Visual Design, Teaching with Tech, Designing for Creativity

A collaborative talk on the effects and possibilities of big data in the humanities.  A lecture and workshop on how we have creativity all wrong, and an overview of teaching with tech in composition studies, all happening over the next few weeks.
Save time and interest for the week of April 18th as well, as we have two excellent events sponsored by DAHI and the Dai Cho Chun Speakers Fund that week.  Stay tuned for more soon.

Overview

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How2Know2MuchThmFan Xiang, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design Dept., Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Shunshan (Sam) Zhu, Chief Scientist, Dynamic Network Technology Co, Acton, MA

Monday, March 28, 2016
12 – 1:15 pm
Moore Hall 319

Teaching writing with technology: An overview of the current landscape in composition studies

WordCloudThumb2Dr. Darin Payne, UH Mānoa Department of English
March 30, Wednesday
9:30am – 11am

Kuykendall 415

Modes of interaction with Iain Kerr

emergent diagram-thmApril 15-18
LECTURE – We Have Creativity All Wrong – Friday April 15th 4pm UH iLab
WORKSHOP – Designing for Creativity – Saturday April 16th – Day long UH iLab
WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP – Monday Morning/Afternoon –April 17th  (2 hours time / place to be determined)
REVIEWS CRITS AND DROP-INS

How to Know Too Much with Visualization Design

How2Know2MuchBigFan Xiang, Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design Dept., Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.
Shunshan (Sam) Zhu, Chief Scientist, Dynamic Network Technology Co, Acton, MA

Monday, March 28, 2016
12 – 1:15 pm
Moore Hall 319

Sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies

“How does the notion of scale affect humanities and social science research? Now that scholars have access to huge repositories of digitized data – far more than they could read in a lifetime – what does that mean for research?”  (Manovich, 2009)

The purpose of our recent study is to understand the current ideology of China by visualizing a great quantity of images from official art archives. Our presentation describes our methodology and the preliminary results of two projects, “Award Puzzle” and “A Palette of CCTV’s Chinese New Year Gala.”
The first project, Award Puzzle, uses diversified forms of mapping to reveal the preferences of the juries of China’s major national arts awards, and in so doing provides “tips” on how to win such awards and how to keep winning for more than thirty years. An online interactive platform allows the public to explore the tips for success.
The second project, A Palette of CCTV’s Chinese New Year Gala, smashes videos from the Gala and refactors frames into various timelines, thus revealing how red-dominated the Chinese mass media really is. Or is the Chinese mass media not as red-dominated as we assumed?
This is also a bittersweet story of interdisciplinary cooperation between an engineer and a designer.

Teaching writing with technology: An overview of the current landscape in composition studies

WordCloudBigDr. Darin Payne, UH Mānoa Department of English
March 30, Wednesday
9:30am – 11am

Kuykendall 415
This presentation grows out of a research project that attempts to describe, analyze, and illustrate the discipline of Rhetoric and Composition as it is evolving amidst the steady integration of digital tools for both communicating and teaching. The primary sources of research are syllabi, assignments, and curricular programs from around the country, all of which were collected in 2015 and demonstrate a range of technology-enhanced or technology- immersed writing instruction in the U.S. The project is designed to give mainstream scholars and teachers a broad overview of how our work has gone, and continues to go, digital.
Dr. Darin Payne is a rhetoric and composition specialist in UH-Mānoa’s Department of English. He teaches graduate courses in new media and digital pedagogies, theories and practices of composition studies, rhetorics of popular culture, and contemporary rhetorical theory; and undergraduate courses in writing for electronic media, teaching composition, and new media rhetoric and popular culture, among others. Darin has presented research regularly at the Conference on College Composition and Communication and also presented internationally, most recently in 2015 at the International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities in Vancouver, Canada. In 2004 Darin served as co-chair for the 20th annual Computers and Writing Conference here in Hawaiʻi. He has published on rhetorics of technology, spatial power, writing pedagogy, popular culture, and new media in journals including College English; JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Rhetoric Review; and Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.
 

Modes of interaction with Iain Kerr April 15-18

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Spurse Research Collective Associate
Associate Professor of Innovation Design
Co-Director MIX Lab, Feliciano Center, Montclair State University
Associate for Critical Engagements, University of Maine
Iain Kerr is a designer, systems thinker, and social entrepreneur, working at the intersection of creativity, ecology, and emergent systems. With a background in Architecture, Design, Art and Philosophy he brings a unique perspective to issues of social innovation, design and entrepreneurship. His work is focused on inventing novel creative processes to transform seemingly intractable problems into problems worth having. Iain has spent the last two decades developing and teaching unique transformative models of creative processes.
LECTURE – We Have Creativity All Wrong – Friday April 15th 4pm UH iLab
WORKSHOP – Designing for Creativity – Saturday April 16th – Day long UH iLab
WORKSHOP FOLLOW-UP – Monday Morning/Afternoon –April 17th  (2 hours time / place to be determined)
REVIEWS CRITS AND DROP-INS
More on Iain Kerr
As the co-director of the MIX Lab Iain has developed new curriculum for using 3d printing to activate design thinking processes far from the normal realms of Industrial Design and Engineering. This innovative curriculum is at the heart of the lab’s certificate program in Innovation Design and Rapid Prototyping, as well as at the forefront of reimagining Design Thinking as a powerful tool of innovation at all scales of action. In addition to co-directing the MIX Lab Iain is a co-founder of the boundary blurring design consultancy SPURSE which has been at the forefront of ecological research, experimental design, and innovation leadership for the last fifteen years. While developing ground breaking ways to probe, catalyze, disrupt and re-imagine systems both large and small they have collaborated with communities, organizations, and individuals from the high arctic to the inner cities in Bolivia. Their award winning projects reveal an astonishing range of creative solutions to effecting real change: from restaurants, wetlands, wayfinding apps, urban renewal programs, micro-biology laboratories, cookbooks, buildings, everyday tools and more.
Iain regularly works as a consultant, lecturer and workshop leader on creativity, innovation and design (MIT, Harvard University, Columbia University, Parsons, Yale, CCA, and RISDI). His work, and that of SPURSE, has been exhibited internationally: USA, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Mexico and Bolivia as well as published in books and journals (Furnitecture, The Interventionists, The Object of Labor, Experimental Geography, The International  Encyclopedia  of  Human  Geography,  Surface,  ID,  New York Times,  Elle, Teme Celeste, Art Papers, Monitor, Interior Design, and Art Journal). Currently Iain is working on a book on Innovation Design, Ecology and Social Entrepreneurship.