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Elements of a Great Thesis
Before I go into my thesis topic, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge the elements that I believe make up a great thesis. I’ve spent many hours studying past student work and I’ve distilled some of my favourite concepts into a few categories.
Urgency: Address a problem that is either currently an issue or increasingly becoming one. Speculative concepts are a fun mental exercise, but fail to provide much value. A good problem expresses a sense of agency. It makes us believe that we can and should do something about it right now. The problem is communally felt and understood as a problem either because we’ve experienced it or we can relate to it. Bernice Wong shows agency by revealing the truth about undocumented work in America.
Experts: The quality of the experts will determine the quality of the insights. Experts are an ocean of information. They can point you in a direction that’s likely overlooked. Lassor Feasley put a huge emphasis on talking to the leading experts in his field— many of which informed his design direction.
Closure: Showing what you’ve created had an impact. Concepts can be mentally stimulating, but a good success story is heartwarming and accepted. It’s important to capture these moments in the documentation. Smruti Adya captures these reflective moments in her sketchnote experience.