Wayne Hongyuan Jiang


Wayne is a multidisciplinary designer passionate about creating fluid user experiences and interactions. Four years at Art Center College of Design drove him to pick up all the foundational design skills needed and create a good relationship with the industry. While being an Interaction Design graduate student at the University of Washington, Wayne deepened his understanding and extended his practice to explore different forms of information visualization through various interactive prototypes. As a designer, Wayne believes that design projects should not only live on concepts, as designers are responsible for going one step further to execute the envisioned ideas.  Wayne’s thesis project, partnering with Meta, adopts the Research through Design (RtD) methodology and explores the opportunity to use Augmented Reality technology to enhance the user experience of data technicians in data centers.
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2023 MFA + MDes Thesis Exhibition, Henry Art Gallery


Contextual Information Visualization on AR Platforms in Data Centers

While reality is three-dimensional, the rich information we now have to inform our decisions and actions remains trapped on two-dimensional screens. The gulf between the real and digital world limits us from accomplishing complicated tasks with enough information. While information visualization on AR remains challenging, this thesis explores the space by understanding the data center scenario and generating interactive prototypes.

James Pierce
Audrey Desjardins

Welcome Note

For this particular graduate class, the years at the UW have been marked by oh so many unforeseen challenges. So much of the all-encompassing and precious experience that graduate school affords was disrupted by forces brought upon all of us during these particular times. I am especially grateful and proud to have watched this cohort rise to meet these extraordinary challenges with creativity, grace and pro-active determination. The successful completion of their degrees has been fulfilled with passion and the thoughtful consideration of the issues, ideas, and experiences that permeate the world we live in.

A sense of completion, achievement, and reflection is palpable in the works brought together in this Graduate Showcase. More so than ever, this journey has not been a solitary endeavor, but rather is made possible by an essential and supportive community that includes fellow students, family, friends, distinguished visitors, staff, and faculty. I especially want to acknowledge the support and mentorship offered by our faculty and staff who are so committed to creating an educational environment where our graduate students are able to thrive.

I want to recognize and thank Shin Yu Pai, Rock Hushka, Stefan Gonzales, Sadaf Sadri, and Heidi Biggs, for their efforts and insights gleaned during their interviews with the Art and Design grads.

Thanks so much for the collective and enthusiastic support of the entire Henry Art Gallery team, with special thanks to Sylvia Wolf, director, along with exhibition designers and preparators Rachel Ann Kessler and Eric Zimmerman. The opportunity for our graduate students to exhibit their thesis work in such a special space is a fitting capstone to their graduate careers.

I hope you enjoy exploring this online showcase where you will discover how each graduate student transformed their ideas, passions, and skills into a body of research that reflects and addresses the opportunities, challenges, wonder, confusion, and joy of the world we all inhabit.

On behalf of the School of Art + Art History + Design, congratulations to the Graduate Class of 2023!

Jamie Walker
Director, School of Art + Art History + Design
Wyckoff Milliman Endowed Chair in Art