AIGA Design Educator's Conference. Nuts and Bolts. Tightening up classroom fundamentals, reinforcing careers, and constructing the future of the discipline. June 15th and 16th, 2016. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

AIGA Design Educator's Conference. Nuts and Bolts. Tightening up classroom fundamentals, reinforcing careers, and constructing the future of the discipline. June 15th and 16th, 2016. Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Nuts + Bolts, a national AIGA Design Education conference for emerging and established design educators, administrators, students, and designers to strip away the mystique of academia and help build a solid foundational knowledge of discipline specific teaching methods.

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Envision emerging and seasoned educators engaging in faculty mentoring and collaboration through direct conversation, with workshops, panels and sessions designed to help move careers, and the field of the design teaching profession, forward.

Through a series of group discussions, workshops, lectures, speakers and learning sessions, opportunities for open dialogue will be facilitated. Participants will be encouraged to share their challenges and achievements with others, uncover our educational shortcomings, identify our responsibilities, and offer pathways to solutions, all for the greater good of design and the global community.

Assessment/Rubrics
Assignments
Becoming a Design Educator
Creating a new curriculum vs. modifications
Critique Process
Culture of Care/Ethics/Empathy
Defining Research (creative, practice, writing/criticism)
Faculty Engagement
Learning Models + Curriculum (project based learning, problem based learning, flipped classroom, inside out learning, blended learning, active learning, service learning, gamification, challenge based learning, collaborative projects, interdisciplinary projects, coops, distance learning, undergraduate + graduate, and more)
Navigating Academia (language/politics)
Role of environments + space in the learning (and teaching) experiences
Scholarship of Teaching; connecting this with students
Standards of Teaching + Ethics
Teaching beyond the designer of 2015

Keynote Speakers

Audrey Bennett

Louise Sandhaus

Julie Anixter

Geoff Kaplan

Deborah Littlejohn

3 - 4:30pm

Pre-conference Workshop

Structuring Scholarship with Design Incubation: methodologies and techniques for design writing
Aaris Sherin

This workshop focuses on how to structure communication design scholarship with an emphasis on the intersection of professional practice and writing. Information about discipline specific journals and book publishers will be included as well as detailed descriptions of time allotment, word counts and other practical resources relevant to design writing and publishing. Participants will explore the competencies needed to successfully develop encyclopedia entries, reviews, journal articles, book proposals and manuscripts. They will also have the opportunity to share and develop project ideas while receiving constructive feedback from the workshop facilitator and peers.

5 - 7pm
Wolfe Center for the Arts

Early Registration

7 - 9:30pm

Reception + Welcome Talk

With new AIGA Executive Director, Julie Anixter

7:30 - 8:30am
Wolfe Center for the Arts

Breakfast + Registration

8:30 - 10:00am
Donnell Theater / Wolfe Center for the Arts

Opening Remarks + Main Stage Talk

Teaching Cross-Cultural Literacy in the Social Design Classroom
Audrey Bennett

A social image is an image designed to communicate information that aims to yield positive cognitive or behavioral change in targeted communities that tend to be culturally heterogeneous. However, a perennial problem emerges when cultural dissonance between the image's aesthetics and the viewer's culturally-based, visual literacy impedes or entirely obstructs the transmittance of the intended message. For a social image to be transformative, its esthetics must resonate with the cultures of the viewers. The question then is: How do we teach the next generation of social designers how to develop and implement images that resonate with culturally diverse communities? In this presentation, Professor Bennett shares her philosophy on teaching cross-cultural literacy. She acknowledges interdisciplinary texts that engender cultural cognizance and discusses the important roles user-research and reflexive and critical writing plays in the development of design students’ cross-cultural literacy.

