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Heather Snyder Quinn at CAA Design Incubation Colloquium

January 15, 2018

VCFA MFA candidate Heather Snyder Quinn was invited for the second year in a row to serve as a career development and portfolio mentor at The College Art Association’s Annual Conference in Los Angeles, CA. She will work with artists and designers in one-on-one meetings, review their work and provide suggestions for navigating the field. In addition, Heather’s research was accepted into the Design Incubation Colloquium 4.2: CAA 2018 Los Angeles. Her talk is titled “Leveraging the Smartphone as a Teaching Tool” and includes design work from both her DePaul undergraduate students, as well as VCFA graduate Dannell MacIlwraith’s students from Kutztown University.

The talk focuses on the phone as an extension of one’s hands—a portable sketchbook and creative tool that can be hacked and used in unintended ways. Additionally, she demonstrates how students can extend this method to both past technologies and those yet to be imagined—fostering adaptive, curious thinkers who are more comfortable in this rapidly evolving field. Lastly, she discusses how, by immersing ourselves in the capabilities of, and ever-present reliance upon our smartphones, we can raise awareness and open the classroom conversation to discuss ethical implications in design, including privilege, accessibility, inclusion, privacy and addiction.