This January I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the judges for the Cards Against Humanity, Science Ambassador Scholarship for Women. All of the 100 video submissions I reviewed showed a deep passion for and interest in the sciences. The applications and first phase of the judging period are now closed. A full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math will be awarded. The scholarship is, funded from Cards Against Humanity’s Science Pack—a 30–card expansion pack co–authored with Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal’s Zach Weinersmith and Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait.Read More →

A large component of the design learning in the 3rd year is idea generation and concept development. In COMM 3610, we combine that with advanced-level typography and layout. Students focus on designing two, connected parts: a new typographic system and grid design for an article; and a visual pull that dominates the first spread. The design has to be based on a unique, well-written, appropriate, and defendable concept. The concept must demonstrate tension – it must be compelling and “exciting” in both idea and execution.Read More →

For this 1st project in ARTS 398 Data Visualization (at U. Nebraska), students were asked to consider the last few decades of their life with a view of answering the following question: How did I get here? As they thought through this question, they considered the following: not everything that appears important is important in the context of this question some things that might, on first thought, appear inconsequential might actually have been important aspects of your journey your objective is not to tell us your entire biography, nor to simply highlight key life events. Instead, your goals are (1) to consider what is a data set; and (2) to exploreRead More →

For this project the COMM 3610 Visual Communication for Information Designers I students worked  with one of the data sets available through the Government of Canada web site. They were asked to find an interesting, unique, and compelling story within the data sets. Their objectives were to explore the use of a variety of information graphics to communicate data; construct a cohesive, well structured, information and visually-rich design; focus on clear communication, strong typography, and graphical (not photographic) content; and communicate the multidimensionality of the topic.Read More →

ampDamp is an web browser extension that interacts with a USB knob to manipulate social media websites. Binary controls provided within existing platforms offer a vast horizon of possible interactions and mute the dynamism of social media environments. Our current design is focused specifically on improving peer to peer learning on Twitter. Users twists the physical knob connected to the computer via a USB. The ampDamp device driver receives the signal and sends it to the browser at which point the ampDamp browser extension takes that signal and extracts tweet features based on the mouse pointer location. The extension selects all tweets that match theRead More →