Michael R. Gibson

Interaction Design MA Program Coordinator

Communication Design
Job Overview: 
Graduate Program Coordinator: Interaction Design and Design Research. Oversees learning experiences for MA candidates in Interaction Design and MFA candidates in Design Research, including the supervision of sponsored projects, capstone experiences and thesis and practicum projects. Teaches Interaction and User Experience Design, Critical Writing/Critical Methods, Design Research Theory and Methods, and Communication Design History. Co-coordinates human-centered, interaction design and user experience design projects with fellow Communication Design faculty members Keith Owens, Clinton Carlson and Troy Abel. These types of sponsored projects are facilitated on behalf of north Texas-based businesses, government and non-government orgs, communities/community groups and educational institutions.
Contact Information
ART 304
Areas of Expertise: 
Human-centered interaction and user-experience design, community-based and service-based participatory design, design education planning and practice, design research

Michael R. Gibson is a member of National Steering Committee for the Design Educators’ Community of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). His articles on integrating and teaching others to integrate select design processes with emerging technologies to positively affect the design of complex information systems have appeared in journals such as Visible Language, Information Design Journal, The International Journal of the Humanities, Zed: A Journal of Design Thinking, Design Education in Progress and several others. He has also lectured widely and has operated a private visual and interaction design consultancy for 30 years. Professor Gibson earned a BFA in Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute and holds an MFA in Graphic Design with a specialization in Design Research from the University of Michigan. As a design researcher, he has confronted issues involving children’s health and education, the broad facilitation of design education, urban revitalization, and the development of interactive, visual communication systems.