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Nov 27, 2020

Connecting the industry to education. What can we do better?

collage of the 5 speakers

About this video


The fourth in a series that aims to help educators connect, share and thrive off each other in the design and education space. This series offers tips, dialogue, critical thought and a sense of community around design education. Each webinar will tackle a different topic in design academia. This panel covers: What strategies are colleges using to connect industry to students? What are they? How do they work? What are the downfalls? Is there a system that allows both industry and students to benefit from better connections? Placements and internships have been around for years. Are any educators of colleges rethinking this space? Can it be re-invented or pushed to be even more beneficial? Advisory committees, how do we feel about them? Pros, cons, changes? Can a push for online create a better industry connection?

Moderated by Dr. Milena Radzikowska

Milena is an established researcher in humanities-based data visualization, feminist human-computer interaction (HCI) and interface design for decision support. Her major contributions have been in the development of humanities-based approaches for oil extraction; experimental interface design to help protect Alberta wildlife and materializing digital tools for content analysis. She’s been the PI or Co-I on over 25 interdisciplinary design research projects, four of those with budgets in the millions, extending over longer periods (anywhere from two to seven years). She has co-authored more than 75 publications and presentations on data visualization, aesthetics, interaction design, interaction theory and design for large text collections, including in the following books: Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage: A Guide to Rich-Prospect Browsing (2011); Design + DH (2020); and Prototyping Across the Disciplines (2020).


Judy Snaydon CGD, BA (Hons) - Bachelor of Design

Instructor | IDEA School of Design, Bachelor of Design | Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Judy has been teaching communication design in the IDEA School of Design at Capilano University since 2012. She honed her design and advertising skills over decades of practice in London and Paris and spent eight years ascreative director for the outdoor Mountain Equipment Coop in Vancouver. Her expansive industry journey allows her to offer IDEA students unique insight into the opportunities and challenges of a career in the creative field. Judy tries to help students understand the rigorous discipline required to be successful, along with the humour required to enjoy it.

Mitch Goldstein

Mitch Goldstein is a designer, artist and educator based in upstate

New York, where he is an Associate Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology, teaching in the College of Arts and Design. He has a fine arts practice focusing on a variety of digital and analog materials, and both writes and speaks about art design education, pedagogy and creative practice. He received his MFA inDesign/VisualCommunications from Virginia Commonwealth University's Schoool of Arts and his BFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently pursuing another Master's Degree in Furniture Design from RIT.

Irene Chong

A Design Strategist and educator, Irene's interests lie at the intersect of design, innovation, business and social impact. She's lived around the world and worked across the public and private sector, including New Zealand's Inland Revenue, Design Exchange, Exchange, Gluckstein Design,McDonald’s, Li & Fung, Steelcase, Adaptive Path,CEDIMUniversity, Seneca College, Deloitte, and Fjord (Accenture). Irene is an amateur gardener and sailing enthusiast.

Gillian Harvey

Gillian Harvey is an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Alberta. As an early career researcher, Harvey has had extensive experience building interdisciplinary,collaborative teams. Gillian has served as principal researcher of two public health teams involving over one dozen collaborators from across Canada. Based on the learnings from both of these projects, there is a significant gap in the understanding of how health messages are translated to youth, and to youth in underrepresented populations.

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