2018 Design Educators Conference

7-9 June 2018 ∙ Indianapolis

The general Call for Participation has now closed.

Design educators, researchers, and practitioners know that making is complex and heterogeneous. We do not make as a way to simply sharpen the end of a pre-defined process. We make to think, explain, and conceptualize. We make to communicate, mediate, and teach, to formalize, plan, and provoke, to explore, process, and improve. [MAKE] seeks to establish a space where we can explore the full complexity of making and its applications within today’s contexts. We hope you’ll join us this June in Indianapolis.

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Conference Registration
$ 275

AIGA Members

Conference Registration
$ 225


Conference Registration
$ 75

* Note for student attendees: You must be both a student and a dues-paying member of AIGA to qualify for the $75 registration rate.

Parking passes for IUPUI lots near the Herron School of Art + Design are available for both June 8 and 9 at $8/day.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, June 7

2:00 pm Early Registration Open Herron Atrium
2:30 pm Pre-conference Workshop 1.1 Herron 122
Workshop: Scholarly Writing
Learning to write as well as you think: engaging in strategies and tactics to improve written communication (especially the kind that can get published…)

2:30 pm Pre-conference Workshop 1.2 Herron 147
Workshop: Funding opportunities and strategies
But how are you going to pay for it? Finding the money to make

5:00 pm Happy Hour Begins Hine Hall
5:30 pm Welcome and Opening Keynote Hine Hall
7:00 pm Dinner on your own Hine Hall

Friday, June 8

7:30am Registration Open Herron Atrium
8:00am Breakfast Herron Atrium
8:30am Keynote: Mathan Ratinam Herron 101
10:00am Break Herron Atrium
10:30am Affinity Session 1.1
Workshop | Curriculum: Embracing Uncertainty in the Design Process Herron 147
Situational Methods in (Graphic) Design

10:30am Affinity Session 1.2
Long Papers | Experience: The Experience of Making Herron 121
The experience of making new continents
Paper Dolls: Expanding Student Expectations Through Making and Collaborations
Frictional Design Practice

10:30am Affinity Session 1.3
Long papers | Curriculum: Thinking Through Making Herron 143
Technology as Creative Tool: Rapid Prototyping Assistive Eating Devices for Children with AMC
Shape Making – think-apply-understand
I–Design: Integrated Design Education for the 21st Century

10:30am Affinity Session 1.4
Short Papers | Form: Forms, Methods and Tools Herron 122
Building a Foundation of Flexible Typography
Making 3D Typography
Computing by Hand
What Designers can Learn from the Quantified Self Movement.
Logics of Influence
Scientific Information Design Best Practices
Leveraging the Smartphone as a Creative Teaching Tool

11:45am Lunch on Your Own
12:00 noon Poster Session 1
Posters | All Themes Herron 116
Sustainability through Making, Non-Traditional Materials, and the Design Process.
Creating Cuba, Culture, and Experiential Learning
How Can Design Help Build Resilient Neighborhoods?
The Sit&Tell Project: Modeling the way for creating community impact projects

12:00 noon Lunch 1.1
Workshop | Community Herron 122
Play the Game: Designing Board Games as Platforms for Communication Between Doctors and Patients

12:00 noon Lunch 1.2
Workshop | Curriculum: DEC Design Teaching Resource Herron 147

1:30pm Affinity Session 2.1
Panel | Curriculum: Social Design in Tumultuous Times Herron 147
Social Design in Tumultuous Times: Why and How to Publish about It

1:30pm Affinity Session 2.2
Panel | Form: Form and Craft Herron 143
The Past, Present, and Future of “Good Craft”

1:30pm Affinity Session 2.3
Long Papers | Community: Public Making Herron 121
Modeling Community-Based Design Collaborations
A Hurricane, Two Weddings and A Funeral: Lessons in community and bridge building
Designing for Public Health Emergencies: A Case Study
Collaboration, Cooperation, Community: Outreach Through Research and Teaching

1:30pm Affinity Session 2.4
Short Papers | Curriculum: Contemporary Issues in Design Education Herron 122
Evidence-based Learning in Design Research
Methods for Encouraging Risk-Taking in Design Education
Making together is key: A comparative analysis of co-creation in action
Accosting Mapping of Winona
Is complexity changing design pedagogy?
Making Paths to Math for Designers
In-process research study: Student Designers of Color and Their Experiences in Higher Education
Making assumptions: Pedagogy, practice, and the portfolio

1:30pm Affinity Session 2.5
Workshop | Community: Designers as Citizens Herron 125
Designers as Citizens: Visual Culture and Civic Engagement

3:00pm Break Herron Atrium
3:30pm Keynote: Matt Ratto Herron 101
4:45pm Walk to the Eiteljorg Museum Cultural Trail
5:15pm Eiteljorg Event Eiteljorg Museum
7:00pm Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, June 9

