Paul Young's notes from the 2007 AIGA Intent/Content Conference

On June 1–2, 2007, I attended and presented at an AIGA education conference
focused on research.


The conference was held at the Hilton in downtown Nashville
About 200 educators from the Southeast and the rest of the USA attended


Design educators networked and took in the southern atmosphere at nearby downtown Honky Tonks
One of the highlights of the conference was a screening of the new documentary "Helvetica" by Gary Hustwit


Conference attendees were able to choose from a menu of keynote speakers, concurrent break-out sessions and roundtable discussions
A wide range of topics were presented by educators from the theoretical to the practical, with subjects ranging from curation to ethics



Sessions attended:

Session 1.3 > Curation

  • Frank Baseman: One Exhibition, Two Institutions, Three Curators
  • Audra Buck, Ann McDonald: Tough Issues + Varied Perspectives + Multiple Locations + Extreme Optimism: The Process of Running a Multiple University Design Course
  • Paul Young: Personal Visions / Commercial Illustrations (presenter)

Session 2.3 > Integrating Digital Media

  • Julie Baher: How can Research be Incorporated into the Design Process?
  • Michael Arnold Mages: Digital Media and the Education of the Graphic Designer
  • Todd Duren: Holy Open Source Batman! Crime-fighting Projects, Tools and Resources for Design Educators

Session 3.5 > Design History

  • Samantha Lawrie: Reading, Writing, and Talking Design! An Alternative Approach to Teaching Graphic Design History
  • Donna Sepien: Teaching Design History in an Innovative Manner

Panel Presentation

  • On the Shoulders of Giants: The Rise of Research in Graphic Design
  • Panel: Ann McDonald, Matt Cooke, Elizabeth Throop; Moderators: Audrey Bennett, Paul Nini

Session 5.1 > Critique Methods

  • Kirsten Hardie: Creative Learning
  • Jane Venes: Getting Comfortable with Outcomes and Assessments
  • Kenneth Fitzgerald: The Graphic Equalizer




Also see pictures of Nashville