My article co-authored with Amy Papaelias, Readable, Serious, Traditional: Investigating Scholarly Perceptions of the Visual Design and Reading Experiences of Academic Journals, is published in the winter 2021 issue of She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation.

Project Co-Collage Remix, co-authored with Steven McCarthy, is selected for the juried exhibition All Together Now: Sound x Design at the Design Museum of Chicago, Nov 13, 2021 – April 3, 2022.

Our dialogue (Amy Papaelias, Stephanie Sadre-Orafai, Mike Zender, and myself) Turning Points: Publishing Visual Research in Design and Anthropology is published in Visual Anthropology Review (online first, 1 December 2021).

Presented Design Debates, Reader Voices, and the Histories within Design Blogs at the Design History Society annual conference, Memory Full. September 2021.


Two co-authored white papers focused on peer review are published on Design Incubation (January 2021): Basics of Peer Review for Design Scholarship and Advice to Authors Navigating Peer Review.

My article Inquiries on the Everyday Online Conversations of Design: Typologies, Comments, and Threads is published in The Design Journal (online first, 12 November 2020).

Video project GROUND is selected for the Detour exhibition, Emery Community Arts Center, Farmington, ME, June–July 2020. It was also screened at the First Annual Small File Media Festival, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, August 2020.

Panel co-chair with Amy Papaelias at CAA 2020, "Designing Scholarship: Communication Design and Academic Journal Publishing Practices" featuring panelists Ela Przybylo, Artemis Alexiou, Michael Gibson, and Rebecca Ross. February 2020.


Forme et fonction éditoriales : étude sur le design des revues académiques (Editorial form and function: study on the design of academic journals) with Amy Papaelias in peer-reviewed journal Sciences du Design no. 10, November 2019.

Presentation at American Printing History Association (APHA) conference, University of Maryland, College Park. “Radical Scholarship: The Visual Language of Emerging Disciplines in the United States" with Amy Papaelias. October 2019.

Public lecture ”On the Cyberculture of Design Writing and the Visual Design of Scholarship” as part of the CCI Research Colloquium, Kent State University, February 15, 2019.


Public lecture ”Designing Language and Keeping Track of Space” at the University of Northern Iowa, in association with the inaugural Elena Diane Curris Biennial Design Exhibition, curated by Roy R. Behrens, October 8, 2018.

Three presentations (”conversation“ format) at AIGA Decipher conference, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “Expanding the Discourse: Future Practices in Scholarly Publishing” with Amy Papaelias; ”In What Ways Does Critical Practice (Re)Invigorate Design Research?” with Steven McCarthy and Rebekah Modrak; and ”The colliding discourse of ‘cutting-edge’ design practice and ‘serious’ design research” with G. Mauricio Mejía, September 2018. Proceedings available at https://www.fulcrum.org/epubs/s1784n37z

The Data Don’t Mean A Thing, a pop-up exhibit of my interactive and sonic work at Each + Every design studio in Kent, Ohio, August 3, 2018.

Interviewed for design criticism podcast Scratching the Surface by Jarrett Fuller (episode 84), July 18, 2018.

Presentation at Collage, Montage, Assemblage: Collected and Composite Forms, 1700-Present conference, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, entitled "Coding and Decoding: Collage as Communication Design Scholarship" co-authored with Steven McCarthy, April 2018.

Essay Dancin’ to a New Tune: The Subversive, Entrepreneurial Flexi Disc, published in Design Observer, April 2018.

Glosses is exhibited at Her Environment #8: Small Living. Curated by Her Environment (Chicago + NYC). September Gallery and 190 Fairview, Hudson, NY.


Sound composition Like a Letter, You from my hEar Pixels project with Vince Giles is published, with an abstract, in peer-reviewed journal MATLIT: Materialidades da Literatura, December 2017.

Presentation "Everyday Design Conversations and Our Public Sphere" at AIGA national conference, Minneapolis, MN, focused on my recent pilot study of design blog commentary and design criticism. October 2017.

My critique and analysis of the experimental digital project Network Effect (Jonathan Harris and Greg Hochmuth) is published in Spirale magazine’s issue on Art and Knowledge. The published version in French may be accessed here; for English language readers, my original manuscript is available here.

Recipient of the 2017 Design Incubation Educators Communication Design Award in the category of Published Research for Visible Language 49.3, special issue “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities” with collaborator Amy Papaelias.

Glosses was awarded recognition in the 2017 STA 100 competition, The Society of Typographic Arts, Chicago.

First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making (about inaugural issues of design periodicals) published Winter 2017 in the inaugural issue of AIGA Design Educators Community journal Dialectic 1(1).

Critical Practices as Design Scholarship: Opportunities and Strategies, co-authored with Steven McCarthy, published by Design Incubation. The paper expands on our guest lecture from spring 2017 and is available in hypertext and pdf formats. March 2017.

Glosses is featured in the Structure Unbound juried exhibition at Wright State University in Dayton, OH (Jan/Feb 2017), and in the Text, Type, Typography juried exhibition at The Marymount University, San Pedro, CA (Nov 2016 – Jan 2017).


My design brief Connecting / Interacting is featured in Taking a Line for a Walk, edited by Nina Paim and Emilia Bergmark, published by Spector Books (Leipzig).

Designing the Emigre Magazine Index: Theory and Practice in an Alternative Research Tool published July 2016 in Design and Culture 8(2).

Letters to X (print installation and digital interface) is part of the traveling exhibition Édition | Forme | Expérimentation, on display at Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), Gatineau, QC (Feb-March 2016), Toronto Art Book Fair (June 2016), and Montreal, QC (fall 2016). Curated by Collectif Blanc.


Visible Language special issue ‘Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities’ 49.3, co-edited with Amy Papaelias, is published in print and online. Coincides with the launch of the journal's new website and open access to its 50-year archive.

hEar Pixels audio project released on 7" Flexi disc vinyl record and as digital download / stream, with DJ hip hop artist Vince Giles.

Letters to X . vol/1 is in the iDMAa iDEAs Breaking Barriers juried exhibition at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Presented ‘Jawdropper: A New, Old, Borrowed Typography’ with Aoife Mooney at the Design History Society annual conference. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA.

Published Letters are Media, Words are Collage: Writing Images through A (Dis)Connected Twenty-Six in Message journal, edition 2 (Message Research Group, Plymouth University, UK). Article focuses on this project.

Collage series WYSi-WE (What you See is What Emerged) in Design Latitudes juried exhibition, May 12 - June 16, 2015, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Presented work on Letters to X at the Textual Machines international symposium, University of Georgia, Athens, GA.

Social Disruptions: WYSi-WE, What You See is What Emerged published in Visual Communication journal (may require institutional login to access).

Letters to X . vol/1 is in the international juried exhibition Project Passion, Feb 16 - Mar 4, 2015 at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN. Received a Best of Show designation.


Guest with Amy Papaelias on Through Process podcast, episode 16: We Are All Digital Humanists.

Emigre Magazine Index featured on the Women of Graphic Design blog.

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