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Mario Ruiz: Institute of Design Academic Portfolio
My academic portfolio.
This is a selection of my graduate academic work at the IIT Institute of Design. In 2006, I received an HP Resident Fellowship to take a year off from work and pursue a masters degree in Design Methods full-time. My academic work focused on learning structured design methods in the areas of User Research and Design Planning.
Mario Ruiz: Institute of Design Academic Portfolio
Design Strategies
for a Wetter World
Course: Systems and Systematic Design Workshop
Tags: structured planning, systems-thinking, group project
This semester-long project utilized a structured planning approach to help take a complex problem like Global Warming and develop adaptive and preventative solutions for locations with a changing hydrological cycle.
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Mario Ruiz: Institute of Design Academic Portfolio
Masco Bath Activities Research
Course: Design Research Workshop
Tags: design research, camera studies, Insight Matrix, concepts, group project
A semester-long research project utilizing camera diary and in-home interview methods to understand user needs in the bathroom environment. Topic sponsorship by Masco Corporation (Chicago, IL).
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» Download summary methods poster (.pdf, 1MB)
Mario Ruiz: Institute of Design Academic Portfolio
World Innovation Labs
Course: Design Planning
Tags: design planning, innovation, open innovation, group project
This study created a vision for a high-performance innovation lab by addressing how networks and open innovation can play a role in complex innovation programs.
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Aspen Group
Course: Advanced Design Planning
Tags: design planning, social innovation, group project
This designed a strategic vision and operations plan for a high-performance innovation lab with a specific approach to innovation in the not-for-profit sector.
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Ford Lust. At Last.
Course: Design Planning Implementation
Tags: design planning implementation, cultural change management, group project
This project focused on creating an implementation plan facilitating strategic design and cultural change management at Ford Motor Company.
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Mario Ruiz: Institute of Design Academic Portfolio
Chicago SportsMonster
Course: Observing Users
Tags: user observation, design research, group project
This project focused on observing and following 2 groups who joined a social sports league in Chicago then defining key need areas for development.
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The Rise of the Creative Class
Course: Design Analysis
Tags: design visualization, data analysis, group project
This project centered on using design to visually analyze and generate insight from raw data. The data was based on Richard Florida's book, "The Rise of the Creative Class".
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Demystifying Wine for Newbies
Course: Design Synthesis
Tags: design concepting, evaluation, group project
Building on an earlier course in Design Analysis, this project focused on developing concepts and solutions to help novice wine drinkers increase their understanding about wine.
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Web 2.0
Course: Planning for Web 2.0
Tags: web 2.0, social networking, individual project
This individual project designed a plan leveraging the economics of social networking and web 2.0 to help raise money for a young man's college tuition.
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Chicago's Union Station
Course: Service Design
Tags: service design, group project
This service design project analyzed and developed a plan to improve Chicago's Union Station experience through new services.
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TravelPal
Course: Interactive Media
Tags: interaction design, social networking, service design, group project
This project developed detailed wireframes, a sitemap, and concept renderings for an interactive website for single travelers looking for trip planning services and travel partners.
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Smith & Hawken Lawn and Garden
Course: Portfolio Planning
Tags: portfolio planning, design strategies, evaluation, individual project
This project analyzed Smith & Hawken's product line of fire pits, market trends, and competitive products to develop a design strategy for further growth.
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