Presentations about my creative work and design pedagogy include: TypeCon (2012, 2007, 2005), the AIGA Design Educators Conference (2013, 2008), the UCDA Design Education Summit (2011), the Midwest Modern Language Association's Design and the Digital Humanities Panel (2013), among others. I am also currently part of several collaborative digital humanities initiatives and recently participated in One Week | One Tool, an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, hosted at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University (2013).
My creative work investigates the performative possibilities of expressive typography in screen and digital environments. Challenging the arbitrary boundaries between visual and verbal communication, the work explores themes related to font intelligence, relationships between vocal and visual representations of speech, and the emotive potential of kinetic texts. I am influenced and inspired by the personality of typefaces, visual expressions of language in digital conversations, new media theory, sociolinguistics and sound poetry.
A variety of tools are utilized, including sound-editing software, custom OpenType features, handwriting samples, voice recordings, a Speak and Spell, CSS3 animation and Craigslist’s Missed Connections. This work has been recognized in the pages of Print and Communications Arts, and online at the Graphic Artists Guild, UnBeige, Typographica, I Love Typography, Typedia, and Design Observer, and others.