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Brown|RISD Dual-Degree Capstone

Design Science: How Cognitive Science Made Me a Better Designer

As a graduate of the Brown|RISD Dual-Degree Program, I completed a capstone presentation to encapsulate what I took away from my experiences in cognitive science at Brown and in industrial design at RISD.

In my presentation, I outline how cognitive science has informed my design philosophy.

Put bluntly, the main takeaway from cognitive science is that thinking hard is hard, so people don’t do it very often. This means that a designer has the power to shape the world in positive ways by being thoughtful about what tasks to make easy.