This body of work addresses the topic of diversity and inclusion in design thinking as a pedagogical approach to the studio classroom. In response to the challenges surrounding personal, social and cultural heightened by the changes the world has experienced in recent years, the work seeks to integrate empathy into design education to provide students with a creative and open mindset to design equitable, forward-looking audiovisual communications. The project Sensory Type: From Motivation to Activation leads to collaborative student work creating visual narratives presented in projection-mapped installations. It utilizes the sensory qualities of contemporary audiovisual communication to play a critical role as a space for emotional intelligence, cognitive flexibility, and empathy that encompasses individuals and social cultures. Therefore, the work fosters student collaboration to develop perceptual and conceptual skills that shape messages of envisioning a dynamic future.
Minjee Jeon is a designer and Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Montana State University. Her research interests focus on the analysis of how media paradigms have evolved in relation to rapid technological advances and their impact on human behavior. She uses video, projection, and participatory installations to create biologically inspired speculative designs that build cognitive flexibility by orienting learned human behavior. Minjee holds an MFA in Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University.