Teaching & Student Work

CREATING NEW FUTURES, ONE PROJECT AT A TIME

This scaffolded project asked students to utilize the environment, city and/or immediate surrounding space as a basis to create a grid for a modular typeface. Using the found grid system, students playfully engaged in a design process that utilized components and modules to generate each...

The goal of this project is to design a calendar that simultaneously explores time and numerals in a creative and functional manner. Students were asked to consider a variety of solutions by investigating lunar phases, astrology, historical references, the meaning of numbers, culture, seasons, religion,...

Water is vital to life; this is a simple fact, but human behaviors and relationships with water are increasingly complex. This ongoing research in cross-cultural design education between two geographically distinct classrooms encourages students to collaborate virtually, exchange ideas, explore possibilities, and create new tools,...

Global sustainability was the thematic backdrop for the entire semester of a “Design for Social Change” course taught in Dubai, with issues relevant to the MENA region as the core focus of this Digital Narratives & Sustainability project. The project began with a series of presentations and field...

Students create a deck of cards to showcase an individual topic of interest using illustrative, typographic, and conceptual skills on multiple surfaces. This imaginative project is not just fun and games, but an opportunity for students to also learn about green options in design, including...

This bilingual packaging project asks students to create a promotional piece for the Annual Emirates Festival held in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The festival hosts films, events, and exhibitions to promote the importance of locally made products to the culture and economy of the United Arab...

It was an exciting month for our “Design for Social Change” course. Not only did we have the opportunity to share the topics we have been exploring in a formal exhibition, but the resulting children’s e-books received rave reviews from some very high profile guests. So...

The Odyssey of the Insatiable Minds is an international collaboration of both written and visual expression. The book is a collection of award-winning short stories gathered between 2006 and 2011 written in exactly 50 words. The Extremely Short Story Competition (ESSC) was originated by Professor...

Storytelling is a universal mode of communication that spans cultures, space, and time. Stories can engage the audience, transcend mediums, and help define personal identity. The examination and analysis of existing narratives is also a wonderfully rich and expansive area for graphic design students to...