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  • AIGA DEC Proposal for the AIGA National Board

    For young graphic design students, the years spent in a classroom differ from their early years in a design studio—and that’s a good thing. Graphic Design educators craft student experiences that encourage…
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    2014 Marks the Launch of the Augmented Reality Center

    This year, the Miami University MFA in Experience Design joins with Computer Science to launch a new Miami Augmented Reality Center (ARC). The Center, the brainchild of Dr. Bo Brinkman, works to advance augmented reality…
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    The Lolita Cover Project

    What designer doesn't enjoy the challenge of creating a cover for Nabokov's Lolita? Architect John Bertram contacted me last year to contribute to an anthology that he was editing entitled Lolita: The…
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    Out Of My Hands DC

    For the second night of AIGA DC Design Week 2012, participants joined workshop leaders Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic to co-create a unique “DC” alphabet. The cool offices of Polygraph, a vibrant design studio…
  • Out Of My Hands Baltimore

    A Participatory Workshop led by Helen Armstrong and Zvezdana Stojmirovic Monday, Oct 15, 2012, Maryland Institute College of Art To launch AIGA Baltimore's Design Week 2012, Zvezdana Stojmirovic and I led a…
  • Crowdsourced Design or Cheap Labor?

    One of our students asked me recently about design sites that claim to crowdsource design. Although many fabulous participatory projects are currently happening that use peer production in innovative ways (see participatorydesign.net),…
  • Participate—Korean-style

    Participate has been translated into Korean! A Chinese version is in the works.
  • Participatory Design Workshop at University of Tennessee

    A Participatory Design Workshop at UT: Designers as Community Builders Last week I traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, to lead a participatory design workshop with University of Tennessee juniors. The assignment: Find 20…
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    Design Double Feature Book Launch

    In November, MICA graciously hosted a Design Double Feature Book Launch celebrating the release of my new book Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content (Princeton Architectural Press) along with Ellen Lupton's new book…
  • Who Am I?

    Using the identity signage template from p.86 of our new book Participate, Zvez and I created our own marks. (left to right) Helen Armstrong , Zvezdana Stojmirovic