Converge: Disciplinarities and Digital Scholarship encourages design educators, design researchers, and designers to take advantage of opportunities in digital scholarship, learn how to collaborate on interdisciplinary projects, and find new intersections within their existing research trajectories. To redefine what it means to be a designer and a design researcher today, we ask: How can design converge with digital scholarship in more than a superficial way? How might aspects of digital scholarship impact design research? What are the key questions at the intersection of design and the humanities?

This conference took place June 1-3, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.


Keynote Speakers

Johanna Drucker

Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, Department of Information Studies, UCLA



Casey Reas

Professor, UCLA Design Media Arts, and Co-Founder, Processing


Erik Loyer

Creative Director, The Alliance for Networking Visual Culture

Conference Location

School of Cinematic Arts (SCA)
University of Southern California
900 West 34th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211


Organizing Committee

Jessica Barness

Associate Professor, School of Visual Communication Design, Kent State University

Her research resides at the intersection of design, humanistic inquiry, and interactive systems, investigated through a critical, practice-based approach. She has presented and exhibited her work internationally, and has published research in Design and Culture, Dialectic, Visual Communication, and Message, among others. She recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Visible Language with Amy Papaelias entitled “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities” (2015).

Vicki Callahan

Associate Professor, School of Cinematic Arts, at the University of Southern California.

Her research and teaching is focused on the integration of theory and practice with attention to issues in film and media history, feminist studies, digital culture, media strategies for social change, and public scholarship. She was an NEH fellow for the inaugural workshop, “Scholarship in Sound and Image,” on Videographic Criticism at Middlebury College, and in 2015 she was in residence at University College Cork, Ireland as a Fulbright Scholar with a focus on digital media praxis.

Heather Corcoran

Director, College and Graduate School of Art; Professor, Design, Washington University in St. Louis

Her work explores relationships between information and expression in collaborative projects for social impact and self-generated projects for exhibition. She was lead author on the article “Making cancer surveillance data more accessible for the public through Dataspark,” published in Visible Language in 2013, and co-principal investigator on a grant funded by the National Cancer Institute (NIH), 2009-11. An exhibition of her work, Reading Time: Visual Timelines, Texts, and Canons, opened at Gallery 360 at Northeastern University in Boston in 2014.

Sarah Lowe

Professor, Graphic Design, University of Tennessee

Her work across technology, cultural heritage and museum studies researching the design of digital engagement with the public has led to research partnerships with The National Park Service, The US Holocaust Museum, and the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Her work has been presented at CUMULUS, NORDES and the Museum Computer Network (MCN) in addition to several DEC conferences. In 2012/13 she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oslo, Norway, researching the design of educational technologies in relation to learning theory.

Amy Papaelias

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design, SUNY New Paltz

She has presented her design research and pedagogy at Theorizing the Web, the Type Directors Club, NYC DH Week, TypeCon, and other DEC conferences. In 2013, Amy participated in One Week One Tool, an NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. She co-edited a special issue of the journal Visible Language with Jessica Barness entitled “Critical Making: Design and the Digital Humanities” (2015). She is a founding member of

Holly Willis

Chair, Media Arts + Practice, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

Former DEC Steering Committee co-chair, Holly works at the intersection of cinema, design, media literacy and the humanities. She co-founded and launched the practice-based Media Arts + Practice program integrating design research and critical theory/making, and is currently involved with USC’s Mellon-funded Digital Humanities Program supporting humanists in manifesting their research through media-rich experiences. She has helped organize and has presented at many previous DEC conferences, including New Contexts/New Practices, Schools of Thought III and NEXT


USC School of Cinematic Arts

Washington University in St. Louis

Kent State University: College of Communication and Information, School of Information, School of Visual Communication and Design

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