10:00 - 10:30am
Wolfe Center Lobby

Refreshments

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 101

Affinity Session 1.1

Profession // Faculty Engagement
Nina Bellsio

Changing the Conversation in Academia: Positioning Design as a ‘Life Skill’
Ruki Ravikumar

Automation for Academics
Bruno Ribeiro

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 102

Affinity Session 1.2

A Blueprint in the Search for a Great Idea
Bonnie Blake

Design Problem (Solvers) Makers: Students Engaging In Lateral Thinking In Order To Develop Their Own Design Brief
Susan LaPorte

Teaching Design Methodologies
Hilary Dana Walrod

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 110

Affinity Session 1.3

Learning the Strokes: Teaching Typography through Lettering
Ashley Pigford

The Conference Poster Project: A Structured Methodology for Re-Grounding and Advancing Text-Based Design
Hans Schellhaus

Typography is a Particle, Typography is a Wave
David Stairs

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 112

Affinity Session 1.4

Teaching Fish about Water: Young Designers and the Digital
Chad Eby

Humanizing Interactivity Through Storytelling: Academic Paper and Presentation: Storytelling, Narrative, and Empathy
Tyler Galloway & Marty Maxwell-Lane

Designing digital experiences in 2020
Aaron Ganci

12 - 1:15pm
Wolfe Center Lobby

Lunch + Roundtables

Table 1: With That Much Responsibility, You Must Be a Chair. (Um… Nope)
Michael Clayton

Table 2: Cultivating Coincidence: Tapping the Transformative Power of Experience in the Classroom
Jarred Elrod

Table 3: Twenty-First Century Design Scholarship
Aaron Ganci

Table 4: The Graphic Design Thesis
Curt Lund & Daniel Jasper

Table 5: Plagiarism and the Expediency of Inspiration
Dawn McCusker

Table 6: From Crickets to Conversation: Methods to Foster Meaningful Critiques
Jonathon Russell

Table 7: Best Practices for Integrating Service-Learning Models for Social Change in Undergraduate Graphic Design Courses
Adrienne Schwarte

Table 8: Design practitioners and educators can find value in a collaborative practice
Rebecca Tegtmeyer & Marty Maxwell-Lane

Table 9: Equitable Teaching Workloads
Todd Timney

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 101

Affinity Session 2.1

Graphic Design Awareness Workbook: a teaching tool to help foster a culture of care in design education
Kate Gray

Beyond Empathy: Engaging Ethical Research Practices in Design Education
Arden Stern & Candice-Leigh Baumgardner

Socks, A Box, Cogs, And A Fanny Pack Creating A Crop Of Designers That Care
Jennifer Yucus

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 102

Affinity Session 2.2

Assessment Merry Go Round: Engage, Innovate, and Sustain for Curricular Improvement
Stacy Cannon

Using Science of Learning to Improve Design and Typography Instruction
Geoffry Fried

Ensuring Objective Evaluation: Classroom Strategies For The Graphic Design Educator
Kelly Salchow MacArthur

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 110

Affinity Session 2.3

Developing Liberal Arts Ideals Through Topic-Based Design Education
Andrew DeRosa

Working Well With Others: Teaching User Interface Design Through An Applied Interdisciplinary Collaboration
Peter Lusch

The Total Package: An Interdisciplinary, Collaborative Approach to Package Design
Todd Timney & Peter Chamberlain

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 112

Affinity Session 2.4

The Quantified Community: Applying Network Science Fundamentals into Graphic Design Practice
Park, Eugene

WATER AND I: Intercultural empathy development for wicked problems
Park, Hannah

Retooling Graphic Design Assignments: Building the Framework for a Sustainable Future
Eric Benson, Yvette Perullo & Brooke Scherer

3:00 - 3:30pm
Wolfe Center Lobby

Refreshments

3:30 - 5:00pm
Donnell Theater / Wolfe Center for the Arts

Main Stage Talk

A history of graphic design pedagogy after the Bauhaus to the internet
Geoff Kaplan

7:00pm

On-Campus Event

7:30 - 8:30am
Wolfe Center for the Arts

Breakfast + Registration

8:30 - 10:00am
Donnell Theater / Wolfe Center for the Arts

Main Stage Talk

Graphic Design's Growing Pains — From Trade School to Academic Discipline (aren't we there yet?)
Deb Littlejohn

If design education seeks to cultivate conditions that sustain proactive responses to change in the wider design field, then the system in which the garden is embedded is as important as the properties of the garden itself.

