Envisioning South Africa’s Global Struggle Against Apartheid

Steffi Duarte
Curatorial Research Assistant
Product Design & Decorative Arts Department, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Decorative Art & Design Department, Cleveland Museum of Art

How can materiality and visual communication provide insight, however fleeting, into histories of past struggles?  Drawing on the ephemera and visual language of the global struggle against South African Apartheid, from 1960 to 1990, this presentation is a critical investigation of the relationship between design and a struggle for one countrys freedom fought across vast geographical distances.

The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design, Nation, and Empire in Modern Japan

Gennifer Weisenfeld
Professor
Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Duke University

This book tells the story of the birth of commercial art in Japan from the turn of the twentieth century through its global efflorescence in the total design event of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Until recently, there has been little systematic effort to analyze Japanese advertising and commercial art production within the broader context of world design history, while also taking into account the wide-ranging cultural implications of Japan’s emerging consumer capitalism and the ideological formations of nation- and empire-building. Such a study requires the challenging integration of the disparate scholarly spheres of art, design, business, social, and political history as aesthetics are read back into the sociology of consumption. This integrative interpretation illuminates the immense creativity imbued in aesthetic responses to new business systems as well as the profound impact that consumer capitalism has had on the development of modern Japanese art and visual culture.

Big Data in Interactive Web Design

Vinoad Senguttuvan
Senior Data Scientist
Metis

Big Data/Data Science has had a significant impact on the web, influencing the way we price flights, recommend movies and predict elections. Web Design, especially interactive web design, can now use Big Data to validate specific design choices and thereby improve upon its effectiveness. This talk will address how data science can pinpoint various parts of a web design and fine-tune them to maximize performance.

While Data Science has been an immense help to Web Design the inverse is also true. The scope and size of Big Data has grown exponentially over the years, and various interactive web design
techniques are being created specifically to visualize Big Data and provide an interactive interface that is easy and intuitive to use.

Self-Publishing in Higher Education: Meaning and Approach

James Pannafino
Associate Professor
Interactive and Graphic Design
Millersville University, Pennsylvania

Publishing a book is one of the most ambitious goals an educator can have. Recent changes in the publishing industry have created unique opportunities for new forms of distribution. Educators can now create legitimate scholarly outputs with self-publishing platforms utilizing both online and print on demand (POD) technology. Pannafinno, the author of Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design and Digital Device Experiences will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of various modes of self-publishing.

Design and Culture: Peer-Review Journals From the Inside Out

Elizabeth Guffey
Professor of Art & Design History
State University of New York at Purchase
Editor, Design & Culture

Rarely do we get a chance to see from the inside what the editorial process of peer review journals looks like. We will provide an unusual chance to see what the editorial process looks like, from the editors’ point of view, beginning with initial review of submissions through the peer review process and to final publication. We will also discuss some of the realities of publishing—including the timely pressures on editors to produce well-balanced journal issues with a variety of high-quality articles.

Design Incubation Colloquium 2.3: St. John’s University

Saturday, January 16, 2016
2:00pm – 4:30pm
St. John’s University Manhattan Campus
101 Astor PL, New York
(Local subways: 6 at Astor Place; N,R at 8th Street)

To attend: RSVP@designincubation.com. Include name, email contact, and affiliation. All are welcome.

Presentations

Design and Culture: Peer-Review Journals from the Inside Out
Elizabeth Guffey
Professor of Art & Design History
State University of New York at Purchase
Editor, Design & Culture

Self-Publishing in Higher Education: Meaning and Approach
James Pannafino
Associate Professor
Interactive and Graphic Design
Millersville University, Pennsylvania

Envisioning South Africa’s Global Struggle Against Apartheid
Steffi Duarte
Curatorial Research Assistant
Product Design & Decorative Arts Department
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Decorative Art & Design Department
Cleveland Museum of Art

The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design, Nation, and Empire in Modern Japan
Gennifer Weisenfeld
Professor
Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Duke University

Big Data in Interactive Web Design
Vinoad Senguttuvan
Senior Data Scientist
Metis

Attendees
  • Jen Roos, Mercy College, NY
  • Gigi Polo, Parsons
  • Dimitry Tetin, SUNY New Paltz
  • Aaron Ganci, Indiana University–Purdue
  • Meaghan Barry, Oakland University, MI
  • Anna Pinkas, BMCC
  • Janet Esquirol, BMCC
  • Liz DeLuna, St. John’s
  • Kathryn Weinstein, Queen’s College
  • Grace Moon, Queen’s College
  • Matt Ferranto, Westchester Community College
  • Kathryn Simon, Parsons
  • Lynne Foster, Pratt Institute
  • Jon Santos, Common Space Studio
  • Amye McCarther, U Texas Austin
  • Hui Xie, St. John’s
  • Scott Fowler, Chelsea High School
  • Bonnie Blake, Ramapo College
  • Dan Wong, CityTech
  • Aaris Sherin, St. John’s