Presented in IASDR 2013

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in blog | No Comments
Presented in IASDR 2013

I’m very happy because I just got back from Tokyo, where I presented my project about multiplayer interactive experiences for children with Cerebral Palsy and their practice of fine motor skills and social skills. The project had a great reception, feedback and comments. The IASDR (International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research) […]

Facilitated Workshop about Principles of IxD and Design Thinking

Posted by on Jul 18, 2013 in blog | No Comments
Facilitated Workshop about Principles of IxD and Design Thinking

Last month I received an invitation from Nearsoft asking me to plan a workshop with the help of two of their designers about principles of interaction design for non-design students, in specific for students in computer science. This workshop is part of an initiative created to impact students in early stages of their professional life. […]

We’ve reached the goal, I’m going to Tokyo!

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in blog, thesis | No Comments
We’ve reached the goal, I’m going to Tokyo!

Hello all, Whether contributing the campaign, or sharing the link writing compelling status updates, I just want to thank everyone for their support. Even though the campaign will still be open during 14 more days, it is amazing that in only two days we not only reached, but surpassed the goal! Thank you so much […]

Great response raising money to present my thesis on the IASDR conference in Tokyo!

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in blog, thesis | No Comments
Great response raising money to present my thesis on the IASDR conference in Tokyo!

Today, 24hrs after launching a campaign through indiegogo to obtain funding for my participation on the IASDR conference in Tokyo, I visited the website to find out that we’ve raised $2,165 so far!!! This is simply awesome!!! I have no words to express how grateful and moved I am. Yesterday when I was witnessing everyone […]

One of the beauties of teaching

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in design teaching, gradschool thoughts | No Comments
One of the beauties of teaching

A year and half ago I left my  job as a University professor in Mexico to become a student in the masters in graphic design at NC State. During my time in the program, I’ve been learning a massive amount of information related to design research, design research methods, and design education/pedagogy. I feel like […]

Diagrams and lists

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in blog, thesis | No Comments
Diagrams and lists

I’m still trying to figure out how each stakeholder is related to the objectives I want for the children with CP. This is a “refined version” (although I don’t know if refined is the right word since it looks super messy right now) of the diagram I added in the last post. In this version […]

Proto- diagrams of the design environment

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in thesis | No Comments
Proto- diagrams of the design environment

I’ve trying to diagram the design environment for my thesis. The purpose of this is to find ways on how my design system can be aligned to my subquestions.  This is the one that is making more sense for now: My thesis project is about creating a fun, challenging, competitive system that provides status and encouragement […]

Researchable Question – Revision #7

Posted by on Sep 25, 2012 in thesis | No Comments
Researchable Question – Revision #7

RESEARCHABLE QUESTION: How can the interaction design of a collaborative-competitive environment promote physical activity and social play in children (6-9 y/o) with cerebral palsy? —- KEYWORDS -Gamification / social play – Collaborative Competitive Environment – Physical Activities SUBQUESTIONS 1. How can strategies of #interaction design engage and reward children with CP to enhance their Physical […]

Researchable Question – Revision #6

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in thesis | No Comments
Researchable Question – Revision #6

MAIN QUESTION How can the interaction design of a collaborative-competitive environment promote physical activity in children (6-9 y/o) with cerebral palsy in the process of learning arithmetic? KEYWORDS – Gamification Socialplay Collaborative-competitive learning Arithmetic Physical activities SUBQUESTIONS 1. How can strategies of interaction design engage and reward students with CP in the mastery of concepts […]

Justification for my thesis project – first try

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in thesis | No Comments
Justification for my thesis project – first try

So this is my first stab in the intent to write a justification. Nothing fancy, just bullet points, no citations needed (yet): Learning is primarily a social process mediated through interaction using tools. Around the age of six, children with CP may have a hard time keeping up with the explosion of physical activity that occurs during the […]