Designers who hit that sweet spot between form and code are currently called “Super Designers.” Such designers are in high demand. They understand how to solve problems using design thinking, how to develop exciting new forms and how to turn form into function through front end coding. Using available online tools, these designers subvert the traditional design process by moving quickly to working prototypes. And they do all this while connecting with their peers using social media. Super Designers understand that in order to respond quickly enough to our instant demand culture, they must have the skills to reach out to the larger community and solve projects together. In other words, “Hello hacker mentality.”
You want to be a Super Designer? Join us at Miami University for the MFA in Experience Design. Through coursework, independent projects and workshops with a multitude of visiting designers learn to build frameworks not products, embrace rapid prototyping, and make the construction of community a core focus of your work. Blur boundaries between the physical and digital as you join computer science students to take on projects through Miami’s new Augmented Reality Center—a center embedded within the MFA studio space.
Join us fall 2014 to begin your own transformation. In the meantime, here are some ideas of how to get started on your own:
Online Resources for Learning to Code
Code Academy http://www.codecademy.com/
Team Treehouse http://teamtreehouse.com/
Flex Your CoCreative Muscles
mechanical turk https://www.mturk.com/mturk/
Books To Inspire Your Worldview
Anderson, Chris, Free: The Future of a Radical Price (New York, NY: Hyperion, 2009).
Bohnacker, Hartmut, Benedikt Gross, Julia Laub and Claudius Lazzeroni, Generative Design: Visualize, Program, and Create with Processing (New York: Princeton, 2012).
Benkler, Yochai, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom ( New Haven: Yale University Press, 2006).
Bourriaud, Nicolas, Postproduction (New York: Lucas & Sternberg, 2005).
Fuller, Matthew, Ed, Software Studies\A Lexicon (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2008).
Jenkins, Henry, Sam Ford and Joshua Green, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture (New York: NYU Press, 2013).
Lessig, Lawrence, Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity (New York: Penguin, 2004).
Manovich, Lev. Software Takes Command (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013).
Reas, Casey, Chandler McWilliams and Jeroen Barendse, Form + Code in Design, Art and Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural press, 2010)
Rushkoff, Douglas, Program or Be Programmed: 10 Commandments for a Digital Age (New York: OR Books, 2010).