WordBuild: A Workshop in Participatory Design

Participatory Design, over the last 40 years, has begun to infiltrate mainstream commerce and culture in the US. Increasingly our always-on, instant feedback society of users demands a voice in the products, services and environments in which they engage. Many businesses recognize that without user-generated content, they cannot respond quickly and accurately enough to satisfy […]

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Before There Was Illustrator…

Ivan E. Sutherland, in 1963, changed the relationship between human and computer. While an Electrical Engineering doctoral student at MIT, he developed Sketchpad, the first computer program to use a graphic user interface (GUI). Human-computer interaction was born. As Sutherland explains, “The Sketchpad system makes it possible for a man and a computer to converse […]

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Using AGILE in the Design Classroom

Last semester I taught an Interactive Media Studies capstone course here at Miami U. The students worked as an interdisciplinary team to collaboratively develop a design solution for Coca-Cola. The project itself is top secret, but here’s another resource from the experience: I created the following presentation to explain AGILE to my students. This class was […]

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AIGA DEC Proposal for the AIGA National Board

For young graphic design students, the years spent in a classroom differ from their early years in a design studio—and that’s a good thing. Graphic Design educators craft student experiences that encourage both experimentation and reflection—both inside and outside the constraints of commerce. The purpose of a design classroom is not to mimic the work […]

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Advice for the Academic Job Search

Recently, I visited Ellen Lupton’s MFA studio at the Maryland Institute College of Art to share my experiences with academic searches—from both the perspective of the job seeker and the search committee chair. Below are some of the points from my presentations. Download Full Presentation: Design_Education_blog UNDERSTAND TENURE: —Positions: Tenure-track, VAP, Lecturer, Adjunct, Long-term Contract —Tenure= […]

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Apply Now for the New Miami MFA in Experience Design

Here at Miami University, we are busy designing a studio space for our brand new MFA in Experience Design. Collaboratively offered by Graphic Design and Interactive Media Studies, this degree stands at the intersection of design and technology—a position that we particularly enjoy. If you are a creative who wants to expand your understanding of […]

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2014 Marks the Launch of the Augmented Reality Center

This year, the Miami University MFA in Experience Design joins with Computer Science to launch a new Miami Augmented Reality Center (ARC). The Center, the brainchild of Dr. Bo Brinkman, works to advance augmented reality (AR) as a cultural practice. Embedded within Miami University, the ARC includes participation from the Master of Computer Science program (MCS),the Department of […]

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A Visiting Lectureship with the Gutenberg-Intermedia Masters Design Studio, Mainz, Germany

In November, I travelled to Mainz, Germany, to work with graduate students at the Gutenberg-Intermedia Masters Program at the University of Applied Sciences, (www.gutenberg-intermedia.de/en/). Each incoming graduate class in this program takes on a different theme. The 2013 theme, “Design for Participation,” led to my invitation as their 2013 visiting lecturer. The students read my recent book Participate: Designing with […]

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