Gary is a tenure track assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the Education Director for AIGA Baltimore.
When he isn’t creating lesson plans or refining his design and development craft, Gary can be found exploring Baltimore’s neighborhoods and backpacking in the many nearby national forests and parks.
Gary received his BA in graphic design from Cleveland State University and his MFA in Visual Communications from the University of Arizona.
Currently Gary’s interviewing interactive design practitioners to determine, contextualize and prioritize interactive design competencies. You can follow along with the project at Design Edu Today.
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 has presented his research and findings at international and national peer-reviewed conferences including AIGA’s bi-annual National Conference “Head, Heart, Hand” and the “International Conference on Design Principles & Practices.”
Gary has developed and presented nationally recognized curricula that teaches students to self-identify intervention points to create original, contextual, and empathetic designs.
While Gary loves all things design, he specializes in teaching responsive web design and user experience design. You can follow Gary’s teaching on his course blog, see screencasts on Vimeo and find code from exercises on Github.