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Developing Leaders for the Next Decade

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Image via Wikipedia I woke up this New Year’s morning to BusinessWeek’s Innovation section – thought it would be a great way to start the new decade. One of the featured articles this morning was “How to Nurture Future Leaders: Design thinking brings creative techniques to business. The only problem? No one can agree on [...]

AIMS Ireland 09

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

From 20 July – 15 August 2009, a team of Miami students will be in Dublin, Ireland applying design thinking to develop a new Information Technology Strategy for the Digital Hub. The Digital Hub is an Irish Government initiative to create an international centre of excellence for knowledge, innovation and creativity focused on digital content [...]


Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Image via Wikipedia You know how things always seem to come in waves. I’ve had several experiences lately that have caused me to pause and think about connections and relationships, both professionally and personally. I’ve been pondering why we organize our culture and systems the way we do, and thinking about the various choices that [...]

The Inverted Classroom

Saturday, September 19th, 2009

Check out the recent post by Shafeen Charania, on his blog Synthesis. He talks about the innovative work of our own MDC Steering Committee member, Glenn Platt. Back in 2000, Glenn and his colleague Maureen Lage, published work describing the the concept of the inverted classroom, where students view video lectures on their own time, [...]

Plans for Fall: New Home and Possible Certificate Program

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

The Miami Design Collaborative, which officially started in January 2009, has been assigned it’s first official home on the campus of Miami University. Thanks to the generosity of the School of Fine Arts and Dean Jim Lentini, we’ll have space in Hiestand Hall, in collaboration with the Hiestand Galleries. The brainstorming/conferencing room will be a [...]

MDC Director Authors Book

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The Designer’s Guide to Business and Careers: How to Succeed on the Job or on Your Own has the tools designers need to get their careers off to strong starts – and maintain them for the long haul. Peg Faimon, a Miami University professor of graphic design, director of the Miami Design Collaborative, and co-director [...]

Armstrong Interactive: J. Peterman

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Armstrong Interactive’s main goal in its work for The J. Peterman Company was to develop strategies the company could employ to increase its brand awareness and web presence. The AI team strove to do so in ways not only consistent with the company’s current practices, but in ways in which John Peterman himself would be [...]

Designs for a New Generation of Hybrid Building Envelope Systems

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

by Scott Johnston, Director Energy and Sustainable Design Studio of the Miami Design Collaborative The first building codes adopted in the 70’s called for increased efficiency in the envelope, and the building mechanical and electrical systems.  Over the years the earlier codes were revised to call for higher levels of efficiency in the design and [...]

Designer/User: A Complex Relationship

Monday, May 11th, 2009

“Data, Not Design, Is King in the Age of Google,” a May 9 NY Times article by Miguel Helft, debates the place of customers/users in the design process, especially as it relates to decision-making and innovation. Helft asks, “CAN a company blunt its innovation edge if it listens to its customers too closely? Can its [...]

MiamiDesign200 a Successful Collaboration

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

MiamiDesign200 symposium on creativity, design and innovation took place on April 15 and 16. This event was a unique collaboration between academic programs and organizations on campus – the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, the Performing Arts Series, and the Miami Design Collaborative. This key Miami Bicentennial Celebration event featured Philip Glass in solo [...]

Miami design team takes 10th in international competition

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

A student team from the Departments of Art and Architecture & Interior Design placed 10th in the Food for Thought International Idea competition 2009. More than 100 entries were submitted representing 26 different countries and 63 different cities. The competition was sponsored by the 24/7 Sandwichshop and asked contestants to design an eating facility challenging [...]

MiamiDesign200 on April 15-16

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Symposium on Creativity, Design and Innovation is coming soon!! Co-sponsored by the Miami University Performing Arts Series, Miami Design Collaborative, and Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies this two-day event, featuring Philip Glass, will take place on April 15 and 16. Please visit for more information! Visit the free lectures and panel discussion. Speakers/Design [...]

Universal Design

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Image by Night Owl City via Flickr According to the Universal Design Alliance web site (, universal design (UD) is defined as: “The design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without adaptation or specialized design. A user-friendly approach to design in the living environment where people [...]



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    no responses - Posted 03.29.12
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  • What Do We Know About Social Design?
    no responses - Posted 02.28.12
    You are invited to attend a lecture by  designer Mike Weikert entitled: What Do We Know About Social Design? Wednesday Feb 29 at 7:30 in Hiestand 221 Weikert will discuss the emerging field of social design and the lack of clarity and definition around it (not just in the context of the general public, but even within the field of design). Then he'll share experiences from ... continue
  • Apple features Miami Innovation Course
    no responses - Posted 12.27.11
    During the spring of 2011, a team of faculty from the Miami Design Collaborative created a new course entitled CFA111: Innovation, Creativity & Design Thinking. The faculty involved came from Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Engineering, Interactive Media Studies and Marketing, and the 80 students that enrolled represented all the divisions of the university, including Education, Business, Humanities, Sciences, Fine ... continue
  • Experiencing Arts & Culture: Paris 2012
    no responses - Posted 10.31.11
    During the summer of 2012, four multi-disciplinary faculty from the School of Fine Arts are collaborating to create a new thematic sequence focused on the integrated arts. Students will travel to Paris for an immersive series of three courses that focus on the global importance and impact of the integrated creative arts (e.g.: architecture, interior design, theatre, studio arts, graphic design, ... continue
  • Year of the Arts & Design for Social Impact
    no responses - Posted 10.10.11
    Academic year 2011-12 has been officially named the “Year of the Arts” at Miami University. As described on the School of Fine Arts website: “Each and every year, the arts at Miami University inspire, educate, and inform the campus community and region from the classroom to the stage with over 200 performances, exhibitions, and special events. To honor the invaluable ... continue
  • Acton Lake Watershed Research Center Multi-disciplinary Project
    no responses - Posted 08.10.11
    The Multi-disciplinary Design Studio had a unique opportunity this spring (2011) to participate in the designing phases of an NSF Grant proposal for a Watershed Research Center at Acton Lake (near Oxford, Ohio). Collaborating architecture, interior and graphic design students in four different design teams, students were asked to design and develop information and exhibit graphics that would potentially be ... continue
  • Acton Lake Watershed Research Center
    no responses - Posted 08.09.11
    a multidisciplinary design project by Samantha Perkins The Multi-disciplinary Design Studio had a unique opportunity this spring (2011) to participate in the designing phases of an NSF Grant proposal for a Watershed Research Center at Acton Lake (near Oxford, Ohio). Collaborating architecture, interior and graphic design students in four different design teams, students were asked to design and develop information and exhibit ... continue