Documentation & Presentation

Case Study | MFA Graduate Thesis Project

Academy of Art University Graduate School of Web Design & New Media

Week 12

This week was a very busy week for me outside of class. Once again, I have been up most nights into the wee-hours of the morning.

I have started the process of moving all of my blog posts from Tublr to my website's Studio Blog. This is a very tedious process, but well worth it in the end.

I am gaining more clarity about my projects' purpose and up until now, the audio narrative (story) has not been clear. It's creation isn't the focus of my UX Design: Human Centered Design class, but it is a main component of the project and does effect the other aspects/components of the project, making it evident that I need to define it in more detail.

At first, I was going to base my story on quantum mechanics. However, after really thinking about this, I have realized that I am trying to tie-in too many complex ideas- and if I have learned one thing in my class experience it is...  LESS is MORE.

I have realized that one of my personal challenges is simplifying my focus. I tend to love diving into the details and thinking that everything is equally important. So, I must simplify.

I realized that my project's core purpose is exploring spiritual awakening to help people realize their potential and with that realization/awareness create a better reality for themselves, their community, and the world at large.

My Portfolio

I also realized that I need to create an updated portfolio. The ones I have are from 7 or more years ago. So, I decided to create a new portfolio using Adobe Portfolio through Behance.

I love the result!

You can check out my NEW PORTFOLIO site here.

My New Portfolio Site using Adobe Portfolio and Behance

I have begun modifying my presentation with this clarification and will continue in next week's revisions.

Here are the highlights of what I have accomplished this week:

  • Provided, received, and implemented feedback from my instructor and classmates
  • Practiced presenting my slideshow using KeyNote with audio and visual recording.
  • Added the presentation date to my cover slide
  • Created and added new slides:
    • About Me
    • Portfolio
    • Resume
  • Created a Testing Slide to add to my Proof of Concept (POC)
  • Developed my POCs into a high-fidelity user interface design for key scenarios of my Project and Illustrated a path through the interactive system using Adobe XD.

Although I will be presenting my Midpoint Review in the Fall I have included this semester's date for the sake of my presentation during the class.

Presentation date added to my title slide:

Awakened Project ProposalTitle Page

I added an "About Me" slide:

Awakened About Me slide

 I added an "Resume" slide:

Awakened Resume slide
 I added an "Portfolio" slide:
Awakened Portfolio slide
I also designed a logo for the project:
Awakened Logo Design

Coming-Up Next...

Next week, I am looking forward to:

  • Analyzing effective speaking principles and improving my presentation
  • Defining the scope of my project
  • Evaluating the selection of sources and references to include in my bibliography


This blog will serve as a place to create my case study. I invite you to follow along with me as I journey through this process.

Thank you for reading and for your interest.

Julie A. Davis Veach