Congrats on Your Inaugural Year, AIGA Louisville!

In December AIGA Louisville celebrated their inaugural year with a design competition: The Show 2014. I was honored to be their keynote speaker. My first reaction to the invitation: “What a great

WordBuild: A Workshop at Pratt 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 Lolita Cover Project

What designer doesn’t enjoy the challenge of creating a cover for Nabokov’s Lolita? Architect John Bertram contacted me last year to contribute to an anthology that he was editing entitled

Collaboration, Interaction, Participation: A Recent Panel at the College Arts Association Conference

Creativity is no longer the sole territory of a separate creative class. Artists and designers now face an activated public. Today’s users approach art and design with a growing expectation

The Future of Design Is . . . . Oh, Wouldn’t You Like to Know?

Originally published in AIGA Voice, September, 2009.  Why do designers obsess about the future? Admit it. We do. In the after party of a recent conference—and why is this where all

Out Of My Hands DC

Out of My Hands: Washington, DC Tue, Oct 16, 2012 Polygraph 528 F Street Terrace SE Washington, DC 20003 For the second night of AIGA DC Design Week 2012, participants joined workshop

Out Of My Hands Baltimore

A Participatory Workshop led by Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic Monday, Oct 15, 2012, Maryland Institute College of Art photography by Jennifer Marin To launch AIGA Baltimore’s Design Week 2012,

Participate Pilsen!

Participate Pilsen! Rod Northcutt (Miami Assistant Professor of Sculpture) and I travelled to the Czech Republic in July to lead a Participatory Art and Design Workshop at The University of

Crowdsourced Design or Cheap Labor?

One of our students asked me recently about design sites that claim to crowdsource design. Although many fabulous participatory projects are currently happening that use peer production in innovative ways

Participatory Design Workshop at University of Tennessee

Last week I traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to lead a participatory design workshop with University of Tennessee juniors. The assignment:Find 20 people who have something unusual in common. Construct a