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.

Want to get involved as a speaker or connector within our community? Contact Hilary Jay, Director of Education.

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.

2020-2021 Academic Task Force

Deborah Satterfield
Debra Satterfield
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
Chad Eby
Michael Chad Eby
Neat Verma, University of Notre Dame
Neeta Verma
Amy Rees, ex;it
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, Creative Lead, Kolar Design, CIncinnati
Joell Angel-Chumbley
Inessah Selditz, Rockwell Group
Inessah Selditz

SEGD Academic Summits

2019 Academic Summit Austin
2018 SEGD Academic Summit
2017 SEGD Academic Summit Miami
2016 SEGD Academic Summit Seattle
2015 SEGD Academic Summit Chicago
2014 SEGD Academic Summit Atlanta
2013 SEGD Academic Summit San Francisco
2012 SEGD Academic Summit New York
2011 SEGD Academic Summit Montreal
2010 SEGD Academic Summit Washington DC
2009 SEGD Academic Summit San Diego

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2021 Academic Summit Call for Papers

2021 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 2021 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 2019 Communication+Place | SEGD Academic Research Journal.

Submit your abstract to Christina Lyonsat FIT. The deadline to submit for the 2021 Academic Summitis March 1, 2021.

Once received, your abstract will be reviewed by the SEGD Academic Task Force. Leading the SEGD Academic Task Force is Christina Lyons, Professor and Chairperson of the Graduate Exhibition & Experience Design programat the Fashion Institute of Technology. "The Task Force looks for papers that push the industry forward with new ways of thinking, teaching and executing experiential graphics," says Lyons. "The Task Force invites these ideas to come from across the design community—educators, practitioners and students alike."

Selected papers will be presented in person (based on CDC) and virtually on June 9, 2020 at the 2021 SEGD Academic Summit.

The 2021 SEGD Academic Summit, on June 9, 2021, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania precedes the 2021 SEGD Conference Experience Philadelphia (June 10-12). The Summit will 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 2021 SEGD Academic Summit will be featured in Communication+Place.

"The selected papers for both presentation at the Academic Summit and for publication in Communication+Place serve as inspiration and industry benchmarks to designers, students and researchers," continues Christina Lyons. "This is the source for thoroughly researched and tested experiential graphic design topics from the field, as well as innovations in design curriculum."

Education Leaders

Christina Lyons, professor and chairperson, Graduate Exhibition & Experience Design at FIT
Christina Lyons

Academic Journal

SEGD Communication + Place Design Research Journal Link


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