8:00am Breakfast Herron Atrium

8:30am Affinity Session 3.1
Workshop | Community: Value Integration in Design Herron 143
Value integration – a workshop in value thinking and critical making in visual communication design

8:30am Affinity Session 3.2
Workshop | Curriculim: Yoga and Design TBD
Using Yoga and Meditation in the Design Studio Classroom

8:30am Affinity Session 3.3
Workshop | Community: Designers as Citizens: Visual Culture and Civic Engagement Herron 147
Making in 2025: A Collective Visualization Workshop

8:30am Affinity Session 3.4
Long Papers | Form + Curriculm: Adventures in Type Herron 125
Shakespeare’s Garden: An Immersive Typographic Shakespeare Experience
Post-digital typography education with digital fabrication: CAD design, 3D printing and CNC milling
Engaging Undergraduate Visual Communication Design Students in Faculty-led Research: A Case Study of the Reno Type Archive
Designing a Theoretical Foundation for People-Centered Design Research: Outcomes from the AIGA Design Faculty Research Grant


8:30am Affinity Session 3.5
Short Papers | Experience: Learning Design through Experience Herron 122
Voices of Gary
COLLABORATIVE CURRICULUM DESIGN: Implementing a performative art and visual culture education.
Scores as Tools for Understanding Varied Timeframes: Connecting Macro to Micro in Visualizing Experience
Understanding Best Practices in Student-Operated, Faculty-Advised Campus Design Studios
“Is that even a process?”
Let’s bring Graphic Design History to Life!
How inferential statistics can improve the way we understand and teach design

10:00am Break Herron Atrium
10:30am Keynote: Elizabeth Gerber Herron 101
11:45am Lunch on Your Own
12:00 noon Poster Session 2
Posters | All Themes Herron 116
Developing a Daily Design Habit
Mapping The Humane Technologies Collaboration: A Pop-Up creative making experience
Graphic Language In The Library

12:00 noon Lunch 2.1
Workshop | Community: Using games as a teaching tool Herron 116
Parallel: A Game of Design

1:30pm Affinity 4.1
Long Papers | Curriculum: Rethinking Curriculum Herron 121
Future Scenarios for Graduate Education
Multiple Stakeholders: Applying Actor-Network Theory to Design Education
Teaching Emerging Media Design: Exposing students to designing for the ecosystem of social media on the web
Rethinking Visual Communication Curriculum: The Success of an Emporium Style Teaching Model

1:30pm Affinity 4.2
Panel | Community: Unpacking Power and Values Herron 143
Privilege, power and community design

1:30pm Affinity 4.3
Long Papers | Form + Curriculum: Sources and Methods Herron 147
From Making Sense to Making Touchpoints: An Investigation into Graphic Designs’ Methods of Making for the Innovation of Service Design Systems
Open Source Design
Youth Design in Boston: A Summary of Objectives, Components and Outcomes from 2003-2017

1:30pm Affinity 4.4
Short Papers | Community: Co-Design Process and Partnerships Herron 122

Ethics of Engagement: From Helping to Solidarity
Mapping [Communities]: Geovisualizing Connections
Designing from the Heart : Case study to foster a new generation of socially responsive designers
Visualizing The Confluence of Human Innovation and Natural Forces
Redesigning Participedia: Participatory Democracy in the Age of Crowdsourcing and Big Data
Making Change: International Cooperative Interventions for Social and Environmental Justice
Making a Community-Based Hub for Partnerships + Projects

3:00pm Break Herron Atrium
3:30pm Closing Reflection Herron 101
4:30pm DEC [MAKE] 2018 Conference Close

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Liz Gerber

Dr. Liz Gerber

Saturday, June 9 at 10:30am in Herron Room 101
Faculty Founder, Design for America
Associate Professor of Design

Technology is changing who, how, and when people can design solutions to pressing societal challenges. Liz Gerber works at the intersection of design, social computing, and organizational behavior to understand and design the future of design work. Liz is the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Director of the Delta Lab, Director of the Design Research Cluster at Northwestern University and Faculty Founder of Design for America. Prior to joining Northwestern, Liz helped to launch Stanford’s and worked across the toy, transportation, and medical industries. Liz earned her Ph.D. in Management Science and Engineering and M.S. in Product Design at Stanford University. Photo credit: Lisa Beth Anderson

Mathan Ratinam

Mathan Ratinam

Friday, June 8 at 8:30am in Herron Room 101
Dr Mathan Ratinam has 18+ years experience as a design professional and educator and spent the last decade operating at the intersection of design, humanitarianism and international development. He is the Lead Design Specialist in the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit at the World Bank supporting operations in Mauritania, Tanzania, Madagascar, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. His primary work is on the World Bank’s Climate Technology Program. The program supports the private sector in developing countries to design and scale novel technologies and business models to address local climate challenges. Ratinam has also been engaged as a strategic designer by the White House, various UN agencies, the US Dept of Defense, international NGOs and serves as an advisor to the Australian Governments Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He holds a PhD in Architecture from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Matt Ratto, PhD.

