Designer Laurie Haycock Makela to Visit Miami Design This Spring

IT’S NOT BRAIN SURGERY. More performance than lecture, Makela will tell the true, tragic-comic story about her second brain hemorrhage which occurred while she was teaching experience design in Sweden–she focuses on how tragedy triggered an unexpected level of creativity. Makela’s workshop offers each student the opportunity to create a personal healthcare narrative using storytelling (via […]

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Miami Design Alums Catch Up in NYC

Miami graphic design alums gathered at Eataly last Friday to share their recent adventures in design. Professors Peg Faimon, Helen Armstrong and Glenn Platt travelled to New York City for the event. Paul Ghiz, Allison Henry Aver and Zach Lansdale (above)   Paul Weber, Carrie Susskind, Zach Lansdale, Jinghang Huang, Colleen Griffiths and Kara Isabella […]

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An Experience Design Workshop with John Foster

John Foster visited the xd:mfa studio on Friday to lead an iteration and prototyping workshop. Through the workshop, students learned to put the customer/user/student/citizen at the core of everything—a philosophy which melds perfectly with xd:mfa core values: human-centered, research-driven, technology-fueled, colalboratively-crafted. A few takeaways from the experience: —Too often the design is driven by the […]

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Modularity Permeates the Miami Design Studio

What a fantastic weekend! Industrial designer Richard Elaver led the xd:mfa students in a weekend-long Modular Workshop. Students from Graphic Design, Architecture and Sculpture joined with the xd:mfa program to learn what it takes to build an effective modular system. In a 48 hour period, the students shifted rapidly from sketches to prototyping. They examined […]

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Design is About People, Not Design

As designers, it’s easy to slip into the habit of designing for ourselves. Movies, packaging, Pinterest, and our own excitement to create sometimes overrides the true focus of any design outcome… people. This September in my Applied Interaction Design course students and I explored this idea through an assignment titled People-Driven Design that challenged us […]

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AIGA Welcome Back Party

On September 11th the AIGA Miami U. student chapter hosted a welcome party for the new Class of 2017 designers complete with Typeface Twister, Pin the Serif on the A, and ampersand cupcakes. Designers from all classes had fun getting to meet one another as they played games and talked about how the school year […]

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Designer Aggie Toppins Visits Miami’s Design Program

The first visiting designer of the year, Aggie Toppins, got to know the Miami Graphic Design Juniors last weekend through a lecture/discussion about the culture of zines. As a follow-up to the lecture, Toppins led the Miami Experience Design graduate students through a 3 day zine design workshop. Some quotes from the weekend: —”Create the story world rather than the story.” […]

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