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.

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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.

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Public Art Installation activates the new extension of the Greenline to promote the space and encourage Social Interaction and Activity among Pedestrians

The installation emphasizes motion, movement, activity, and energy through large, weaving line work, bright colors, and barrel shaped wheels. Actual bicycle wheels were installed on the top of the wall as a kinetic sculptural addition.

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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From Design as Artifact to Design as Process: Applying an Open Model to Community Engagement in Social Design

In recent years, we have seen a significant shift in the field of design, from design as an artifact to design as a process.

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Place-based workshop captures essence of local neighborhood discussions during the Art and Place Conference in Memphis

Like many cities that struggle with under-developed, neglected neighborhoods, Memphis has experienced an influx of artistic interventions focused on community renewal in many different forms and applications.

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New Research in Development: Remote Drawing Robot

Over the last year, I have embarked on a new research endeavor initiated by my interest in research collaborations with design colleagues at other institutions and driven by the technological tools that make said work possible. As a researcher, writer, and maker, initial investigations of types of design collaborations and technological communication and editing tools resulted…

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What exactly is Creative Placemaking?

Schneekloth and Shibley, authors of Placemaking: The Art and Practice of Building Communities (1995), discuss a transformation in the field of placemaking in the late 20th century that shifts from isolated community development methods to community-inclusive design methods that incorporate the roles of citizens with the professional placemakers–architect, designers, urban planners–in the creative process.  This type…

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Clothing, Food, Shelter: An exploration of identity, place, and change

Clothing Food Shelter is a collaborative design research project between departments at the New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York in Brooklyn and the Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee conducted in the spring semester of 2015. Eight students, four from each institution, acted as research assistants for…

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Presenting research on social design assessment strategies for graphic design programs at the 2015 AIGA Design Educators Conference in Toronto

Increased demands on socially conscious design and community engagement have shifted traditional outcomes for graphic design to include social responsibility as a design deliverable.

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