Dan Boyarski is professor and former head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), where he has been for 35 years. He teaches courses in typography, information and interaction design, and time-based communication at graduate and undergraduate levels. His interests lie in visualizing complex information, interface and interaction design, and how word, image, sound, and motion may be combined for effective communication. Dan started teaching kinetic typography and motion graphics in 1994 and continued until his last class in the fall of 2016.

Dan has conducted research for organizations like Samsung, IBM, Nortel, Microsoft, Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Center for the Future of Work at CMU. He was involved in early interface design work at the Information Technology Center at CMU, where a campus-wide computer network was developed with IBM in the mid- to late-1980s. In the spring of 1999, the Design Management Institute awarded Dan the Muriel Cooper Prize for “outstanding achievement in advancing design, technology, and communications in the digital environment.” In 2014, he was named AIGA Fellow by the Pittsburgh AIGA.

Dan is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and symposia dealing with interaction design, design education, and design and new media. He was one of three co-organizers of the first national conference on interaction design in China, held in October 2009 at Tsinghia University in Beijing, where he gave the keynote address. He has taught short courses and workshops at schools in Korea, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Poland, Portugal, Costa Rica, and Canada.


Monday, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Design, Color, and Motion

With 45 years as Design teacher and professional, Dan Boyarski has observations that touch upon visual communication and the roles that color and motion play in the field. These may seem like disparate topics, but prepare to be convinced of their importance, especially with the variety of formats and media that designers work with today. This presentation will be a fun and illuminating ride!