Throughout the course of the semester, we've been asked at various points what our thesis framing statements are. The framing statement became a special point of emphasis in our Service Entrepreneurship class taught by Steven Dean. In this class, we were walked through the basics of conceptual modeling, a useful practice that, while tricky and time-consuming to nail down correctly, paid off large dividends once the modeling work has been completed. The act of modeling itself is one that is deliberate and needs to be taken step by step - and in this sense is a meta practice, being more concerned with the structure of structures, i.e. the design of structures of thought, of understanding, of knowledge, than with the design work itself. The concept map below is the result of many, many iterations and many hours spent trying to distill Unbound into its constituent concepts with the aim of developing a lexicon marked by a certain economy of language that was still descriptive enough to avoid oversimplification. If the map seems simple when you read through it, I won't be offended; a good concept map makes the complex seem simple and somewhat obvious.
My second app explore new territory for my thesis. So far, I think I've been focused on very practical things - my services and products all address the physical aspects of paralysis and wheelchair use, without delving into the psychological. My thesis interviews and additional reading that I've been doing on the side [design meets disability by Graham Pullin - a great read] suggest that I can't begin to design for my users without addressing their psychological needs as well. A lot of those needs originate in the physical condition that my users have, but that doesn't mean that addressing one necessarily addresses both. Recognizing this, I designed my second app to really try to get to a deeper and more profound place than any of my previous designs.