke

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Perceptions of One’s Self and Others in Virtual Reality: Designing minimal form virtual embodiments that establish social presence, reduce bias and stereotypes, and raise involvement in VR environments

What is the minimal form of individual visual representation in a virtual reality environment required to achieve social presence?

Luis Zapata

full document

Prompting In-Person Conversation Toward Empathy: Interaction Design in a Networked Environment

How can networked technology in a physical fitness environment be designed to support in-person interactions that offer opportunity for building empathy among older adults?

April Maclaga

full document

Class of 2016

A Visual Archive for Capturing and Coordinating Dialogue in Participatory Design Research

How can graphic visualizations of version capture and version control mediate dialogue between a team of designer-researchers and co-designers?

Nida Abdullah

Online Communities in the Context of Contemporary DIY

How can the design of a digital fabrication platform facilitate a sustainable and collaborative online community of contemporary shoemakers?

Ryland Bishop

Interaction Design in the Context of Wholesome Eating: Facilitating the circumvention of unhealthy food decisions

How can the design of an interactive system augment worth within all facets of the personal food value system to foster healthy and sustainable wholesome food decisions in autonomous young adults?

Dennis Calloway

Making Interpretations Visible: Visualization Studies for Qualitative Data

How can a digital visualization tool externalize a researcher’s interpretations of qualitative data to establish conditions for analysis in an interdisciplinary team that engages the community in the design process?

Allison Karas

Hybrid Type: An Approach to Combining Hand and Digital Craft in Typography

How can the integration of hand and digital craft help graphic designers create typography that expresses its dual materiality as a means to reconnect the hand and the mind?

Lydia Kuekes

Designing an Online Platform for Understanding Cultural Heritage

How can the design of an online platform for creating Hmong Story Cloths incorporate collaborative tools that support a first generation Hmong-American diaspora community in exploring its cultural heritage?

Kong Lor

Facilitating Collaboraton in E-learning

How can the use of visualization strategies in the design of collaborative tools support social engagement, mediation, and reflection to facilitate effective collaboration among first year college students in a Project-based online learning environment (PBOL)?

Brandy Luce

Multidimensional visualizations of programming constructs to help designers understand programming concepts

How can the design of multi dimensional visualizations of programming constructs help designers understand programming concepts to develop skills transferable to various programming languages and paradigms?

Payod Panda

Visuospatial Strategies for Novice Fiction Writers

How can the design of customizable visuospatial tools enable novice fiction writers to capture and manipulate ideas efficiently throughout the writing process?

Vaidehi Patil

Design of a digital platform for helping Chinese students improve their English-speaking skills

How can the design of an online learning platform assist Chinese middle school students in practicing English by using social media and gamification to converse with different English-speaking communities?

Ran Qi

Learning the Traditional Lakota Language through Shape Play

How can design strategies encourage Lakota college design students to apply their traditional visual language when creating artifacts that represent their tribe?

Sadie Red Wing

Building Upon Interaction Gestalt Research

How can interaction design language be expressed for graphic designers shifting their focus to interaction design, building upon “Interaction Gestalt” research to more closely articulate informative content through interactive form and behavior?

Scott Reinhard

Chinese Style Variable Roman Letterform Design

How might the design of a Roman alphabet represent Chinese calligraphic tradition to avoid American clichés of “Chinese” typography, such as “chop suey type”?

Yuan Yin