UCDA Design Education Summit: Good Design Works

UCDA Design Education Summit: Good Design Works

Design educators and graduate students—join your colleagues in the 13th annual UCDA Design Education Summit: Good Design Works. This national summit for design educators, chairs, and students, continues an ongoing community created specifically for graphic design educators with many opportunities for professional participation and development.

Good Design Works seeks to spotlight all aspects of purpose-driven graphic and interactive design that are having an influential, positive impact on the world. The ability of the designer to create meaningful social change through visual communications that celebrate, criticize, educate, or advocate—begins in the classroom.

Included in the summit are keynote speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and paper and poster presentations selected from abstracts submitted through a peer reviewed process. UCDA is famous for providing professional development in a relaxed atmosphere. The faculty will share ideas and welcome your participation in an ongoing dialogue about the critical issues facing the design education community.

This two day summit is open to UCDA members and non-members, design educators and practitioners, and students.

The McDonough Museum of Art, on the campus of Youngstown State University, is at the center of the UCDA Design Education Summit activity by offering space for the keynote speaker(s), presentation space, exhibition space, and more. Over the course of the summit, the McDonough Museum of Art will be home to the keynote presentation(s), UCDA academic poster exhibition, Good Design Works: City of You exhibition, and the DesignEdu.Today live podcast recording sessions with Gary Rozanc. Courtesy of the McDonough Museum of Art, academics with accepted poster abstracts will receive one free copy of their poster to take home.

Thank you to the following UCDA Design Education Summit Sponsors. Visit with representatives from these companies during the summit or visit their websites below.

Youngstown State University
YSU Department of Art
UCDA Foundation: j.Charles Walker + John Brett Buchanan UCDA Design Education Speaker Fund

Design Edu Today
kynamtrix Research Netrwork
McDonough Museum of Art
Printing Industries of America
Youngstown Live: Mahoning Country Convention & Visitors Bureau

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact the UCDA Home Office at 615-459-4559 or info@ucda.com.

Robert J. (RJ) Thompson
Assistant Professor
Graphic + Interactive Design,
Department of Art
Youngstown State University
Kelly Porter
Assistant Professor
Graphic Design, Department of Art & Design
East Tennessee State University


Art Brown

Milligan College

David Dixon

East Tennessee State University

Scott Fisk
Samford University

Meredith James
Portland State University

Jerry Johnson
Troy University

MiHyun Kim

Texas State University

Vanessa Mayoraz
East Tennessee State University

Josh Miller

Kutztown University

Scott Raymond

Austin Peay State University

Brit Rowe

Ohio Northern University

Ting Wang-Hedges

University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

Neil O. Ward
Drake University

Hilary Dana Wolrod
Colby-Sawyer College


(all prices in USD)
Regular Early Bird
(by April. 13)
$295 $245
UCDA Partner Member (e.g. RGC or GDC members) $270 $220
UCDA Professional, Associate or Faculty Member
$245 $195
$195 $145


Early Registration Cutoff: April 13, 2018


2. MAIL your completed registration form with payment to:
    UCDA Design Education Summit
    199 Enon Springs Road West, Suite 400
    Smyrna, Tennessee 37167

3. CALL 615-459-4559 with your registration information and your credit card number.

4. FAX 615-459-5229
your completed registration form and payment information (purchase order or credit card numbers).

A confirmation letter will be sent to you after registration is received and processed. Occasionally conferences fill to capacity before the registration cut-off date, so please register early.

Registration Cancellations
See UCDA Cancellation Policies

Summit Location: Youngstown State University
The summit will be held on the campus of Youngstown State University (YSU). YSU is conveniently located in Northeastern Ohio between Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Programs will take place at the YSU Department of Art's Bliss Hall, McDonough Museum of Art.

Getting to Youngstown State University
Both the Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) and the Akron-Canton Airpot (CAK) are 60 minutes from Youngstown State University. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is less than 90 minutes from Youngstown State University.

Driving directions to Youngstown State University.

