Cultivating Adult Friendship Through Experiential Design Design Techniques to Deepen the Audience Learning Experience and Support the Creation, Maintenance and Strengthening of Adult Friendships in Exhibition and Experience Design

Laura O'Grady
Exhibition and Experience Design

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Title
Cultivating Adult Friendship Through Experiential Design Design Techniques to Deepen the Audience Learning Experience and Support the Creation, Maintenance and Strengthening of Adult Friendships in Exhibition and Experience Design
Contributor Names
O'Grady, Laura (Author)
Cowan, Brenda (Thesis advisor)
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. Exhibition and Experience Design (Degree granting institution)
Date
2023
Degree Information
M.A. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York 2023
Department: Exhibition and Experience Design
Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 85-08
Advisor: Brenda Cowan
Committee members: Christina Lyons; Brooke Carlson
Abstract
This paper is divided into two parts. Part One explores academic theory in connection to friendship and designed spaces. Part Two details the application of this theory in an applied project.
In Part One, I begin by sharing the current understanding of friendship from a sociological perspective, including the power of friendships for human well-being, how friendships are created, various types or definitions of friendships, and the barriers adults face making meaningful friendships today. The paper then expands into how friendship connects to museum exhibitions and designed experiences in a unique way, as individuals rarely attend these types of spaces alone and a visit to a location can change depending on your companions. Finally, the paper explores various ways designers can create spaces with the concept of friendship creation, maintenance, and strengthening in mind. These techniques fall into the following five categories: (1) design goal planning, (2) passive spatial design, (3) creating opportunities for connection, (4) empowering individual confidence, and (5) internal and external programming opportunities.
Part Two shows these theoretical applications in an immersive exhibition project called Sleep Factory. These techniques demonstrate the potential opportunities for exhibition designers to enhance the creation, maintenance, and strengthening of adult friendships. The applied project includes all elements of the exhibition content development and design with graphics, 3D spaces, audio-visual elements, objects, lighting, power-mapping, and detailed fabrication documentation.
Keywords: Adult friendship, Cultivating friendship, Exhibition designers, Experiential design, Museum design
Subject
Design
Sociology
Behaviorism (Psychology)
Social interaction
Museum studies
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Identifier
FIT Repository ID: etd_000965
pqdiss: 30989720
URN/ISBN: 9798381448603
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Language
English
Publisher
Ann Arbor : ProQuest Dissertations & Theses,

Citation

O'Grady, L. (2023). Cultivating Adult Friendship Through Experiential Design Design Techniques to Deepen the Audience Learning Experience and Support the Creation, Maintenance and Strengthening of Adult Friendships in Exhibition and Experience Design [Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York]. FIT Institutional Repository. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155981
O'Grady, Laura. Cultivating Adult Friendship Through Experiential Design Design Techniques to Deepen the Audience Learning Experience and Support the Creation, Maintenance and Strengthening of Adult Friendships in Exhibition and Experience Design. 2023. Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, Master's thesis. FIT Digital Repository, https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155981
O'Grady, Laura. "Cultivating Adult Friendship Through Experiential Design Design Techniques to Deepen the Audience Learning Experience and Support the Creation, Maintenance and Strengthening of Adult Friendships in Exhibition and Experience Design." Master's thesis, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, 2023. https://institutionalrepository.fitnyc.edu/item/155981