Design workshop helps develop practical and innovative solutions for designer's problems. Design thinking is a human-focused, prototype-driven process for innovation.

Three one-hour interactive workshops allowed participants to share their personal insights into public art and perspectives about how technology can be used to enhance the experience of public art. The sessions engaged participants to provide opinions, experiences, and stories. We gather the artifacts produced durning the workshops to provoke creative possibilties for artside – Visual Poetry.

Three one-hour interactive workshops allowed participants to share their personal insights into public art and perspectives about how technology can be used to enhance the experience of public art. The sessions engaged participants to provide opinions, experiences, and stories. We gather the artifacts produced durning the workshops to provoke creative possibilties for artside – Visual Poetry.
My partners, Shruthy Sreepathy, Yusra Khan (both M.S. ’18, Applied Cognition and Neuroscience) and I presented ArtSide: Enhancing the Connection Between Cities and Communities. ArtSide—Lee’s master’s thesis, first prototyped in Professor Cassini Nazir’s Creating Interactive Media course—aims to enhance the social experience of public art through social and technological and strengthen the relationship between city and its communities.

ArtSide Workshop: Exploring Visual Poetry
The problem we've got is that journal is an app feature where user can write about their experience with public art, add images/videos and share it with others. This feature was design in the conventional way how most social media platforms provide. We wanted to come out of this conventional way of hash tag, image gallery and selfies. We wanted to build a space where sharing their experience with public art itself becomes an experience and an opportunity to think and write creatively. 
Workshop participants shared their personal insights into public art and perspectives about how technology can be used to enhance the experience of public art. This interactive session engaged people to provide opinions, experiences, and stories. Then I directed members to gather these opinions, provoking creative possibilities and design concepts to enhance the user experience of ArtSide app.

What is ArtSide?
It's a mobile app prototype that utilizes Global Positioning System (GPS) to indicate the location of public art and provides a social platform to interaction with others about the pieces. It not only enhances a healthy lifestyle but also raises and shares appreciation of public art in (downtown) Dallas. This interactivity engages people of the community to provide input, opinions, experiences, and stories and build meaning and shared memories for their communities.

Figure 1.1 Problem Framing

Figure 1.2 Workshop Schedule (draft)

The ArtSide Workshop was made of four parts:

1. A short introduction on ArtSide and the problem it seeks to address
2. A design charette, where each audience participant used their creative expertise to generate 
    ideas on public art.
3. A visual poetry session, where the ArtSide team used the structure poetic forms to build an 
    interesting and meaningful way to enhance the social experience of art appreciation.
4. The last session was audience feedback and reflection on the session and honest suggestions on 
    how ArtSide can be improved.

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