Merrimack Hosts Conference for Cutting-Edge Design

Design Incubation Colloquium 5.3: Merrimack College will be hosted by Merrimack's Visual and Performing Arts Department on Saturday, March 30.

“The Colloquia are day-long conferences where design educators and industry leaders come together to share their  research,” said associate professor Nancy Wynn said. “It is a great way to learn about cutting-edge research in a collegial environment.”

It is important to keep up-to-date in a fast-paced ever-changing industry, she said. Events of this type help educators remain connected to industry in a relevant way. Day-long events held on weekends create fewer scheduling conflicts for working designers who want to take part.

Moderators for the event include Alex Girard, an assistant professor at Southern Connecticut State University; and Kelly Walters, an assistant professor at Parsons School of Design, which is one of five colleges of The New School in New York City.

The day’s featured presentation will be “Developing Citizen Designers: Our Civic Responsibility,” with Elizabeth Resnick, professor emerita and currently part time faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston.

Saturday’s lineup of presentations also includes: Information Design and Voter Education: A Reflection on the 2018 Midterms and How to Design for 2020 presented by Quinnipiac University associate professor Courtney Marchese; Visual Synthesis: Temporal and Expressive Exercises presented by Northeastern University associate professor Ann McDonald; Enter and Exit presented by University of Houston associate professor Cheryl Beckett; The Value of Impermanence in Design, presented by Franklin Pierce University associate professor Christopher Previte; Using Icons to Encourage Visual Literacy on Campus, presented by Northern Essex Community College accessible media specialist Lance Hidy; Teaching the History of Graphic Design to Visual Learners, presented by UMass Lowell assistant professor Ingrid Hess; Humblebrag: A Game of Influence, presented by Temple University assistant professor Kathy Mueller; African Americans in Advertising: Images, Stereotypes, and Symbolism, presented by Texas State University assistant professor Omari Souza; Disrupting Genius: A Dialogical Approach to Design Pedagogy, presented by University of Arkansas assistant professor Bree McMahon and North Carolina State University adjunct professor Rachael L. Paine; Price of Values, presented by Vermont College of Fine Arts graduate student Shruthi Manjula Blakrishna; and Introducing MUGEN – A Javascript Library for Teaching Code Through Game Design, presented by St. John’s University assistant professor Brian James.

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