Graphic Design as a Powerful Tool: Teaching Students how to Assess Social Impact in Design

As part of the RGD (The Association of Registered Graphic Designers) 2021 Design Educators Conference – Webinar Series, I presented research on teaching social impact assessment to undergraduate students in graphic design disciplines.

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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…

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A Blended Perspective: A Publication in the Scholarly Journal, Dialectic, AIGA Design Educators Community

The Blended Perspective refers to a process that I have developed for my research and teaching that helps designers assess their work in terms of social impact by incorporating key principles and processes of community engagement and social impact assessment derived from the social sciences.

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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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