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  • 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…
  • students gathered around table drawing on colorful participatory coasters

    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
  • Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content

    Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content (available from Amazon) Co-authored with Zvezdana Stojmirovic. (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) As non-designers busily create, designers too must get creative. Prime players in contemporary culture, designers understand…
  • Animation spelling the word LINKED

    LINKED: An Experiment in CoCreation

    Developed by Helen Armstrong, Miami University, and Zvezdana Stojmirovic, The Maryland Institute College of Art 35 MICA students in Baltimore, MD / 22 Miami students in Oxford, Ohio—our project began with this…
  • Crowdspeak: A co-created student project/exhibition

    Developed by Helen Armstrong, Miami University, and Zvezdana Stojmirovic, The Maryland Institute College of Art "Workflow—the order of tasks in the realization of a project—is as important as outcome. This experiment explores…
  • Graphic Design Theory: Readings From the Field

    Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field is a carefully curated introduction (1900-present) to graphic design theory. Vital voices of design thinking inspire readers with topics ranging from futurism, constructivism, and the…