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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Visiting Designers 2014

Each year, our BFA in Graphic Design and MFA in Experience Design come together to bring in thought-provoking designers to interact with our majors. These designers share their experiences through lectures, lead intensive workshops and critique student work. I’m thrilled to present this year’s line-up: Aggie Toppins is a graphic designer and educator living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She […]

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New Graphic Design Minor!

We are excited to announce that our new graphic design minor is approved and will launch in spring of 2014. Interested students who want to get a jump on the curriculum can register in fall 2014 for any of the available electives that are listed below. Through this collection of graphic design-intensive courses and supporting electives, […]

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