Design often begins in the blue-sky vagueness of clouds and through conceptualization, prototyping, testing, and validation slowly becomes grounded. I am a product and interaction designer and associate professor at Columbia College Chicago. I'm the author of Drawing For Product Designers (Laurence King Publishing, 2012). I am currently at work on the first of many interactive books for the ipad designed to 'coach' students in the various aspects of the design process from research and visualization to prototyping and presentation. I consult on a range of physical products, exhibitions, user interfaces, and digital books.
I am the co-recipient of a bronze IDEA award (The Industrial Design Society of America) and a Good Design Award for the exhibition catalog that accompanied the show: Consistency of Shadows: Exhibition Catalogs as Autonomous Works of Art (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago). I have curated or co-curated 7 exhibitions around a diverse set of themes including do-it-yourself culture and play.
My recent work/research focuses on the development of mutli-modal teaching and learning tools for mobile devices. I currently work with high school teachers in Chicago as part of the Convergence Academy (Columbia College Chicago) to help bring interactive books into the classroom. I also consult on user interface and media assets for the start-up vmock.