Research

My research and creative activity span a range of topics including social design, impact assessment, and community engagement, to the design of digital experiences, speculative design, and critical making, to design education. 

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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I approach my work with interdisciplinary tactics, collaboration and participation, experimental processes, and systemic thinking. My primary means of disseminating work is through written, peer-reviewed publications, and I often write in response to making as part of my process. 

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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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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Park(ing) Day 2012: A review

Parking Day included everything from live sculpture making, public jenga, and roller operas to cardboard cars, adopted benches, and mobile swings.

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