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Design Lab Showcase

Design Lab Showcase 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4 – 6 p.m. PST

At the UC San Diego Design Lab, design is a way of thinking. Our scholars focus on the interaction of people and technology, treating issues as systems to solve problems related to everyday events, industrial organization, products, services, routines and structures.

Don Norman has inspired generations of designers to work across disciplines to seek solutions. Since 1966, Don has been a faculty member in the Departments of Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. In honor of his tenure as director and the groundbreaking center he created, we are celebrating the Design Lab’s legacy of leading-edge, human-centered design.

The Design Lab is hosting a virtual event to showcase the stellar work of our students and faculty. Even in the face of an ongoing global pandemic, our scholars have found new ways to collaborate, discover and innovate.

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Design@Large UCSD Design Lab

Design@Large Winter 2021

Winter Quarter 2021 Design@Large Speaker Series

Note: The class for UC San Diego students will be provided virtually.

There will be a limited number of slots for external attendees to register to attend the talks virtually. The slots will be on a first-registered basis.

SPEAKERS
- Lynette Yarger (Pennsylvania State University)
- Jennifer Davis (Australian National University)
- John Baugh (Washington University in St. Louis)
- Rebecca Kinney (Bowling Green State University)
- Makeba Jones (UC San Diego)
- Shanyce Campbell (University of Pittsburgh)
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Ailie Fraser UCSD Design Lab

Ailie Fraser Aims to Support People Doing Creative Tasks with Software

“There’s so much helpful content available now, but how can it be understood and consumed by a novice?” asks Ailie Fraser, a PhD graduate, “That’s what I’m interested in answering.” She is a part of a generation of upcoming design innovators, working collaboratively with The Design Lab. Her recently published dissertation aims to support people doing creative tasks with software specifically by leveraging resources generated by experts and bringing them into the context of people's workflows; in order to make them simpler to navigate and understand.

Fraser received her PhD from UCSD in Computer Science this past spring, and is now working full-time as a Research Engineer at Adobe Research. During her PhD, she completed three internships with Adobe Research. During her first internship, she focused on the domain of photo editing in Photoshop and addressed the problems novices experience when they begin to use the application. Due to the plethora of features and tools offered by the service, it can often be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with Photoshop.
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Design Lab Faculty

New Design Lab Faculty Working to Shape the Future of UC San Diego

As a global pioneer in design thinking, research, and invention, The Design Lab prides itself on recruiting the brightest and most innovative minds in the design field. Today, we would like to extend a warm welcome to brand new faculty members Elizabeth Eikey, Haijun Xia, and Edward Wang!

Elizabeth Eikey
From a first-generation undergraduate student at Penn State, then an inquisitive Best Buy employee and finally, to the Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health & The Design Lab at UCSD, Dr. Elizabeth Eikey has an illustrious career. Her research work at The Design Lab focuses on the intersection between technology, mental health, and equity, primarily studying the possible applications for technology in supporting mental health and well-being.

Haijun Xia
After receiving his PhD in Computer Science from University of Toronto, Xia made the move across countries to begin his time as a researcher at UC San Diego. ‘I wanted to work at The Design Lab and UC San Diego, because of the diversity of skill here,’ says the Professor, ‘We are all approaching the many challenging research questions from different angles, which is really important to develop comprehensive solutions.

Edward Wang
When Edward Wang was an undergraduate student at Harvey Mudd, he never expected himself to become a researcher, let alone becoming a professor. It was only after a Professor offered him the chance to help design a course she was planning about biosignal processing, that he began on this path. ‘As I was designing the class over summer, I had to read a bunch of papers,’ he says, ‘I couldn’t stop thinking about how cool all of it was. Especially when it branched out into computer science and how it could be involved in biosignal processes.’
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