Discounted Hotel Rates

The hotel stay is not included in the summit registration fees. You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations. Room blocks may fill before the hotel deadline, so please make your reservation immediately to ensure the discounted rate and availability. UCDA has secured discounted rates at the following properites:

DoubleTree by Hilton: Youngstown Downtown
44 East Federal Plaza
Youngstown, Ohio, 44503

The DoubleTree, a historical neo-classical hotel located in downtown Youngstown, is less than a five minute walk to the YSU campus. Discounted rates are $129 single/double (plus tax). Reservations may be made prior to the hotel opening on May 1 by completeing the Pre-Opening Booking Form and sending it to the hotel's general manager (see information on the form). Or, once the hotel is opening, check back here for reservation information. Room block is available until April 13, 2018, subject to availability.

Holiday Inn: Youngstown South (Boardman)
7410 South Avenue
Boardman, Ohio 44512

The Holiday Inn is about a 15 minute drive to the YSU campus. Discounted rates are $94 single/double (plus tax). Reservations may be made online, subject to availability.


7-9 p.m.               
Informal Get Together


7:30 a.m.            
Onsite Registration

8 a.m.            
Continental Breakfast

9-10 a.m.            
Jen Hughes, National Endowment for the Arts

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (on-going)           
Design.edu Today Podcast
Gary Rozanc

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (on-going)
Conference + Exhibition Titles Display

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (on-going)
Good Design Works: City of You

10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. (on-going)
So Much More Than Home!

10:15-10:45 a.m.        
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
Design Activism with Open Data
Eugene Park, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

2. Human-Centered Design: Implementing Educational Opportunities on Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice for Graphic Design Students
John O’Neill, University of Minnesota Duluth

3. Type Hell: preventing students from using Arial, Comic Sans, and other evil typefaces from the web.
Randy Clark, Wenzhou-Kean University

4. A Designer’s Role in Civic Change
Adrienne Hooker, James Madison University

11-11:30 a.m.        
Concurrent Abstract Presentations

6. Teaching User-centered Information Design: Storytelling and Making a Difference in Our Everyday Lives
Judith Moldenhauer, Wayne State University

7. Who wants to visit New Jersey? Designing for enlightened tourism.
Jan Conradi, Rowan University
Robert Whyte, Rowan University

Design and Dehumanization: Deconstructing Negative Caricatures in Contemporary Culture
Anne Berry, Cleveland State University

11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.        
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
LMNOBeasts: Using Typographically Inspired Toys to Aid Development of Language and Communication Skills in Early Childhood
Todd Maggio, Louisiana Tech University

10. Creatives Care: Students, Faculty and Alumni Support Inner City Elementary School Art Classes
Karen Kresge, Kutztown University 

11. Project Perry: Leveraging Design Thinking To Engage Communities and Promote Sustainable Solutions
Jeremy Swanston, University of Iowa
Bernard J. Canniffe, Iowa State University

Reconnect: Sparking environmental, economic, social, and cultural change through graphic design.
William (Brit) Rowe, Ohio Northern University

12:30-1:30 p.m.        

1:45-2:15 p.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
13. Interaction 18: Left Brain and Right Brain (Computational Thinking vs. Design Thinking)
MiHyun Kim, Texas State University

14. Creating Science-based Storybooks with Impact
Martha Carothers, University of Delaware

15. Poster as Social Discourse
Johnathon Strube, Northern Illinois University

Good Design Net-Works
Denise Anderson, Kean University

2:30-3 p.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
17. LIVD: An Experimental Art & Design Journal
Meredith James, Portland State University

18. To what extent is service-learning in design education mutually beneficial to design students and community partners?
Natalie Stephenson, Flagler College

19. Best Practices in Design for Good
Julie Sayo, Loyola University Maryland

Design for Seeds of Kindness
Eleanor Thornton, Central Connecticut State University

