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Successful “Deep Dive” with John Foster

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

Between 12:00pm on Tuesday and 1:00pm on Wednesday this week, with only a brief break for sleep, a dozen faculty worked with John Foster, Head of Talent and Organizational Development at IDEO/Palo Alto, to dive deeply into a better understanding of student learning and engagement. We were joined by an additional dozen people for the [...]

Multi-disciplinary Design Studio: Spring 08

Friday, October 10th, 2008

This studio occurs each spring semester, with a different project concept each year. In the spring of 2008, six interdisciplinary teams, consisting of graphic designers, interior designers and architects, designed comprehensive branding solutions for an arts and architecture bookstore in downtown Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine area. Each team was committed to design the project at every level [...]

Armstrong Interactive Capstone

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Armstrong Interactive (AI), is a client-based consulting experience and is the capstone course of the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies. AI contracts with corporate and non-profit clients to develop digital solutions to their operational problems. Over the course of one semester, a team of students, from disciplines as diverse as marketing, computer science, graphic [...]

Project List

Sunday, September 14th, 2008

Sample International Projects: 2010 Summer Workshops Visualizing Eastern Europe From 23 May to 20 June, 2011, a group of Miami students will be traveling throughout five countries in Eastern/Central Europe studying design, architecture, interactive design and social media. Each student will develop a project consisting of gathering photographs, videos, ephemera, journal entries, and other visual/verbal [...]


Sunday, September 14th, 2008

MDC is proud to partner with the following industry professionals: John Foster IDEO, Palo Alto, California John Foster is Head of Talent and Organization for IDEO and also works with clients on designing their organizations to be more innovative. John has held senior leadership positions at Citibank, Fidelity Investments, Levi Strauss, and Mercury Interactive. Previously [...]

Media Resources

Monday, September 8th, 2008

MDC in the News 10/20/08, Miami University e-Report Miami Alumnus to Work with Design Initiative John Foster, Miami ’85, will work with members of the Miami Design Collaborative (MDC) Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 21 and 22. Foster is head of talent and organizational development for IDEO, an international design consultancy firm founded in 1991 in [...]

Contact Us

Monday, September 8th, 2008

For More Information Peg Faimon, Director, MDC 513.529.1407 223 Hiestand Hall School of Fine Arts Miami University Oxford, Ohio 45056


Monday, September 8th, 2008

Internal Steering Committee Michael Bailey-Van Kuren, Associate Professor, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Michael Bailey-Van Kuren received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and a PhD. in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is currently [...]

About MDC

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Summary Description The Miami Design Collaborative, led by the School of Fine Arts, is a multi-disciplinary design initiative at Miami University that brings together students and faculty from throughout campus to develop expertise in design thinking and to implement that knowledge through complex, team-based, problem-solving experiences. Existing design-based experiences and new initiatives have the opportunity [...]

Welcome to the Miami Design Collaborative

Monday, September 8th, 2008

At the end of the spring semester of 2008 the Miami Design Collaborative was officially formed. This semester is one of creation and collaboration as this new university-wide design initiative is realized and a structure is built. The internal steering committee, along with student, university, industry guests, will be participating in a “Deep Dive” with [...]


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  • John Foster speaks on April 12
    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: 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