We’ve been busy preparing for the 2012 senior year. This year, thesis projects will have a general theme of “Design for Social Impact.” To support this concept, we are bringing in exceptional speakers/critics to work with the seniors. (photo of Ellen Lupton shown here)
Andrew Shea will come in October. Andrew is a designer and writer located in New York City. His new book Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design will be out this fall. He is going to do a workshop with seniors in Peg’s class to help formulate thesis concepts. He’ll also give a lecture about the general topic of designing for social change and, hopefully, be inspirational to all.
In the spring we have two fantastic critics coming.
The first is Mike Weikert. Mike is director of the MICA’s MA in Social Design and Center for Design Practice and a graphic designer with a thriving professional practice. He runs Weikert Design, a graphic design studio, as well as Small Roar, a line of graphic baby shirts, with his wife Stephanie. He is also partner of Piece Studio, a socially focused design initiative. The previous co-chair of the College’s graphic design department, Weikert was creative director at Atlanta-based Iconologic and served as a design consultant to the International Olympic Committee. Mike is also a Miami University graphic design alum.
Mike will serve as midterm critic for thesis projects. He will bring with him a wide range of experiences to share and, just as importantly, he is lots of fun.
The final thesis critic will be Ellen Lupton. She is curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City and director of the Graphic Design MFA program at MICA. An author of numerous books and articles on design, she is a public-minded critic, frequent lecturer, and AIGA Gold Medalist.
For those of you unfamiliar with Ellen, she is one of the top designers/writers/critics in the country. She will critique final projects and give a lecture for all the design/art students.
We are all excited to get this year started!
Workshops & Lectures
Reach out if you are interested in workshops/lectures that focus on accessibility and design or machine learning and design.
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Helen Armstrong: Prof of Graphic Design, North Carolina State U. MICA MFA. Author of 4 books. Interested in design, disability & machine learning
I find this video mesmerizing: https://youtu.be/8bMX6rtw6qg
Just added this as a reading in my grad seminar :) Thank goodness for @JanelleCShane She keeps things in perspective.
The thing about large language models like GPT-3 and Lambda describing the experience of being self-aware is they can also describe the experience of being a squirrel.
PSA: I uploaded my *Steep Cost of Capture* piece to SSRN since ACM paywalled it.
So if you're looking for it, use this link 👇 Thank you and enjoy!
Honored to speak tomorrow about the impact of AI upon design practice at MASS: The 2nd International Media and Society Symposium #MLUX #Design #ncsudesign #AI2
Great Data Viz resources from @DatalabsAgency https://tinyurl.com/2p8d9p6u
Excited to welcome @paulpangaro to the NCSU MGD program for a lecture: "Conversation Imparts Agency to Human-Machine Interaction." http://shorturl.at/mES26
Excited for @paulpangaro's upcoming NCSU lecture: "Conversation Imparts Agency to Human-Machine Interaction." For more on his thoughts, check out the interview with Paul in my new book Big Data, Big Design http://shorturl.at/mpryO #AI #MLUX