AIGA Design Educators Conference

March 14 + 15, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio

Research, Education + Practice

Design educators and professionals are challenged with identifying what constitutes appropriate and effective research. They must bring this knowledge to the classroom with the assurance it will serve students well in their practice. Currently, most educators’ methods are replete with intuition and anecdote. How might we reach a position that is academically sound and professionally valuable when put into action? Connecting Dots explores the ideas, ideals, and practices of design educators and professionals as they together investigate research.

On March 14 and 15, 2014, fellow design faculty, students, and professionals met in Cincinnati, Ohio, to hear noted speakers and panels, roundtable discussions and other learning activities. Conference conclusions will be published with proposed research directions for communication design.

Registration is closed.

$225 AIGA members
$275 Non-members*
$75 AIGA Student members

* To join the AIGA and receive the reduced rate prior to registration, contact: www.aiga.org/join

Speakers

Master of Ceremonies:

Brian Stone

photo of Brian

Schedule
Printable version available here.

Thursday, March 13

2 pm 5 pm

Tour: UC Campus Architecture.

Pre-conference Workshops:

Navigating the Reappointment and Tenure Journey.

Peer-Reviewer Training.


5 pm
3 pm 6 pm

Early Conference Registration

5pm
6 pm 10 pm

AIGA Welcome Party

At Japps Annex downtown.

9

Friday, March 14

8 am 9 am

Continental Breakfast

Served on-site.

9am
8 am 5 pm

Registration

Available all day.

5 pm
9 am 9:30 am

Opening Remarks

9:30am
9:30 am 10:30 am

Sharon Poggenpohl

10:30am
10:30 am 11 am

Break

11am
11:00 am 11:30 am

Panel Discussion 1

11:30 am 12:00 pm

Point, Counter-point
Curated audience feedback to the above discussion.

12 pm 2:15 pm

Lunch

Catered. Served on-site.

12 pm 1 pm

Roundtable discussions:

The AIGA Design Educators Community

What is the Design Educators Community? How can it support you as an educator? Join us as we discuss this topic and share new initiatives that the Community is currently proposing to AIGA.

Helen Armstrong, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Originality in the Age of Pinterest

A discussion on how students can use the Internet as a research tool while still maintaining their own personalized voice in design solutions.

Donna David, FIT, New York

Design Research Tools + the IRB

This discussion forum addresses the development of open-ended, design research tools and methodologies in Institutional Review Board protocols for implementation in academic setting research projects. Participants are encouraged to bring their experiences-both successes and failures-to the table for discussion. What works-what doesn't? What is lost? What is gained by this process?

Amy Findeiss, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado

Transdisciplinary Design + Methods for Comparing Design Curricula

What is transdisciplinary design? How is it distinguished from inter- and multi- and pluri-disciplinary design? Moreover, what is the utility of the idea of transdisciplinary design in terms of design curriculum? How can we understand how such notions are integrated into various design curricula and what is the basis for comparison between programs and curricula?

Eli Blevis, SoIC, Indiana University Bloomington; SD, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

“Can You Make this Pretty for Me?”
And Other Misunderstandings of Visual Communication

A discussion of how visual communication is perceived in the professional world of design research and strategy. How can it be leveraged more strategically? What value are non-visual experts expecting from visual designers emerging from school? Most importantly, how can this skill set add to the art of research, and where might current academia be falling short in real world preparation?

Leah McDougald, Director, Design Research, Design Central, Columbus, Ohio


Conference attendees wishing to participate in one of these four roundtable discussions are encouraged to sign up in the Friday, March 14 registration area, 3rd floor, DAAP building. There will be sign up clipboards for each of the topics. Room assignments will be based on number of enrollments.

1 pm 2 pm

Focal Points

Paper presentations and panels.

2:15 pm 3:15 pm

Liz Sanders

3:15 pm 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm 4:30 pm

Karel Van Der Waarde

4:30 pm 5 pm

Panel Discussion

5 pm 5:30 pm

Point, Counter-point
Curated audience feedback to the above discussion.

6:00 pm 9:00 pm (tentative)

Dinner

Catered. On-site.

8:00 pm 9:15 pm (tentative)

Screening: Design Is One

A free, exclusive screening of a film based on the exemplary careers of design legends Lella and Massimo Vignelli.

Saturday, March 15

8 am 9 am

Continental Breakfast

Served on-site.

