Category Archives: Berlin student exchanges

  • mission

    Sticks+Stones explores interpersonal and intercultural issues among students diverse in ethnicity, religious practice, heritage, gender, and sexual orientation. Sticks + Stones’ innovative course structure and curriculum expands students’ knowledge of regional and global subcultures, forces a reconsideration of existing preconceptions, and exposes some of the fallacies embedded in the common act of stereotyping groups and individuals.

  • principal investigators

    Mark Biddle
    Professor of Art
    Weber State University
    mark [at]

    Audra Buck-Coleman
    Assistant Professor
    Graphic Design
    University of Maryland College Park
    audra [at]

    Ann McDonald
    Associate Professor
    Graphic Design
    Northeastern University
    ann [at]

  • project news

    Core77 Blog featured Berlin 2010 project in a follow-up post
    Core77 Design Award 2011: Sticks+Stones, Winner for Design Education Initiatives

    The Ogden Standard Examiner featured Sticks+Stones in
    WSU students: What would you say behind my back?

    University of Maryland featured Sticks+Stones in ARHU assistant Professor wins Core77 Design Award

    Weber State University featured Sticks+Stones in Visual Arts Collaboration Earns International Award

    Salt Lake City Deseret News featured Sticks+Stones in
    Weber State students win award for letting people say things behind their backs

    Audra Buck-Coleman presented Identifying Potential Pitfalls + Windfalls in Collaborative Projects at Glide‘10

    View a synopsis of the Sticks+Stones Berlin 2010 symposium on Focus on China Design

  • awards

    Sticks + Stones was awarded winner of the 2011 Core77 Design Awards, Design Education Initiatives. view award site >

    Core77 Design Awards is a global competition of design professionals and students. This year marked the inaugural year of the competition. “Recognizing excellence in all areas of design enterprise, the Core77 Design Awards celebrates the richness of the design profession and its practitioners. … For this first program, dedicated jury teams based around the globe gathered in eight countries to judge 15 categories of design practice.”


    Sticks+Stones was presented the Weber State University 2010 Exemplary Collaboration Award in recognition of the teamwork demonstrated by graphic design students and faculty from WSU, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Northeastern University and San Francisco State University. view article > view announcement >

  • presentations

    Choices: Identifying potential pitfalls and windfalls in collaborative projects Glide‘10 October 20, 2010

    Expectations versus Realities: The Rewards and Challenges of Global Collaboration a AIGA educators’ conference New Contexts/New Directions. October 9, 2010

    Bridging Diversity: Ethical Considerations in Design Education. Icograda World Design Congress. Icograda Education Network (IEN). October 26-30, 2009. Beijing, China.

    Culture Clash as Design Curriculum. The Third International Conference on Design Principles and Practices. Feb 15-17, 2009. Technical University. Berlin, Germany.

    Confrontation and Collaboration. session: Humanities in the Public Realm. The Role of the Humanities in Design Creativity International Conference. University of Lincoln. November 15-16, 2007. Lincoln UK.

    Tough Issues + Varied Perspectives + Multiple Locations + Extreme Optimism: The Process of Running a Multiple University Design Course. Intent/Content AIGA Education Conference 2007. May 31-June 2, 2007. Nashville, TN.

    Sticks+Stones: A Collaborative Exchange Examining Labeling and Stereotyping. session: Collaboration and Participation in Design Practice and Education. Annual CAA College Arts Association Conference 2007. February 14-17, 2007. New York, NY.

    Sticks+Stones Design Inquiry Conference, More Than Business as Usual 2006. Vinalhaven ME.

  • publications

    A. Buck-Coleman. Navigating cross-cultures, curriculum and confrontation: Addressing ethics and stereotypes in design education Visible Language, Global interaction in design special issue. vol 44.2, Summer 2010, pp. 107-206.

