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Quick announcements from the lab

Three presentations at the cognitive semiotics conference in Lund

We will be presenting three projects at the First Conference of the International Association for Cognitive Semiotics (IACS-2014) that will be held in September 25-27, at Lund University:

  • Progress toward translating ‘visual’ graphics into sound to produce more accessible interfaces (with implications for the picture perception debate).
  • An Embodied Cognition Approach to Distinguishing Pictures, Diagram, and Sentences to Inform Design.
  • ‘Perceptually optimizing’ depictions of blood flow dynamics via caricature, sequential art, and 20th century futurism.

Congrats to Advisees Mark, Spirit, and Lucian!

We recently graduated the first cohort of students from the OCADU Inclusive Design MDes program. I had the privilege of serving as Co-Principal Advisor on final Major Research Projects developed by the following MDes students:

  • Mark Sherman (co-advised with Jutta Treviranus),
  • Spirit Synott (co-advised with Geoffery Shay), and
  • Lucian Timofte (co-advised with Jutta Treviranus).
I will post their final abstracts soon!

Joined OCAD University as an Assistant Professor of Design

I’ll be writing a more detailed update later, but I recently joined OCAD University as an Assistant Professor of Design, where I’ll be developing research, teaching, and practice in the area of inclusive design. I feel that this is the perfect next step that builds upon my my PhD research at the intersection of external graphic representation (e.g., pictures, diagrams, and text-sentences) and perception-cognition. I’ve started interacting with other colleagues over the past few weeks and I really feel like I’ve landed in a great place!