Research Through Design- Guest Lecture by Dr. Omar Mubeen
Dr. Omar Mubeen, a faculty member at the University of Western Sydney, gave a guest lecture titled Research Through Design at ITU on 5th June 2014. Dr. Mubeen talked in detail about the need to use research in design to create products which, above all, understood and catered to the needs of users. He stressed on the fact that product designs need to be functional and intuitive, and that designers need to develop a sense of empathy to understand the needs of users. Through numerous examples, Dr. Mubeen illustrated how designs which were otherwise aesthetic failed to be maximally functional for users. He also outlined research techniques which could be used to achieve user-friendly designs, including Paper Prototyping, Wire Framing, and Video Prototyping. The lecture was followed by a Q&A session in which students discussed their projects with Dr. Mubeen. This lecture was organized by iPal.