Kean Research Days 2015

Design Forum



Tuesday, April 28

GL 406, 12:30 - 3:30 PM

Students' work will be on display in the 1st floor lobby exhibit space


Building Your Design Portofolio — Denise Anderson

Stand Out: Building Your Design Portfolio utilizes a step-by-step approach to teaching design students how to develop a unique brand, build a book of work, and find a job. Stand Out combines hands-on work exercises with a teaching guide comprised of short, easy-to-absorb chapters, in the voice of a seasoned professional with a deep understanding of the design business. Each chapter is organized to provide a clear explanation of its purpose (what the reader should expect to learn), objectives (steps the reader will need to take), and a brief narrative (how to accomplish those objectives).  



 A New Form of Textbook — Rose Gonnella

Design Fundamentals: Notes on Color looks and functions like a student’s sketchbook with hand-written notes and personal illustrations capturing the key concepts and assignments taught in an intro to color course. Fun, fast-paced, and full of color, this imaginative notebook teaches in such a way that inspires as well as instructs. This isn’t required reading, it’s desired reading; and it’s one book that students will want to keep and enjoy long after they’ve mastered the fundamentals of designing with color.



3D Printing Designs — Ed Johnston

Professor Ed Johnston is a multimedia designer, artist, and educator working in a variety of contexts involving interactive design and three-dimensional digital technologies. An overarching interest in his practice involves visualizing the unseen. Professor Johnston will be presenting a variety of both his own 3D printed work and his students' works. He will also explain different design processes that go into preparing a design for 3D printing. Professor Johnston will also discuss the future of 3D printing and the potential for cross-disciplinary collaborations.  



Thinking Creatively in the Digital Age — Robin Landa

In the design professions a problem is given and you have to solve it. In the digital age, rather than thinking about solving a problem, one needs to approach the design goals with an open experimental mind-set. To do this, one must learn to set aside the closed conventions of what design or advertising is supposed to be, and instead strive to understand how to make a brand social and create content and product design that people will find engaging, relevant or beneficial. The motto of this new mind-set is: inform; entertain; be useful; do good.  



Exploring the Technology of the Image — Alan Robbins

The drawings of Galileo that challenged the orthodox view of the universe, the invention of Wilhelm Rontgen that revolutionized medicine, Eadweard Muybridge’s experiment that probed into the laws of movement, NASA’s Hubble Deep Space photo that transformed our ideas about the scope of the cosmos.   These and other examples in this presentation demonstrate two things: first, the essential and expanding role of images in our understanding of the world and, second, how the exploding universe of our images has molded our sense of reality.   Remarkable too is how beautiful so many of these images are, revealing the hidden structures and harmonies of a complex world.  This presentation is about awe and understanding and what it means to really see the world.