Johanna Drucker

“Digital Projects and the Role of the Designer”

The kinds of design tasks that come up in digital projects that are extensions of but also, sometimes, very different from, what designers have done in traditional roles, particularly graphic design. What are the current boundaries for design as a profession? What pedagogical and critical issues arise in regard to the pressures on designers to understand the “back-end” technical requirements of digital platforms as well as the “front-end” user experience. And how might critical concerns about the role of design in a consumer-driven model of experience challenge the terms of efficiency on which digital design is often premised?

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliography in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. She has published and lectured on a wide array of topics related to graphic design, visual epistemology, aesthetics, contemporary art, artists’ books, and digital humanities. Her most recent titles include Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production (Harvard University Press, 2014) and Diagrammatic Writing (Onomatopée, 2013).

Casey Reas

“ULTRACONCENTRATED: Image, Media, Software”

Gathering source material from newspapers, social media profiles, broadcast television, and YouTube searches, Casey Reas has created series of software-based collages that manifest his personal confrontations with media. Reas, an artist and educator based in Los Angeles, will speak about his work with mass media from 2012 to the present. Reas is a co-founder of the Processing Foundation, whose mission is to promote software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology-related fields – and to make these fields accessible to diverse communities.

Erik Loyer

“Embodied Convergence: Personal stories of interdisciplinary collaboration and the impacts it has on the lives of the collaborators”

Erik Loyer is a digital media artist and designer who uses tactile interfaces to tell stories and make arguments. Whether original or collaborative, fiction or non-fiction, non-profit or commercial, Loyer’s apps, websites, and creative tools have received international recognition in the digital humanities, electronic literature, indie games, and digital comics fields.