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MODE Conference

August 5, 2016 / By Marty Lane

{MODE} Motion Design Education Summit
June 7-9, 2017 / The Ohio State University

Proposal abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2016
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Conference Proceedings from MODE 2015 available as a FREE eBook from Routledge:

This international event brings together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects, changes messages, meaning, and communication. The conference takes place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, 07–09 June 2017. Conference presentations will take place at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Hayes Hall. 

MODE is a gathering of design educators who specialize, research and teach in the area of motion design. We see this event of particular interest and relevance to graphic design, visual communication design, typography, cinema, theatre, fashion design, animation and storytelling. Together we will help shape the professional, theoretical and educational aspects of motion design. We encourage all interested parties to submit, as our definition of motion is quite diverse. 

We are inviting papers that explore different aspects of Motion Design education and practice. Upon acceptance, your work will be part of a peer reviewed anthology of motion design materials to be published in the conference proceedings. Keynote speakers for the conference will be announced in the coming months. 

The 1st MODE Summit took place at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The 2nd MODE Summit took place in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy. Conference attendees came from a wide range of academic institutions and international locations. We expect to build on the momentum created in 2013 and 2015 as we continue this exciting discussion.

Add your experience and expertise to the discussion on motion design. How do you use motion as a method for the dynamic delivery of information, storytelling, education, persuasion, motivation, interaction, entertainment, expression and ephemera? Draft a 500-word or less abstract proposing a paper and presentation that pertains to one of the following areas of motion design:

Practicing: Professional case study of effective motion design work(s) for corporate, institutional, philanthropic, collaborative or artistic intent (~1000–2000 words).

Theorizing: Scholarly academic paper on history, critique, research, analysis, processes, application of motion design (~2500–4000 words).

Teaching: Detailed descriptive summary of innovative pedagogical strategies, philosophies, curriculum, and outcomes pertaining to motion design education (~2000–3000 words).

Projecting: 8×8 extended abstract and rapid-fire series of 8-minute presentations on an intriguing, motion-related, boundary-crossing topic (~800-1000 words).

Learning: Student-submitted showcase of exemplary motion shorts with prizes for the best work (~500-word reflection).

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