Matt Ratto, PhD.

Friday, June 8 at 3:30pm in Herron Room 101
Matt is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and director of the Semaphore Research Cluster on Mobile and Pervasive Computing, an interdisciplinary research group exploring, critiquing, and building capacity around new developments in tangible interfaces, smart objects and digital infrastructures. His main focus is on bridging the divide between critical, humanistic perspectives and technical work. He coined the term ‘critical making’ in 2007 to describe this ongoing research project.

Travel & Local Information


The conference will take place on IUPUI’s campus and in downtown Indianapolis.

Parking passes for IUPUI lots near the Herron School of Art + Design are available for both June 8 and 9 at $8/day

Herron School of Art and Design (Eskenazi Hall)

Hine Hall


AIGA Room Block

Please see below for the specialized link for attendees to book their rooms for the IUPUI–AIGA Design Educators Conference at the Indy Marriott:

All attendees who need to book rooms may use the link above or call 877.640.7666 and state they are with the IUPUI–AIGA Conference.  Guests are able to book rooms inside the block up until the cutoff date of May 17th.   Any reservations made after the Cutoff Date shall be at the Hotel’s then current available rate.

Early Departure Fee

Please note guests may be charged a $75 early departure fee if guest checks out of the Hotel prior to the scheduled date, without having notified the Hotel by 12:00 midnight the day after check‐in of the change in scheduled departure.

Guest Room Billing Arrangements

Individual attendees will pay all charges – guest room charges and personal incidental charges. Cash paying guests will be asked to leave a cash or credit card deposit upon check‐in to guarantee payment.

About [MAKE]

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About AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC)

The AIGA DEC seeks to enhance the abilities of design educators and educational institutions to prepare future designers for excellence in design practice, design theory and design writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels while supporting the fundamental mission of AIGA. More information about AIGA DEC can be found at

About Herron School of Art and Design

With over 115 years of history, Herron School of Art and Design is one of the premier professional art and design schools in Indiana and the midwest. Herron is part of Indiana University, IUPUI and is located in downtown Indianapolis. The Herron Visual Communication Design program offers both BFA and MFA degrees and is committed to empowering students to see the world differently, to shape their own futures, and to harness the potential for design to do good. Herron at

[MAKE] Organizers

Aaron Ganci (+ AIGA DEC)
Pamela Napier (+ AIGA Indy)
Chad Eby
Eva Roberts
Terri Wada (+ AIGA Indy)
Indiana University, IUPUI, Herron School of Art & Design

Herb Vincent Peterson
Indiana Wesleyan University

Conference Themes

DEC 2018 will be divided into four areas of focus. These areas provide distinct lenses through which we might discuss the act of making. Attendees will be able to move freely between the areas.

Make [ community ]

Relevant questions include: How and why do designers make connections with the community? How are designers facilitating community collaborations? How is design being used to promote resiliency? How can designers navigate the complexities of working—and making—with multiple stakeholder groups?

Make [ curriculum ]

Relevant questions include: How are educators beginning to respond to the Designer 2025 trends? How might we use the act of making as a vehicle for understanding? What role does making play within contemporary graduate design programs? How might critical making be integrated into curricula? What kinds of innovative learning spaces are educators making to update the traditional college course experience?

Make [ form ]

Relevant questions include: How are innovative form or object making methods being used within contemporary practice? How does process change when making artifacts that bridge physical and digital domains? How is form-making integrated as a facet of STEM or healthcare research? How are designers using form generation as a vehicle for sensemaking?

Make [ experiences ]

Relevant questions include: How are designers managing the complexity and scale of designing experiences? How can designers facilitate collaborations between the many stakeholders within an experience design? In what innovative ways are designers communicating experience designs? How are designers using aggregation or data collection to inform experience design? How can designers be more accountable for something as complex as designing experiences?

[MAKE] Sponsors

The 2018 AIGA Design Educators Conference wishes to express thanks to our generous sponsors:

Lead Sponsor: AIGA

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AIGA brings design to the world, and the world to designers. As the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with more than 70 chapters and more than 25,000 members—we advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. From content that defines the global practice to events that connect and catalyze, we work to enhance the value and deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

Supporting Sponsor: IU Office of the Bicentennial


Indiana University was founded on January 20, 1820, making it one of the oldest public universities in the nation. To celebrate its Bicentennial, IU has developed a multi-year, multi-campus program that will recognize and chronicle IU history, showcase the university’s significant contributions to the world, and set a course for the next century. For more information about the Bicentennial program, please visit

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