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Join Us For Design Educator Workshops and More at Head, Heart and Hand!

August 29, 2013 / By AIGA EDUCATOR

Have you signed up for the workshops at the Design Educators Conference at Head Heart Hand?

Several great new workshop opportunities have been added to the schedule. Please note these workshops do require advance registration and tend to fill up quickly.

Workshops
Changing contexts and evolving practices in design require original pedagogical approaches and new understandings for educators. Three workshops led by design education leaders will provide fresh ideas and insights based on practical experience with these important shifts. Whether you’re a new or an experienced educator, these workshops should challenge and boost your curricular and class effectiveness and relevance. A unique workshop is offered in each of the Educators Conference time slots on Thursday.

And More
Don’t feel like a workshop? Instead choose from a selection of moderated conversations, panel presentations or a fast-paced Pecha Kucha experience. When you visit the Head, Heart, Hand Design Fair during the main conference, look for posters created by your fellow design educators. If you wish to interact with the poster creators, stop by the Fair from 7:30-8:30 Thursday night.

To discuss pressing design education topics during the general conference, join a Design Educator roundtable for lunch at the Design Fair. Roundtables require pre-registration so, if you want to attend, sign up today.

Scroll down to see the full Design Educators Schedule—workshops, moderated conversations, panel presentations, Pecha Kuchas, posters and roundtables—or visit the Head, Heart, Hand Conference site to register.

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Workshops

Thursday, October 10
8:30–10:15 a.m. $40
Allowing Human-Centered Narratives to Shape Design Processes = Teaching Design Research
Michael R. Gibson, graduate programs coordinator, design research and associate professor, communication design,
University of North Texas

Thursday, October 10
10:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m. $40
Design Like You Mean It
Bernard Canniffe, director of graphic design and advertising, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida

Thursday, October 10
1:30–3:15 p.m. $40
Hand Lettering 101
Lara McCormick, chair, graphic design, New Hampshire Institute of Art

Register for Head Heart Hand at http://designconference.aiga.org/register/
Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor, Adobe.

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A complete schedule for the Design Educator conference at Head, Heart, Hand appears below, as well as on the conference website. Please note that the conference includes workshops, moderated conversations and panel presentations by educators, for educators.

Design Educators Conference
Oct. 10, 2013
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Workshops, moderated conversations and panels by educators, for educators.
8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Allowing Human-Centered Narratives to Shape Design Processes=Teaching Design Research
Michael R. Gibson, The University of North Texas
Fee: $40. Requires pre-registration.
Room 101B, Level One

Effective research, whether it has the word “design” placed in front of it or not, is deliberate. It is guided by formalized processes that help those who employ them collect, process, synthesize, distill, evaluate and use data to generate value, new knowledge and—in the case of design research—authentic solutions. Design research, as part of the fundamental learning experience that underpins a design curriculum, achieves two primary goals on behalf of real-world populations and individuals. First, it imbues students and faculty with the necessary thinking abilities and empathy to design in a contextually aware manner. Second, it helps these students and faculty learn to recognize, strategically operationalize and critically evaluate opportunities to develop breakthrough products, programs, communications systems, experiences and services.

This workshop will familiarize participants with select strategic and tactical means for introducing students to the process of gathering and synthesizing the knowledge gleaned from analyzing human experiences. Participants will also be presented with information that will help them incorporate learning experiences informed by design research into their curriculums.
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8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Developing and Guiding a Graduate Thesis in Design
Annabelle Gould, University of Washington
A moderated conversation with Annabelle Gould
Panelists include: Allan Chochinov (Chair and co-founder, SVA MFA in Products of Design), Lisa Fontaine (Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Iowa State University), Phil Hamlett (Graduate Director, School of Graphic Design at Academy of Art University) and Mike Zender (Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, University of Cincinnati)
Room 101C, Level One

What constitutes an effective graduate thesis in design? What sorts of questions form a “valid” area of inquiry? How much research versus making or writing is necessary to deliver a final thesis? These are all commonly raised questions about guiding a graduate thesis. While outcomes and timelines vary among programs, at present there isn’t a set of common guidelines around which to form and judge a thesis. This discussion, open to educators who are involved in graduate design programs and thesis committees, will act as an open forum where panelists and audience members can exchange ideas about what constitutes a valid thesis project.
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8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
HEAD: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations

