Defining Practice, Redefining Education: Five Case Studies

Juliette Cezzar Associate Director & Assistant Professor BFA Communication Design Parsons the New School for Design The last decade has brought with it a fragmentation of the design field, where the work of the graphic designer is publicly being defined as limited to artifacts (magazines, posters, advertisements) while “new”fields of interaction design, digital product design, service … Continue reading “Defining Practice, Redefining Education: Five Case Studies”

Engaging the Campus Community with Design Thinking

Andrew DeRosa Assistant Professor Queens College, CUNY Design thinking often involves small trans-disciplinary teams working together to tackle complex problems for communities using ethnography, prototyping and co-design. Translating this process into an academic course creates a number of challenges and opportunities. I’ve chosen to approach this challenge by using the campus as laboratory and engaging … Continue reading “Engaging the Campus Community with Design Thinking”

Service-learning: A Natural Fit in Design Education?

M. Genevieve Hitchings Assistant Professor Advertising Design & Graphic Arts New York City College of Technology, CUNY College level design courses can provide students with opportunities to work effectively in collaboration with actual clients. Such projects, undertaken jointly by faculty, students, and clients, develop student skills not only in design, but also in research, and … Continue reading “Service-learning: A Natural Fit in Design Education?”

Design Considerations for Low Literacy Audiences: A Case Study

Kathryn Weinstein Associate Professor of Graphic Design Queens College, CUNY This presentation describes a case study of the re-design of the Inwood House Resident’s Handbook. Inwood House is a short-term residence for pregnant young women in foster care. Considerations for the design of the handbook included the age, gender and the average literacy level (3rd … Continue reading “Design Considerations for Low Literacy Audiences: A Case Study”

ABC’s of Type Design

Liz DeLuna Associate Professor of Graphic Design St. John’s University Every typeface has a story, and many typefaces have life cycles and histories that span centuries. These histories and stories reveal tales of historical and cultural context, modes of production, changes in production technologies and rationales for the emergence of styles and trends. This lecture examines … Continue reading “ABC’s of Type Design”

Using Printmaking Techniques to Teach Metacognitive Skills to Design Students

Sharon (Libby) Clarke Assistant Professor Advertising Design and Graphic Arts New York City College of Technology, CUNY As we educators wrestle with the shifting significance of print in our classrooms, we risk losing equipment, space, and funding for printmaking techniques that are seen as being no longer relevant. This study works to prove that techniques … Continue reading “Using Printmaking Techniques to Teach Metacognitive Skills to Design Students”

Design Bravery: Managing Fear and Facilitating Development through Collaboration

Lisa J. Maione, Art Director / Designer
 Adjunct Lecturer, Queens College CUNY Part-time Lecturer, Parsons The New School for Design Finding one’s voice as a designer is a continuous process which calls upon our inner confidence. We hone a specific type of confidence — a ‘design bravery’ — that comes in many forms, at all scales, … Continue reading “Design Bravery: Managing Fear and Facilitating Development through Collaboration”