Schedule

Thursday, September 27

9:00am   - 4:00pm

Registration Opens

1:00pm   - 1:30pm

Conference Opening @ North Quad [Walk to various sessions locations.]
Location: North Quad - Room 2435

1:30pm   - 2:50pm

Finding and Leveraging Your Through-Line [Workshop]

Struggling to succinctly articulate your research focus? Learn strategies for finding the through-line of your work and develop your pitch!

Location: North Quad - Room 2435
Speaker(s):
Kimmie Parker
Freelance Graphic Designer and Typeface Designer
Meaghan Barry
Designer at Unsold Studio

1:30pm   - 4:20pm

Working from the outside in: Using “The Big Three” investigative phenomena to situate and frame research endeavors informed by design [Workshop]

This workshop will help participants learn to effectively locate and frame their research.

Location: Rackham - Earl Lewis Room
Speaker(s):
Michael R. Gibson
Professor & Researcher
Keith Owens
Professor & Researcher

1:30pm   - 2:20pm

We are not alone: navigating design research and writing challenges with group support [Conversation]

For design educators in higher education, the emergent nature of design research paired with the lack of (or limited) training in academic writing and research methods make the actual practice of design research unnecessarily challenging. Despite these difficulties, utilizing institutional resources and establishing support networks with other academics can provide the necessary support for overcoming barriers. We therefore propose a conversation that dissects the challenges of scholarly practice for design educators by sharing our collective experience participating in a virtual writing group over the Fall 2017–Spring 2018 academic year. This group, comprised of design academics from both large and small institutions in higher ed, has created a strong support network and we’ve accumulated a number of valuable resources, activities, and insights that we will share with the conversation group.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

1:30pm   - 2:20pm

IBM Incubator: Teaching, Doing and Disseminating Design Research [Conversation]

The IBM Incubator drives the teaching, doing, and disseminating of design research at scale for IBM.

Location: U. of Mich Museum of Art (UMMA) - Multipurpose Room
Speaker(s):
Kara Kotwas
Senior Design Lead at IBM

2:30pm   - 3:20pm

Expanding the Discourse: Future Practices in Scholarly Publishing [Conversation]

The value of design in scholarly publications across disciplines and future practices for publishing design research.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

2:30pm   - 3:20pm

UX practitioner & design researcher interaction [Conversation]

UX practitioners at Decipher are invited to a session to recap what they have gotten from learning about and discussing the academic version of design research.

Design researchers are invited to also join us, to share what they have gotten out of having UX practitioners participating in the conference.

We will see what next steps emerge.

Location: U. of Mich Museum of Art (UMMA) - Multipurpose Room
Speaker(s):
Keith Instone
UX Practitioner & Design Reasercher

3:00pm   - 4:20pm

The Creative Performer: Using Sport Psychology to Break the Mold in Design Education and Practice [Workshop]

Brief Workshop Description: A design educator collaborates with a licensed performance psychologist in the classroom to show benefits of incorporating key components of performance psychology (primarily mindfulness-based strategies) into the design process. Emphasis will be placed on building mental resilience, increasing capacity for empathy, supplementing existing design methodologies/skillsets & improving the quality / authenticity of creative outcomes amongst students participating in collegiate design programs.

Location: North Quad - Room 2435
Speaker(s):
Jarred Elrod
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Florida
Amanda Alexander
Counselor and Performance Psychologist

1:30pm   - 4:20pm

Critical Race Design Studies: Exploring Practical Approaches and New Opportunities in Design Curriculum [Activity Group]

Between urban/social injustice and the spaces and audiences needed for justice is the research and practice employed to do so- Critical Race Design Studies. CRDS examines racism and oppression as systems that are imagined, designed, and executed. Treating graphics, designed objects, and illustrations as indexes for these underlying structures that can possibly be re-designed is one of the main theories around this new area of study.

This activity group aims to identify opportunities and develop best practices for integrating Critical Race Design Studies into academic classrooms and urban communities as well, as an urban pedagogy to address issues of race and oppression. There is an opportunity to explore intersections between academia and industry by defining the next design classroom as a fluid space where classroom walls are not fixed and problem-solving for justice happens within the academy AND amongst the public.

