A Week of Engagement in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

As part of my research and engagement scholarship, I attended the 2018 Engagement Scholarship Consortium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this past semester. The conference supports a range of engagement research that focuses on university-community partnerships—partnerships that build and strengthen diverse communities for residents. The types of projects represented at the conference cross many boundaries of specialties from conserving environmental…

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Horn Island 34: A Personal Mindquest to Meet the Magic Hour, Let go of Distractions, and Coexist with Nature

An Islander’s adventure in self-discovery and why all you need in life is a knife, rope, zipties, and duct tape.

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A weekend in Michigan: Exhibitions, Robots, and MSU

A few weeks ago, I made my first trip to Michigan and traveled from Detroit to East Lansing to visit my collaborator, Rebecca Tegtmeyer at Michigan State University. She and I have been working together remotely since 2013 researching design collaboration & technology, and have been developing collaborative drawing robots since about 2015. You can…

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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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Racconti dalla città bellissima di Roma, Italia

Tales from the very beautiful city of Roma, Italy: Traveling to Italy this spring may be one of the top 2017 highlights for the year.

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New York, Design Incubation, The New School, College Arts Association, Cooper Hewitt Museum, Birthday parties, oh my

An amazing city, always buzzing with people, and an infinite amount of things to do.

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A Photographic Logbook of our Fantastical Family Adventures in Scotland

We had more things on our to-do list then we could have accomplished in a week, yet we were still able to see and experience a great range of Edinburgh’s history and culture, natural landscape, architecture, art, shopping, and more.

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Stumbled Upon Dougherty’s Stickwork Project in Salem, MA: Reminiscent of the haunting stories of witch trials

A day trip with the family unfolds as a historic tour of public art, sculpture, typography, and design.

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Design for Social Impact: Thrive in Helena, AR, a small Rural American Town

Thrive designers invited Memphis College of Art to visit their offices in Helena AR.

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The Highline Project: A Walking Tour of the Railway Restoration in New York

The Highline Project is a restoration project where designers, archtects, urban planners, engineers, and other contractors worked together to rethink an abandoned railway that passes through lower/west Manhattan.

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Moving from Atlanta to Memphis: Learning through Transition

It’s been a long time since I’ve moved to a new city and I forgot how challenging it can be to figure your way around. Transitioning from Atlanta to Memphis proves to be a great learning experience.

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