Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD9) 2020 NID Ahmedabad, India Abstract: This paper uses a wildfire evacuation preparedness initiative in the community of Bolinas, California as a way to illustrate how serious games can be used as prototypes … Continue reading
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Playing with Systems: Earth Systems and Modern Convenience Presented at the DESFORM 2019, MIT Design Lab This game serves as a prototype for a hypothetical initiative intended to promote sustainable practices. It utilizes the relationship between gravity and distance from … Continue reading
In the spring of 2017, an interdisciplinary team of undergraduates at UC Davis submitted a proposal to SOFA Chicago CONNECT, a national competition. The students’ proposal, Beneath, called attention to land subsidence, the phenomenon of land sinking (in some cases … Continue reading
I put this video together to share the story of what we’re doing in Design at UC Davis.
Title: Developing Complex Systems With Low-Fidelity Prototypes Author: Thomas Maiorana, Assistant Professor of Design, University of California, Davis Abstract: If design is to continue to make a credible claim that it can solve the world’s most pressing problems, our tools must … Continue reading
This video captures the installation at the Exploratorium as part of the One Climate Event hosted by the John Muir Institute for the Environment at UC Davis. This installation was created by Tom Maiorana, Assistant Professor in the Design Department … Continue reading
Visualizing Connections to OneClimate One Climate Event (Partnership between UC Davis and the Exploratorium) March 13, 2017 Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA Tom Maiorana, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, UC Davis Victoria Baird, MFA Candidate, Department of Design, UC Davis Benjamin … Continue reading
In the fall of 2016 I created a short digital film, “Lowering the Barrier to Making: Lessons from the Rick and Susan Sontag Center”, to document several of the lessons that my design firm, Red Cover Studios, uncovered during the … Continue reading
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This blogpost (5 Lessons from a BMX Backflip) that I wrote for the d.school in 2014 reflects the way a “tramp bike” can be used as an organizing metaphor for prototyping.