xdMFA Thesis Defense Week Spring 2018

Join us for the Spring 2018 xdMFA Defense Week, April 16–20 and experience presentations by MFA Candidates in Experience Design. MFA Candidates will present their project work that has been ongoing since summer 2017.

Mark Cela will share results of his work that sought out why readers and bibliophiles are attracted to physical books and how their preferences can be designed into the eBook experience in relevant ways. Yashodhan Mandke conducted site visits to warehouses to learn about the challenges people who are hard-of-hearing face when working in these environments. Mr. Mandke designed and tested an app that alerts and guides those who are hard-of-hearing to safety in emergency situations.

xdMFA Thesis projects have three components:

  • Primary research to identify aspects of a selected problem or area of inquiry
  • The creation of a prototype design outcome/intervention that can address the selected problem in the desired way
  • Testing and evaluation of the effects of the designed outcome

xdMFA Thesis Defenses are open to the public in the interest of openly sharing research and design findings.


Unique emotional attachment to analog books over digital alternatives.

Mark Cela

Wednesday, April 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Miami University Art Building, Room 100


Mitigating the obstacles for the hard-of-hearing employees in becoming the part of warehouse workforce through haptics and vibro-tactile technology.

Yashodhan Mandke

Thursday, April 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Miami University, Hiestand Hall, Room 221