Art & Design Portfolio Shows
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Our bi-annual exhibition of works by Flagler College’s graduating B.F.A. and B.A. candidates from the Department of Art and Design.
Bachelor of Fine Art (BFA) Portfolio Show
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Bachelor of Art (BA) Portfolio Show
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Show
Ringhaver Student Center, Virginia Room
As a fine art major at Flagler College, Kathryn D’Elia was known for creating works that pushed boundaries and explored unusual thinking.
Professor Natalie Stephenson is something of a globe-trotter. Before joining Flagler’s Art and Design faculty, the Kentucky native completed two separate professional stints in Australia—one as a designer and one as a college professor—in addition to establishing herself as a respected design professional in North Carolina. Her world-wide perspective on user-based design has strongly influenced her interest in interaction design.
“Whether it’s high-tech or low-tech—from tablet apps to print design to environmental graphics—the design should always focus on the human experience,” she explained. “With interaction design, we first focus on the people who will be interacting with a ‘product’—we try to understand their needs and discover opportunities for design. Then we develop concepts and involve users again to get feedback about what’s working and what’s not.”
To illustrate this tenet, Professor Stephenson is currently launching a project that will enable her students to work closely with the audience who will benefit from the students’ design concepts. In partnership with a speech and language pathologist from the Duval County School District, Flagler students will interact with a group of autistic youth and then design an iPad app and other learning tools for use in autism and speech therapy sessions. The students will gain first-hand experience in assessing the human need behind the technology.
“During the first meeting, design students will be able to ask our ‘client’ important questions like, What do your students need? How do you use an iPad in a therapy session? What do you like and dislike about the other tools you’re currently using? From there, we’ll do more research and begin to work on design concepts,” Professor Stephenson said.
“This project is about human-centered design,” she said. “And about never forgetting that we are designing products that will be used by people.”