Location: Hatcher - Gallery Lab
Speaker(s):
Nekita Thomas
Visual designer, researcher, and educator

3:30pm   - 4:20pm

Teaching Designers to Write [Conversation]

This conversation unpacks the scholarly and pragmatic challenges and benefits of incorporating discipline-specific writing into design education.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

3:30pm   - 4:20pm

Demystifying Collaboration in Design Academia and Industry [Conversation]

Demystifying Collaboration explores best practices for doing and disseminating rich collaborative work in academia and industry.

Location: U. of Mich Museum of Art (UMMA) - Multipurpose Room
Speaker(s):
Rebecca Tegtmeyer
Design educator, Researcher, and Author
Marty Maxwell Lane
Design educator, Researcher, and Author

5:00pm   - 7:00pm

Keynote Speaker: Ariel Waldman
Location: Michigan Theater
Speaker(s):
Ariel Waldman Ariel Waldman
Founder, Spacehack.org
NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts / Science Hack Day

1:00pm   - 5:00pm

UMMA Study Room

Visit micro collections of design objects at our campus art museum especially curated for Decipher’s guests. The University of Michigan Museum of art has been recognized as the top public university art museum in the country by Best College Reviews.

Location: U. of Mich Museum of Art (UMMA) - Multipurpose Room

11:00am   - 8:00pm

Decipher Reading Room (Thursday)

This space is designed for Decipher’s guests to relax and network. The Reading Room includes several design research books and material of interest for all Decipher’s attendees.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

Friday, September 28

9:00am   - 10:00am

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Bellamy
Location: Rackham Auditorium
Speaker(s):
Jessica Bellamy
Founder, GRIDS
GRIDS: The Grassroots Information Design Studio

10:00am   - 11:50am

Proposing, Executing, and Writing Up Research through Design [Workshop]

In this workshop, participants will share their experiences of proposing, executing, and writing up their Research through Design projects.

Location: Rackham Auditorium
Speaker(s):
John Zimmerman
Professor at Carnegie Mellon's HCI Institute

10:00am   - 11:50am

Beyond methods: Developing Designers’ Capacity for Instrumental Judgment [Activity Group]

Textbooks that teach design methods are more valuable as doorstops unless educators help students develop instrumental judgment capacity.

Location: Rackham - Assembly Room
Speaker(s):
Kelly Murdoch-Kitt
Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design
Colin M. Gray
Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology
Paul Parsons
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University
Austin L. Toombs
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University
Marti Louw
Director, Learning Media Design Center at Carnegie Mellon University
Elona Van Gent
Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the Stamps School of Art and Design, University of Michigan

10:00am   - 11:50am

Client-based project work as experiential education: Connecting research to pedagogy [Workshop]

This workshop will explore the teaching styles and pedagogical practices of educators when they utilize client-based project work in design studio courses. How can we effectively connect research about experiential education and design pedagogy to practice-based design experiences with external clients?

Location: Rackham - Conference Room East
Speaker(s):
Jessica Jacobs
Assistant Professor in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department at Columbia College Chicago

10:00am   - 10:50am

Bridging Cognitive Bias Gaps within Interdisciplinary Product Teams [Conversation]

Today’s designer will be expected to “identify the nature of values and modes of inquiry in various disciplines that contribute to the successful solution of complex design problems” (AIGA, 2017). A typical project may include a project manager, software engineers, graphic artists, UX designers, and business stakeholders. Differing perspectives can create stronger solutions, but they bring with them a set of biases that can disrupt communication as well as misinterpret and devalue design research.

This session will explore the various kinds of cognitive biases that each discipline brings to the design process and to design research in particular. These biases can affect the entire team’s performance but also individual member’s commitment depending on their role and disciplinary training. Conversation among session participants will explore ways to overcome disciplinary biases and gain greater team cohesion in the design research process.

Location: Rackham - Conference Room West
Speaker(s):
Martin Siegel
Professor of Informatics, Cognitive Science, and Education at Indiana University and Director of Graduate Studies
Elaine Fath
Game Designer at Schell Games

10:00am   - 11:50am

Racism Untaught [Activity Group]

How design professors utilize design research to solve racialized design problems within project-based learning environments.

Location: The League - Henderson Room
Speaker(s):
Lisa Mercer
Founder of Operation Compass
Terresa Moses
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth

11:00am   - 11:50am

Creating a Balanced, Symbiotic Relationship by Integrating Teaching & Research [Conversation]

This conversation group revolves around best practices for establishing a research agenda and linking it to the classroom. A linear connection develops between research and teaching. This practice allows faculty to enhance and broaden their research capabilities while advancing innovative classroom activities and enhancing student learning. Our discussion will focus on two themes: Pedagogical Practices: research derives directly from the design studio. Practices for documenting, analyzing and disseminating data collected in the classroom through surveys, interviews, observational research, establishing frameworks and methods, coding data. Curricular activities that shape and share student’s research perspectives: how to challenge students definition of the role of research in relation to design. How do we broaden student perspectives beyond tacit knowledge of the design process, to equip them with a toolkit of methodologies to be innovative in practice.