Dori Griffin, University of Southern Mississippi; Gary Rozanc, Columbia College Chicago; Andrea Marks, Oregon State University; Pamela Napier & terri Ward, Herron School of Art & Design; Andre Murnieks, University of Notre Dame
Room 101D, Level One

A selection of presentations on design thinking in the context of design education featuring: Dori Griffin, University of Southern Mississippi, “The Question of Relative Merit: Teaching Students to Evaluate the Design Solutions”; Andrea Marks, Oregon State University, “A Senior Project”; Andre Murnieks, University of Notre Dame, “Telling a Design Story”; Pamela Napier & Terri Ward, Herron School of Art, “The Power of Design Thinking”; and Gary Rozanc, Columbia College Chicago, “Instituting an Inquiry-based Design Pedagogy”
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8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
HEART: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations

Maria Rogal, University of Florida; Don Dempsey, Cabrini College; Leslie Friesen, University of Louisville; Karen Bright, Monmouth University; Brooke Scherer, University of Tampa
Room 101E, Level One

A selection of presentations on social impact in the context of design education featuring: Karen Bright, Monmouth University, “For the Love of Type”; Don Dempsey, Cabrini College, “Graphic Design and the Capstone Project: Connecting with the Core”; Leslie Friesen, University of Louisville, “Successes and Challenges in Teaching a Pro Bono Community Engagement Course”; Maria Rogal, University of Florida, “Out of the Studio, Into the Field”; and Brooke Scherer, University of Tampa, “Consciously Creative: Where Sustainability Meets Design Education”.
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10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Design Like You Mean It
Bernard Canniffe, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Fee: $40. Requires pre-registration.
Room 101B, Level One

This workshop focuses on how to effectively engage communities in meaningful and relevant work. In this session, participants will go through a series of creative exercises that foster conversation and collaboration. This is an ideal workshop for educators and designers who are looking to develop courses or projects in—and with—communities. Bernard Canniffe has led this workshop at design conferences and universities around the world
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10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Mentorship Roles of Design Educators
Petrula Vrontikis, Art Center College of Design
A moderated conversation with Petrula Vrontikis
Room 101C, Level One

One of the motivations paramount to educators is mentoring. Terry Irwin, Michael Vanderby, Louise Sandhaus, and Eric Heiman will join moderator Petrula Vrontikis to address the life-changing relationships that shaped their careers. The discussion will explore both sides of the experience, as reciprocity is at the heart of mentorship. Attendees will also explore how helping others discover and channel their potential and passion can impact the next generation leaders in design and education.
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10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
HEAD: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations
Lisa Fontaine, Iowa State University; Gabriel Schaffzin, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; Jeanne Komp, Cabrini College; Laura Huaracha, Carthage College; Heather Corcoran, Washington University in St. Louis
Room 101D, Level One

A selection of presentations on design thinking in the context of design education featuring: Heather Corcoran, Washington University in St. Louis, “Building Digital Tools in Health and Education: New Opportunities for Group and Individual Learning”; Lisa Fontaine, Iowa State University, “Learning Design by Designing Learning Experiences: A Case Study in the Development of Strategic Thinking Skills Through the Design of Interactive Exhibitions”; Laura Huaracha, Carthage College, “Utilizing Interdisciplinary Heads: Teaching the Visualization of Ecological and Conservative Issues”; Jeanne Komp, Cabrini College, “Multidisciplinary Learning in Graphic Design Education”; and Gabriel Schaffzin, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, “A Dialectic on Speculative Design in the Service of Innovative Design Pedagogy”.
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10:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
HAND: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations
Cassie Hester & Joey Hannaford, University of West Georgia; Sherry Saunders, Lamar University; Erica Chaikin, University of Houston; Suzanne Powney & Roselynn Newton, Mississippi State University; Sherry Blankenship, Ohio University
Room 101E, Level One