    A. Buck-Coleman, A. McDonald, M. Biddle. Bridging Diversity: Ethical Considerations in Design Education Iridescent: Icograda Journal of Design Research view article >

    A. Buck-Coleman, M. Biddle, A. McDonald. Culture Clash as Design Curriculum Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp. 53-70. view article >

    A. Buck-Coleman, M. Biddle, A. McDonald. Confrontation and Collaboration The Role of the Humanities in Design Creativity International Conference University of Lincoln. Lincoln UK. download article>

    Sticks+Stones: A Collaborative Exchange Exploring Labeling and Stereotyping in Graphic Design Exhibit catalog published to accompany exhibit of student work created as part of Sticks+Stones project, Essays also published as part of exhibit kiosk and on download from 2006 project web site >

  • resources

    R. Bailey. Immigration and Migration. Infobase Publishing. New York NY. 2008.

  • events

    2010 symposium
    Universität der Künste
    Berlin, Germany

    2010 exhibit
    designtransfer gallery
    Berlin, Germany

  • Berlin symposium participants

  • Bilkent University

    Ankara, Turkey
    Güclü Aydogdu
    Sera Cakiroglu
    Basak Gokce

  • Northeastern University

    Boston MA, USA
    Christie O’Laughlin
    Kate Terrado
    Ann McDonald, faculty

  • Shandong University of Art & Design

    Ji’nan, Shandong Province, P.R. China
    Kang Kai
    Sun Lu
    Li Lingjun
    Xu Yichen
    Ma Wen
    Liu Mengdie
    Yang Shuai
    Li Yang
    Liu Xinkun
    Zhang Xiao
    Shi Zengquan, dean
    Hou Liping, faculty
    Wang Xiaofeng, faculty
    Zhang Xiaojuan, faculty

  • Universität der Künste

    Berlin, Germany
    Anna Cairns
    James Ellison
    Karolina Hałatek
    Catherine Kirk
    Rotem Peleg
    Philipp Tögel
    Xingzheng Jin
    Thomas Zimmermann
    Ulrich Schwarz, faculty
    Charlotte Driessen, faculty

  • University of Maryland

    College Park, Maryland USA
    Brittany Atkinson
    Katie Friedgen
    Shai Goller
    Talia Hillman
    Christie Liberatore
    Jaimie Mertz
    Todd Nelson
    Joanna Shieh
    Anna Tulchinskaya
    Jessy Weiss
    Lilian Yu
    Audra Buck-Coleman, faculty

  • Weber State University

    Ogden, Utah USA
    Crissy Barney
    Sam DeMastrie
    Jennifer Hadley
    Britni Howe
    Chanel Licheld
    Jeff Madsen
    Mark Biddle, faculty

  • sponsors

    Stick + Stones rec­og­nizes the gen­er­ous sup­port of the following organizations and individuals:

    Bilkent University
    Nancy H. Clarvit
    DAAD German Academic Exchange Service
    Northeastern University Undergraduate Research Fund
    Shandong University of Art and Design
    Universität der Kunste Berlin
    University of Maryland College of Arts & Humanities
    University of Maryland Center for Teaching & Excellence
    Weber State University College of Arts and Humanities

  • additional contributors

    cultural workshop leader
    Sophia Stepf

    guest lecturers
    Gökçen Demiragli
    Kreuzberg Museum

    Vladimir Llovet Casademont
    Serge Rompza
    NODE Berlin Oslo

    Florian Hardwig
    manuscribe research

    Peter Winkles

    Next Interkulturelle Projekte
    Haus der Kulturen der Welt

    Yang Liu
    Yang Liu Design

    administrative assistance
    Wilfried Beuster, UdK accountant

    Matthias Maercks

    exhibit execution assistance
    Maria Fountoukis
    Lisette Berndt
    Lena Marbacher
    Ilka Schaumberg

    UdK Typography class
    Teresa Besser
    Melanie Bossert
    Eugen Bräunig
    Vinzent Britz
    Lisa Bukall
    Sujin Choi
    Benjamin Courtault
    Marius Förster
    Irina Gertmann
    Stefan Höderath
    Jens Ludewig
    Julia Lingertat
    Benjamin Maus
    Markus Mrugalla
    Naomi Mulla
    Donnie O’Sullivan
    Gulnara Petzold
    Robert Preusse
    Nina Ritter
    Soo-Im Jung
    Leon Schmid
    Timo Schmitt
    Carla Streckwall
    Stefan Stubbe
    Lena Teuber
    Philipp Tögel
    Wanja Toselli
    Rafael B. Varona
    Julia Volkmar
    dominik wagner
    Felix Worseck
    Simone van Eldik, faculty

    Vera Garben
    Branka Hanisch
    Philipp Hoffmann
    Antonia Aravena Llanca
    Marie-France Ryder