Industry professional and consultant in communication design, design thinking and creative pedagogy. Academic with an interest in design pedagogy, designer—stakeholder engagement, and design practice methodologies.
My research focus is participatory methodologies and collaborative processes online . The common thread of my research so far has been a critique of the norms and values embedded in the systems and aesthetics of communication design and to develop design that accommodates differences and conflict. In my research practice I combine a critical perspective with applied design research, where the design process can be seen as a method to explore social processes in detail rather than solving a specific problem.
Amanda Licastro is the Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric at Stevenson University in Maryland. Amanda’s dissertation “Excavating ePortfolios: Digging into a Decade of Student-Driven Data,” won the Calder Dissertation Prize in Digital Humanities in May 2016. Her work can be seen in Kairos, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, and Communication Design Quarterly. Amanda’s work on Virtual Reality was featured in The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Magazine.
Annie Laurie Nichols (they/them) worked as a graphic designer for over a decade before adventuring to St. Petersburg, Russia to teach English and business management for four years. After returning to the USA, they studied communication theory at University of Maryland, researching how people form communities and create connections with each other across difference. Now an Assistant Professor of Communication at Saint Vincent College, Annie Laurie’s primary research areas are in visual communication, digital culture, and rhetorical theory. When not reading, they can be found making art, cooking and eating strange foods, and designing board games.
…School of Visual Communication Design, Kent State University…
…Swinburne University of Technology: Hawthorn, VIC, Australia
2007-04 to 2012-02
PhD (National Institute of Design Research)
RMIT University: Melbourne, VIC, Australia
2004-03 to 2006-11-01
Graduate Diploma in Graphic Design (Communication Design)
University of Adelaide: Adelaide, SA, Australia
1996-03 to 1998-11-01
Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)…
…Governing Identities: Neoliberalism and Communication Design in 1990s Victoria, Australia
Published in: Design and Culture
Date published online: February 15, 2017
Link to paper on publisher’s site: Governing Identities: Neoliberalism and Communication Design in 1990s Victoria, Australia
Big Data Visualizations: Promises and Pitfalls
Published in: Communication Design Quarterly
Edition: 4 | Volume/Issue: 4 | Pages: 7-19
Link to paper on publisher’s site: Big Data Visualizations: Promises and Pitfalls
History, Power and Visual Communication Artefacts
Published in: Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice
Edition: 20 | Volume/Issue: 2 | Pages: 280-302
Link to paper on publisher’s site: History, Power and Visual Communi…
Dr Katherine Hepworth is a graphic design practitioner-researcher, currently employed as the Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism at The Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada Reno. She has over ten years professional experience as a graphic designer, focusing on information design and user experience for books and websites. Her current research interests are the relationship between visual communication and power, and visual communication effectiveness in higher education.
St.Amant, K. (2018). Reflexes, Reactions, and Usability: Examining How Prototypes of Place Can Enhance UXD Practices. Communication Design Quarterly, 6(1): 45-53.
St.Amant, K. (2017). Of friction points and infrastructures: Re-thinking the dynamics of offering online education in technical communication in global contexts. Technical Communication Quarterly, 26(3): 1-19.
St.Amant, K. (2017). The cultural context of care in international communication design: A heuristic for addressing usability in international health and medical communication. Communication Design Quarterly, 5(2):62-70.
St.Amant, K. (2017). Mapping the context of care: An approach to patient-centered design in international contexts. ConneXions: International Professional Communica…
Kirk St.Amant is a Professor and Eunice C. Williamson Endowed Chair in Technical Communication at Louisiana Tech University where he is also a Research Faculty member with Tech’s Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science (CBERS). He researches how cognition affects usability and the design of technology with a focus on international health and medical contexts and international online education. Kirk has worked on international projects with a number of industry, governmental, and non-profit organizations and has taught for universities in Belize, China, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Qatar, Ukraine, and the United States. Kirk is also an Adjunct Professor of International Health and Medical Communication with the University of Limerick in Ireland, and he is an affiliated faculty member in the Texts & Technologies Program at the University of Central Florida and a Research Fellow/Expert in Residence with the Ghana-based African Centre for Science and International Security (AFRICSIS).
My research interests include digital humanities, open source design, new media theory & practice, user exeperience design and medieval rhetoric. (And yes, there is a logical connection between technology and medieval rhetoric!) I am also the associate editor for the journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. Before returning to graduate school I worked in the information technology sector as a project manager, interaction designer, systems designer, Y2K integration manager, web designer/architect, and technical communicator.