This is the first of four workshops in the run up submitting our Final Major Project and Thesis Proposal – each designed to help with key aspects of a research proposal. Surveying the field is essential first step in defining a research topic so this was a great excuse to reflect on the reasons why I decided to study Interaction Design in the first place. The discipline has an amazing ability to address issues that run deep in contemporary culture – questioning processes and experiences we go through in our lives. This unique vantage point means the research areas that can be tackled with the subject is vast – ranging from the digital world like data collection and analysis all the way to environmental concerns relating to material culture.

The following diagram aims to map out key themes/issues within the field. It features a combination of ideas that have arisen during course seminars and my own developing interests – hopefully uncovering potential connections and the wider context they exist within.

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