Invited talks and Lectures

2019 Fall Forum: Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion
Redesigning critique practices in Higher Education. A study on the impact of reducing faculty authority during assessments
In 2016 we redesigned the first year mid-term review and the Thesis Defense in the Graduate Communications Design Program. These changes aim to resituate teacher authority and student agency and implement the most recent findings on successful assessment. They de-emphasize expert knowledge and authoritative practices. The primary aim of this study is to explore the impact of these changes on the student experience and program culture. Building a legible culture is essential to increase students' sense of belonging and community. Strong organization cultures have been linked to higher rates of productivity and participation. Students tend to be more motivated and dedicated when they identify with the program goals and vision. How does the change in critique techniques has influenced the culture of the program? How students express their experience in relation to these changes? How do faculty describe their authority in the classroom? The results of this study inform future strategic changes in the program as the analysis of students’ perspectives can provide insights on how to improve their wellbeing and satisfaction.

2019 Fall Forum: Frameworks for Equity and Inclusion
Critique Catalog: an open archive of critique techniques, With Camille Tiona Martin-Thomsen, New York
Generating a single definition of critique would be an impossible task that might not be even desirable: a definition of critique would always be inadequate unless it emerges from the combination and comparison of multiple approaches from different disciplines and practices. Many traditions across Pratt Institute embody the legacy of a particular discipline, school, department or faculty cohort: much knowledge and expertise have been put in generating tools to practice critique. Our research explores studio-based critique typologies and pedagogical approaches used collectively across disciplines. In this presentation, we will introduce the results of a group effort to understand and rethink critique practices in Art and Design education. We will showcase and distribute the first iteration of a participatory open archive of critique techniques, informed by the data gathered during the Crit the Crit FLC. We will also share a tool to collect additional entries from different disciplines, approaches, and pedagogical styles. This catalog serves a platform to rediscover critique and explore new methods, furthering the discourse.

2018 AICAD Symposium
Cultivating Practices of Good Citizenship: Faculty Learning Communities and Collaborative Meaning Making, Chicago
Pratt Institute sponsored a two-year Scholarship of Teaching and Learning initiative involving 40 full-time and part-time faculty in live, crossdisciplinary Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). The panel highlights the work of three FLCs, Transfer of Learning, Crit the Crit and e-Portfolio. FLC participants grounded their pedagogical inquiry and practice in collaborative meaning making across disciplines. Participants first defined, described, and categorized particular teaching and learning processes in their disciplines then developed common terminologies, typologies, and visual approaches for documentation and analysis. The FLCs’ organic research approach evolved as faculty wrestled with ways to examine teaching across diverse studio and nonstudio disciplines. Through an iterative process, the FLCs engaged faculty across the institute through workshops, studio visits, and interviews. Within the academic context, the FLCs cultivated the practices of good citizenship similar to those found in the broader society by promoting inclusive participation, engaging the public and reaching out across differences.

2018 Fall Forum: Teaching as Learning, Learning as teaching
The anti-bias critique, With Camille Tiona Martin-Thomsen, New York
Providing and receiving feedback through a critique session is a fundamental part of any creative endeavor. It is regularly practiced both in academia and professional industries and is considered a vital part of the development of a creative piece. As facilitators of the Crit-the-Crit FLC we examined some of the challenges of our group effort to understand and rethink critique practices in Art and Design education. Crit-the-Crit explored studio-based critique typologies and methodologies used in our institution. It investigated the pedagogical approach and the various methods used to perform critiques in different fields. This presentation will provide an in-depth analysis of a few critique cases to draw attention to their pedagogical implications. If each critique method can be understood in terms of underlying values, assumptions, and beliefs, which critique techniques address conscious and unconscious biases? Which methods can address issues of racial, class and gender discrimination?

2018 Other ways of knowing Class
Decolonizing Design Education, School of Design, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

2018 Logic Issue 5: Launch event
The Museum of Failed Startups, New York, With Sha Hwang
The purest way to study startup as a culture is through failure.

2017 AICAD Annual Conference: Student Success
A dialogical model for studio critiques in Design Education, New York
In this study I present a model of feedback typologies for design education to support sustainable assessments during critique sessions and the results of a qualitative research conducted to evaluate the model impact on the student body. I argue that critique should function as a public social reality where student and faculty meet to talk about Design; it has to be built together within a dynamic exchange of arguments and feedback. The role of critique in design education, in fact, transcends its assessment function. Studio critiques are the moment in which students learn to become members of a community of practice, where the relationships between different members of that community are negotiated, where the ethos of an individual as a designer is voiced, where independent thinking is nurtured, where the culture of egalitarian working space can emerge, where social relationships and professional identities are developed and where self analysis and reflection are mastered.

