Although I am still in the process of deciding on a thesis topic, between the two topics of domestic violence and police suicide, there are important criterias that will play in the design process.
Ethics It is important to me that my design and process do not have harmful effects on the target markets. To maintain their privacy and respect their troubles and their need of time and care is important to me. A good design and process cannot exists when a designer cannot understand or connect with their users on some level, and respecting their boundaries is priority in my process.
Communication Being able to establish a connection between the product and the user is important for the product to have some type of effect or "work" in general. The design should be able to communicate to the user a sense of safety and reflect what they might need emotionally.
Form and Function The form of the design should be welcoming, not intimidating. The function is important and to accomplish the mission of the design, the form should be approachable, easy to use, perhaps, fun, or relaxing. The longterm effect of the design is also important in regards to my thesis topic.
Cost Cost is important to many of the different topics that students will be addressing. Although my targets are not in any means of extreme poverty, some do experience low income, or a moderate level of poverty. If the design is for individuals within the household, the manufacturing process, materials, should all be cheap, and be available to the people who need it without worrying about money.
Texture and Color Texture and color are important characteristics of a product. Although the two can change depending on targets, or design, they are important to help establish connection and use. The color of the product, and even texture should be able to express and communicate the purpose of the design.