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Visualizing Eastern Europe

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Summer Study-Abroad Program May 23 – June 20, 2011 This course will investigate current trends in interactive design and social media throughout Eastern Europe, within the context of the culture, history and people. Students will learn about design and visualization principles and social media strategies. Each student will be responsible for a self-authored project. The project will consist of [...]

Interstate Gas Supply

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Scott Johnston, Associate Professor of Architecture and MDC Steering Committee member, worked with two students as consultants for Interstate Gas Supply (IGS). The first part of the work was done under the auspices of the Center for Building Science Research and they followed up with additional testing in the summer on a by-the-hour arrangement. Their role was to analyze [...]

Multi-disciplinary Design Studio: Spring 10

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

This studio occurs each spring semester, with a different project concept each year. In the spring of 2010, eight interdisciplinary teams, consisting of graphic designers, interior designers and architects, designed comprehensive branding solutions for a fictitious spa sited in Pyramid Hill. Each team was committed to design the project at every level of detail proposing a [...]

Building Science Research

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Center for Building Science Research has become part of MDC at Miami University to foster student centered research and design opportunities working in collaboration with organizations outside the University. The Building Research Studio continues the tradition of working with clients in the area to provide design and consulting services in the following areas: • [...]

Armstrong Interactive: Tractor Supply Corporation

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

During the spring semester of 2009, a group of multi-disciplinary students designed a mini-site to accompany the corporate Tractor Supply Corporation site. More information to come.

AIMS Ireland 09

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

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 [...]

Mobile Italy

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

During this workshop students will actively participate in documenting a culture of design in mid-northern Italy. During the course of the four-week summer term digital and analogue documents, still and motion media, and collected cultural artifacts will be combined to study the Italian design culture as evidenced through its people, arts, architecture, history, and culture. [...]

Multi-disciplinary Design Studio: Spring 09

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

The Clifton District of Cincinnati is situated a few blocks from the University of Cincinnati and a number of hospitals, and acts as a sort of “cultural hub” for the area. The neighborhood is filled with foot traffic from students, medical personnel, locals and visitors. While there are multiple restaurants within the area, the diversity [...]

Mind-mapping the Creativity&Learning Symposium

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

During the Creativity and Learning Symposium on March 26, Peg Faimon, Director of the Miami Design Collaborative, created mindmaps to capture the character of the conversations happening throughout the day. Four major questions were discussed and summarized: “How do you describe engaged learning?” “How can we create new opportunities for engaged learning?” “What patterns did [...]

American Greetings Workshop a Success!

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

On Friday, April 16, twelve talented Miami University students presented their work at American Greetings headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio. The six design and six writing students were part of workshop that paired four multi-disciplinary teams with AG creative directors. The students created new greeting card concepts for Generation Y. During the visit to Cleveland the [...]

Creativity + Learning Symposium on March 26

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

The School of Fine Arts and Miami Design Collaborative are co-hosting a symposium at the Marcum Conference Center from 10:00am-3:00pm on Friday, March 26. This event, co-sponsored with the School of Education, Health and Society, is titled Creativity and Learning, and focuses on the discussion of multiple frameworks for the engaged university. The interactive session [...]

Faimon and Platt Speak at SxSW2010

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

On Saturday, March 13, Glenn Platt and Peg Faimon presented “Universities in the ‘Free’ Era” to an audience of 500 at the South by Soutwest (SxSW) interactive conference in Austin, TX. This internationally renowned event has thousands of attendees each year, and draws some of the most innovative professionals and academics from the interactive field. The [...]

American Greetings holds card concept workshop

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

“Innovative thinkers will join together this spring to participate in a workshop hosted by the American Greetings Corporation at Miami University. A chosen group of design and writing students working through the Miami Design Collaborative (MDC) will participate in a greeting card concept workshop Friday, April 9 in Hiestand Hall.” Read more in the Miami [...]


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    no responses - Posted 03.29.12
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    no responses - Posted 02.28.12
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    no responses - Posted 12.27.11
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    no responses - Posted 10.31.11
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    no responses - Posted 10.10.11
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    no responses - Posted 08.10.11
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    no responses - Posted 08.09.11
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