Rethinking Design Education at the AIGA GAIN Conference

In October, the Design Educators Community hosted a seminar on “Rethinking Design Education” as part of the 2014 AIGA GAIN Conference in NYC. I participated in a panel discussion moderated

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

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

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

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

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

So You Want to Be a Super Designer?

Designers who hit that sweet spot between form and code are currently called “Super Designers.” Such designers are in high demand. They understand how to solve problems using design thinking,

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

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

AIGA DEC

The AIGA Design Educators Community (AIGA DEC) was established in 2004 to support the unique activities and responsibilities of design educators at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in a wide