October 5, 2010 § Leave a comment
I’ve been traveling through the vast land of thesis research, reading books and articles the past week and am filtering through them, building my knowledge and stack of key fact cards. In the past week I’ve studied collaborative research methods, citizen participation in government, sense-making, and visualizations. The previous week I visited local government innovation and positive deviance.
After deliberation I’ve narrowed my focus to local government viewed through the design lens of visual sense-making. After working as a designer for five years at a non-profit organization serving local government needs, I’ve developed an interest in the inputs, processes and outcomes of local governments. In addition to the books and journals I’ve collected I come across insightful stories existing only on the web. Here is an interesting short article, a longer blog, and a website with beautiful and informative images I came across recently:
Transparency is Not Enough (Web2.0 + government)
My plans are to sort through my latest round of gathered info and develop a synthesis of the data. After that I plan to visualize and also write research questions. I’m feeling good about where this is trip is headed.
See you soon,
September 21, 2010 § Leave a comment
A key method for success in tackling complex, ambiguous problems (such as identifying thesis research questions) is to create a visual model (or visualization) of the problem space. The one above is a map that covers my topics of interest to this point in my thesis project research and begins to build connections between the topics. Also identified are design lenses, which I will eventually need to establish.
It is always interesting creating these things. You never know what patterns or relationships will pop up that you didn’t recognize before and only were able to see once you started separating and organizing the muck.