M.F.A. Thesis Process Journal

The Journey Begins By Looking In Reverse

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on January 9, 2017


Women browsing the SCAD Virtual Lecture Hall

To get underway with my thesis project I'm making a selection of 6 past projects. These project should exemplify my design skills, thinking, and process while expressing distinct but relatable areas of interest. Supporting our direction even before a position is staked goes to show the undeniable importance of knowing your base of information is fact. A worthwhile exercise for me while painfully working towards a topic of interest to spent the next 12 months on.

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Developing A Thesis

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on January 25, 2017


City Hall, Savannah Georgia

The old adage, "knowledge is power" comes through as an equalizing force for soceity rather than its function to differientiate social class as is its intention. With data careening all around us and computational power to process it in near real-time to deliver actionable inforamtion this power dynamic relies on the expertise and humanitarian orientation of the new technocartic class of millenials and Gen Xers. Just needing to design and develop public facing points of access.

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Abstract: First Draft

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on January 31, 2017


Pedestrians Crossing Bull St. In Savannah Georgia

Cities face challenges to uphold social and commercial organization that is equally productive for the prolonged operation of its internal organizations and satisfaction of both commercial and individual constituents.

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Building A Thesis Proposal: Literature Review

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on February 7, 2017



Following is a review of what is being read to support the thesis argument and an accompying bibliography.

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Building A Proposal: Methodology

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on February 14, 2017



Through contextual and ethnographic research methods to identify key challenges. Utilizing a co-creation design process to push my concept further addressing the real needs of the audience.

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Building A Proposal: The Outline

by Aaron Pompei

Posted on February 24, 2017



Cities need to implement human-centered design practice and thinking to produce positive reciprocal benefit through strategies, policy, and urban development to empower citizens to increase community cohesion and individual agency for the long term benefits of personal satisfaction, reduce crime, increase self-sufficiency, and improve the overall well-being of all residence.

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