Education + Research

From Education + Research to Practice

SEGD’s Education conferences, workshops, webinars, and courses span a wide swath of design practice areas including branded environments, exhibition and experience design, technology and interactive experiences, user experience, healthcare, practice and technical topics, wayfinding, accessibility, and the business of design.

The academic journal Communication + Place, the SEGD Annual, and White Papers (published on topics including accessibility and sustainability) also advance SEGD's educational mission.

SEGD actively collaborates with and provides outreach to design programs at internationally recognized colleges and universities. Sample EGD course syllabi and curricula can be found on the EGD Course Curriculum page. Additional resources, including a listing of EGD/XGD Books and EGD Core Competencies to use when developing outcomes for EGD/XGD centric curricula, are available under the Academic Resources section of the Education + Research page.

SEGD’s signature academic education event is the annual SEGD Academic Summit, immediately preceding the SEGD Conference each June. Design educators from around the world are invited to submit papers for presentation at the Summit and publication in SEGD’s peer-reviewed Communication + Place, which is published electronically on an annual basis. The Summit and e-publication are platforms for academic researchers to disseminate their creative work, models for innovation in curriculum, and best practices for research related to experiential graphic design.

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While advanced degree programs (M. Design, M.S. Design, MFA) with a focus on EGD have emerged at a handful of academic institutions, the language and practice of EGD and EGD thinking have been integrated into many design curricula as part of an overall design education experience for nearly 20 years at dozens of institutions. The majority of these courses are offered as elective courses by adjunct and lecture faculty who are engaged in EGD practice and support the dialogue between practice and education.

The range of courses exposing students to the possibilities of working across multiple scales, disciplines, and media platforms and surfaces vary by institution and run from elective style/special topic seminars to practice-based studios within sponsored projects. While many institutions offer optional EGD courses with a focus on specific practice areas, a shift towards a deeper, more integrative, and more inclusive form of course is emerging without any alliance to one discipline or another. This type of experience can help students scale their traditional skills across both spatial and media platforms, a way of designing that can ultimately be applied to an array of professional career paths. Students with an exposure interdisciplinary collaboration will enter professional practice with a versatile skill set, prepared to tackle a wide range of design problems.

Academic Task Force

SEGD organizes its support for education through a representative on the Board of Directors who leads a task force to organize the Academic Summit and review submissions for papers and presentations, as well as evolve the set of core competencies to prepare educators and designers to be successful upon emergence into professional practice.

2021-2022 Academic Task Force

Aija Freimane
Aija Freimane
Michael Lee Poy
Michael Lee Poy
Yeohyun Ahn
Yeohyun Ahn
Willhemina Wahlin
Willhemina Wahlin
Michele Washington, Assistant Professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Michele Washington
Debra Satterfield is the Owner at BrainCreate and an Assistant Professor at California State University Long Beach in Orange County, CA.
Debra Satterfield
Neat Verma, University of Notre Dame
Neeta Verma
Amy Rees
Amy Rees
Christina Lyons, professor and chairperson, Graduate Exhibition & Experience Design at FIT
Christina Lyons
Angela Iarocci, Professor Sheridan College
Angela Iarocci
Headshot of Tim McNeil, UC Davis
Tim McNeil
Joell Angel-Chumbley
Joell Angel-Chumbley

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2022 SEGD Academic Summit Call for Papers

2022 Call for Papers

Every year, SEGD issues a Call for Papers inviting academics, educators, researchers and design professionals to submit paper abstracts that address the latest issues, trends and innovation relevant to the field of experiential graphic design. Submission requirements and important dates are detailed in the 2022 SEGD Academic Summit | Call for Papers.

Recent papers featured developments and advancements in design curriculum with a focus on transforming the search experience, alternative exhibit spaces and methods, and introducing students to the design process. See recent published papers in the 2021 Communication+Place | SEGD Academic Research Journal.

Submit your abstract to Joell Angel-Chumbley, SEGD Academic Task Force Chair. The deadline to submit for the 2022 Academic Summit is March 1, 2022.

Once received, your abstract will be reviewed by the SEGD Academic Task Force. Leading the SEGD Academic Task Force is Joell Angel-Chumbley, an adjunct faculty member at University of Cinncinati’s DAAP program and Supervising Lead, Experiential Graphic Design, DOTE, Division of Architecture + Urban Design. “Over the past two years our global community has faced unprecedented challenges that have tested our views on racial and social justice, healthcare systems, technology and communication platforms – to name a few,” says Angel-Chumbley. “The Academic Task Force invites leading-edge educators, students, and practitioners to submit papers that thoroughly examine complex global topics and pushes the EGD industry forward with new ways of thinking, teaching, and practicing.”

Selected papers will be presented virtually on June 29-30, 2022 at the 2022 SEGD Academic Summit.

The 2022 SEGD Academic Summit, on June 29-30, 2022, will virtually bring together educators, students, researchers and practitioners from the field of experiential graphic design.

Papers presented at the Academic Summit will be published in SEGD’s online academic journal Communication+Place, which features the latest peer-reviewed experiential design research and innovation from leading global academic institutions. Papers presented at the 2022 SEGD Academic Summit will be featured in Communication+Place.

“The Academic Taskforce’s Mission is to promote knowledge of experiential design, academic trends, professional practices, curricular innovations and tested research,” continues Angel-Chumbley. “Communication + Place peer-reviewed and published papers contribute to advancing our mission and provide content-rich industry resources for our global members, educators, students, and practitioners.”

To learn more about SEGD’s Academic Task Force, and view videos of previous Academic Summit Presentations, explore here.

Education Leaders

Joell Angel-Chumbley
Joell Angel-Chumbley

Academic Journal

SEGD Communication + Place Design Research Journal Link

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