A selection of presentations on the craft of design in the context of design education featuring: Sherry Blankenship, Ohio University, “A New Foundations Program”; Erica Chaikin, University of Houston, “Making by Hand”; Cassie Hester & Joey Hannford, University of West Georgia, “The Play Instinct in Design Education”; Suzanne Powney & Roselynn Newton, Mississippi State University, “Tactile Impression: The Reemergence of Craft Through Letterpress in a Typographic Design Curriculum”; and Sherry Saunders, Lamar University, “Coding as Craft
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12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on your own.
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1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Hand Lettering 101
Lara McCormick, New Hampshire Institute of Art
Fee: $40. Requires pre-registration.
Room 101B, Level One

Now more than ever, the ability to hand letter offers designers a wider range of typographic solutions than what’s available digitally. How do we teach hand lettering in the curriculum? At what level in a student’s design education should it be introduced? This hands-on workshop will focus on different ways to approach teaching hand lettering. Participants will be introduced to various styles and executions of lettering, and they will learn how these elements can be applied in graphic design. Attendees will also receive resources and guidelines that may be taken back to the classroom.
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1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Converging Classroom and Online Learning
Piyush Patel, Digital Tutors
A moderated conversation with Piyush Patel
Room 101C, Level One

Everyday it becomes exponentially harder to manage and prepare today’s design classroom and curriculum. Design instructors have to juggle constantly changing software, shifting administrative requirements and evolving design trends, which can lead to a frustrating teaching and learning experience. This session will help you learn techniques to address the roadblocks you encounter and focus on what matters most: helping your students prepare for their creative careers.
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1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
HEAD: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations
Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel & Ronald Kander, Philadelphia University; Marty Lane & Jamie Gray, Kansas City Art Institute; Jonathan Cook, University of Washington; Carolyn Staples & Neil Ward, University of Tennessee; Frank Baseman, Philadelphia University
Room 101D, Level One

A selection of presentations on design thinking in the context of design education featuring: Frank Baseman, Philadelphia University, “The Trials and Tribulations of Working on Real-World Interdisciplinary Projects”; Jonathan Cook, University of Washington, “Preparing Students for the Growing Context of Design Practice”; Maribeth Kradel-Weitzel & Ronald Kander, Philadelphia University, “A New Model for Interdisciplinary Education”; Marty Lane & Jamie Gray, Kansas City Art Institute, “Tailoring Communication Experiences”; and Carolyn Staples & Neil Ward, University of Tennessee, “Designer Research Game”.
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1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
HEART: Peer-Reviewed Panel Presentations
Jessica Barness, Kent State University; Julie Longo, University of Minnesota; Joshua Singer, San Francisco State University; Cyndi Wiley, Grand View University; Aaron Ganci, Herron School of Art & Design
Room 101E, Level One

A selection of presentations on social impact in the context of design education featuring: Jessica Barness, Kent State University, “Translating Science with Design’s Personal Voices: Toward A Critical Collaboration”; Aaron Ganci, Herron School of Art and Design, “Finding Real Problems: Using Participatory Design Research Methods to Help Students Propose and Design New Applications”; Julie Longo, University of Minnesota, “Change by Design: Stories of Experience, Strength & Hope”; Joshua Singer, San Francisco State University, “Crafting Stories About Water and the City: Transdisciplinary Design Collaboration for Social Impact and Pedagogical Methods”; and Cyndi Wiley, Grand View University, “Empathy, Connectivity, Authenticity, Trust and Spirituality: A Pedagogical Framework for Interaction Design”.

