Research

My research focuses on three main areas:

Information-Triage: Interface development and user-testing Information-Triage: Interface development and user-testing

My scholarship has focused on the development of human-centered online interfaces that might help college-students better conduct academic research. This work includes the development of several speculative interface prototypes, and IRB approved user-testing studies that I conducted with WSU students in 2012. I am also interested in the use of metaphor to design interactive systems […]

Creation of digital art and creative experiments Creation of digital art and creative experiments

My current creative work focuses on the more poetic and ambiguous side of search, and includes several versions of a piece called An Exquisite Morass. The initial work was shown in the WSU Department of Visual Arts biennial faculty show in 2012, and presented at the WORDIMAGE/IMAGEWORD conference at the School of Visual Arts in NYC […]

Client-based design work as ZahabiDesign Client-based design work as ZahabiDesign

My professional design work as ZahabiDesign has included web design and programming for an international scientific organization, publication design for architecture projects, and logo/identity development and print design for an annual design forum. This work allows me to stay connected to life as a working designer, keeping my skills sharp and practiced, which I then […]

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Spoke at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)

Spoke at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER)

I was honored to be asked to speak about my work, An Exquisite Morass, at the DC Art Science Evening Rendezous in September! Here is the description from DASER’s website: “D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is a monthly discussion forum on art science projects providing a snapshot of the cultural environment of the region […]

Designed the Chapter Openers for <em>Designing the User Interface</em>: Sixth Edition

Designed the Chapter Openers for Designing the User Interface: Sixth Edition

I had the pleasure of working with Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant and several others on the newest edition of the seminal book: Designing the User Interface. My role in the project began in August of 2015—I was asked to design the opening pages for the sixteen chapters in the book. The authors also requested that […]

Moving to Maryland!

Moving to Maryland!

I have accepted a wonderful position at the University of Maryland in College Park as Assistant Professor of Graphic/Interaction Design in the Art Department there. I will begin my contact there in mid-August, and am incredibly excited about this new opportunity.

Teaching

I teach courses in interaction design, web design, motion design, typography and graphic design.