Professor of English, Rhetoric Director
BioMy research focuses on developing tools for communication design. My work in the past several years has addressed problems and opportunities associated with the design of digital communication media. In my book, (MIT Press, 2003), I proposed a descriptive model of design—along with a series of computational experiments—that would allow designers to represent design solutions that are responsive to dynamic changes in the information recipient's intention, in the situation, and in the information. I also explored Kinetic Typography, a study of how different situated meanings of written text emerge by expressing the text using animated forms. Recently, I have begun to work on developing a theoretical framework that would allow us to analyze how surface visual design decisions relate to rhetorical effects. I have also been collaborating with David Kaufer on rhetorical text analysis. In this project, I have been developing computational tools for analyzing rhetorical effects through surface patterns of English. The results of this collaboration have been published in (Erlbaum, 2004), co-authored with David Kaufer, Jeff Collins, and Brian Butler. I am also a practicing interaction and visual designer.