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Research Assistant, Iterate

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To apply: please send a letter of interest along with a link to your portfolio to Applications should be submitted by Friday, September 13. We will conduct interviews the week of September 18. The position will begin Monday, September 25 and run through the January 2018. RAs are expected to work 10 hours per week during the Fall and Spring semesters. Both positions have a stipend of $5,100.

Position Information

Position Information

Position Availability:
Position Title: Research Assistant, Iterate
Requisition Number: 0406072239
Location New York City
Position Type: Student
Department: PSD/Comm Design & Technology

Colleen Macklin and John Sharp are seeking two Research Assistants to work on their ongoing project, “Iterate: ten case studies in design and failure.” Iterate is the first project of its kind to detail iterative methods from a wide spectrum of creative pursuits—the culinary arts, music, sports, writing, radio, user experience design, game design, film-making and product design—in order to extract innovative and productive ways to enhance and expand the ways iteration is used as a design methodology. The project has two parts: a web-based video series (, and a book with MIT Press. The video series includes interviews with the practitioners studied under the project, while the book presents an in-depth vocabulary and taxonomy for describing and examining the breadth of iterative methodologies.

Activities to be performed by the RAs include:
• Videography on a set of interviews;
• Motion graphics for the interviews;
• Developing creative process diagrams for inclusion in the book;
• Assisting in image use rights clearance for book.

Minimum Qualifications:

Educational qualifications and experience for this include the ability to visualize process, video shooting and editing skills, and some motion graphic skills. We believe students will benefit from the project by being exposed to a variety of creative practitioners and practices, and by seeing their work in a public forum (both through the book and the online series.)

Preferred Qualifications:
Job Family: Parsons The New School for Design
Posting Date: 09/06/2017
Closing Date: 09/25/2017
Open Until Filled Yes

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  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
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