Finding Design Opportunities in College Dining Halls
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Utilizing ethnographic research skills, we conducted field research in an area within healthcare and developed design solutions to a problem with… Read More
Utilizing ethnographic research skills, we conducted field research in an area within healthcare and developed design solutions to a problem within the college nutritional health system. The Opportunity: Poor portion control, unclear nutritional facts, and students’ inexperience with nutritional independence make college dining halls the ideal place for influencing healthy lifelong eating habits through the design of lighting, food station layout, and service items. Read Less
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Finding Design Opportunities in College Dining Halls

Utilizing ethnographic research, Michelle Hodulik, Kris Pepper, Matt Hedden, and I visited college dining halls in the Philadelphia area to view how incoming freshmen made their food choices. Poor portion control, unclear nutritional facts and students' inexperience with nutritional independence became leading factors to unhealthy nutritional habits with college students.
Video Illustrating the area of opportunity.


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Adam Letherby
Michelle Hodulik
Kris Pepper
Matt Hedden


Observational Research
Ethnographic research was at the heart of this project. Visiting universities and viewing how students chose their types and quantities of food items allowed for a more influential design.

Developing a Nutritional Food Scanner 
Developing a table top device that provides accessibility from all sides.

Device Interaction
Screen shots of the device interaction illustrate how to navigate through menus and receive information. The device also provides a unique number for the student to text for more specific information.