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Sticks+Stones Project Summary

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Sticks+Stones 2010 video

Sticks+Stones 2010

Sticks+Stones 2006

We are pleased to announce that Sticks + Stones was awarded winner of the Design Education Initiatives in this year’s Core77 Design Awards.

Core77 is a prominent online magazine and design space that that publishes and promotes design information. “Core77 provides a gathering point for designers and enthusiasts alike by producing design competitions, lecture series, parties, and exhibits.”

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.”

This year’s Core77 Design Awards competition marks the first time that design education has been recognized as an important category in a professional design competition.

During the online award presentation, Design Education Initiatives Jury Captain Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Design Anthropology at Swinburne University (Australia), noted: “What pushed Sticks + Stones to the top of our list was how it promoted cultural awareness by working WITH cultural diversity as opposed to just working on or about cultural diversity. … Sticks + Stones hit a chord in the current global climate of racial and cultural tension, while helping graphic design avoid most of its really bad habits of stereotyping.

“Its philosophy of social democracy has the potential to foster transformation through the promotion of empathy, mutual understanding and social justice,” Dr. Tunstall continued. “This was the project that made us feel good, made us really feel good, and the idea of being able to promote the possibilities of this model and the expansion of this model for design engagement in an educational setting as well as educational content again is why it is at the top list in terms of this Core77 Design Award.”

  • 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] sticksandstonesproject.org

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

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

  • 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 VisionUnion.net 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.”

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    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.