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MIA Field Trip

Our Imaging 2 class recently went on a field-trip to the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) to view the Marvelous Creatures Exhibition (March 4 – July 31). The exhibition was a perfect introduction to the storytelling behind…

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Design Thinking: A Way of Working

You hear the term “design thinking” all the time, but what does it mean to you? In my opinion, it involves considering the relationship between design, collaboration, education, writing, politics, culture, and context. But where do we begin to…

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Tasmeem 3ajeeb!

An important component of the 2014-2015 academic year was the Tasmeem Doha biennial international conference (held from March 8-12). The 2015 edition focused on the theme of “playfulness” as expressed by the Arabizi word 3ajeeb! (ahh-jhee-b) meaning “strange…

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MEDEA Panel on Contemporary Portfolio Preparation

MEDEA aims to foster dialog between the design industry and those who educate the next generation of designers by providing a platform for sharing ideas, challenges and opportunities. In responding to this platform, the Board of Directors of…

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South Korea Field Study

In February 2015, sixteen graphic design students participated in a field study to South Korea for nine days, which encompassed an investigation of design and culture in various important locations. This enriching experience, which mostly took place…

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Al Naimi Farms Field Study

We discovered another side of Qatar this February as we toured the sprawling estate of the Al Naimi Farm during our in-country field study. As part of the trip, we witnessed first-hand the different stages of plant growth, from…

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Fun with Type

Super cool websites for typography and game lovers alike. There’s nothing to do but dig into the fun!   Kern Me This online game that will help you learn the art of “kerning” – what a fun way…

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MEDEA Symposium in Kuwait

The first MEDEA Symposium held in Kuwait took place this December at the American University of Kuwait (AUK). Board Members from universities around the MENA region spent three days together conducting workshops and participating in roundtable discussions with…

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Design with the other 90%: Cumulus Conference

The first Cumulus conference hosted in Africa took place this September in lovely Johannesburg at the Greenside Design Center (GDC) and the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA). The ‘Design with the other 90%: Changing the…

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AIGA New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education

I had the unique opportunity to virtually present my research with Kelly Murdoch–Kitt at the AIGA Design Education Conference, New Ventures: Intersections in Design Education, held in Portland, Oregon. Our paper, titled “Click. Connect. Crit: Teaching global…

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Studies in Material Thinking Journal

Throughout the 2012-2013 year, I conducted a collaborative project with my colleague, Kelly Murdoch–Kitt, on intercultural design exchanges in the University classroom. It is our belief that design educators must learn to develop and lead successful intercultural…

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Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons Conference

Hosted by the Seattle University Center for Environmental Justice and Sustainability, the Just Sustainability: Hope for the Commons Conference focused on the intimate connections between environmental justice and sustainability. True sustainability can only be achieved when all communities have…

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Arts in Society Conference

Rome was an absolutely beautiful host city for the Ninth International Conference on the Arts in Society ‘The Lives of Art’ held at Sapienza University this June. The conference focused on the intersection of academia and social impact, bringing…

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DRS 2014: Design’s Big Debates

DRS 2014: Design’s Big Debates gave me an opportunity to experience the nightless nights and sunny days of a Midsummer in Umeå, Sweden. The main purpose of the Design Research Society’s 7th Biennial Conference, hosted by Umeå Institute of Design, was…

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UCDA 2014 Design Education Summit

Thanks to my research partners Kelly Murdoch–Kitt and Dr. Kelly Norris Martin, I was able to virtually attend the UCDA (University and College Designers Association) Annual Design Education Summit. Held in May of 2014, this summit for graphic…

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