2016 SEGD Academic Summit: Technology and Innovation in Experiential Graphic Design

SEGD Academic Summit

Summit is June 8 at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts

Educators, students, design practitioners and researchers will gather June 8 in Seattle for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summitand presentation of peer-reviewed research and curriculum innovation focused on Experiential Graphic Design.

The SEGD Academic Summit precedes the 2016 SEGD Conference: Experience SeattleJune 9-11, headquartered at the Westin Seattle Hotel. The full-day Summit will be hosted at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts, just blocks from the conference venue.

SEGD has issued a Call for Papers for the Summit and the deadline for submission of extended abstracts is March 4, 2016.  Members of SEGD’s Academic Task Force will evaluate the abstracts and the authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the Summit. Authors will be notified April 8 and full manuscripts with supporting documentation and images will be due on May 20, 2016.

In addition to being presented at the Summit, the selected papers will be published in the 2016 issue of SEGD’s academic research journal Communication + Place. The peer-reviewed journal was launched in 2015 as a venue for sharing the design research work of academics, students, practitioners and researchers focused on Experiential Graphic Design.
For the 2016 Summit and journal publication, SEGD is focusing its lens on research and curriculum development related to integration of digital technology, user-centric interactive experiences and experimentation in Experiential Graphic Design.

“We’re planning the 2016 Academic Summit as a platform for those who are pushing the boundaries of Experiential Graphic Design and innovating user experiences in public spaces,” says Justin Molloy, SEGD’s Director of Education and Professional Development.

“In a world that’s getting more connected and data-centric every day, our discipline is changing at a rapid pace,” he notes. “Experiential graphic designers are the natural leaders in creating spaces that are connected, functional, beautiful and centered on human needs. Our goal is to shine a spotlight on work that leads toward higher levels of technology integration in these user experiences.”

The focus on technology and innovation aligns with SEGD’s current educational initiatives, which encompass not only the traditional components of Experiential Graphic Design—wayfinding, public information design, placemaking and identity and exhibition design—but also provide professional development in digital experience design. In 2016, SEGD is hosting three events focused on the cutting edge of digital technology: DesignX at Digital Signage Expo 2016 (March 15-16 in Las Vegas), Xplorer Digital Foundations Bootcamp (July 14, Los Angeles) and SEGD’s signature technology + design event, Xlab 2016 (Oct. 27-28 in New York).

Registration for the 2016 SEGD Academic Summit is free with registration to the 2016 SEGD Conference June 9-11. Get more information about the conference or register here.

For more information on the School of Visual Concepts, visit its website.

Download the Call for Papers and submission guidelines here.
Direct questions and PDF abstract submissions to Jody Graff at [email protected].

Photo: Robin Lopez

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