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Interdisciplinary Research

 
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Interdisciplinary Research

This project was designed for my Design workshop class. The goal for my thesis project was to design a resource that could be used for both students and teachers. Interdisciplinarity draws knowledge from two or more academic disciplines into one project. Interdisciplinary studies are about bringing many skills together to come up with a solution to a problem. It is important for students to become aware of the term interdisciplinary and to open the door to team learning for the future. The future is interdisciplinary.

 
 
 

TOOLS

Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, HTML/CSS, After Effects

ROLES

Research, Storyboarding, Prototyping, Designing, Illustrating

 
 

The Problem

Students are not being given the opportunity to work with other disciplines within their program. If they do work in groups it is with students within their program. Teaching students how to do interdisciplinary research before going into their future career will give them the opportunity of learning new skills.

The Solution

To attempt to solve this problem I decided to design a resource page that could potentially be added to the RGD (Registered Graphic Designers) website. The web page includes an introductory video to give a brief idea of what interdisciplinary research is. On this resource page there would be an Interdisciplinary Practical Handbook that could be downloaded. This Handbook is aimed at educating graphic design students and professors so that they will be prepared for future interdisciplinary projects. The handbook was designed to effectively deliver interdisciplinary knowledge and examples. This website also includes four interdisciplinary case study books. The case study books give an insight into different interdisciplinar research teams and how they are coming together to solve a major issue. Each book looks into an individual team study and the process of how the members came together to find interesting discoveries.

 
 
 
 

The Process

These are the events that led me to the final stages of the Interdisciplinary Research resources. Click on the buttons below to view the individual steps of process work before getting to the final goals of this project!

 
 

For the visual research I constructed my thesis topic by exploring different case studies involved around interdisciplinary research.

The design proposal outlines my creative strategy for the overall design project and the research involved.

A guideline for the look and feel of the projects. The brand guideline goes over the logo, colours and more of the design elements.

A written report of findings found in scholarly research sources.

An inquiry used as a guide for my research and design project.

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: A Practical Handbook

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THE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH PRACTICAL HANDBOOK

Interdisciplinarity draws knowledge from two or more academic disciplines into one project. Interdisciplinary studies take many skills to come up with a solution to a problem. It is important for students to become aware of the term interdisciplinary and to open the door to team learning for the future. The handbook is meant to inform the different principles involved with interdisciplinary research.

 
 
 
 
 

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: 3D Printed Coral Reef Case Study

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The CASE STUDY BOOKS: 3D Printed Coral Reef

This Handbook looks into the problem of serious amounts of coral dying around the world. The interdisciplinary research handbook shares how a team was able to come together and solve the problem by designing a plan to create 3D printed coral to help restores the ocean's floor. Read more by flipping through the handbook below.

 
 
 
 
 


INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: 3D Prosthetic Case Study

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The CASE STUDY BOOKS: 3D Printed Animal Prosthetics

This Handbook looks into the problem of animals being harmed and coming close to death. The interdisciplinary research handbook shares how a team was able to come together and solve the problem by designing a plan to create 3D printed animal prosthetics so that the animals are able to recover properly. Read more by flipping through the handbook below.

 
 
 
 

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: Catching Poachers with Drones

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The CASE STUDY BOOKS: CatChing PoaCHERS WITH DRONES

This Handbook looks into the problem of poaching becoming worse every year. The interdisciplinary research handbook shares how a team was able to come together and solve the problem by coming up with the idea of drones being their birds eye view so they are able to catch the poachers before any animals are harmed.Read more by flipping through the handbook below.

 
 
 
 
 

INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: The Pollinating Drone

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INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: Pollinating Drones

The CASE STUDY BOOKS: Pollinating Drones

This Handbook looks into the problem of the pollinating species decreasing at a rapid rate. The interdisciplinary research handbook shares how a team was able to come together and solve the problem by coming up with the idea of drones being able to pollinate areas that are unsafe for the pollinating species to be around. Read more by flipping through the handbook below.

 
 
 
 
 

THE WEBSITE

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Interdisciplinary Website

Ideally the interdisciplinary resources would be placed onto a website where you could view/ download the Interdisciplinary Research Practical Handbook and Case Study Research books. This would allow for easy access to learn more about what Interdisciplinary Research is.

 

THE MANAGEMENT TOOL KIT

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THE DISCIPLINES

Everyone picks the discipline card that best suits them. If they do not see one that suits them then they are able to write their own discipline and mini description on one of the 20 extra spare cards. This helps them explain to the group what discipline they would describe themself as.

 
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THE PRINCIPLES

This deck contains 10 of the Interdisciplinary principles. Each principle gives a brief description. The team can choose to go through as many of the principles as they would like. After a principle is chosen from the deck, each member says how their discipline handles the situation on the card and what they believe they can contribute to the team.

 
 

THANK YOU