About GLIDE’12

GLIDE is both a biennial, virtual conference that disseminates cutting-edge research on global interaction in design and an evolving design research hub–a one-of-a-kind resource for those who seek pedagogical and technical strategies for global interaction and collaboration in their professional design or design-related courses or work.

GLIDE’s virtual conference format bridges cultural and geographic divides in an eco-friendly way. The conference takes place around October of even years and features cutting-edge research in the following formats:

  • Refereed full papers
  • Refereed poster papers

In even years, designers within the global design community are invited to submit proposals on topics related to the conference’s theme for presentation at a one-day, virtual conference later in the year.

In odd years, designers within the global design community are invited to submit reviews of books, conferences, software, and technologies on topics related to the advancement of design globally for GLIDE’s ongoing blog and documentation of design work related to advocacy for display in GLIDE’s gallery.

GLIDE’12 will promote research and critical thinking on international issues surrounding food, nutrition and health. Today, food is no longer viewed simply as nourishment, pleasure or an overly mass-produced product. Now, due to global industrialization, the way humans interact with food systems and production has reached a critical mass, requiring citizens of the world to consider the introduction of new methods and technological systems that will enable global cultures to remain healthy and viable in the foreseeable and unforeseeable future.


Above: GLIDE’12 focuses on issues of food, nutrition and health. Photo courtesy Michele Washington

Join us on November 7 starting at 13:50 USA time for critical dialogue with an interdisciplinary mix of scholars, centered around these key topics:


GLIDE is an interdisciplinary conference and thus, welcomes submissions from researchers, practitioners, educators and doctoral students from all disciplines that study communication design or integrate a communication design perspective in their collaborative research or projects on the global state of food production and consumption, nutrition, or health.

Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:

  • The role of communication design in addressing the issue of hunger and nutrition or the pursuit of good health
  • The role of communication design in effecting good health or engendering healthy nutritional habits for disease prevention or management
  • Collaborative research and practices between communication designers and other stakeholders on the creation of more eco-friendly and sustainable food systems and public policy regarding food displacement
  • The visual or design culture of food or health systems globally
  • The effectiveness of social media to manage food consumption, nutrition, or health

GLIDE’12 Team

Audrey Bennett (UNITED STATES) is a tenured associate professor of graphics at Rensselaer in Troy, New York. She has an M.F.A. in graphic design from Yale University’s School of Art and a B.A. in studio art from Dartmouth College. She penned the 2012 monograph titled “Engendering Interaction with Images” published by Intellect, UK and distributed in the US by Chicago University Press. Prof. Bennett is also the editor of “Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design” published by Princeton Architectural Press and co-Editor of ICOGRADA’s Design Education Manifesto 2011. She has won numerous awards for her graphic art including a College Art Association Professional Development Fellowship. Prof. Bennett is on the Peer-Review Panel for Iridescent, the Icograda Journal of Design Research. She is the founder of GLIDE, a biennial virtual conference; and director of baohouse.org, a virtual design studio for user-centered research on global images. Prof. Bennett’s research is funded by Google, The Coalition to Diversify Computing; The Society for Technical Communication; National Science Foundation; and AIGA, the professional association for design. Prof. Bennett studies cross-cultural and transdisciplinary communication with images that aim to effect social change.


Gloria Gomez, Ph.D. (DENMARK AND NEW ZEALAND)  has a Ph.D. in design from Swinburne University of Technology, and a Bachelor in graphic design from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. Her expertise in visual and interaction design mainly contributes to the advancement of educational research and practice, with some non-educational projects being undertaken as part of her design consultancy. She has worked in multidisciplinary projects such as the award-winning Proyecto Ludomatica in Colombia as well as the CmapTools software project in the United States. Her Ph.D., performed in Australia, was titled “Issues in Preschool Concept Mapping: An Interaction Design Perspective”. In New Zealand, she intermittently worked for the University of Otago in diverse research and professional capacities between 2008 – 2012, and is currently a strategic consultant in the educational and interaction design of OB3 – a web application for online academic study. Gloria has been recently appointed assistant professor of experience design at the University of Southern Denmark (Odense). Through all these experiences, she has developed research interests in and writes in multiple areas, including user-centred design research, childhood, and adult education, e-learning and instruction. You can find more about her work at www.gloriagomez.com.

Muthoni Kimani (SOUTH AFRICA) is a communication designer, weaver, painter, and gender activist. She works interdisciplinarily, crossing the boundaries of communication design, cultural branding, fine art, and gender. She has worked on major design and project management projects in South Africa at the feministafrica.org journal of the African Gender Institute, University of Cape Town; at the Robben Island Museum, MPLC Artists and Writers Residency project, the memorialisation project of the District Six Museum, as project manager at the Cape Africa Platform organizing the Cape Town Biennale CAPE07, as well as project manager at the Dr Rath Foundation, South Africa. Muthoni is currently a lecturer in Design at the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in gender and cultural theory in community art at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Michele Y. Washington (UNITED STATES)— is a designer, writer and design educator with a national reputation for bringing the work of African-Americans into mainstream design consciousness. She teaches in the Graduate Exhibition Design Program at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC; edits the blog “Cultural Boundaries“; and maintains a design consultancy, officeofmichelewashington, that focuses on branding strategy, design and cross-cultural research. Her research explores the significance of natural hair in black culture; the use of social media to facilitate global dialogue between women about natural hair; cross-cultural interaction between users and products; the impact of research in architecture, urbanism and visual and material culture on emerging global communities. Ms. Washington has penned essays for Print MagazineStudio Museum in Harlem blog, New York Spaces and the International Review of African American Art; and, she currently serves on the advisory board of XCD Cross-Cultural Community, and the AIGA Design Journey. Previously, Ms. Washington served on the board of the NYC chapter of the AIGA, the professional association for design and held positions as designer or art director in positions at The Chicago Tribune; The New York Times; Business Monthly; Essence and Self. She previously taught at Pratt Institute, the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and Parsons the Newschool of Design. Ms. Washington has an M.F.A in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts in NYC and an M.S. in Communication Design from Pratt Institute.

Adream Blair-Early (UNITED STATES) is a designer and educator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she works to develop cross-disciplinary design research initiatives and curricula with the college of engineering and the college of health sciences. Previously, Ms. Blair-Early worked as an interaction designer, educator and researcher for the University of Cincinnati (UC) in the College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning (DAAP) as well as their research initiative, The Center for Design Research and Innovation (CDRI) and the Live Well Collaborative (LWC), a joint venture between UC and Proctor and Gamble. Her research into principles of interaction and cross-disciplinary design curricula has been presented both nationally and internationally; and her work has been published in Visible Language, Design Issues, and The Journal of Design Principles and Practices. Ms. Blair-Early has an M.G.D. from North Carolina State University’s School of Design and a B.S. in graphic design from Bradley University.