The vocational path of graphic design in the U.S. shifted from an apprenticeship model to a culture of professionalism inside the academy — which, in turn, transferred the responsibility of preparing professional designers to design schools from individual practitioners. In her presentation, Deborah Littlejohn will outline several reasons why this transition, beginning in the 1950s, has created a "problematic situation" (as Donald Schön called it) for design education, including intellectual isolation from other academic fields, questions about disciplinary status, and an identity crisis in the profession.

The interplay between individual design faculty and the wider contexts of program, institution, field and society illustrate important relationships among academic culture, professional identity and the "garden" of the teaching environment. These contexts operate as interconnected webs of relationships that mutually affect and engage each other in different directions. The future of design education is an issue that requires more than simply reacting to change. As Schön put it: Just to the extent that a reflective practicum succeeds in creating a world of its own, it risks becoming a precious island cut off both from the world of practice to which it refers and from the world of academic courses in which is resides. If it is to avoid this fate, it must cultivate activities that connect the knowing- and reflection-in-action of competent practitioners to the theories and techniques taught as professional knowledge in academic courses.

10:00 - 10:30am
Wolfe Center Lobby

Refreshments

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 101

Affinity Session 3.1

Develop Students’ Design Skills Using Paul-Elder Model of Critical Thinking
John O’Neill

A Critical Evaluation of Generalized Design Process Models and Methodology
Jacob Ristau

Managing—and embracing—ambiguity in interdisciplinary, project-based teaching
Hannah Smotrich

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 102

Affinity Session 3.2

Technology in the Classroom: Improving Critique through Online Tools
Anne Berry & Tiffany Roman

Foundations for Interaction Design: The Interactive Widget
Andre Murnieks

Study: an open source, socially-interactive, and cross-device learning management system building visually-driven hybridized classroom experiences for design students
Robert Thompson

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 110

Affinity Session 3.3

Graphic Design: A Critical Discourse
Peter Fine

Framing Interaction Design Research, Education and Practice Through the Lens of Digital Form Making
Heekyoung Jung

Translating Design Practice Into Design Activism
Aaron Sutherlan

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 112

Affinity Session 3.4

Game Based Learning Opportunities in Interior Design Studios
Zina Alaswad

Design in Nature, Creative Retreat Encouraging Experimentation & Creativity with Letter Grade Focused Students
Lauren Meranda & Anna Fibert

Interpreting Design Thinking as a Process in Developing High School Graphic Design Educators into Synthetic Thinkers
Amber Walsh

10:30 - 11:45am
Business Administration Room 114

Affinity Session 3.5 - Pecha Kuchas

Designing Transitions: Creative Practitioners Navigating Academia
Mary Ann Biehl

Experience Mapping
Cutler-Lake, Karina

(dis)engagement: engaging students with the world around them
Mitchell Eismont

In Defense of Collecting: Artifact-based Research in the Classroom
Joseph Galbreath

Ten Methods for Critique
Tyler Galloway

Designing An Environment for Multi Media Education
Anita Giraldo

Edible Type Awards
Cassie Hester

Hidden Gems: Connecting Students to New Opportunities and Cultivating Design in a Rural Context
Delphine Keim & Gregory Turner-Rahman

Service Learning: Learning all about how it’s a small world
Jane Milkie

From Small-Town Ohio Engineer to Los Angeles Designer: Becoming a Design Educator
Beth Steffel

12 - 1:15pm
Wolfe Center Lobby

Lunch

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 101

Affinity Session 4.1

Creative Code
Yeohyun Ahn

Integrating Experience-Focused Design Education (Beyond DIV Tags, Dropdowns, and Devices)
Dennis Cheatham

