CALGARY, AB – A national association representing Canada’s graphic designers has given Mount Royal University information design professor, Milena Radzikowska, its inaugural teaching award. Radzikowska, a founding member of the university’s information design program, is one of two teachers receiving RGD’s 2018 Design Educators Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions to student development and pedagogical research.” In a news release, Saskia van Kampen, chair of the RGD’s education committee, said the award “reflects the dedication that Canadian design faculty have for the success of their students, as well as for the success of their institute, their personal practice, and in bolstering the design community as aRead More →

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 →

This year’s Congress of the Humanities was held in Victoria, BC, followed by the annual Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). My colleagues, Gerry Derksen, Jennifer Windsor, and I team taught a course called Visual Design for Digital Humanists. This offering provided an introduction to the theory and practical application of the fundamentals of visual communication design, in the context of digital humanities projects. Emphasis was placed on conceptualization, iteration, principles and elements of design, grid-based layouts, and typography. Instruction was a combination of lecture format, demonstration, in-class critiques, hands-on exercises, and a project component derived from student materials. We explored how student projects could beRead More →