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MDes/MPS Communication Design Studio: Making the Abstract Concrete


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It’s safe to assume that all of us have encountered information that was difficult to understand—science and math concepts that use lots of abstract symbols; topics that are invisible or span a great deal of time or space; objects that are too large, small, or fast to see well; ideas that involve lots of jargon, etc. Although the very nature of information can make it challenging to grasp, the form that is used to communicate the content can aid or hinder understanding. Students investigated topics that are often represented abstractly and cause confusion. They wrote and designed narratives that utilized visual, temporal, and aural channels of communication to describe the concepts more concretely and aid quick and easy understanding.
How Do Bone Conduction Headphones Work?
by Lisa Otto
Making the Abstract Concrete
by Katherine McLean
Making Abstract Concrete
by Tracy Potter
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by Shruti Aditya Chowdhury
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by Kaylee White
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by Jiyoung Ko

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