2018 Academic Summit

Michael Chad Eby

Michael Chad Eby is a multidisciplinary designer, artist, teacher, and researcher with particular interest in high/low technology, design history and theory, and the peculiar relationship between digital and physical: especially the unexpected residue, loss, corruption, and inflorescence that results when moving back and forth between atoms and bits, map and territory, description and thing. Michael Chad Eby works in the areas of physical interactivity, spatial audio, graphic and object design, multimedia, and digital fabrication.

Chad Eby
Indiana University Herron School of Art and Design
Indianapolis

Jessica Barness

Jessica Barness is an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Her research resides at the intersection of design, humanistic inquiry, and interactive technologies, investigated through a critical, practice-based approach. She is also involved in ongoing projects connecting sound studies and design. As an educator, she focuses on interdisciplinary projects that connect communication design with the areas of architecture, museum studies, entrepreneurship, and the sciences.

Jessica Barness
Kent State University
Kent, Ohio

Neeta Verma

Neeta Verma is Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design at the University of Notre Dame. A graphic designer, story teller and a social advocate by profession, she has over 25 years of professional experience working exclusively for not-for-profits, museums and cultural institutions in New York, Albuquerque and India. As a graphic designer, she describes her role as a catalyst within a societal context, a solution finder, and an experience creator.

Neat Verma, University of Notre Dame
University of Notre Dame

Kathleen Meaney

Kathleen Meaney is a designer and educator whose writing has been published through the AIGA, Design Observer, Icograda and UnderConsideration. She began her career at Pentagram in New York, and since then, has been a dedicated professor at the School of Visual Arts, North Carolina State University, College of Design, and the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Her course offerings have been cited in NASAD’s “The Future of Design and Design Education.” Find KT in HOW Books' Women of Design and Chronicle Books' Design School Wisdom.

Kathleen Meaney
Virginia Tech
Richmond

Deborah Beardslee

Deborah Beardslee is a designer, artist and associate professor in the School of Design at RIT. Her teaching focuses on design process and methodology, verbal and visual concept development, systems thinking, environmental graphic design and cross-disciplinary problem solving and collaboration. Professor Beardslee taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Communication Arts and Design for two years prior to joining the faculty at RIT. Across her career she has worked and/or studied with Ben Day, Rob Carter, Meredith Davis, Phil Meggs, John DeMao and Victor Papanek.

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester

Gallagher & Associates

Gallagher & Associates has been recognized repeatedly over the years for its creativity and collaborative working style. Gallagher & Associates’ company philosophy is based on the premise of building strong relationships and on our commitment to excellence in everything we do. Our staff of multi-disciplinary designers prides itself on creating highly successful visitor experiences through museum master planning and exhibition design, environmental graphics, brand management and media programming/development.
 

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