Dear Potential Research Participant,
I am a 3nd year Master of Industrial Design Student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada and am working on a thesis that is concerned with what values should be taken into consideration when defining a design policy for Canada. I am working in collaboration with my advisor, Prof. Lorenzo Imbesi, product designer and architect, and also Prof. Rhada Jhappan in political science. I am interested in doing a research project about measuring design value in the Canadian context so that I might contribute to design knowledge and stimulate greater discussion in terms of policy-making and Canadian design promotion.
I was wondering if you might be interested in possible research collaborations and if you would like to participate in my research. I would like to invite to my online discussion blog about how a design policy could be implemented in Canada. The blog is facilitated for designers to share professional ideas, experience and thoughts on design policy. This should take at maximum; 10-15 minutes a week of your time. I will be leading the blog discussion with general, open-ended questions, aimed to create a discussion about design policy between you and other designers in Canada. The discussion is intended to be open so that there is room for debate, argument, and ideation.
The second part of the blog will consist of an open source draft policy with which you can add tracked edits to and repost. Every participant will have the opportunity to do this. Iíll be testing whether or not online collaborative design policy can work, if ideas can be decided upon, etc. This part of the study will occur after all of the discussion topics have been posted and the draft will be based on the discussion. I am hoping to produce an indicator or analysis tool for measuring design value in Canada. This is an important topic and is of value to design firms, businesses, and more broadly, consumers in Canada. Your contributions and participation would be extremely valuable to my research, the department of Industrial Design at Carleton University, and to the growing knowledge foundation of design policy in Canada.
I would be willing to share my findings and research collaborations with you upon completion. If you are interested, please visit the site www.designpolicycanada.wordpress.com, subscribe to receive updates, comment on any posts you find interesting, and if you like, contribute to the online policy draft markup.
This project has been reviewed and cleared by the Carleton University Research Ethics Board. If you have any concerns regarding this study please contact Dr. Lorenzo Imbesi, (613) 520.2600 ext.1777 or [log in to unmask]
Danielle Bushore MDes Student,
SID, School of Industrial Design
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Cell Phone: 613.867.5251