I'm an educator and designer, most recently at Carnegie Mellon University where I taught courses in design and design research to students in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tepper School of Business, and School of Computer Science. From 2009 to 2013, I was based in Doha, Qatar. I'm currently based in Cambridge, MA while commercializing a research project, Macromicro, and continuing my authorship in design theory.
As a transdisciplinary designer and researcher I study the broad reach of design and how it can affect communication, human interaction, organizational change, and society at large. I believe that design innovation comes from a rhetorical foundation and the unique disposition and perspective that designers bring to situations, making them particularly great agents of change and shapers of the human experience.
Current and past clients and projects include Nokia, Microsoft, Motorola, UPMC, Highmark BCBS, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Aspen Institute, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah, Fitwits, and more. I was also the co-founder of Classroom Salon which was supported by grants from the Gates Foundation, NSF, Heinz Endowments, and Innovation Works.
Undergraduate study in information and graphic design at the RIT School of Design; Masters of Design from Carnegie Mellon University Department of English and School of Design. CV and portfolio with teaching, research, and professional practice available upon request.
I teach design and lead research initiatives towards the betterment of society (or at least I try). Designers shape many things: the built world of information, objects, architecture, cities, and environments, as well as intangible things like experiences people have with digital platforms, patient experiences in a hospital, or how people make their way through an airport.
Good designers make the things that directly affect people's lives while being mindful of their impact on broader global systems. Sometimes, designers even try to shape these systems directly. The best forms of design are holistic and in balance with their time and place. “What happens to this product after it's thrown away?” “How can we strengthen the social fabric of this neighborhood through visualization?” “What's the value of this technology and how can we make it more human? More useful? More contextually aware?”
Designers can work inside disciplines, but the most effective ones work across boundaries, harnessing the best ideas from the sciences, humanities, business, and public policy. The designer of the 21st century is emerging as a facilitator for advancement, working to bring about positive change in some of the most wickedly complex circumstances. Designers are great at making connections, challenging conventions, and leading collective action. Designers are advocates for people and the planet.
Third and fourth order design, primarily focusing on the research and design of services and experiences in the present and sustainable systems for the future.
Buchanan's “Four Orders of Design”; Design as a Liberal and Applied Art; Relationship between Rhetoric and Design; the Disposition of Designers; Wicked Problems; Systems-Level Design; Historical Lineage of Design; Design Ethics and Human Rights; HCD Pedagogy.
Travel; Photography; Urban Design and Urban Planning; International Affairs and Foreign Service; Middle East and Arab Issues; Progressive Politics; Journalism and News Media; Buddhism; New York; life, people, i'm interested in everything.
• “Eventually, Everything Connects”
• Human Centered Design Curriculum Across the Disciplines
• Product & Service Design in Business
• Abductive Thinking and the Design Mind
• Maps, Narrative, and Design
51-171 Design and the Human Experience
51-254 Design for People & Planet
51-261 Communication Design for I.S.
51-267 Industrial Design
51-302 Information Design
51-385 Designing for Service / Research Methods
99-405 Design for Organizational Change
67-315 Interaction Design and Technology
67-316 Experiences in User Interface Design