Virtu-Real Relationship Building
Tyler Galloway

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 102

Affinity Session 4.2

From Textbooks to Playlists: The Rise of Multimodal Learning
Laurie Burruss

The Writing Intensive Design Studio
Daniel Jasper

They Can Make Things… So What? Looking Towards Developing More Holistic Creative Agency within our Design Students
Peter Martin

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 110

Affinity Session 4.3

The Flexible Design Curriculum: moving from rigid to elastic to meet the demands of today’s students
Jillian Coorey & Gretchen Rinnert

The Pragmatic vs. the Ideal Trials and tribulations of redesigning curriculum for a graphic design program
Andrea Quam

Rethinking Visual Communications Curriculum: Combining an Emporium Teaching Model and Challenge Based Learning
Adam Wagler

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 112

Affinity Session 4.4

There to Here: A Pedagogy of Presence in Design Education

David Kasparek

Grafik Intervention: Sparking Urban Revitalization Efforts Through Graphic Design
William Rowe

Digital Storytelling: Forging a connection between Design and the Liberal Arts
Nancy Wynn

1:30 - 3:00pm
Business Administration Room 114

Affinity Session 4.5

Studio 2453—A Model of Active Learning and Empathy

Eve Faulkes

Living Learning Communities: Lessons Learned
Jessica Hawkins

A Smart Communities Initiative: Designing for economic growth in small town America
Deborah Shmerler

3:00 - 3:30pm
Wolfe Center Lobby

Refreshments

3:30 - 5:00pm
Donnell Theater / Wolfe Center for the Arts

Closing Panel

Audrey Bennett, Geoff Kaplan and Deb Littlejohn
Moderated by Louise Sandhaus

Register

Register now!

Note: Although we urge attendees to register online, registrations will be accepted onsite at the conference on a space available basis. A processing fee of $25 will be added to all registrations that are not completed online, including those that are processed at the conference site. This also includes registrations received by mail or fax.

Cancellation Policy: There will be a $20 cancellation fee for cancellations made prior to April 15, 2016. AIGA will refund 50 percent of conference fees paid for cancellations made between April 15 and May 15, 2016. No refunds will be available after May 15, 2016. To cancel your registration please contact AIGA's registrar.

$225

AIGA Members*

$275

Non-Members

$75

AIGA Student Members


*To join the AIGA and receive the reduced rate prior to registration, become a member here.

About

The conference will be held at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Established in 1910 to educate teachers, BGSU, located in Bowling Green, Ohio, is the 14th largest producer of teachers in the country. The university boasts more than 20,000 students involved in 200 undergraduate majors and programs on the main campus. U.S. News and World Report names BGSU as one of the top public universities nationwide with a strong commitment to first-year programs that lead to success.

Conference Chairs

Amy Fidler
Conference co-chair
Lecturer, Bowling Green State Univerisity

Jenn Stucker
Conference co-chair
Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State Univerisity

Marty Maxwell Lane
Programming co-chair
Assistant Professor, Univerisity of Arkansas

Rebecca Tetgmeyer
Programming co-chair
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University

Liese Zahabi
Presenter/reader chair
Assistant Professor of Interaction Design, University of Maryland, College Park

Accommodations

Bowling Green, Ohio is located 25 miles from Toledo Express Airport (TOL) in Northwest, Ohio and is 75 miles south of Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).

On-Campus Housing at BGSU
For this event, you can reserve a double-occupancy room for $79/night at our Centennial Residence Hall on the beautiful campus of BGSU. Room reservations must be made by midnight EST on June 1, 2016 or until room block is filled. Complimentary parking is also included.

Hampton Inn & Suites
142 Campbell Hill Rd
Bowling Green, OH
419-353-3464

Holiday Inn Express
2150 Wooster Street
Bowling Green, OH
1-877-410-6667

Sponsors

The Nuts + Bolts conference is a project of AIGA in partnership with the Design Educators Community and hosted by the Graphic Design Division of Bowling Green State University, the BGSU School of Art, and AIGA Toledo.