• Building an Educational Website Dedicated to the Study of Violent Crime Perpetuated Through Social Media

      Maloney, Kristen; Lizardi, Ryan; First Reader; Jofre, Ana; Second Reader (2019-04)
      Computing technology has taken over every aspect of life, from business to socializing, the world is entirely dependent on the Internet. Social engineering, hacking, and phishing attempts have made protecting private information and finances more complex than ever. As new techniques and equipment are created by the day, law enforcement struggles to keep pace. With the rise of social media, online gaming, and crowdfunding, there are more outlets than ever for criminals to attempt to defraud unsuspecting victims. This study serves to examine what makes cybercrime so attractive, the types of attacks and targets, and the role of law enforcement in investigating crimes; with on how social media networks like Facebook or Twitter have allowed crime to cross into real life. Utilizing this information, I have created an educational website for use in public or academic spaces to make cybersecurity information accessible. This flexible platform can be updated in real time as more information becomes available – allowing for new risk and solutions to be added.
    • Managing Social Media in Half the Time: Creating an Infographic for Small Businesses

      Hazen, Kimberly; Lizardi, Ryan; First Reader; Yucel, Ibrahim; Second Reader (2017-12)
      Research suggests that social media is arguably more important for small businesses because they often lack the traditional resources to market their products or services. However, it is often difficult for small businesses managers to implement social media due to the many demands on their time and limited staff. The infographic visually displays the tools small businesses can use to save time when implementing social media, through an interactive longform infographic designed specifically for the web. This paper explores how small businesses use social media; the hurdles small businesses face when implementing social media; and how different social media platforms speak to different demographics. It also provides an overview of the design process, the project’s production, and the design rules that were used in the creation and design of the infographic. In addition, it will include a project analysis with the challenges involved in the project and the project’s limitations. It also suggests future project directions related to this topic.
    • Style Guide Development For An Internal Reference Library

      Lizardi, Ryan; Bush, Sarah C.; Lizardi, Ryan; First Reader; Jofre, Ana; Second Reader (SUNY Polytechnic Institute, 2020-12)
      This work strives to present information design and user experience (UX) techniques to improve continuity of design and usability, before migrating a cross-functional internal reference library to a new content management system (CMS). Expert-curated content accessed through LinkedIn Learning, combined with scholarly research, result in a complimentary style guide for use in the workplace.
    • Use of Effective Information Design Principles to Encourage Social Media Activism: Designing a Website for Global Social Issues to Enlist Change and Avoid Slacktivism

      League, BeLynn; Lizardi, Ryan; First Reader; Kahn, Russell; Second Reader (2018-05)
      The scope of this paper examines the inherent issues that exist within the current constructs of social media activism, with the intent to better understand how to encourage proactive activism in participants and discourage ‘Slacktivism.’ The research herein explores the answer to whether or not effective principles of design theory can incite change and influence people to proactively participate in activism both online and in the real world environment, doing so at times, synonymously. The focus of this paper provides an overview of the research conducted, the challenges and obstacles that exist in social media activism, possible resolution, as well as examines the production of the website design element. The design process employed and described herein, is meant to effectively illustrate the ‘Universal Principles of Design,’ by creating a website that aims to promote social media activism (proactive participation). The objective of the website design process is meant to circumvent one of the dilemmas frequently faced in social media today, slacktivism (‘armchair/passive activism’), which has been explored and supported with the accompanying literature paper related to social media affordances and effective design that encourages active participation. Using a combined culmination of experience and education garnered to date in the M.S. IDT program, I have created a website prototype, adding infographics and visuals to ensure that the aforementioned project details would come to fruition by ensuring that elements of storytelling, color theory, grid layout and all theories learned to date are applied to the end goal. The project challenges, questions, limitations and future direction of the website design will be addressed within the content of this paper.
    • Using Social Media to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment in a Graphic Arts Environment

      Tooley, Shannon; Lizardi, Ryan; First Reader; Schneider, Steven; Second Reader (2018-05)
      The purpose of this study is to examine how social media has led to a creation of collaborative learning environments. The technology of graphic arts is rapidly growing as is graphic arts education. With the rapid development of innovations and technology in graphic arts applications and software, the best methods to teach graphic arts education must keep pace to provide creative learning environments. This will best serve the needs for students studying graphic arts. A concern in the area of graphic arts education may be the utilization of online platforms. While online learning is growing, it may not be the best method for students to learn and develop the necessary skills related to graphic arts due to the limited personal interactions between student and the graphic arts instructor. One area to be explored is the use of social media as a collaborative learning environment for graphic arts education.