María Rogal Will Chair the 2018 Communication Design Educators Awards

Design Incubation’s Communication Design Educators Awards program was established to recognize and showcase faculty accomplishments through peer review. This competition reflects the organization’s mission to foster professional development and discourse within the academic design community. Since 2016, applicants from around the world have entered this awards competition recognizing design excellence and ingenuity in the academic study of communication design, with categories in published research, creative work, teaching, and service. The award processes and procedures are rigorous, transparent, objective and professional. Each year, entries are reviewed and ranked by an independent, renown jury of design educators and researchers across a broad range of design expertise and scholarly accomplishment within the discipline.

After envisioning the academic design awards and chairing the jury, University of Minnesota graphic design professor Steven McCarthy is passing along the role of Chair. We value his continued support and involvement in the program. Design Incubation offers their gratitude for his leadership in the launch of this important effort.

We are excited to announce María Rogal, Professor of Graphic Design in the school of Art + Art History at the University of Florida will chair the 2018 jury. She has had the distinction of being a juror of the awards since its inception. McCarthy writes, “Rogal brings vast experience, great powers of empathy, and astute judgment to the task. Rogal’s disciplinary connections and intellectual network will undoubtedly offer the jury some fresh input as the competition enters its third year.”

Rogal offers McCarthy her greatest respect and appreciation of his leadership over many years, particularly in having recognized the need for professional development and creating a program to support it. Rogal writes, “the diverse submissions I reviewed over the past two years were rewarding and inspiring. But this process also highlighted how important these awards and the application process can be for communication design educators. Through the application and peer review process itself, we also support professional development.”

We thank Bloomsbury Publishing, the sponsor of these awards. The 2018 awards program will follow the same timeline as previous years, with entries due May 31, 2018. An overview of the awards program is on our website. Look for more information on the program in the coming months.


Alex Girard and Bruno Ribeiro Join Design Incubation

November 21, 2017.

Design Incubation is excited to announce important additions to our team.

Alex Girard, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the Art Department at Southern Connecticut State University, will be the Director of Peer Reviews.

He has had a distinguished career as an design educator and academic administrator, teaching at the University of Minnesota and Community College of Aurora, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Community College of Aurora.

Girard will direct the peer review process and ensure academic integrity and standards within the organization.

Bruno Ribeiro, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in Department of Art and Design at California Polytechnic State University will be the Director of Community Outreach for West Coast Initiatives. His research specialization is in interaction and motion design. His background is in visual communication and industrial design, having studied at the Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial – ESDI (Rio de Janeiro), an an MBA in marketing from Fundação Getúlio Vargas – FGV (Rio de Janeiro) and an MFA from Ohio State University.

Ribeiro will be expanding our reach on the west coast, as we continue to expand our support of research in communication design.

Announcement: Educators Communication Design Awards 2017

Design Incubation, the esteemed 2017 awards jury, and Bloomsbury Publishing is pleased to announce the recipients of the Design Incubation Educators Awards in Communication Design 2017 in the categories of Scholarship: Creative Work, Scholarship: Published Research, Service, and Teaching.
Thank you to all who entered the competition and those who participated in recognizing the efforts of academics in design research.

Category: Scholarship Creative Work

Portraits of Obama: Media, Fidelity, and the 44th President
Scholarship: Creative Work Award Winner

Kareem Collie


Harvey Mudd

Stanford University

Category: Scholarship Published Research

Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities
Scholarship: Published Research Award Winner

Jessica Barness

Associate Professor
Kent State University

Amy Papaelias

Assistant Professor
SUNY New Paltz

Category: Service

The Sit&Tell Project
Service Award Winner

Jenn Stucker
Associate Professor
Bowling Green State University

Category: Teaching

BMORE Than The Story
Teaching Award Winner

Audra Buck-Coleman
Associate Professor

University of Maryland College Park


White Plains Storefront Project: Art In Vacant Spaces
Teaching Award Runner-up

Warren Lehrer

School of Art+Design
Purchase College, SUNY
Founding Faculty Member
Designer as Author Graduate Program
SVA (School of Visual Arts)


Science Through Storybooks
Teaching Award Runner-up

Martha Carothers


University of Delaware


Audrey Bennett
Communication and Media
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Steven McCarthy (Chair)
Professor of Graphic Design
University of Minnesota

Emily McVarish
Associate Professor
Graphic Design; Design; Writing
California College of Art

Maria Rogal
Professor of Graphic Design
University of Florida

David Shields
Associate Professor & Chair of Department of Graphic Design
Virginia Commonwealth University


AIGA/NY Fresh Grad / Edu Talks 2017: June 8 & 9, 2017

Thursday, June 8 – Friday, June 9, 2017
@Parsons, The New School

AIGANY Fresh Grad / Edu Talks 2017 is a jam packed two-day series of events celebrating design education.

Fresh Grad: Showcase, a two-part (two-night) event featuring graduate students from local and regional MFA, MA and certificate programs, now in its 8th year. The Fresh Grad Showcase will be accompanied by two morning events, Fresh Jobs, meet reps from NY’s creative organizations and Fresh Ed is a small panel discussion focused on the state and future of design education. Come with questions, join the conversation, prepare to leave impressed and inspired!

