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How Can ML Help Knowledge Workers to Efficiently Enter Their Workflow?

Master of Graphic Design (MGD) students collaborated with the Laboratory of Analytic Sciences (LAS) here at NC State to explore the potential of a Tailored Daily Report (TLDR)—an intelligent, interactive interface that might assist intelligence analysts as they begin their day. Students moved through a human-centered research process to determine current analyst needs and opportunities…

Autonomous Vehicles as Mobile Data Collection Devices

Seniors in our GD400 course spent 9 weeks digging into autonomous vehicles and data collection with Red Hat. The Central Research Question: How can the data collected by an AV benefit human passengers and communities in ways unrelated to the functionality of the car? The project asked students to consider topics like data privacy and…

Machine Learning for Speculative Futures Workshop

Last spring, I  led a workshop at The Maryland Institute College of Art focusing on Machine Learning + Interface Design. Using a modified version of Stuart Candy's Thing from the Future game, students were asked to design for the future: "Imagine for a moment that you fell asleep and woke up in a strange future.…

Available Now: Big Data. Big Design

My new book: Big Data. Big Design: Why Designers Should Care about A.I. . Order here . What does this topic have to do with you? Designers stand at the verge of a great professional opportunity: artificial intelligence. This technology enables computers to study the world and make predictions using unstructured data. We can speak to machines—and machines can…

Using Knowledge Graphs to Make Critical Decisions

In the midst of the pandemic, The NC State Laboratory for Analytic Sciences (LAS) partnered with our master’s students in the NCSU College of Design’s Graphic Design Department to tackle the potential for a knowledge graph to support the work of intelligence analysts. Over a 9 week period, the grad students collaborated with LAS to…

Solving Challenges for Chief Data Officers with A.I.

Fall 2020, seniors at NC State worked with a team at SAS Analytics for 9 weeks to design an experience within SAS Information Catalog that utilizes Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to solve challenges for a Political Data Team or Chief Data Officer. The Results Team 1: Asumi Hasan, Andrew Thornton, Lily Reed…

Interested in discussing machine learning & design with your class? Here’s a two part lecture.

Here is a two part lecture series to initiate a discussion of machine learning with your design students. I'm happy to lead a Q&A followup if you contact me. Please forgive that this is not a polished recording. I hope this is helpful in your classrooms during this stressful time. Machine Learning Lecture: Part One…

“Who’s Afraid of Machine Learning” Cards

This semester I created a set of cards to help design students explore the potential functionality of machine learning, while considering the ethical implications of use. Both grads and undergrads used the cards to take on the role of ML in design practice. Instructions for using the deck, along with additional resources, can be found…

What Role Might Machine Learning Ethically Play in Retail Spaces?

Last spring, grad students in the Master's in Graphic Design Program at North Carolina State University partnered with an auto parts company to explore this question. The company was particularly concerned with protecting the privacy and agency of their customers. The project research question: How might an auto parts company ethically leverage machine learning in…

How Can We Support Data Literacy in Middle Schoolers?

As decisions become increasingly data-driven, the ability to interrogate data is emerging as a key skill for self-advocacy. Unfortunately, marginalized communities most heavy impacted by algorithmic decision making are often those least prepared to question those decisions. With this issue in mind, my graphic design advanced studio worked with SAS to design data literacy tools…

Whose Data Is It Anyway? Ever Had Trouble Accessing Your Own Medical Data?

How can the design of an intelligent interface empower patients to access secure personal data repositories, thus giving patients agency over their own medical data? Over the course of the semester our MGD studio collaborated with a team at IBM Watson Health, led by Debi Ndindjock, to find out. Our Research Question How might a…

What Do Design Educators Need? The AIGA DEC has Data.

The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) set aside time during the fall to collect data around the needs of design educators and better articulate the value proposition of the DEC. I co-chaired this important organization from 2013 -2015 and now work to advocate for design educators through my role on the AIGA Board of Directors…

Books

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