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MFA: Graduate Core Resources: Research

CCS Resources

CCS offers a wide variety of resources to students:

Critical Theory

Critical Theory Tables - These tables provide information on critical theory, particularly as it relates to the art world. The first table examines various theories by providing titles, descriptions, keywords, and main theorists. The second provides critical theory subject headings and those specific to art.

Social Design

Designing for Social Systems Resources - From Stanford, this site provides worksheets and manuals for everything from prototyping to scoping a design project.

The Field Guide to Human-Centered Design - This publication from looks at the key mindsets that underpin how and why we think about design for the social sector and provides 57 clear-to-use design methods for new and experienced practitioners as well as from-the-field case studies of human-centered design in action.

MeasureD - Funded by the Robert Wood Foundation, this organization seeks to create a common vocabulary and system of measurement for social design. Using case studies from multiple organizations, MeasureD also focuses on creating health equity through social design.

User Experience Design

Participatory Design - This nonprofit site provides a useful infographic outlining 12 principles of designing with communities, from giving people a voice to building capability over time (scroll almost to the bottom of the page to view).

Personas - From, this website outlines the process of creating personas and provides a chart with objectives and questions to ask during development.

Varied User Research Methods - From the federal government, this site outlines multiple types of user-centered design including contextual interviews, focus groups, and usability testing.

College for Creative Studies website