Thursday, June 8 / 9:30-11:00AM

Fresh Jobs: Mini-Job Fair

Are you a design student or a newly minted graduate? Join us for AIGA/NY’s first mini-job fair! Come by for coffee and breakfast sandwiches and introduce yourself. Meet reps. from New York’s top creative organizations, companies, agencies and studios and learn about the advantages of working at their company. Ask what a typical day is like for their designers, find out about all the office perks and hear what their creative directors look for when they hire new talent. You will what is unique about each situation and why you might want to work for one or more of these companies.

Joe Marianek, E Roon Kang and Aaris Sherin will co-host.

Parsons School of Design
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I202
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

Thursday, June 8 / 6:30-8:30PM

Fresh Grad Students #01

On June 8th, students from some of the most respected schools in the country will gather at the Parsons auditorium. Each student has five minutes to dazzle the audience and each other with wonders from their graduate projects.

Students presenting from the following programs: SVA, Masters in Branding, SVA, MFA Interaction Design, Pratt, MFA Communications Design, Parsons, MFA Design & Technology, Parsons, MS Data Visualization, NYU, MPS in Interactive Telecommunications, Cooper, Certificate Type Design, SCAD, MFA Graphic Design

Joe Marianek, E Roon Kang and Aaris Sherin will co-host.

Parsons School of Design
Tishman Auditorium University Center
63 Fifth Avenue Room U100

Friday, June 9 / 9:30-11:00AM

Fresh Ed: Panel

This year Fresh Ed asks whether one still needs a degree in graphic design to become a professional designer. Our panelists will consider whether degree programs adequately prepare students for an ever changing industry which includes user interface design, creating content for social media, VR and other emerging platforms. We will examine what competencies design programs should teach and what role non-degree granting institutions play in the continuing education of 21st century designers. Educators, students and industry professionals are invited to join the conversation and explore the varied modes of content delivery and the theoretical underpinnings informing design education today.

Jason Fox: Professor, Chair, Graphic Design Savannah College of Art and Design
Keetra Dixon: Assistant Professor, Rhode Island School of Design
Mark Addision Smith: Assistant Professor, Art Department, The City College of New York

Hosted by Joe Marianek, E Roon Kang and Aaris Sherin, moderated by David Frisco.

Parsons School of Design
Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Room I202
Arnhold Hall, 55 West 13th Street

Friday, June 9 / 6:30-8:30PM

Fresh Grad Students #02

On June 9th, in the second night of this two part series, students from some of the most respected schools in the country will gather at the Parsons auditorium. Each student has five minutes to dazzle the audience and each other with wonders from their graduate projects.

Students presenting from the following programs: RISD, MFA Graphic Design, Yale, MFA Graphic Design, Cranbrook, MFA 2D Design, MICA, MFA Graphic Design, VCFA, MFA Graphic Design, Parsons, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, SVA, D-crit, SVA, MFA Design

Joe Marianek, E Roon Kang and Aaris Sherin will co-host.

Parsons School of Design
Tishman Auditorium University Center
63 Fifth Avenue Room U100

Bloomsbury Publishing Sponsors Design Incubation Educators Awards

Design Incubation is excited to announce a partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing for the Design Incubation Educators Awards.

Bloomsbury publishes books on various design education topics from academic research on the history and theory of the discipline through introductory textbooks to practical guides and manuals.

Bloomsbury Press Release

Bloomsbury will be sponsoring the 2017 Design Incubation Educators Awards competition.


Screening of Documentary on Paula Sher at the TDC

Paula Scher: Designer as Educator,” a documentary narrated by Debbie Millman, directed by Claudine Eriksson.

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Type Directors Club, 347 W 36th St New York, NY 10018

Design Incubation Fellowship Redux: Fellows Get Published

Meaghan Barry, Assistant Professor at Oakland University and Aaron Ganci, Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and Design, two of our 2016 Design Incubation Fellows have recently published in the journal Design and Culture.

Barry’s Statement of Practice interview with designer, performance artist, and Cranbrook Designer-in-Residence Elliot Earls explores the many facets of Earl’s practice and the evolution of his thinking about design, education and performance over the last several decades.

Ganci reviewed John McCarthy and Peter Wright’s text, Taking [A]part: The Politics and Aesthetics of Participation in Experience-Centered Design.

Barry and Ganci continued their writing projects with the support of Design Incubation’s Fellowship Director, Aaris Sherin, to craft these articles.

For more information on how Design Incubation supports design writing and publishing see the Fellowship page on the Design Incubation website. Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted June 1, 2017 – September 1, 2017.

Recap of Teaching Type: A Panel Conversation

Read Amy Papaelias’ delightful synopsis of the panel discussion on Teaching Typography. Amy is Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at SUNY New Paltz and was one of the distinguished panelists at this past Saturday’s event at the Type Director’s Club.


CAA Conference 2018: Call for Design Submissions

College Art Association (CAA) is accepting design submissions for the 2018 Conference in Los Angeles.

Although the stated requirement is that submissions come from members, CAA considers all submissions carefully and is especially interested in including design topics.

Questions can be directed to David Howarth, Chair of the Committee On Design, and subcommittee chair of Conference Content, Bess Williamson.

Required Reading: A List Compiled by AIGA DEC & Design Observer

Here is a great list of must reads for anyone keeping up with design research and studies…