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Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt

The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for human connection

Kelly Murdoch Kitt

Friday, November 13, 2020
8:00 pm


Virtual Event

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Design­ing for human con­nec­tion and mutual respect are com­mon threads in User Expe­ri­ence (UX) Designer Kelly Murdoch-Kitt’s projects. Mov­ing beyond the user expe­ri­ence of the dig­i­tal land­scape, Mur­doch-Kitt exam­ines ways that UX can aid in inclu­siv­ity and empow­er­ment and explores how to improve the ways peo­ple work together. Span­ning many dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines, Murdoch-Kitt’s recent projects have included process design for the improved care of heart patients, an online plat­form that fos­ters cross-dis­ci­pli­nary col­lab­o­ra­tion in acad­e­mia, and a long-run­ning research project on improved human con­nec­tion between remote col­lab­o­ra­tors from dif­fer­ent cul­tural back­grounds. Mur­doch-Kitt and her research part­ner, Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor Denielle Emans, PhD, of Vir­ginia Com­mon­wealth Uni­ver­sity School of the Arts in Qatar, have devel­oped over 30 visual think­ing activ­i­ties ded­i­cated to the task of ini­ti­at­ing and sus­tain­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive inter­cul­tural work. Though the par­tic­i­pants in their study have been design stu­dents based in the United States and Mid­dle East, they define the term inter­cul­tural col­lab­o­ra­tion more broadly — involv­ing teams work­ing across national bor­ders, but also across dif­fer­ent fields of study, pro­fes­sions, cul­tures, and social dif­fer­ences. These visual think­ing activ­i­ties, along­side their frame­work for inter­cul­tural team­work, are the focus of their new book, Inter­cul­tural Col­lab­o­ra­tion by Design: Draw­ing from Dif­fer­ences, Dis­tances, and Dis­ci­plines through Visual Think­ing, pub­lished by Rout­ledge in 2020.

Mur­doch-Kitt worked as a graphic designer in Raleigh, North Car­olina before com­plet­ing her Master’s in Graphic Design at North Car­olina State Uni­ver­sity. Prior to join­ing fac­ulty at the Stamps School of Art & Design, Mur­doch-Kitt served as an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the School of Design at the Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy. She also taught in the Graphic Design Pro­grams at the Uni­ver­sity of San Fran­cisco and Cal­i­for­nia Col­lege of the Arts. Her excel­lence in teach­ing and con­tri­bu­tions to ser­vice within the dis­ci­pline have been rec­og­nized by the Design Incu­ba­tion Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Design Edu­ca­tor Awards. Orig­i­nally from Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, Mur­doch-Kitt believes that grow­ing up at an inter­sec­tion of social inequities led her to explore ways that design could bring peo­ple together equitably.

Note: Use this form to sub­mit your ques­tion for Kelly Mur­doch-Kitt about her talk, Design­ing Beyond the Screen: Design­ing For Human Con­nec­tion.” Mur­doch-Kitt will respond to your ques­tions on her research project Insta­gram account, The ORBIT Project (@theorbitproject).


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