Michael Gibson

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Michael R. Gibson teaches communication design studio courses, as well as design research, criticism, history, theory and interactive media at The University of North Texas (UNT) College of Visual Arts and Design (CVAD). He is also the Program Coordinator for UNT CVAD’s graduate programs in Design with concentrations in Innovation Studies. These programs immerse graduate students from a diverse array of backgrounds in learning situations wherein design research operates as a means to utilize design methods to reveal or generate new knowledge that emerges during their engagement in select design processes. Professor Gibson has managed a strategic design consultancy since 1987, which has afforded him several opportunities to attempt to bridge the divide between the practical demands of professional practice and the need to account for how the results of design processes affect and are affected by a broad spectrum of social, technological, economic, environmental and political issues. His original and applied research projects have addressed issues in freshwater conservation and management, the marriage of positivistic and aesthetic research paradigms in interactive visual systems design, children’s and women’s health, media ethics, and the introduction of design pedagogy in select middle school settings.


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  1. I think that one of the most of the laudable aspects of this piece is the very apparent—at least to me— utilization of an eclectically and ethnographically informed and well-guided (by classmates and Professor Michele Wong Kung Fong) process of resear
  2. A hearty well done to the good folks at Creative Suitcase, and especially Megan Mead, for putting this together. Perhaps if this presentation gets greenlighted by the powers that be at SXSW 2013, at least baby steps can be taken to counteract the…