To Read:: Designing Design Education: White Book on the Future of Design Education

This book is published in 2021 and is the result of a significant amount of work on the continent of Europe. There is another, similar effort to trouble and tease out the future(s) of design education that is being organized by Donald Norman and which is already drawing criticisms for the US-centricity of its foundational […]

To Read: Designing Constructionist Future – MIT Press

Seymour Papert studied with – and critiqued and extended – Piaget as part of Papert’s research into early models for Machine Learning. Papert defined constructionism such that we learn through/by constructing artifacts that are meaningful to us and through/by sharing them with audiences who are meaningful to us. I have seen a relationship between constructionism […]

teachers are laborers, not merchants

teachers are laborers, not merchants I’ve said this before: if education was really about access to information, then anyone with a library card could have skipped college well before the internet. The idea that the internet suddenly made education obsolete because it freed information from being hidden away presumes that information was kept under lock and key. […]

Schools often teach the Mechanics-Dynamics-Aesthetics framework to analyze game design, which is a tremendous framework focused on the input-output loop a game creates. While that is an extremely powerful perspective to have on games, I tend to shift focus to the space between Mechanics and Dynamics, and use a personal Intent-Mechanics-Declaration model to communicate flaws […]

Chronicle.com: What made you decide to leave your post as a professor and dean at MIT to start your own university? Christine Ortiz: I’ve been at MIT for 17 years, and it’s been amazing. And I’ve always been interested in curriculum and thinking about the future of the research university, and I did a lot […]

pamphlet bound sketchbook 2013

pamphlet bound sketchbook 2013 pamphlet bound sketchbook made from a single folded signature of cotton rag paper, most likely Arches 88. this one is from the fall of 2013. each year — since 2004 — I teach a class to our first year graduate students called Digital Design Concepts. the first project of the first day […]

pamphlet bound sketchbook 2013

pamphlet bound sketchbook 2013 pamphlet bound sketchbook made from a single folded signature of cotton rag paper, most likely Arches 88. this one is from the fall of 2013. each year — since 2004 — I teach a class to our first year graduate students called Digital Design Concepts. the first project of the first day […]

rapid physical game design sketchbook smythe sewn signatures of paper taken from a block of white grid sheets, created sometime between 2010 and 2012.

rapid physical game design sketchbook smythe sewn signatures of paper taken from a block of white grid sheets, created sometime between 2010 and 2012.

pamphlet bound sketchbook 2013