Location: Rackham - Conference Room West
Speaker(s):
Jillian Coorey
Associate Professor at Kent State University
Gretchen Caldwell Rinnert
Associate Professor at Kent State University
Andre Mūrnieks
Researcher

11:50am   - 1:15pm

Catered Lunch / Networking Time
Location: Rackham - Assembly Room

1:15pm   - 2:15pm

DARIA Diversity Group Panel Discussion
Location: Rackham Auditorium

2:30pm   - 4:20pm

Identifying and Fostering New Connections with the Public Sector at the Federal Level [Workshop]

Open dialogue between government and the broader design community is needed. To do that, we work to invite and engage a wide range of stakeholders to join that effort. This workshop affords an exciting opportunity to do just that.

Location: Rackham Auditorium
Speaker(s):
Arianne Miller
Managing Director for The Lab at OPM
Benjamin Winter
Designer, Strategist, and Educator at The Lab at the US Office of Personnel Management (The Lab at OPM)

2:30pm   - 4:20pm

Principles of Practice from Designing with People: Exploring Ethical Frameworks, Mindsets, Values, Knowledge and Skills for today’s Design Researchers [Activity Group]
Location: Rackham - Assembly Room
Speaker(s):
Pamela Napier
Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design at Indiana University, Herron School of Art and Design
Terri Wada
Practitioner and educator of Design Thinking and Design Research
Sean Donahue
Founder, RCD/LA and Core Faculty, ArtCenter College of Design
Gwynne Keathley
Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies at Maryland Institute College of Art

2:30pm   - 3:20pm

In What Ways Do Critical Practices (Re)Invigorate Design Research? [Conversation]

Are critical practices, studio-based forms of inquiry and commentary, legitimate types of design research? What’s their role as scholarship?

Location: Rackham - Conference Room East
Speaker(s):
Steven McCarthy
Professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota
Rebekah Modrak
Associate Professor of art and design at the University of Michigan
Jessica Barness
Associate Professor of visual communication design at Kent State University
No Image Daniel Jasper
Associate Professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota

2:30pm   - 3:20pm

Engaging Design Students in Value Discovery as “Everyday Ethicists” [Conversation]

We advocate for a repositioning of the role of values and ethics in relation to design activity, seeing ethical concerns as a generative driver of design concepts.

Location: Rackham - Conference Room West
Speaker(s):
Colin M. Gray
Assistant Professor at Purdue University in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology
Shruthi Sai Chivukula
Doctoral Student

2:30pm   - 4:20pm

Let’s Play Together: Creating Games to Diversify Design Research Teams [Activity Group]
Location: The League - Henderson Room
Speaker(s):
Denielle Emans
Associate Professor at VCUarts Qatar
Kelly Murdoch-Kitt
Assistant Professor at University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art and Design

3:30pm   - 4:20pm

Discursive Design and the Question of Impact: Perspective, Pedagogy, Practice [Conversation]

Addressing the nature, scope, application, and pedagogy of discursive design as a form of research through design, and also how research serves discursive design.

Location: Rackham - Conference Room East
Speaker(s):
Bruce M. Tharp
Industrial Designer, Design Researcher, and an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s Stamps School of Art & Design
Stephanie Tharp
Industrial Designer
Omar Sosa-Tzec
Information and Interaction Designer

3:30pm   - 4:20pm

MDHI: Make Design History Inclusive [Conversation]

Inclusive undergraduate research is a starting place for a mapping of a design history based on the interests and values of many voices.