3:15-3:45 p.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
21. Design Intervention: Advocacy for the design of a universal marijuana warning icon and establishment of medical marijuana labeling standards and social cause to rebrand medical cannabis.
Richard Helfrich, Youngstown State University

22. WRLDINVSN: A Case Study in Design Entrepreneurship as an Engine for Social Change
Todd Maggio, Louisiana Tech University

23. Resourceful Design.
Kelly Porter, East Tennessee State University

Stepping Up and Inspiring Change: How Good Design Works in Toledo
Jenn Stucker, Bowling Green State University
Amy Fidler, Bowling Green State University

4-4:30 p.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
25. Story Doing Concepts
Robin Landa, Kean University

26. Design For Social Good
Robert Kostick, Keene State College

27. Teaching within Tension
Lisa Bambach, University of Cincinnati

Cards For Humanity: Constructing Meaningful Communities Through Unsolicited Do-Good Design
Elizabeth Herrmann, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

4:45-5:45 p.m.            
Concurrent Panels and Workshops
29. Panel: Making The World A Better Place: Design for Social Good
Omari Souza, La Roche College

30. Panel: A Pain in the Assessment? Finding Ways to Minimize Pain and Maximize Gain
David Kasparek, Messiah College

31. Workshop: Parallel: A Game of Design, A Design-Thinking Workshop
Kimberly Mitchell, Northern Arizona University
John Gialanella, Western Washington University

32. Workshop:
Replace The Hate: Accessible Design Techniques To Promote Advocacy
Doris Palmeros, University of the Incarnate Word
Vicki Meloney, Kutztown University 
Elaine Cunfer, Kutztown University 
Holly Tienken, Kutztown University 

6-7:30 p.m.            
Poster Presentations and Cocktail Hour

P01. Poster: Designing Proton U: How a University-Community Partnership Resulted in an App for Pediatric Cancer Patients
Natalie Stephenson, Flagler College

P02. Poster: Teaching Web Design in a DIY/CMS Age
Charles Armstrong, Indiana State University

P03. Poster: Enriching Lives Through Diversity
Jane Milkie, Northern Michigan University

P04. Poster: Recognition of Brand Colors without a Logo
Rion Huffman, Pittsburg State University
Tara Henderson, Pittsburg State University
Victoria Bastion, Pittsburg State University

P05. Poster: Delve Into Design Thinking
Carol Fillip, Rochester Institute of Technology
Lorrie Frear, Rochester Institute of Technology

P06. Poster: Defining Design Research at the Start of Graphic Design Education
Christine Lhowe, Seton Hall University

P07. Poster: Experiential Storytelling: Importance of Design Practice/Pedagogy in Scientific Exhibition Engagement
Aaron Sutherlen, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

P08. Poster: Combining Culture and Service Design
Natalie Tyree, Western Kentucky University

7:45 p.m.            
Optional: Group Dinner
(dutch treat)


8-9 a.m.            
Continental Breakfast

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (on-going)           
Design.edu Today Podcast
Gary Rozanc

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (on-going)           
Conference + Exhibition Titles Display

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (on-going)           
Good Design Works: City of You

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (on-going)           
So Much More Than Home!

8 a.m.-4 p.m. (on-going)           
Poster Display
(remains up)

9-9:30 a.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
33. Twenty Years of Social Cause in the Classroom
Michelle Nelson, Youngstown State University

Santanu Majumdar, Georgia Southern University

35. Use Your Power Wisely: Case Studies of Student Design Work for Good Causes
Judy Livingston, Good Work Good Cause / Alfred University

Two Bottles of Wine and a Heaping Dose of Viral Engagement
(When Design and Politics Collided on Social Media at a Kansas University)
Karrie Simpson Voth, Fort Hays State University
Elizabeth Reimer, Fort Hays State University

9:45-10:15 a.m.        
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
37. For and With Community: Graphic Design as Positive Social Change
Misty Thomas-Trout, University of Dayton

38. Creating a Collaborative Learning Experience: ART 161 App Design
Neil Ward, Drake University

39. Experiential Education; the value of dirt* in graphic design
Margaret Urban, State University of New York at Fredonia

