Gary’s research interests lie in determining the necessary competencies required to innovate communications, products, and services in screen-based environments so that an effective pedagogy can be developed. Gary’s specifically interested in determining the core skill sets required of entry-level interactive 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. The resulting research grew into the Design Edu Today podcast, a bi-weekly interview with design practitioners.
Gary’s forthcoming publication Browsers, Devices, and Fonts: A designer’s guide to fonts and how they function on the web (CRC Press, December 2018) is a theoretical and technical guide that helps visual communication and other design professionals anticipate how typographic choices in web page structure will behave as live code in a responsive environment.
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 design.
Gary’s developed and presented nationally recognized curricula that identifies intervention points for students to create contextual and empathetic designs.
- 05.18 Live Design Edu Today interviews at the UCDA Design Education Summit.
- 10.17 Panelist at the annual SECAC Conference.
- 06.16 Peer reviewed paper presentation at the Open Source Bridge Conference.
- 06.15 Launched the Design Edu Today bi-weekly podcast.
- 06.15 Article published by the The Pastry Box Project.
- 05.15 Co-lead “Engaging Young Designers: Prioritizing Students and Educators” 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.