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.

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Designing Mobile Applications that expand and add to Greenville’s sense of Place: How can mobile applications engage community?

In this project, we discussed concepts of UX (user-experience design) and UI (user-interface design). We worked through analog and digital prototyping phases to develop function and usability and tested multiple prototype iterations with users to confirm or negate assumptions about the designs.

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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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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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Design for Good: Students Work with Shelby County Health Department to Raise Awareness around the Opioid Crisis

Students at the Memphis College of Art designed campaigns for Shelby County Health Department to build awareness around the opioid addiction crisis in our community and help shift attitudes and behaviors around the stigmas of this addiction. Three campaigns were designed with all the campaigns communicating the core message that opioid addiction can happen to…

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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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