This panel introduces a central research thread of the newly-founded qcollaborative, an intersectional feminist design research lab with nodes at the Universities of Waterloo, Mount Royal, and Illinois ( Our interest in performance and technology in public practices arises out of our founding convenors’ longstanding commitments to the digital humanities, which is, as a field, increasingly attentive to the material and embodied environments in which our tools and methods are deployed. In this panel, we articulate four approaches we are taking to the question: How can we use materializations of the digital to increase the positive impacts of digital tools and encourage healthy interactions with them? These projects are particularly concernedRead More →

About the Role Colombia, a country on the North-Western corner of South America, has been facing certain critical reconciliation challenges while negotiating understanding and truth-seeking between left and right-winged armed forces, paramilitary and guerrilla groups, and the local and national governments. Through the SSHRC-funded Design for Peace Project, various Colombian stakeholders (with the support of research groups in the United States and Canada) have proposed to use design methods to imagine a better future for Colombia.  We’re looking for one research assistant (RA) who will work on the Design for Peace Project from July 1stuntil September 30th, 2019. As part of their responsibilities, the RA willRead More →

From the conference call: “This interdisciplinary and bilingual conference brings together a diverse group of scholars, performance artists, and media developers to discuss the challenges and advantages of interpersonal, political, cultural and performative dialogues produced under the irreversible changes in communication technology. After witnessing Donald Trump’s life-changing political decisions continuously performed on social media and Saudi Arabia’s extreme diplomatic reaction to a single tweet from Foreign Affairs Canada, it has become painfully clear technology has forever altered all forms of human communication from everyday conversations to global political positioning.” April 25 to 27, 2019, University of Ottawa Ottawa, Canada More →

DOHR (, a community-based research project supported by SSHRC, is creating and piloting a curriculum unit about the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children. The curriculum centres on a VR oral history experience of three former residents of the Home. These residents, along with a public inquiry in the province, are active partners in all aspects of the project. We will assess how this curriculum develops students’ historical consciousness, namely, how they makes sense and use this past to understand the present and move into the future. The interrelated concepts that guide the project are restorative justice; oral history; and historical thinking. When piloting aRead More →

 DATA EMPOWERMENT Speaker Series  What can feminist materialization teach us about HCI design? Materialization (or to materialize) is defined as “to invest or become invested with a physical shape or form”. Materialization is a process of transmutation: more alchemy than construction, with the results uncertain and in flux. We draw our inspiration from the Tangible Bits Group’s “painted bits” as graphical user interfaces; MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms; and Chris Jordan’s attempts at creating deeper emotional engagement with statistical data. In this talk, I will share our recent projects in thinking through making: The Milking Machine, a material reimagining of a comparative search visualization;Read More →

 A collaborative workshop exploring potential for innovative visual communication and interpretation strategies within the Garden.  Information design and visualization have the potential to connect data with the human experience through story telling, collaborative making, and critical reflection.  Data can be a powerful tool for understanding the world around us and the people in it. But the way it is collected and displayed can also frustrate this understanding by dehumanizing and decontextualizing human experience—something that too often happens when the data deals with marginalized individuals, communities, and spaces. During this talk, I will ask you to explore questions regarding the nature of information-rich spaces, what itRead More →

In 2005, my colleague and I began iteratively designing a research project charter that spells out the principles under which we operate, as well as the specific policies that are related to each principle. We typically introduce the charter individually to new team members as they are recruited, or else within the first meeting or two of the entire team, then refer to it subsequently as team issues come to light. The current form of the project charter contains 7 major sections, which correspond to the principles under which we carry out our projects. For each principle, there are a number of policies that addressRead More →

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 →

Teaching Research Assistant for COMM 3610 I (Visual Communication for Information Designers I) who will help develop and adjust the curriculum and support students in their material project plans and development (70 hours of support). About the Role The Department of Information Design in the School of Communication Studies invites applications for a teaching research assistant for the Fall 2018 term, September through December, 2018. The department is looking for candidates who are in their 4th year of the Information Design program or who have recently (within 1 to 3 years) graduated from MRU’s ID program. Successful candidates will work with a senior ID instructorRead More →