Location: Rackham - Conference Room West
Speaker(s):
Liz Patterson
Instructor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts
Natalia Ilyin
Professor of Design at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle

4:30pm   - 5:30pm

Keynote Speaker: Jon Kolko

5:45pm   - 7:30pm

Conference Reception
Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

11:00am   - 7:00pm

Decipher Reading Room (Friday)

This space is designed for Decipher’s guests to relax and network. The Reading Room includes several design research books and material of interest for all Decipher’s attendees.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)

Saturday, September 29

9:00am   - 9:15am

Passing of the Torch: Spring 2019 Conference in Pasadena
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Auditorium 2104

9:15am   - 10:00am

Keynote Speaker: Ruki Ravikumar
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Auditorium 2104
Speaker(s):
Ruki Ravikumar Ruki Ravikumar
Director of Education
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

10:00am   - 11:20am

Re-dressing the Window [Activity Group]

This proposal seeks to to stimulate a meaningful dialogue between graphic design educators and practioners centered on multi-disciplinary graphic design research.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2030
Speaker(s):
Carissa Henriques
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA

10:00am   - 12:50pm

Designing Sensorial Dialogues [Workshop]

With this proposal, we address “doing design research” for the experiential forms by investigating ways to design with the invisible and intangible materialities.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2040
Speaker(s):
Jyoti Kapur
PhD Researcher
Justė Pečiulytė
PhD Researcher

10:00am   - 11:20am

Unpacking Context in design research through Orality and Narrative Inquiry [Activity Group]

There seem to be inter-connections between oral history and design research, considering both have elements like interview, context, people and narration and both value memory as a site of knowledge. Orality might be used as a pedagogical tool to gain empathy towards the teller, bring awareness of the subjectivity of the listener’s perspective and the inter-subjectivity of the retelling. In this proposal a design researcher also acts as a curator, where the design educator plays the role of a metacurator. Mediated by orality, the design of learning can delve into the socio-cultural-historical dimensions of a context, which can be showcased through an interactive storytelling session with real work done involving nearly hundred Indian design students.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2043
Speaker(s):
Sudebi Thakurata
Narrative designer, facilitator, thinker, educator, writer and Faculty member, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, India

10:00am   - 12:50pm

Transforming research into action with visualizations [Workshop]

This workshop introduces a visualization toolkit to analyze field research data and transform findings into actionable items to inform the design process.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2044
Speaker(s):
Sheila Pontis
Information Designer and Researcher, and Professional Specialist and Lecturer in Design at Princeton University

10:00am   - 12:50pm

Graduate Forum
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Street Gallery
Speaker(s):
Ruchita Arvind Mandhre
Graphic Design MFA 2018 Candidate
No Image Akshat Mishra
Grad Student at the School of Information studying Human-Computer Interaction
Nisiqi
Designer
No Image Novia Wong
Graduate Student at the University of Michigan School of Information
Kelly Guewon Park
Candidate for Masters in Fine Arts in Arts and Technology and Emerging Communication
Eun Young Chun
Graduate Student of Design Science program at the University of Michigan
Narges Tavakoli
MFA Graphic Design student at LSU
Matthew Wigdahl
MFA Graduate Student in Design
Victoria Gerson
Master of Graphic Design Candidate at North Carolina State University

10:00am   - 11:20am

Writing Session | Writing About Your Design Research: Thinking Through Your Narratives
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2147
Speaker(s):
Keith Owens
Professor & Researcher

11:30am   - 12:50pm

Designing as Understanding (&/or the Varieties of Research by Design) [Activity Group]

With this Activity Group, we want to put forward the thesis that design methods and design interventions are not two separate things. We cannot separate methods from design and question the relationship of research to design: Research for design? Research by design? Research within design? Research as design? Furthermore, it is about opening a discussion on the tensions between the concepts of research and design; and present design as a science for empirical research. Design has its own position outside the natural, technical and social sciences. The sciences give us knowledge, but that knowledge-making activity separates design from the inherent value of design as a generative and transformative activity. Design itself, its value is to contribute all of them from its own position; it is a science, but we have not yet created an identity for design as a science.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2030
Speaker(s):
Claudia Rebola
Graduate Studies Coordinator in the School of Design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and Associate Professor in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati (UC)
Matthew Wizinsky
Designer, researcher, and Assistant Professor in the School of Design at the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati (UC)

11:30am   - 12:50pm

Feminist methodologies for human-centered design [Activity Group]

Feminist research methodologies to elevate the experiences of marginalized users and create an equity-based agenda for design.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2043
Speaker(s):
Ali Place
Designer, educator and researcher

11:30am   - 12:50pm

How might we teach design research methods to non-designers in order to facilitate multidisciplinary team collaboration? [Activity Group]
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2023
Speaker(s):
Susan Stirling
Adjunct Associate Professor, Design Research, UIC School of Design
Kimberlee Wilkens
Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, UIC School of Design
Anthony E. Felder
Clinical Assistant Professor, UIC Department of Bioengineering
No Image Miiri Kotche
No Image Robert Zolna

