Mixed Realities as Design Intervention for Communities: Blending Digital and Physical Experiences

Design interventions that merge both real and virtual worlds, where physical and digital experiences co-exist and interact in real time, can result in particularly engaging mixed realities within the built environment and beyond that can connect with audiences in multiple ways across multiple platforms.

Upcoming Uptown Greenville Design Intervention project at 423 Evans: Design in Review

Over the last year, I’ve worked with partner, Pitt County Arts Council (PCAC) to plan and design an arts-based community project for the community of Uptown Greenville. The project is my first large-scale design intervention / installation project since starting at ECU and moving to Eastern North Carolina and was made possible by the Engagement…… Continue reading Upcoming Uptown Greenville Design Intervention project at 423 Evans: Design in Review

Art, Technology, and Collaboration: A Robot Drawing Workshop with the Pitt Pirates Robotics Team

The Pitt Pirates Robotics Team (PPR) participated in a two-day workshop to learn about and build drawing robots. The drawing robots are tools with basic moving capabilities (forward, backward, right, and left) that draw on a large canvas via a web browser interface. The students from PPR were highly engaged with the technology and system…… Continue reading Art, Technology, and Collaboration: A Robot Drawing Workshop with the Pitt Pirates Robotics Team

Citizen Makers Workshop at the 20th Anniversary National Gathering of Imagining America

I presented and ran a new engagement workshop with conference attendees titled Citizen Makers in Community Design Intervention + Action at the Imagining America 20th Anniversary National Conference this fall in Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 18-20, 2019. This collaborative and interactive workshop introduces participants to a citizen-inclusive design process that applies an open, participatory model…… Continue reading Citizen Makers Workshop at the 20th Anniversary National Gathering of Imagining America

Design Inquiry’s Futurespective Exhibition Opens October 4 at MECA Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine

The Futurespective Exhibition is “a series of installations that rethink the past in the present to point to the future.” The exhibition shows current work of those that have participated in Design Inquiry gatherings and have made work in responses to those experiences. I had two projects featured in the show: The Experimentations of a Drawing…… Continue reading Design Inquiry’s Futurespective Exhibition Opens October 4 at MECA Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine

Design Activism and Impact in the Classroom: Presenting at CAA 2019 with Design Incubation Panel in New York

Last month, I presented work at the College Art Association (CAA) 2019 Conference in New York with the Design Incubation panel. My presentation reviewed a methodology, based on my research and design practice, called the ‘blended perspective’, that merges rigorous social impact assessment (SIA) guidelines from the social sciences with a human-centered design approach to…… Continue reading Design Activism and Impact in the Classroom: Presenting at CAA 2019 with Design Incubation Panel in New York

Motion Design in the Context of Place, a new publication in the book, The Theory & Practice of Motion Design Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice

I am very excited to announce that the chapter, Motion Design in the Context of Place, was published in the book, The Theory and Practice of Motion Design: Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice, 1st Edition, edited by R. Brian Stone and Leah Wahlin, this past summer, July 2018. This chapter was completed in collaboration with colleague, Cotter…… Continue reading Motion Design in the Context of Place, a new publication in the book, The Theory & Practice of Motion Design Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice

A Presentation at the Digitally Engaged Learning Conference in Toronto: Experimental Practices with Creative Technologies, from the Analog to the Digital

The work I presented discussed my thoughts on the edge effects of design and technology.

Nature as a Mediator for Making: Data Visualizations of the Wind Recordings of Horn Island, Transformed and Reinterpreted Across Media

This body of work explores how nature can be a collaborator and mediator in making processes and artifacts to visualize and record natural ecosystems of diverse and distinct places.

Expanding the Robot Family: An update in collaborative drawing tools and speculating future design possibilities

This article is an update on my collaborative drawing robots: an ongoing research project that emerged around 2015 with colleague Rebecca Tegtmeyer, after a series of investigations exploring the role of technology in design collaborations. To see a former post, click here: New Research in Development: Remote Drawing Robot This past year, we were able to…… Continue reading Expanding the Robot Family: An update in collaborative drawing tools and speculating future design possibilities

Exploring the Wild and Weird on Vancouver Island with Design Inquiry

  Traveling to West Bamfield on Vancouver Island is no easy feat. The trip took two days, but well worth the journey. After flying into Vancouver on Friday evening, I met up with my robot-making design collaborator, Rebecca Tegtmeyer, and we took the Skytrain downtown to our hotel. Nick Liadis, a fellow Design Inquiry (DI)-er,…… Continue reading Exploring the Wild and Weird on Vancouver Island with Design Inquiry

Design, Dumplings, and Deities: A Week-long Voyage to Hong Kong

Last fall, I attended the Cumulus Conference in Hong Kong to present my work on an open model of community engagement in social design. The conference, hosted by HKDI (Hong Kong Design Institute) in Kowloon was five days long, including an opening exhibition and reception (on Monday), followed by three days of keynote speakers in the morning…… Continue reading Design, Dumplings, and Deities: A Week-long Voyage to Hong Kong