Teaching

I teach students to be active learners and engage the material and coursework as much as possible. I believe the classroom is a place for experimentation and critical thought, and I value a student’s ability to be curious and explore ideas through making, in addition to learning the skills and tools of the discipline. 

A New Motion Design Project with Graphic Design Seniors at ECU

This semester, the graphic design seniors at ECU were introduced to graphic design principles in motion and storytelling. Students were challenged to consider the element of time in their work effectively to communicate a message or idea. We surveyed a lot of sample work on Vimeo from historical to contemporary examples. To view our Vimeo…

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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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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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Considering user experience, usability, inclusion, and accessibility in digital experiences

As technology shifts the way we design experiences, mobile applications offer new ways of enhancing user experiences, while augmenting physical environments. Interested in investigating this, I have started to develop a mobile application called be balanced. I have established its framework and purpose, and am currently developing the user-interface, considering concepts of user experience, usability, inclusion,…

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The Intersections of Typography, part 2

The second annual exhibition of the Intersections of Typography opened at Memphis College of Art in January. Students across many disciplines showcased work that highlighted typography as art form in 2D, 3D, analog and digital formats. The exhibition ran until February 2016 in the Lower Gallery of Rust Hall. All photography by Natalie Schuh.

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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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