I am Cara Miller.
I’m a Grad student at IUPUI, Herron School of Art and Design in the Visual Communication, Design Thinking, and Design Leadership M.F.A. program. I am a teaching assistant for a undergraduate sophomore level typography class. I graduated from the University of Dayton in May 2011 with a B.F.A. in Visual Communication Design concentrated on Graphic Design. I also was a teaching assistant at U.D. for the same class. I have had almost no experience in the “real world” of design. I feel so lucky to be given this opportunity to focus on design for 2 years and learn everything I possibly can about the subject.
This is week 9 of the first semester. Mid terms have just ended and I am starting to get the hang of this. I am enrolled in two classes this semester, Collaborative Action Research Design, and Methods for Design Research. I also just finished two classes, Design Thinking and Human Factors.
Needless to say, my first few weeks here were incredibly challenging. My lifestyle shifted from a calm, lazy Summer, to a sleep deprived, coffee-crazed Fall. I’m loving it. It is like finals week of senior year over and over again.
I am making this blog to keep track of my progress and transformation during this journey. I will post homework, talk about projects I am working on, and discuss my thoughts and feelings about certain topics. I will be constantly dissecting the world we live in and trying to make it my hypothetical version of “better.” I’ll pose scenarios, conduct experiments, utilize design research methods, and stay curious. I will strive to constantly ask questions, never assume, and always have fun.