For me, design is a way to determine how things function, not just how they look. Design involves assembling the right people, asking and responding to questions, and iterating forms continuously. This process works equally well for small graphic design projects as it does to running classrooms and organizations. Below is an attempt to organize 20 years of this work.
In 2007, I founded a small shared workspace. Since then, it has quadrupled in size and housed more than 30 graphic designers, industrial designers, type designers, architects, photographers and programmers. Members
The D.O. provides just enough infrastructure to enable peer to peer collaborations and learning. Common areas and resources keep the curated group of practitioners connected, while everyone is working on their own businesses and bodies of work. More at thedesignoffice.org
The D.O. initiates and funds projects, from furniture to software. Projects
Events such as book signings, lectures, works-in-progress critiques open up the space to the larger community. Events
As Head of the Graphic Design Department from Jan 2014 until Jan 2017, I led a talented community of 225+ undergraduates and graduates, 12 full-time faculty, 4 staff members and an additional 30 part-time faculty members. During this period, I led renovations to our graduate studio, created an exhibition and event space, scripted new curriculum and more. More at risd.edu and risd.gd
The GD Commons opened in fall of 2015. Read more about it at commons.risd.gd
‘Newly Formed,’ taught by Christopher Sleboda, was one of several new research electives in spring 2016. See all the electives
Printable realtime guide to a three-month exhibit created for the RISD Museum. Hundreds of visitors pressed the button daily to print a visual summary of events, weather and extra info from a browser application running in the blue box. More
Touchscreen kiosk for U.S. military cemeteries worldwide. One million annual visitors access the project at the Normandy American Visitor Cemetery. More
I have initiated and designed several re-usable software systems. These generally arise to meet an organizational or community need. See these projects.
The Charrette WordPress theme was created for project-based classroom management. More
Reuters Financial Infographics consists of dozens of visualizations and table layouts syndicated to top newspapers worldwide. More
Visualization of traffic light colors in twelve second exposures. Part of Yale MFA Thesis, Take Your Time
The shape of letters has been an ongoing area of interest, leading to one-offs, short-run experiments and typefaces. Projects
Modern Pictograms is a set of 234 icons for desktop, web and mobile designers. Printed specimen, font and distribution with three foundries and own website. 160,000+ downloads since 2012. More
The shape of letters has been an ongoing area of interest, leading to one-offs, short-run experiments and typefaces. See projects
Monograph of architect Ira Rakatansky, designed and co-edited with Lynnette Widder, was a four-year effort that surveyed the work of the first Modernist architect in Rhode Island. Published by William Stout Publishers in 2010.
Present research interests center around the Web browser as a general purpose design tool. I have taught front-end Web programming as a creative act, central to creating digitally native forms and interactions. Additionally, I am consistently testing and documenting collaborative working models — alternates to the solo auteur model of making work. This particularly plays out at The Design Office, where the term “WE” helps to organize our efforts.