Curriculum Vitae

Murnieks

 
 

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My teaching career began rather abruptly when I was offered a graduate teaching associate position at Ohio State. Just when I was mentally prepared to return to graduate school after eight years of professional work, yet another challenge presented itself. Pursuing a purely research oriented goal was already a welcome change to the relentless pace of projects and deadlines in the working world. But the structure and dedication to a teaching schedule became a grounding feature to my three years in graduate school.


The course I would teach for the next three years was the rudimentary introduction to design—the entry level (“weed-out”) class in the department. Ironically, back in the day, I did not do so well in this class as a student. Looking back, I now realize the instructor was a full professor of industrial design with a wealth of knowledge. But I could not access the information with the same zeal he had for it. As a freshman with no real appreciation for the design field, I believe that I just could not comprehend the “inside” and expert information. As the instructor, my goal was to convey the content from a point of view that the green student could access.


The department purports user-centered design, so this would become my approach to every class I taught. Since graduating, I would be offered other classes as a senior lecturer that were much smaller, studio-based and submerged in technology. This lead me to my next tenet for teaching: it is all about design—not the technology. I refuse to list a series of computer applications on my own resumé, so I endeavor to convince my students that solid design fundamentals are the real prize (rather than “learning Flash”). This is an ongoing struggle when the learner perceives the tool as the hero rather than the designer. It comes down to a teaching style because it is so difficult to separate the machine from the design process…after all, in the case of web design, the design tool also happens to be the medium.


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OVERVIEW OF EDUCATION

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Department of Industrial, Interior, and Visual Communication Design
Master of Fine Arts in Design
June 2005

Fachhochschule Wiesbaden, Germany
Kommunikationdesign and Innenarchitekture
One Semester Study Abroad
March 1996

The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Department of Industrial Design
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
Specializing in Visual Communication
August 1996

Andre Christopher Murnieks

Is it easier or more universal if a door needs cautionary labels? Technology has advanced the operation of a door to the point that we need instructions.