2017 AICAD Annual Conference: Student Success
Linking Faculty Development to Student Learning, New York
This session describes the work of faulty engaged in the cross-disciplinary scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) in the fields of design, fine arts, architecture, and general education. Faculty will describe how they have individually and collectively defined and examined the ways that critique, transfer and narrative processes can support student learning within and across academic departments and levels of learning. Presenters will share their shared mental models through the taxonomies, lexicons and visual tools they developed for observation and research in studios and classrooms. Their scholarship considers how faculty can support the social, emotional and cognitive domains of learning which are integral to student success in higher education.

2017 Creative Tech Week
The Data Storytelling and Visualization Panel, with Manuel Lima and Heather Shapiro, May 20, New York
Charles Matz, Manuel Lima, Gaia Scagnetti, Heather Shapiro give a Panel covering Data Storytelling and Visualization on May 20 at the Creative Tech Week 2017 Conference Hub in New York City. Creative Tech Week is the premier gathering for people who work at the intersection of creativity and technology.

2016 Visualized
The interdisciplinary evolution of communicating complex data , New York
What are we looking for in data visualization? Why do we visualize everything? Why is data vis so popular (at level of society)? What is its function for this time and society? Datavis is not just a design tool, or a technology, but an apparatus as Foucault wrote “I understand by the term 'apparatus' a sort of-shall we say formation which has as its major function at a given historical moment that of responding to an urgent need. The apparatus thus has a dominant strategic function.” HandOut

2016 The Conference
Internet of Things Dystopia, Malmo, Sweden

Dashboards are Easy Visualization Is Hard

2015 Visualized 2015
Critical Thinking: Evolving the Data Visualization Community , New York

2015 Design Incubation Colloquium 2.1.
Design Criticism in Search of a platform
, New York
We can consider the process of criticism to be equivalent to making strategic decisions it is a part of how we govern ourselves. Strategies are rarely discussed out in the public, but within a dedicated environment where the social rules of conduct are made explicit and intentions are shared. Similarly, design criticism should be fostered and cultivated within purpose-built platforms. Design criticism needs a home more than ever. Analysing, considering or dissecting design discourse is a contribution to the politics of truth and criticism is the art of not being governed quite so much.

2013 Thailand Cultural and Design Center and Bangkok University
Why Information Visualization. in Infographic in Thailand workshop

2012Stanford University, California
Information Visualization limits and promises. in Visualizing Complexity and Uncertainty workshop

2012 Bangkok University Public lectures series
Information Visualization and design

2012 Open Data: from numbers to pictures, TheSync, Bangkok, Thailand
The relevance of information visualization

2012 TEDx Bangkok
Diagramming Information Visualization: story of an addiction

Twenty years ago the area of information and data visualization were of interest to only a small group of tech-obsessed individuals who shared a passion for data. In the last ten years however, we have witnessed an exponential increase in its popularity. Not only are diagrammatic reasoning and visual epistemology becoming readily accepted methods of research in many academic domains, but at the same time infographics and infovis have grabbed the attention of a larger mainstream audience.
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2011 PhD Course in Design Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
Diagramming together

2011 Tecnológico de Monterrey - Academic Leaders Program
Visual epistemology for design in complex systems
We, Visual Designers are like the ancient cartographers we produce representations of the world, as we know it. Visual Design should not be imagined as a line but more as a circle: we explore our world and we represent it, and we use our representation to explore the world and to understand it.

2011 Tecnológico de Monterrey - Academic Leaders Program
The Significance of Visualization: Path, Development and Promises
Visualization is an ancient human device, yet in the last couple decades, has seen a marked increase of interest from and influence upon various disciplines.
In this lecture we will attempt to understand the future impact of these incipient forces will have upon the research and contemporary discourse on the field of Visual Languages.

2010 MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Persuasive technologies within sustainability
In the transition toward a sustainable development that has been addressed as a prior necessity for contemporary society, design is playing a fundamental role. In the last decade the approach to sustainable design has been constantly extending from an effort in reducing product and services environmental impact to the process of facilitating the transition to a pervasive sustainable living.

2009 Politecnico di Milano - Design in progress 2009
Complexity and design: fostering the dialogue for creating knowledge
The design discipline should play an active role in this dialogue providing practical experience, solution and tools: in particular Communication design should be aware of the importance of its role as the communication between elements is the key factor in understanding complex systems and the visual language has emerged as one of the most powerful tools in dealing with complex problems.

2008 Politecnico di Milano - Design in progress 2008
Designers sensitivity. Designers ability as constructivist tools for qualitative research
The study underlines the limits of prescriptive methods and through the concept of Designer sensitivity - the peculiar and characteristic viewpoint of the designer researcher - suggests a generative hybridization and adaptation of knowledge of other disciplines.

2007 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University - IASDR 2007
Reshaping communication design tools
The structural features analysis of Complex Systems has been the key point to outline a methodology to offer designers a new mindfulness in the use of design tools. This methodology provides a theoretical framework that incorporates many tools suggesting a different use of them with a special attention to improve the designer’s consciousness of the system he is designing in.