A Sin of Omission
Pierre Bowins, Frederick Community College

10:30-11 a.m.        
Concurrent Panels and Workshops

42. Dynamics of Teaching Design Multinationalism in the Context of Asian Sensibilities
Jeff Poon, Wenzhou-Kean University

43. Design Practice That Feels Like Play
Tina Rice, Central Connecticut State University, Insight Design Studios

Designing High Impact Community Engagement Experiences for Students that Succeed
Amy Fidler, Bowling Green State University

11:15-11:45 a.m.        
Concurrent Panels and Workshops

45. Articulating Design Thinking Skills with Stage-gate Model
Yuk Kwan (Ricky) Ng, Vocational Training Council

46. Letters: Modern Calligraphy and Intercultural Communication
Nahid Tootoonchi, Towson University

47. Plus Public: A Startup Social Enterprise Transforming Communities via Design
Robert (RJ) Thompson, Youngstown State University


12 noon-1 p.m.       

1-2 p.m.
Brian A. Friedman, Plan F Solutions

2:15-2:45 p.m.            
Concurrent Abstract Presentations
49. Teaching Inclusive Design: Graphic Design with Everyone in Mind
Ziddi Msangi, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

50. Clean Conscience Design: The role and responsibility of ethics in graphic design.
Ursula Bryant, Lynchburg College

51. No AWAY: An Awareness Campaign About Plastic Consumption
Shannon McCarthy, Eastern Kentucky University


3-4 p.m.            
Concurrent Panels and Workshops
53. Panel: 3-in-1: Strategies for Implementing Social Justice into Design Curriculum Without a Community Partner
Jeanne M. Komp, Cabrini University
Jessica Hawkins, Centenary College of Louisiana
Brytton Bjorngaard, University of Illinois Springfield
Shannon McCarthy, Eastern Kentucky University

54. Panel: Classroom + Community: Social Design Practicum and Cross-Cultural Outcomes in Design Pedagogy
Kimberly Hopkins, Towson University
Nahid Tootoonchi, Towson University
James Cosper, Towson University


56. Workshop: The Creative Performer: Using Sport Psychology to Break the Mold in Design Education
Jarred Elrod, University of Florida
Amanda Alexander, Licensed Performance Psychologist

4:30-? p.m.            
Optional Event: TBD

Speaker: Jen Hughes
Jen Hughes
Jen Hughes currently serves as the acting director of Design and Creative Placemaking for the National Endowment for the Arts. Hughes provides oversight on grants for design and creative placemaking projects, and oversees key leadership initiatives that include the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural ...

Jen Hughes currently serves as the acting director of Design and Creative Placemaking for the National Endowment for the Arts. Hughes provides oversight on grants for design and creative placemaking projects, and oversees key leadership initiatives that include the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design.

In her dual role as community solutions specialist, she manages federal, philanthropic, and local relationships to strategically integrate arts and cultural strategies that ultimately drive community and economic revitalization across the nation. Hughes has over six years of experience in the NEA Design and Creative Placemaking program and has held previous NEA positions managing the Our Town and Design Art Works grant programs. She has served on more than 40 public panels on the topic of design and creative placemaking, and was invited to represent the United States at the Edinburgh Festivals International Delegate Programme.

Previously, she worked as an urban planner for the District of Columbia and has held communications and business consulting positions in the private sector. Hughes was recognized by Impact Design Hub’s 40 under 40, honoring innovative leaders working at the intersection of design and public good. A Philadelphia native, she has a bachelors in management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a masters in city planning from University of California, Berkeley with a focus on community development and design.

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May 21 - May 22, 2018

How Much?

  • Non-member/Subscriber -  $295.00
    (ends 05/23/2018)
  • Partner Member -  $270.00
    (ends 05/23/2018)
  • UCDA Member -  $245.00
    (ends 05/23/2018)
  • Student -  $195.00
    (ends 05/23/2018)
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