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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).

Guest presentation with Steven McCarthy, “Critical Practices as Design Scholarship: Opportunities and Strategies” at the Design Incubation Research Colloquium 3.3 at Kent State University in 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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