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Faculty Research Activity

Tasheka Arcenauex-Sutton

Tasheka Arceneaux-Sutton, Associate Professor

  • Research/Scholarship
    • Arceneaux’s research focuses on discovering Black people omitted from the graphic design history canon. She’s also interested in the visual representation of Black people in the media and popular culture, primarily through the lens of stereotypes.
  • Author
    • Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design, from the 19th through the 21st Century
    • Her essay “A Black Renaissance Woman: Louise E. Jefferson” is a part of a collection of essays in the book Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Graphic Design History, which releases in October of 2021 by Princeton Architectural Press.

Helen Armstrong, Professor

  • Research
    • Armstrong explores how machine learning might be leveraged through interface design to support decision making, lower barriers to access, and grant agency to users. 
    • Recent collaborations: SAS, Redhat, IBM, Sealed Air, WebAssign, Advance Auto Parts The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences

Kermit Bailey, Associate Professor

  • Research/Practice
    • Graphic design for community engagement and collaborative design processes (e.g. Mapping a Cultural Legacy in South Park East Raleigh knowledge maps)
    • “On Place, a Framework for Multidisciplinary Place-based Narratives,” (Co-investigator)

Dr. Russell Flinchum, Associate Professor

  • Research/Scholarship
    • Design history from the Industrial Revolution to present
    • 19th & 20th Century European and American architecture
    • 19th & 20th Century European and American painting and sculpture
  • Author
    • Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit (Rizzoli, 1997)
    • American Design (5 Continents/MoMA, 2008)

Jarrett Fuller, Assistant Professor

Jarrett Fuller
  • Author/Designer
    • Scratching the Surface, a podcast about design, theory, and creative practice
    • Designer and co-editor of Culture is Not Always Popular: Fifteen Years of Design Observer, published by MIT Press in 2018
    • Edited 1, 10, 100 Years: Form, Typography, and Interaction at Parsons, a forthcoming book on the history of the Parsons School of Design’s Communication Design program.
    • Launched, a free online library of design texts.
    • His work and writing has been featured in Eye Magazine, Architectural Digest, Curbed, The Architect’s Newspaper, and Design Observer.

Denise Gonzales Crisp, Professor

  • Scholarship/Creative Production
    • Typography and typographic tools
    • Improvisational pedagogy
    • Situational curation
    • Ornament in graphic design (DecoRational)
    • Alternative design writing
  • Author/Designer
    • Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames & Hudson, 2012)
  • Co-curator
    • Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern, (CAM Raleigh NC, 2012)
    • DesignInquiry: Futurespective (ICA MECA, Portland ME, 2019)

Dr. Deborah Littlejohn, Associate Professor

  • Research
    • Design pedagogy and curriculum, especially within online learning environments
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration
    • Multidimensional (2D, 3D, 4D) interface strategies for visualizing multivariate data, including the visual translation of scientific research for non-specialists
    • Design-based teaching and learning
  • Founding Editorial Board Member
    • Dialectic (AIGA)
  • Review Editor
    • Communication Design (Taylor & Francis)

Dr. Matthew Peterson, Assistant Professor

Matthew Peterson
  • Research
    • Co-Principal Investigator on Virtual Reality to Improve Students’ Understanding of the Extremes of Scale in STEMfunded by the National Science Foundation, with PI Karen Chen and Co-PI Cesar Delgado. This project is developing and testing an educational virtual environment — Scale Worlds — that allows students to grow up to the size of the unobservable universe or shrink down to the Planck length, as they learn about scale and improve their numeracy.
    • Theory development, visual analysis, empirical investigation, and production of complex visual displays for STEM education.
    • Theory development and empirical investigation of visual metaphor in advertising.
    • Classification and evaluation of visual representations in multimedia.
  • Author
    • “A Taxonomy of Cognitive Image Functions for Science Curriculum Materials: Identifying and Creating ‘Performative’ Visual Displays,” International Journal of Science Education (2021), with co-authors Delgado, Tang, Bordas, and Norville. 
    • “Anticipating Gaze-Based HCI Applications with the Tech Receptivity Interval: Eye Tracking as Input,” Visible Language (2020), with co-authors Tober, Littlejohn, and Hill.
    • “Aspects of Visual Metaphor: An Operational Typology of Visual Rhetoric for Research in Advertising,” International Journal of Advertising (2019).

Scott Townsend, Professor

  • Website:
  • Creative Production
    • Audience interaction and visual storytelling on issues of borders, traditional culture, diaspora, and effects on communities in transition
  • Scholarship
    • Participatory design
    • Design and social innovation
    • Public sociology
  • Essays and presentations
    • Design Philosophy Papers
    • Design and Culture
    • European Sociological Association
    • A4 Museum (Chengdu)
    • TU Delft
    • Chicago Art Institute
  • Recent selected venues and dissemination:
  • United States: Davis Gallery- exhibition and program: Center for Design and Material Culture University of Wisconsin (Madison) upcoming. 
  • Book chapter-Springer Verlag Series “Frontiers of Sociology and Social Research, in What People Leave Behind; “Rethinking Cultural Probes in Community Research and Design as Ethnographic Practice.” 2022.
  • Living Histories DSI project begun in Kefalonia Greece, 2019- continuing.
  • “Expanding on the capabilities of cultural probes through interaction principles for long-term interventions in communities.” University of Rome European Sociological Association, Qualitative Research Network, Conference, Rome, Italy. 2021.
  • Exhibition and exploratory research in Chengdu, China and hosted by A4 Museum December/January. 2019/2020.
  • Exhibition- Centre de design, Montreal. 2019.
  • Solo exhibition in United States at Charlotte and Phillip Haynes Gallery, Wake Forest University. Catalog introduction by Elizabeth Guffey. 2018.
  • Solo exhibition “Social Capital,” Dukakis Center (Boston and Thessaloniki Greece) and Institut Francais. Thessaloniki Greece. 2017.