When I began exploring fabrication design technologies, I ran into barriers due to my deafness. How-to videos were not closed-captioned, professors often taught techniques that rely on hearing, and welding class required me to wear a helmet that darkened everything but the flame, essentially making me deaf and blind.
My thesis focuses on illuminating these barriers and developing interventions that address them. This includes a book targeting the introductory fabrication design student and prototypes for potential tool modifications.
In partnership with: MICA Learning Center, MICA Fabrication Department, MICA Community Engagement Office
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More about 2012 MA in Social Design Thesis Show
Living and working in East Baltimore, students in the M.A. in Social Design are challenged to explore the designer’s role and responsibility in society, produce new ways of thinking, facilitate new institutional collaborations, utilize design to bring about social change and develop contexts in which their ideas can be sustained. The program implements a project-based curriculum emphasizing learning by doing; extensive studio and field experience create opportunities to work on collaborative, issue-based projects with a variety of disciplines, organizations and community members. The thesis show provides a first-hand look at the innovative approaches and ideas for positively impacting our communities.