January 13

11:30 PM to 12:30 PM

Keynote Presentations


Shared Visions for Change

Presented by Anne Berry, Jennifer Rittner & Kelly Walters

Design Educators have an opportunity and a mandate to centre new voices in the curriculum, to expand the canon and to decentre those forms and figures who have predominated for too long. While that means introducing new resources in our classrooms, it also means changing how we teach and how we expect students to learn. We see design education as a deeply emergent practice, and we welcome sharing the messiness of our process with our community. In this keynote, we introduce the names of those who have influenced us, share our visions for reform and model inclusion through our pedagogies and practices.

Anne H. Berry is an Assistant Professor in the Anne Berry headshotDepartment of Art and Design at Cleveland State University. Her research focuses on race and representation and ethnic and racial disparities within the field of graphic design. She is a 2018 Design Incubation Fellow and recently published an essay titled “The Black Designer’s Identity” for Recognize, an anthology featuring essays from Indigenous people and people of color. She is also co-creator of the award-winning project Ongoing Matter: Democracy, Design, and the Mueller Report.

Jennifer Rittner is a writer, educator and communications strategist. She  currently serves on faculty at the School Visual Arts, where she teaches in the MFA Products of Design, MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism and Jennifer Rittner headshot BFA Graphic Design programs. Her courses include design history, design for social value, design politics and thesis writing. Jennifer writes and lectures about design and social justice. As a daughter of women, Jennifer centres the voices of her near descendants Bernadette, Aurea and Dianqui in her practices.

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Kelly Walters is an Assistant Professor of Communication Design and the Associate Director of the BFA Communication Design program in Parsons School of Design at The New School. She is the founder of Bright Polka Dot, a multidisciplinary design practice, which focuses on print, digital, exhibition design for educational organizations and cultural institutions. Her ongoing design research interrogates the complexities of identity formation, systems of value and the shared vernacular in and around black visual culture.


1:00 to 2:00 PM

Themed Session: Engage [with external participation] 

How does design education engage with society, with our student’s lives, with the industry at large?



- Show and Tell: Student engagement and the virtual design studio
Presented by Sheeraz Waria, Graphic Designer & Educator at George Brown and Sheridan Colleges, Toronto/Oakville, Ontario

- Re-imagining Legacy Post-secondary Design Education in a “Teacherless” Society

Presented by Andrew Hladkyi, Professor at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario

- Blended Perspective as a Design Teaching Methodology

Presented by Cat Normoyle, Assistant Professor at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC


2:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Themed Session: Empower [the learners] 

• How do you empower students to become active learners? How do we train and create an ecosystem of resilience? 

& Expand [the experience] 

  • How do we decide who and what to include in the experience of design education?




- Making Real: or Why we don’t teach speculative design 

Presented by Ali S. Qadeer & Richard Hunt, Graphic Designers & Faculty at OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario

- Strong Like Two People: Curriculum development for northern creative program on Tłı̨chǫ lands
Presented by Adolfo Ruiz, Assistant Professor at MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta

- Exploring a Non-hierarchical Assessment Model

Presented by Tracey Waller, Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in London, UK