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International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

Saturday, February 21st, 2009

I just returned from Berlin, Germany where I was attending the International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. It was a fascinating conference with a wide variety of presentations and speakers from around the world. Susan Ewing, Associate Dean of the School of Fine Arts and Distinguished Professor of Art; Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, Associate Professor [...]

Visit the MiamiDesign200 site!

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

On April 15 and 16 the Miami University Performing Arts Series, Miami Design Collaborative, and Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies will co-sponsor MiamiDesign200, a symposium on creativity, design and innovation. Please visit the symposium site miamidesign200.muohio.edu for information and schedule.

Coffee with TED

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Join us for “Coffee with TED” on Friday, January 30 at 11:00am in the Benton Hall Lobby.

TED Talks

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Join us for the first “Coffee with TED” on Friday, January 16 at 10:00am in the Atrium of Alumni Hall.

Evolution as a Model for Design Process

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

I read an interesting article on brand management and packaging redesign -  “Brand Management a la Affinnova.” Check it out in Business Week online from December 29, 2009 at www.businessweek.com/innovate/content/dec2008/id20081229_162381.htm. The article focuses on the packaging redesign of the Staples paper line. “Staples hired Affinnova, a Waltham (Mass.)-based company that has helped Procter & Gamble [...]

Business Week’s Best Innovation and Design Books 2008

Friday, December 19th, 2008

from Glenn Platt Business Week has a slide-show version of their best innovation and design books for 2008. Honestly, there is a lot more innovation than design here, and really the list is a bit heavy on social marketing, but some great reads nonetheless! What books would you add to this list? I’ll get the [...]

Crowd, Clouds, and Other Sourcing: The Rise of People

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

from Glenn Platt via AIMS Website As any regular reader (i.e., my parents) would know, I am a bit obsessed with what I call “evolutionary reconfigurable networks” (ERN). From early e-commerce presentations I gave in the 90s to recent work that Peg and I have presenting about Design Thinking, I am fascinated by the idea [...]

Great Design Blogs

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Check out these design blogs for inspiration, ideas and information: Writings on design and culture: www.designobserver.com Design magazine and resources: www.core77.com Inspirational resource focused on graphic design and typography: www.aisleone.net The blog of Creative Review Magazine: www.creativereview.co.uk/crblog Design portal with the latest design news: www.dexigner.com Blog of NY Times.com Design Editor, Khoi Vinh: www.subtraction.com A [...]

iDMAa Conference 2008

Monday, November 10th, 2008

I just returned from the annual meeting and conference for the International Digital Media and Arts Association. This year’s event was held in beautiful Savannah, Georgia at the amazing facilities of SCAD – Savannah College of Art and Design. It was a fascinating conference with about 125 academics and industry professionals in attendance. Glenn Platt, [...]

Brainstorming

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

During the IDEO Deep Dive two dozen undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and professionals formed teams to brainstorm ideas/answers to questions that formed from the earlier observation process. John Foster from IDEO set up the following brainstorming rules: 1.    Encourage wild ideas 2.    Build on others 3.    One voice at a time 4.    Be visual [...]

Questions to Ponder

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

So what can a bunch of faculty learn from observing the everyday lives of students? Don’t we already know what students are like? We see them in class and on campus. But do we really see them? A critical element of the deep dive process is becoming an curious observer who can look at situations [...]

AI International

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Armstrong Interactive, the client-based capstone course of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies, goes international each summer, most recently in Shanghai and Dublin. A recent client wrote “This class has met and exceeded all my expectations for ‘redefining’ our corporate image. I would put the work your class produced for us up against any [...]

How to Organize a Deep Dive

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Last week on Oct. 21 and 22, John Foster, Head of Talent and Organizational Development at IDEO/Palo Alto, worked with a group of faculty, students and industry partners at Miami to brainstorm new learning concepts for the Miami Design Collaborative. John took us through IDEO’s signature deep dive process, which presents an unconventional approach to [...]

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    no responses - Posted 03.29.12
    John Foster, Head of Talent and Organization for Hulu, will be speaking at Miami on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30pm in Room 1 Alumni Hall. He will be giving an inspiring lecture on the connection between wellness and innovation. Below is a recent blog post from John's blog: jfconnex.com: Be well. Work better. When I think of wellness, I get images of Richard Simmons ... continue
  • 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