Brad Tober /
Experimental Interface Lab

CV

Education

  • Master of Design (2011)
    York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design (2008)
    Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics (2008)
    University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York

Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Design + Visual Analytics (7/2016–present)
    College of Communication / College of Fine Arts, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Subject Matter Expert (9/2016–12/2016)
    Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia
  • Assistant Professor of Graphic Design (8/2011–6/2016)
    School of Art and Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
  • Graphic Designer (2/2009–12/2011)
    The Advantage Company, Buffalo, New York
  • Course Director (1/2011–4/2011)
    Department of Design, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Instructor (9/2010–12/2010)
    Interactive Digital Media Program, Centennial College, Toronto, Canada
  • Research Assistant / Interface Designer (5/2010–10/2010)
    Mandala Browser Project, Toronto, Canada
  • Teaching Assistant (9/2009–4/2010)
    Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, Toronto, Canada
  • Art Director (4/2008–12/2008)
    SCAD Student Media, Savannah, Georgia

Courses taught

  • Advanced Digital Interaction (UI)
  • Advanced Graphic Design I (UI)
  • Advanced Graphic Design II (UI)
  • Design Foundations I (UI)
  • Design + New Media II (BU)
  • Design Thinking Laboratory (UI)
  • Digital Interaction (UI)
  • Experience Design (CC)
  • Graduate Independent Study (UI)
  • Graphic Design Inquiry / Vertical Studio (UI)
  • Intermediate Graphic Design I (UI)
  • Introduction to Design for Non-Majors (online) (YU)
  • Introduction to Graphic Design (UI)
  • Introduction to Interactive New Media Art (YU)
  • Introduction to Visual Communication (online) (UI)
  • Introduction to Web Technologies (online) (UI)
  • Motion Graphics (BU)
  • Undergraduate Independent Study (UI)

Graduate student supervision

  • Supervisor / committee chair, Wenjun Wu, MFA in Graphic Design (2014)
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
    Now: User Experience Designer at LinkedIn, Mountain View, California
  • Committee member, Alex Dye, MFA in Graphic Design (2014)
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
    Now: Interaction Designer at Telepharm, Iowa City, Iowa

Awards

  • Award of Excellence (Category 5: Exhibition Catalog), 2012 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Competition, Smyrna, Tennessee.
  • Award of Excellence (Category 31: Integrated Campaign), 2014 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Competition, Smyrna, Tennessee.
  • Honorable Mention (Category: Interactive Media), 2014 International Design Awards, Los Angeles, California.
  • [with Valerie Hotchkiss et al.] Honorable Mention (Category: Access), 2016 Center for Research Libraries Primary Source Awards, Chicago, Illinois.

Publications

Exhibitions

  • "Rhein-Medall Community Art Exhibition." McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina (March 2007).
  • "Savannah Secession." Blankspace Gallery, Savannah, Georgia (May 2009).
  • "Ultralight." Gales Gallery, Toronto, Canada (September 2010).
  • "ABCU 2012." Indi Go Artist Co-op, Champaign, Illinois (April 20–22, 2012).
  • "School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition." Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (August 31–September 23, 2012).
  • "Mélange: 42nd Annual University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Competition." UCDA Design Conference, Montréal, Canada (October 13–16, 2012).
  • "COLLISION 18: Present." Boston Cyberarts Gallery, Boston, Massachusetts (November 9–December 14, 2012).
  • "Glitch Art 0P3NR3P0.NET Share Fest." Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Illinois (March 19, 2013).
  • "ABCU 2013." Indi Go Artist Co-op, Champaign, Illinois (April 12–14, 2013).
  • "School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition." Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (October 6, 2013–January 5, 2014).
  • "Taking a Line for a Walk." 26th International Biennial of Graphic Design, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic (June 19–October 26, 2014).
  • "School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition." Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (August 29–September 27, 2014).
  • "44th Annual University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Design Competition." UCDA Design Conference, Long Beach, California (September 20–23, 2014).
  • "iDEAS_14." 12th Annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) Conference, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah (November 5–7, 2014).
  • "SLINGSHOT 2015 Festival of Music, Art, and Tech." Athens, Georgia (March 26–28, 2015).
  • "Blank Arcade 2015." Diversity of Play: The 2015 Digital Games Research Association (DiGRA) Conference, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, Lüneburg, Germany (May 14–17, 2015).
  • "xCoAx 2015: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X." Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (June 25–26, 2015).
  • "School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition." Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (August 28–December 23, 2015).
  • "Stimulus / Response / Affect." Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, Michigan (October 17–November 22, 2015).
  • "Synthetic Zero." BronxArtSpace, New York, New York (December 12, 2015–January 9, 2016).
  • "Project Passion: Self-Initiated Explorations in Type." Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato, Minnesota (February 1–17, 2016).
  • "Oso Bay Biennial XIX." Weil Gallery, Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Texas (March 29–April 30, 2016).
  • "xCoAx 2016: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X." GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), Bergamo, Italy (July 7–8, 2016).
  • "FILE: Electronic Language International Festival." SESI–SP (Brazilian Industrial Social Services–São Paulo) Gallery of Digital Art, São Paulo, Brazil (July 11–August 21, 2016).
  • "Gallery of the 2016 AIGA Design Census," designcensus.org (January 18, 2017).
  • "China VISAP (Visualization Arts Program) 2017." The Fourth China Visualization and Visual Analytics Conference, Qingdao, China (July 17–19, 2017).