9 am 9:08 am

AIGA DEC Announcements

9:15 am 10:15 am

Annette Diefenthaler

10:15 am 10:30 am

Break

10:30 am 11:30 am

Jon Kolko

11:30 am 1 pm

Lunch

Catered. Served on-site.

12 pm 1 pm

Adobe

Learn How to Create an iPad app with InDesign + Digital Publishing Suite.

12 pm 3 pm

Focal Points

Paper presentations and panels.

3 pm 3:30 pm

Break

3:30 pm 4:30 pm

Jorge Frascera

4:30 pm 5 pm

Closing Remarks

5:30 pm 8:30 pm

Post-conference Workshops:

Navigating the Reappointment and Tenure Journey.

Peer-Reviewer Training.

Contingent on interest and registration.

5:30pm

Participate
Note: Submissions Closed

Connecting Dots sought speakers who would address the ongoing developments of design research in education and the practice today. This conference examined possible diverging goals, different applied methods, and the potential collaboration between the two groups. Is design research practice within the profession able to propose theory? Conversely is design research in education applicable to professional practice? Conference sessions were divided into three areas: research outcomes, methods, and needs. Session proposals are no longer being accepted. See original guidelines below.

Travel

The conference was hosted on the University of Cincinnati Campus in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Directions

Campus Map

Google Maps

We made arrangements with the several hotels.

  • 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati $$$$

    609 Walnut Street
    Cincinnati, OH 45202

    P: (513) 578-6600
    F: (513) 578-6601

    Located in the center of the action in downtown Cincinnati — adjacent to the Contemporary Arts Center and across the street from the Aronoff Center for the Arts — 21c Museum Hotel Cincinnati is a 156-room boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and cultural civic center.

    Suggested travel:

    Rate: 21c is happy to offer a special rate of $199 per night. This special rate will be available for March 13 to March 16. The last day to book your room with this offer is February 11, 2014.

    Book your group rate by calling (855) 391-8726.

  • Kingsgate Marriott at the University of Cincinnati $$$

    151 Goodman Dr.
    Cincinnati, OH 45219

    P: (513) 487-3820
    F: (513) 487-3810

    The Kingsgate Marriott is a 3-star hotel situated on campus; a 20 minute walk from the conference venue. This hotel's modern décor and meeting space creates a unique setting for business or leisure.

    Suggested travel:

    • Walk: The hotel is a 0.9 mile (20 minute) walk from the conference venue.
    • UC Shuttle: Runs from 7am—10pm. Call the front desk to request service.
    • Drive
    • Conference shuttle (From DAAP)

    Rate: The Marriott is happy to offer a special rate of $115 per night. This special rate will be available for March 13 to March 16. The last day to book your room with this offer is February 20, 2014.

    Book your group rate: AIGA Design Educators Conference >>

  • Hampton Inn & Suites $$$

    3024 Vine Street,
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

    P: (513) 281-2700
    F: (513) 281-0700

    The Hampton Inn & Suites is a 2-star hotel situated near campus; a 15 minute walk from the conference venue. Located in central Cincinnati, this hotel is close to the Cincinnati Zoo and Cincinnati Art Museum. This hotel will offer free parking and free hot breakfast daily.

    Suggested travel:

    Rate: Hampton Inn & Suites is happy to offer a special rate of $109 per night. This special rate will be available for March 13 to March 16. The last day to book your room with this offer is February 26, 2014.

    Book your group rate: AIGA Design Educators Conference >>

  • Garfield Suites Hotels $$

    2 Garfield Place,
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

    P: (513) 421-3355
    F: (513) 421-3729

    The Garfield Suites is a 3-star hotel situated downtown; 2.3 miles from the conference venue. Featuring spacious accommodations, friendly service and exceptional value, the Garfield Suites is close to Cincinnati's best restaurants and nightlife.

    Suggested travel:

    Rate: The Garfield Suites is happy to offer a special rate of $89 per night. Just ask for the AIGA Cincinnati Chapter rate when you book.

  • Ghettopia $

    1424 Main Street,
    Cincinnati, Ohio 45202


    P: (513) 344-6274

    Ghettopia is a hostel situated in downtown Cincinnati. An ideal place for the budget-conscious visitor, it is 1.8 miles from the conference venue.

    Suggested travel:

    Rate: For more information, call (513) 344-6274.

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