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.
School of Visual Communication Design
Kent State University
Sound is temporal, social, invisible, and physical. Though sound has long been part of design, it has not held a prominent place in our discourse. While design education has historically focused on visual communication, the ways we might create, select, and remix sound can positively influence a holistic approach to projects, transform the way we might speak to an audience, and play a role in shaping human experiences.