Presentations

  • "Amateur Vandals: Graphic Interventions in the City." College of Design Graduate Symposium, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (January 23, 2010).
  • "Gwigglerbooth: Reaping the Rewards of Mobile Internet Development." Materialities and Imaginaries of the Mobile Internet, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada (February 11, 2011).
  • "Case Study: Teaching a Studio-Based Course Using Moodle." Best Practices for Online Learning Workshop, York University, Toronto, Canada (March 2011).
  • "Gwigglerbooth @ ART&&CODE." Art & Code 3D, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (October 21, 2011).
  • "Making the Case for Code: Integrating Code-Based Technologies into Undergraduate Design Curricula." Catch 22: 2012 University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia (May 21, 2012).
  • "Creating with Code: Critical Thinking and Digital Foundations." Mid-America College Art Association Conference, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (October 4, 2012).
  • [with Valerie Hotchkiss and Kenton McHenry] Panel: "Colleagues or Rivals? Academic e-Publishing vs. Commercial e-Publishing in the Humanities." Digitize This: Exploring / Exploiting the Rise of Digital Arts and Digital Humanities, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts (November 3, 2012).
  • Presentation / Workshop: "Encod{ed/ing} Spaces." Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee (February 25, 2013).
  • [with Matthew Peterson] "One-on-One with iPads in a ‘Vertical’ Graphic Design Studio Course." 2013 University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit, Chattanooga, Tennessee (May 20, 2013).
  • "In Transition: Effectively Mapping the Traditional Pedagogical Media of Art and Design to the Digital Realm." 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) Conference, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia (June 11, 2013).
  • [virtual] "Structuring Asynchronous Online Courses in Art and Design for Effective Student Engagement." EDULEARN13: The International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, International Association of Technology, Education, and Development, Barcelona, Spain (July 1–3, 2013).
  • "Managing Functional iBook Design on the iPad at Early Levels." TypeCon 2013 Type and Design Education Forum, Society of Typographic Aficionados, Portland, Oregon (August 22, 2013).
  • [with Valerie Hotchkiss and Liana Diesendruck] Panel: "Virtual Vault: The Technology, Design, and Scholarship behind a New Model for Value-Added E-Books from Special Collections Libraries." Digital Frontiers 2013, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas (September 20, 2013).
  • "Evolving Evaluation: Looking Toward Lateral Thinking as a New Design Critique Model." AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) Connecting Dots Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (March 14, 2014).
  • [with Matthew Peterson] "Institutionalizing the Vertical Studio: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and the Logistics of Core Classes with Mixed-Level Students." AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) Connecting Dots Conference, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio (March 15, 2014).
  • "Validating the Invisible: Examining the Comprehensive Integration of Ideation in Code-Based Design Processes." Infrastructures of Creativity: A Conference on Institutions and Innovation in the 18th and 21st Centuries, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois (April 10, 2014).
  • "Maximizing Student Learning Opportunities by Implementing Agile Approaches to Interaction Design in the Classroom." 2014 University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit, Madison, Wisconsin (May 19, 2014).
  • Panel: "The Science and Politics of Design." 12th Annual International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) Conference, Utah Valley University, Orem, Utah (November 7, 2014).
  • "Visualizing Data with Code." Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (March 25, 2015).
  • "Data Aesthetics." Sensory Overload: A Conference on Big Data and Data Perceptualization, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia (March 27, 2015).
  • "Evaluation, Gamified: Developing Flexible Rubrics to Incentivize the Design Process and Recognize Differential Expectations Across Student Levels (Lessons from the Vertical Studio)." AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) Spaces of Learning Conference, York University, Toronto, Canada (April 18, 2015).
  • "Colorigins: Algorithmically Transforming Subtractive Color Theory Pedagogy." xCoAx 2015: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X, Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (June 26, 2015).
  • "Colorigins: Disrupting Color Theory Pedagogy with a Tactile Color Mixing and Matching Game." 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) Conference, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada (August 16, 2015).
  • "Improving the Health of Greater Peoria, Illinois: An Ongoing Case Study of Community Engagement in the Vertical Studio." AIGA (The Professional Association for Design) Design Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 8, 2015).
  • Panel: "Play, Response, and Learning." Stimulus / Response / Affect Symposium, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (October 17, 2015).
  • "Design by Tweet: Processing-Inspired Collaborative Creative Coding via Twitter." xCoAx 2016: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X, GAMeC (Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art), Bergamo, Italy (July 8, 2016).
  • "Colorigins: A Tangible Color Mixing and Matching Game." College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (March 27, 2017).
  • Presentation / Workshop: "Designing for Gaze using the EYEnteraction Prototyping Toolkit." College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina (March 24–27, 2017).
  • "Contemporary Designer as Mediator: Designing User-Centered Systems of Complexity and for Creativity." 2017 National Conference of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association, San Diego, California (April 13, 2017).
  • "Designing for Creativity: Contemporary Digital Culture and the Role of the Designer." REDO: The 2017 Conference of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design, Media, Design School Kolding, Kolding, Denmark (May 31, 2017).
  • [with Andrea Marks] "Envisioning a Backer-Centered Design Approach for Crowdfunded Projects." AIGA Converge Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (June 2, 2017).
  • "The 'General Contractor' of Academia? How a Meta- and Systems-Oriented Perspective May Position Designers as Facilitators of Cross-Disciplinary Academic Collaborations." AIGA Converge Conference, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (June 3, 2017).
  • "Lines in Motion: Situating Both [Lines of] Code and Graphical Time[line]-based Tools in Approaches to Digital Motion Design." Motion Design (MODE) Summit, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (June 8, 2017).
  • "Toward a Dynamic-Data-Visualization-Based Model for Building and Strengthening Communities." xCoAx 2017: Computation, Communication, Aesthetics, and X, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal (July 6, 2017).