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7:30-8:30 pm
Pechas Kuchas
Location TBD

Join your fellow design educators for some fast-paced presentations. Presenters are as follows: 
Design educator + mom = ? by Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Kansas City Art Institute and Michigan State University
MONROE PARK: Inspiration in Adversity by Cassie Hester, University of West Georgia
Off the Surface: Exhibiting and Learning with Dimensional Typography by Peter Lusch, Michigan State University
 —Shrinking the distance for a curious exchange by Jenn Stucker, Bowling Green State University
 —Constraints are freeing. (True, but why?) by Karin Storm Wood, St. John’s University
Interaction Design Education by Jessica Barness , Kent State University
Hot Tea by Jan Jancourt , MCAD
Pixels + Tweed: Exploring Graphic Design Distance Education by Lisa Hammershaimb, Stevens-Henager College
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7:30-8:30 pm
18 Design Educators Discuss Posters that Explore Contemporary Design Education
Location: Design Fair

USING OUR HANDS: What hand-setting type can teach design students about typography? by Jessica Gerlach, Southern Utah University
Community Design Ecosystem A collaborative approach to design for the greater good by Ryan Gibboney, Purdue University
–Internships to Outcomes: Results from a Partnership with a Local Economic Development Intermediary by Kathryn Weinstein, Queens College, CUNY
–Shared Border, Shared Dreams by Neha Agarwal and Beth Shirrell, La Roche College
–The Forgotten Hands: Exploring Tools and Raw Materials off the Computer by Polly Johnson, Ringling College of Art and Design
–Design for Good: Service-Learning in Action by Amy Fidler, Bowling Green State University
–Designing Our Educational Experience From The Bottom Up by Sara Alway-Rosenstock, Marietta College
–Start the Finish End the Game, Set Prisoners of Conscience Free by Keith Christensen, St. Cloud State
–Experimental Web Typography by Patrick Hogan, Savannah College of Art and Design
–Design Education: Teaching Design Science by Incorporating Eye-Tracking Data into Undergraduate Visual Communication Design Studios by Troy Abel, Virginia Tech
–For the Love of Type by Karen Bright, Monmouth University
–Rapid Prototyping: The Design Thesis Process Rethought by Helen Armstrong, Miami University
–How to Build Faculty and Student Community Engagement Beyond the Classroom by Jennifer Price, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division
–Design Students Promote a Community Project, a Case Study by M. Genevieve Hitchings, New York City College of Technology, CUNY
–Saving Lives With Geography & Graphic Design by Laura Rodman Huaracha, Carthage
–Teaching Large Design Classes: University of Washington Design Foundations by Annabelle Gould, University of Washington
–What Is Visual Communication Design? A Visual Explanation for Students, Universities and Communities by Julie Mader-Meersman, Northern Kentucky University
–Design is in the Process by Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Michigan State University
–Design Thinking on a Mission by Jessa Wilcoxen, Greenville College

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Main Conference Design Educator Opportunities

1:00 to 2:00 Fri and Sat
Design Educator Roundtables
Location: Design Fair

Roundtables require pre-registration so, if you want to attend, sign up today.

Saturday, October 12th
7:45 – 8:45 am
Design for Good: Design Education Perspectives
Lara McCormick, New Hampshire Institute of Art & AIGA DEC
Julie Spivey, University of Georgia & AIGA DEC

7:45 – 8:45 am
Design Projects Repository: A DEC Initiative
An online resource for educators to share assignments and results (an early prototype will be presented for testing and comments)
Annabelle Gould, University of Washington & AIGA DEC

7:45 – 8:45 am
Publishing Design Research
Holly Willis, University of Southern California & AIGA DEC
Karen Zimmermann, University of Arizona & AIGA DEC

1:00  – 2:00 pm
Diversity in Design Education
Heather Corcoran, Washington University
Ruki Ravikumar, University of Central Oklahoma & AIGA DEC

1:00  – 2:00 pm
Getting Involved with the AIGA Design Educators Community
Frank Armstrong, California State University, Chico & AIGA DEC
Julie Spivey, University of Georgia & AIGA DEC

1:00  – 2:00 pm
Teaching Design History
Elizabeth Guffey, Purchase College & Editor, Design & Culture
Amanda Horton, University of Central Oklahoma

October 11
7:15 – 9:00 am
Everything You Need to Know About Adobe Creative Cloud
hosted by Terry White

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Design Educator Posters will be available for viewing at the Design Fair throughout the conference. Stop by when you visit the fair.

Thanks to our sponsor: Adobe! See more at: http://designconference.aiga.org/program/design-educators

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