Teaching, Talks

Desire Paths symposium Virginia Tech talk 2024

A talk about image and text at the Desire Paths symposium at Virginia Tech, organized by Mariah Barden Jones and Raegan Bird.

Visiting Professor Virginia Commonwealth University seminar 2024

A graduate seminar on writing for the graphic design department at VCU. Through readings, discussion, and writing exercises, the class explores images and ideas that “shimmer around the edges” (Didion) and writing as the “shimmering go-between” (Nabokov). The first section looks closely at writing that starts with the image — whether a photograph, artwork or memory — and considers that if designers and artists are perhaps more equipped than most at preserving those images, understanding their importance, and making them legible to themselves or to others, then writing can be thought of as just another form of image-making. The second half of the semester engages with writing that starts with collection or accumulation. We’ll sit with the sort of shimmering that happens when you come across an image, an object, or a passage in a book that resonates, and the kind of meaning-making that writing can do when it connects the disparate material that makes up one’s interests. Readings include Annie Ernaux, Christina Sharpe, Toni Morrison, Saidiya Hartman, Naomi Shihab Nye, Renee Gladman, Dodie Bellamy, Nathalie Léger, Valeria Luiselli.

Guest Lecturer Triple Canopy Publication Intensive session 2024

One day seminar as part of Triple Canopy’s annual Publication Intensive. We explored everyday archiving and personal research practices, looking towards publications that narrate the processes of their own making, and considered how the visual language of contemporary platforms and media shape, structure, and sequence those processes.

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In-conversation with Malte Mueller, Louise Kunth, and Charles Broskoski ISLAND in conversation 2023

A conversation about Are.na and the Are.na Annual at the event space ISLAND in Hamburg, followed by people presenting their Are.na channels. Put on with the Klasse Digitale Grafik Klasse at HFBK.

Visiting Professor Parsons School of Design workshop 2023

A five week writing workshop for graphic design undergraduate students, as part of the Currents elective course in Communications Design. At the close of the workshop, Caspar Lam, Lynne Yun and I edited a book of student writing about their experiments with AI during the workshops and published it through Library Stack.

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Guest Lecturer Parsons School of Design talk 2023

“Shimmer Around the Edges,” a lecture on writing images for graduate students in the Visual Culture seminar.

Guest Critic Princeton crit 2023

Guest critic for the final projects of students in David Reinfurt’s class on design research.

Visiting Professor Estonian Academy of Arts seminar 2022

A seminar on digital publishing at Eesti Kunstiakadeemia for Masters graphic design students, co-taught with Julia Novitch, learning about the poetics and parameters of webzines. At the end of the course, we collectively created our own online publication: Shift.

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Thesis crit Estonian Academy of Arts jury review 2022

Part of the jury for the first graduating cohort of the EKA graphic design MA program

In-conversation with Mindy Seu, Shannon Mattern, and Dan Taeyoung Internets of Everything in conversation 2021

A conversation, organized and moderated with Are.na, for the Billion Seconds Institute series "Internet(s) of Everything" around the question of “How can we be generous with our curiosity online?” Participants were Mindy Seu, Shannon Mattern, and Dan Taeyoung, each of whom is very generous with their teaching, organizing, and presenting their interests online.

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Ecology + Design session AIGA Design Conference talk 2020

For the 2020 AIGA Design Conference, I organized and led a session around environmentalism and design, featuring Benedetta Crippa, Jarrett Fuller, Julia Watson, Anoushka Khandwala, Joycelyn Longdon, Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Jonny Black, and Scott Starrett.

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Guest Lecturer American College of Greece talk 2020

A lecture on design writing for the History of Graphic Design and Contemporary Graphic Design classes at the American College of Greece.

Issue launch with Madeleine Morley Athenaeum Books talk 2019

A talk on gossip and magazine making for the Amsterdam launch of the third issue of Eye on Design.

In-conversation with David Reinfurt Google Design in conversation 2019

An intro and post-lecture interview with David Reinfurt on the life and work of Muriel Cooper.

Guest editor for “Writing as Metadata” class Yale University guest editor 2019

For Laurel Schwulst’s “Writing as Metadata” class, I guest edited a student online publication called called The Life and Death of an Internet Onion.

Design Talk with Studio Pandan The Boy’s Club in conversation 2019

Together with Maddy Morley, we spoke to Studio Pandan about their approach to editorial design, how they work together as a studio, and why they're compelled by magazine making as a medium.

Conference talk on independent publishing Indiecon talk 2018

A talk in Hamburg on editing Eye on Design and publishing as a generative act.

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Thesis students writing workshop Parsons School of Design workshop 2018

A lecture and workshop on the beauty of simple, plainspoken language for thesis design students at Parsons.

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Visiting Critic Rutgers University critique 2018

Visiting critic for thesis design students at Rutgers University during the fall semester 2018.