meghan.corbett@ac4d.com

Alumni

Meghan Corbett

Meghan is an empathetic animal lover and people person that recently moved to Austin from Spring, Texas. She loves children, the Sims, and anything tropical. At a young age, Meghan asked for a box of 96 Crayola crayons—you know, the mega box every kid wanted—for Christmas and then proceeded to color code the entire box… for three years in a row. As Meghan got older, her passion for art grew, along with her Catholic faith. Through her work with her church’s children’s religious education program, she realized her desire to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

Pursing her vague ambition to combine art and philanthropy, Meghan attended the University of Notre Dame where she was formally introduced to the world of design. Several client-sponsored projects have sparked an insatiable desire to improve everyday experiences through graphic and industrial design. It is Meghan’s view that you do not have to be older and experienced to change the world. She hopes that AC4D will help her do just that.

Meghan’s inner child frequently runs wild, howling at the moon and lounging on cushy surfaces. In her free time, she enjoys Redditing, binge-watching TV series on Netflix, reading, cooking, and exploring Austin with her wonderful boyfriend, Cory.

 

Recent blog posts

Testing Our Concept through Scenario Validation

When we last left off, we illustrated how we used the power of storytelling to elaborate on our design idea Inner Circle: the Birth Plan for Everyone Else— a smartphone app that guides expectant mothers through a series of questions regarding their impending birth, empowering them to have authority over their birth experience. Over the…

Our Continuing Adventures at AmbiguityC4D: Q3 Progress Report Post 1

It has been a month since we presented our research, top insights, and the three design ideas at our final presentation for quarter 2. Since then, our group has been trying to settle on one idea to push forward to wireframe and test with. This has proven to be harder than we had anticipated. To…

Ideal Thermostat- Iteration #6: Final Iteration and Reflection

After eight weeks of Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving, the sixth and final iteration of my ideal thermostat is complete. Last week, we were given the additional requirements of two extra tasks for our fifth iteration and I came incredibly close to an error free round of user testing. The only problem arose when…

Ideal Thermostat – Iteration #5: Design Details

Last week, I posted the fourth iteration of my ideal thermostat interface in which I aimed to give users a better understanding of what the system was accomplishing through visual indicators. I also made changes to my schedule mode which showed a huge improvement in user testing when it came to adding and deleting schedules…

Ideal Thermostat – Iteration #4: Simplifying the Design

Last week’s iteration of my ideal thermostat interface included an overhaul in the way I thought about scheduling. In my previous iterations, I had always considered the schedule as a menu you could enter. Last week I made scheduling a mode you could toggle between; manual mode or schedule mode. The idea behind this was…

Ideal Thermostat – Iteration #3: Fixing Functionality

Last week you saw the second iteration of my ideal thermostat. I had reworked the scheduling interface, adjusted the aesthetics of the entire layout, and had become excited with the idea of adding a home and away toggle so the thermostat could more easily adapt the inconsistent schedules many of us have. While I made…

Ideal Thermostat – Iteration #2

This week I am living the saying “one step forward, two steps back.” Since last week’s iteration of the thermostat, I have been searching for a way to solve the problems I encountered during think aloud user testing, the biggest of which was issues understanding the scheduling interface. I also tried to make the current…

Ideal Thermostat – Iteration #1

As I mentioned in my last post, we are redesigning a Honeywell Thermostat in our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class this quarter. This week, I referred back to the concept models I created, and built out wireframes for my ideal model interface.  Wireframes are visual guides for the framework of an interface. They…

Gaining Understanding Through Concept Mapping

Our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class this quarter will be centered around learning creative problem solving methods through redesigning the Honeywell Prestige Thermostat… six times. Before we can redesign this overly complex system, however, we must understand the current system as is.  One way to do this is by visualizing the content and…

The True Value of this Entrepreneurial Assignment

Pet Prints has kept me quite busy these last few weeks. In this update, I want to share few takeaways I have realized through my iterations of this project. TAKEAWAY 1 Don’t assume you know what your target market wants. Gather information in person. It is easy to fall back on social networking sites like…

The Struggle with Time Managment

If nothing else, this $1000 Project has shown me that I do not manage time and stress in the most efficient way. Between creating a website, updating a messy facebook page, receiving orders through email, and creating custom prints, I am feeling very scatter-brained. Jumping from one activity to the next, afraid I would forget…

Viewing "Pet Prints by Meghan" Through the Lens of the Customer

In my last blog post, I mentioned that I had been underwhelmed with the amount of orders I was receiving for pet prints. The main vision I have had for my business is for the prints to be highly personal and thus meaningful for my customer. Since I had some free time between orders, I…

Pushing through the Freezing fear of Ambiguity

On the fifth meeting of our Studio Design class, we were given the assignment of our final project for the quarter: The $1000 Assignment. In three short weeks, we are to identify a problem, come up with a viable solution based on our skills, follow through with the solution, and make adjustments in order to…

The Effects of Technology on Society

During the last three sessions of our design theory class, we have been discussing articles that explore a few areas where technology and society intersect—specifically human experience, online privacy, and design in developing countries. We are then asked to create a framework of our own through which we view each reading. This gives us a…

Varying Methodologies of Design Research and their Role in Solving Design Problems

During the last three classes our design theory class, we have been discussing articles that explore the role of the designer in relation to their end-users– the person or group of people who will interact with the product, service or system. Each of the eight authors has differing opinions about the extent that end-users should…

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