Her research resides at the intersection of design, humanistic inquiry, and interactive systems, investigated through a critical, practice-based approach. She has presented and exhibited her work internationally, and has published research in Design and Culture, Dialectic, Visual Communication, and Message, among others. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Visible Language with Amy Papaelias entitled “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities” (2015).
Her research and teaching is focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She was an NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and in 2015 she was in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar with a focus on digital media praxis.
Her work explores relationships between information and expression in collaborative projects for social impact and self-generated projects for exhibition. She was lead author on the article “Making cancer surveillance data more accessible for the public through Dataspark,” published in Visible Language in 2013, and co-principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Cancer Institute (NIH), 2009-11. An exhibition of her work, Reading Time: Visual Timelines, Texts, and Canons, opened at Gallery 360 at Northeastern University in Boston in 2014.
Her work across technology, cultural heritage and museum studies researching the design of digital engagement with the public has led to research partnerships with The National Park Service, The US Holocaust Museum, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Her work has been presented at CUMULUS, NORDES and the Museum Computer Network (MCN) in addition to several DEC conferences. In 2012/13 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway, researching the design of educational technologies in relation to learning theory.
She has presented her design research and pedagogy at Theorizing the Web, the Type Directors Club, NYC DH Week, TypeCon, and other DEC conferences. In 2013, Amy participated in One Week One Tool, an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. She co-edited a special issue of the journal Visible Language with Jessica Barness entitled “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities” (2015). She is a founding member of Alphabettes.org.
Former DEC Steering Committee co-chair, Holly works at the intersection of cinema, design, media literacy and the humanities. She co-founded and launched the practice-based Media Arts + Practice program integrating design research and critical theory/making, and is currently involved with USC’s Mellon-funded Digital Humanities Program supporting humanists in manifesting their research through media-rich experiences. She has helped organize and has presented at many previous DEC conferences, including New Contexts/New Practices, Schools of Thought III and NEXT.