Interested in design and technology? Apply to the Miami University MFA in Experience Design.

The application season has officially begun. Apply now for Miami University’s 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 technology or a technologist who […]

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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 opportunity for a participatory project!” While I shared examples from the field and tips for starting participatory projects, attendees worked assembly-line style to filled up letter outlines with content […]

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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 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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