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Design eye for the science guy: Drop-in clinic helps scientists communicate data
Date:2/23/2012

esign, and Kinsey Gross, the other design consultant, work to help scientists bring some clarity to the complex information. They try to impart some basic design principles, and create a visual hierarchy so that many elements can be included without having clutter.

Kieran O'Mahony, a UW postdoctoral researcher in materials science and engineering with background in education research, will analyze the video and study the interactions between the designers and the scientists. He's looking for "aha!" moments, where knowledge is being transferred. One of the goals of the grant is to see whether this type of setting helps transmit design skills to scientists, and to find out how scientists learn about design.

The team hopes to discover what techniques work best to support classes or workshops teaching design skills to scientists, and at the same time provide a service to science students. "There are some excellent writing centers at the university," Rolandi said. "It seems strange to have support just for writing, because writing is only half of the story."


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Contact: Hannah Hickey
hickeyh@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
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