Citations

  • Allmendinger, Leif. "Teaching Web Design as Media Understanding." Proceedings of the 2013 University and College Designers Association Design Education Summit. Smyrna, Tennessee: University and College Designers Association, 2013.
  • McNamara, Carmel, Merel Kokuis, and Kanae Hasegawa, eds. Masterclass: Graphic Design. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Frame Publishers, 2013.
  • Jager, Karen. "TypeCon's 2013 Educators Day." Society of Graphic Designers of Canada eNews. September 12, 2013.
  • Beck, Dave, ed. iDEAS_14 Exhibition Catalog. Orem, Utah: International Digital Media and Arts Association, 2014.
  • Rozier, Rayleigh. "Kids learn the finer points of circuits during Slingshot festival." Athens Banner-Herald. March 29, 2015.
  • Grace, Lindsay and Paolo Ruffino, eds. Blank Arcade 2015: Games Out of Joint Exhibition Catalog. Lüneburg, Germany: Digital Games Research Association, 2015.
  • Rabe, Andreas. "Spieleforscher treffen sich zur Konferenz in Lüneburg." NDR.de. May 15, 2015.
  • "Kinderreporter: Laura auf der Spieleforscher-Konferenz." logo! Die Welt und ich. ZDFtivi. Mainz, Germany. May 16, 2015.
  • Harris, Jenese. "Krannert Art Museum celebrates 90 years of faculty exhibitions." FOX Champaign News at Nine. Fox. WRSP, Champaign, Illinois. August 21, 2015.
  • Dharmasankar, Shivani. "Teaching Sans Textbook." buzz weekly. September 4, 2015.
  • Ludwig, Colleen and Vagner Whitehead, eds. Stimulus / Response / Affect Exhibition Catalog. Rochester, Michigan: Oakland University, 2015.
  • Cocchiarella, Fabrizio and Paul Booth. "Students as Producers: An ‘X’ Disciplinary Client-Based Approach to Collaborative Art, Design and Media Pedagogy." International Journal of Art & Design Education 34.3 (2015).
  • Barreto, Ricardo and Paula Perissinotto, eds. FILE (Electronic Language International Festival) São Paulo 2016 Exhibition Catalog. São Paulo, Brazil: FILE, 2016.
  • Barness, Jessica and Amy Papaelias. "Converge: A Sneak Peek." AIGA Design Educators Community. April 21, 2017.

Grants

  • Online Course Summer Stipend, $3,000, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (2012)
  • Creative Research Award, $4,000, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (2012)
  • [with Valerie Hotchkiss, Kenton McHenry, and Bill Regier] Innovation and Seed Funding, $10,000, University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (2013)
  • [with Mary Edwards, Lynn Dearborn, William Sullivan, Eric Benson, Andrew Greenlee, Lora Kathleen Brown, Earl Allen, and Kevin Hamilton] Extension and Outreach Initiative Funding, $124,525, Offices of Extension and Outreach and of the Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois (2014)
  • [with Andrea Marks] Research Support Funding, $2,143, College of Business, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (2017)