11:30am   - 4:00pm

Writing Room 1-on-1s
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2147

1:00pm   - 2:00pm

Catered Lunch / Poster Session Mingle
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2030

2:00pm   - 3:50pm

The residue of interaction: Reflecting on the impact of Working with Real People in Design (education) and exploring the potential of designing for one [Workshop]

As part of ongoing doctoral research looking at the impact and potential of designing together for and with individuals (designing for one), this workshop will use the participant’s own experience as a starting point to reflect on how interaction and experiences with real contexts and people impact and shape our own design sensibility and perhaps even how we teach. Based on cases where students have worked directly with individuals, this workshop will look to identify the potential in this way of working; define areas or social contexts where this approach could best be utilised and propose the added value it may propose within graphic design education in terms of new areas of learning, contact with audience and impact.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2030
Speaker(s):
Andrea Wilkinson
Designer-Researcher from the LUCA School of Arts in Genk, Belgium

2:00pm   - 3:50pm

Practicing Design Research in Industry: methods, challenges and outputs for stakeholder buy in [Activity Group]

This workshop explores Participatory Design approaches to engaging business stakeholders in the adoption of design research results across an organisation.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2040
Speaker(s):
Kristy Blazo
Customer Experience Consultant

2:00pm   - 3:50pm

Getting to Alignment: A Quickly Consumable Design Research Roadmapping Tool [Workshop]

Want to be a better consumer of and contributor to design research? Let’s apply #ncredible! Join our interactive workshop!

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2043
Speaker(s):
Meena Kothandaraman
Qualitative Researcher
Zarla Ludin
Anthropologist

2:00pm   - 2:50pm

Research through Design: Prototypes as Forms of Investigation to Explore Energy Efficiency in Low Income Communities [Conversation]

We propose conversations about the diversification of design through a study of a sociotechnical system involving a diverse set of stakeholders in an interdisciplinary prototyping course of design, business and engineering students. The challenge: explore ways to increase energy efficiency (EE) program effectiveness within low-income communities. The diversity of stakeholders and the interdisciplinary nature of the research required accommodating different ways of thinking and doing research and engaging new forms of knowledge and skills. We will discuss entry process and flow barriers for multiple discipline teams, how the client perspective transformed over the course of the semester, and how the different teams’ lenses presented the clients with completely different ways to approach the problem. Teams developed prototypes as forms of investigation to deepen their understanding of study participants and other stakeholders, and to evaluate and push ideas and concepts forward.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2044
Speaker(s):
Christine Miller
Researcher and Educator
Thomas Manjarres
Mechanical Engineer
Vinod Kizhakke
Design Strategist and Technologist
Xuanbai Li
Designer & Industrial Designer

2:00pm   - 2:50pm

Cultural responsibility in design research [Conversation]

Given national and international cultural unrest, this conversation encourages participants to reflect on the role of cultural responsibility within design and research.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2023
Speaker(s):
Mindy Magyar
Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology

3:00pm   - 3:50pm

The Colliding Discourse of “Serious” Design Research and “Cutting-Edge” Design Practice [Conversation]

Cultural change is necessary for academic design research to lead cutting-edge approaches and prepare truly innovative design practitioners.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2044
Speaker(s):
Jessica Barness
Associate Professor of visual communication design at Kent State University
G. Mauricio Mejía
Assistant professor in The Design School at Arizona State University

3:00pm   - 3:50pm

Learning from without, redefining design [Conversation]

Design research to find and develop democratic ways of co-design while respecting and understanding the knowledge repository in coded in making process of crafts communities.

Location: Art & Architecture Building - Studio 2023
Speaker(s):
Sucharita Beniwal
Social Designer, Textile Designer, Educator

4:00pm   - 5:00pm

Closing Keynote- Jane Prophet & John Zimmerman
Location: Art & Architecture Building - Auditorium 2104
Speaker(s):
Jane Prophet Jane Prophet
Associate Dean for Research, Creative Work, and Strategic Initiatives
Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan
John Zimmerman
Professor at Carnegie Mellon's HCI Institute

11:00am   - 5:00pm

Decipher Reading Room (Saturday)

This space is designed for Decipher’s guests to relax and network. The Reading Room includes several design research books and material of interest for all Decipher’s attendees.

Location: Stamps Gallery (Downtown)