Big Design Scholarship awarded to CVAD student in MA in IXD program

Two UNT graduate students won the first annual scholarships from Big Design, a Dallas-based non-profit headed by Brian Sullivan, director of design at Sabre, the travel technology company in Southlake, Texas.

Big DesignColor photo of Huy Nguyen wearing glasses and a white t-shirtHuy Nguyen, CVAD graduate student in Interaction Design, pictured, for his award of the Big Design Scholarship from Big Design, a non-profit organization that provides education, professional development, and community service opportunities to design professionals and students. 

Nguyen’s award was based on the critical evaluation of his proposal to use the $1,000 scholarship to support the operation of his winning research project titled “A Human-Centered Approach for Guiding the Strategic Re-Design of UNT’s Website that Facilitates ‘Home Instruction of Parents of Preschool Youngsters, HIPPY.’”

Also selected was Ha My Van, a graduate student in Technical Communication from the UNT College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Her winning research project is titled “Examining the Applications of Specific Color Combinations on User Interface Components to Determine How These Affect Accessibility and Usability Among Specially-Abled Individuals.”

Aspects of each project’s outcomes will be shared at this year’s “Big Design Conference,” which will be facilitated virtually from Dallas, Oct. 5–7, 2021. Through its annual conference, Big Design gathers user-experience researchers, design strategists, information architects, design educators, and user experience and interaction designers to share research, innovative design processes and their outcomes, and visions for what the future of the user experience and interaction design disciplines might look like. 

The Big Design scholarship allows students to showcase and be recognized for their achievements within an internationally renowned conference venue — one of CVAD’s mission primary missions — to provide students enrolled in its programs viable opportunities to present the outcomes of their research to audiences peopled by those whose professions they hope to enter. Each student is working through the summer to give a presentation Oct. 5-7 at the Big Design Conference in Dallas to an international audience.

To view some of Nguyen's application development, visit our Facebook post about Nguyen's win.

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