Gary’s research interests lie in determining the necessary core competencies required to innovate communications in screen-based environments so that an effective pedagogy can be developed. Gary’s specifically interested in determining the skill sets required of entry-level interaction and user experience designers.
In May 2014 Gary’s grant proposal “Web Designer Competencies Inventory and Recommendations for Inclusion in Design Curricula,” developed in support of this effort, was awarded the AIGA DEC Design Faculty Research Grant.
Gary’s currently interviewing interactive design practitioners to determine, contextualize and prioritize interactive design competencies. You can follow along with the project at DesignEDU.today.
Gary’s a tenure track assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While Gary loves all things design, he specializes in teaching responsive web design and user experience.
Gary’s developed and presented nationally recognized curricula that identifies intervention points for students to create contextual and empathetic designs.
- 06.15 Launched the DesignEDU.today podcast series.
- 06.15 Article on “Changes in Communication” and design education published by the The Pastry Box Project.
- 05.15 Co-lead a design education workshop at AIGA National’s leadership retreat.
- 12.14 Received UMBC’s Alex Brown Center Entrepreneurship and Innovation Curriculum Grant.
- 09.14 Peer reviewed paper presentation at AIGA’s New Ventures design education conference.
- 05.14 Received AIGA’s Design Education Community Faculty Research Grant.
- 03.14 Presented paper at AIGA’s Connecting Dots design education conference.