Art Dept. | Graphic Design for Accessibility Symposium

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@ 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Location: Free & Via Zoom, registration required
11:00—11:10am: Welcome
11:10—12:10pm: Presentation by John O’Neill followed by Q&A
12:10—12:30pm: Break and Virtual Social Mixer
12:30—1:30pm: Presentation by Andrea L. Cardinal followed by Q&A
Professor John O’Neill is a disability advocate and designer who brings awareness to ableism and disability rights. He serves as a Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), teaching graphic design, user experience (UX) design, and accessibility. His design practice consists of traditional graphic design and exploring design processes and methods to best achieve accessibility. John is also a photographer that explores urban and rural environments. Professor O’Neill’s design work has been recognized by HOW International Design Awards, Creative Quarterly, Graphis, the Center for Plain Language, the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, and Graphic Design USA, and his photography work has been recognized by Creative Quarterly, Graphis, iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS), the Midwest Center for Photography, the Colorado Photographic Arts Center, and Black Box Gallery. He is a published author and has presented nationally and internationally regarding design education, user experience, sensory design, and accessibility. Before coming to UMD, John taught graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia State University, and Chowan University. He has a BFA in Graphic Design from Virginia Commonwealth University, School of the Arts, and an MFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology, School of Design.
Andrea Cardinal is an experience designer and social practice artist originally from Flint, Michigan. She aims to reveal unrealized potential by mobilizing people and their resources to create justice in our communities. Her artwork is the design and management of immersive engagements, where new skills are discovered, camaraderie is built, and joyful labor is abundant. Her work focuses on building beloved-community through disability justice, working-class ethics, and interrogating vulnerability and violence. Cardinal is Assistant Professor of Design at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Co-Director of Talking Dolls Studio in Detroit, Michigan. The mission of Talking Dolls is to empower the northeast Detroit neighborhood through justice-focused initiatives, create a nexus of progressive art and community-led activism through access to the shop facilities, and use of this infrastructure for performances, celebration, and experimental art workshops. Talking Dolls is also home to a Banner and Poster Lending Library, from which the public can borrow oversize banners and hand-held placards for actions, to then be returned and re-used. Cardinal has run numerous workshops to add to the archive in support of some of the following organizations: Black Youth Project 100, The School for Poetic Computation with the Detroit Community Technology Project, Detroit Democratic Socialists of America, and the Summer Scholars program at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to this work, Cardinal is also sole proprietor of Tooth & Rag, LLC, a freelance design company with over fifteen years experience designing and concepting for clients at a variety of scales. Clients include The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Museum of the American Indian in New York, The Seidman College of Business, and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. She has designed and developed for all aspects of print, packaging, web, publication, exhibition, and user-experience design. Cardinal holds an MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2D Design, BA in the History of Art, and a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Michigan.
This event is hosted by Professor Taekyeom Lee, with welcome remarks by Professor Yeohyun Ahn, and funded by the Anderson Fund.