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Hye-Jin Nae

Assistant Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design

Hye-Jin Nae

Assistant Professor

School of Design
College of Art and Design


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National/International Competition Award Winner
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. International Design Awards. Bronze, Multimedia/Mobile/Web Application Design. Los Angeles, CA, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Indigo Design Awards. Gold, Apps for Social Change, Freelancer. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Indigo Design Awards. Gold, Integrated Graphic Design for Social Change, Freelancer. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Indigo Design Awards. Freelancer of the Year 2021-Shortlist Winners. Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. The American Advertising Awards. Gold, Online Interactive Digital Publications, Campaign. Rochester, NY, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. W3 Awards. Gold, Mobile App & Sites. New York, NY, 2021.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Communication Arts Design Competition. Finalist, Identity Manual. Menlo Park, CA, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. RIT College of Art & Design. Frank J. Romano Endowed Prize for Publishing Entrepreneurship. Rochester, NY, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Graphic Design USA. Winner, UX Design Application, American Web Design Award. New York City, NY, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. UCDA. Gold, Mobile Application, UCDA Design Awards. Smyrna, TN, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. UCDA. Excellence, Digital Design, UCDA Design Awards. Smyrna, TN, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin. Graphic Design USA. Winner, Public Service, American Graphic Design Awards. New York City, NY, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. UCDA. Judges Choice, Digital Design, UCDA Design Awards. Smyrna, TN, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin, Adam Smith, and David Borkholder, PhD. Personalized Healthcare Technology Research Initiative at RIT. Winner, GDUSA American Inhouse Design Awards. New York, New York, 2018.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. "Building a System of Open Access Digital Materials for Creative Online Activism." the Fifteenth International Conference on Design Principles & Practices (virtual). University of Monterrey. Monterrey, Mexico. 5 May 2021. Conference Presentation.
Nae, Hye-Jin, et al. "On Human-Centered Design Panel Discussion." ITX UX 2019: Beyond the Pixels. ITX. Rochester, NY. 5 Oct. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. "Digital Literacy and Capacity Building to Counter Extremist Narratives." Digital Forum on Terrorism Prevention. Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA. 11 Sep. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Published Conference Proceedings
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. "Reestablishing a Collaborative Research Project Practice in an Academic Environment." Proceedings of the UCDA Design Education Summit. Ed. Michael Clayton, Johnathon Strube. Smyrna, TN: University & College Designers Association, 2021. Print.
Nae, Hye-Jin. "Experience, Learn and Design to be Inclusive, Raise Awareness and Persuade in an Interdisciplinary Program." Proceedings of the AIGA National Design Conference, Design Education Symposium, April 4–6, 2019, Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA. Ed. The AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC). Pasadena, California: n.p., 2019. Print.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. "Stealing Bubblegum: Design Ethics and Intentionality." Proceedings of the FITC Spotlight: Design Ethics. Ed. FITC. Toronto, ON: n.p., 2019. Web.
Nae, Hye-Jin. "Typography Education in an Interdisciplinary Program Through Inclusive Projects." Proceedings of the Typography Day 2017, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, Feb 23-25, 2017. Ed. Dr. Sumanthri Samarawickrama and Prof. Ravi Poovaiah. Katubedda, Moratuwa, Sri Lanka: n.p., 2017. Web.
Nae, Hye-Jin and Tim Wood. "Design is STEM! Understanding Interdisciplinary Design Practice, Education and Research." Proceedings of the AIGA Converge, LA, University of Southern California, June 1-3, 2017. Ed. Jessica Barness, et al. Los Angeles, CA: n.p., 2017. Web.
Nae, Hye-Jin. "Motion Design for Data Visualization and Interactive Prototypes." Proceedings of the Motion Design Education Summit 2017. Ed. Andre Murnieks and Rebecca Tegtmeyer. Columbus, OH: Routledge/Focal Press, 2017. Web.
Nae, Hye-Jin. "Multidisciplinary New Media Design Undergraduate Program." Proceedings of the Digital Media and Learning Conference. Ed. Andres Lombana-Bermudez, et al. Irvine, CA: DML, 2017. Web.
Nae, Hye-Jin. "An Interdisciplinary Design Education Framework." Proceedings of the Design for Next. Ed. Loredana Di Lucchio, Lorenzo Imbesi, and Paul Atkinson. Rome, Italy: Taylor & Francis, UK, ISBN 978-1-138-09023-1, 2017. Web.
Published Game, Application or Software
Nae, Hye-Jin and Miguel Cardona. Ex-Out Creativity Handbook. Phone or Smart Device App. MAGIC Spell Studios, LLC. 2020.
Full Patent
Nae, Hye-Jin, et al. "Graphical User Interface for Computer Screen." U.S. Patent D612860. 20 Mar. 2010.
Nae, Hye-Jin, et al. "Transitional Computer User Interface for a Display Screen." U.S. Patent D621850. 17 Aug. 2010.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Nae, Hye-Jin. "The Design Guide." Proceedings of the Provosts' Learning Innovation Grants 2018 Showcase. Ed. RIT Innovative Learning Institute. Rochester, NY: n.p..

Currently Teaching

NMDE-201
3 Credits
Information design for static, dynamic and interactive multimedia integrates content with visual indicators. Legibility and clear communication of information and direction is important to the success of any user interface design. This course integrates imagery, type, icons, actions, color, visual hierarchy, and information architecture as a foundation to design successful interactive experiences.
NMDE-301
3 Credits
This course focuses on advanced visual communication within the current new media design profession. Through formal studies and perceptual understanding, including aesthetics, graphic form and structure, concept development and visual organization methods, students will design sophisticated solutions to communication problems. This course integrates imagery, typography, icons, user interface design, content creation and information architecture in order to design successful static, motion and interactive experiences.
NMDE-112
3 Credits
Through formal studies and perceptual understanding, including aesthetics, graphic form, structure, concept development, visual organization methods and interaction principles, students will design graphical solutions to communication problems for static and interactive projects. Students will focus on creating appropriate and usable design systems through the successful application of design theory and best practices. Assignments exploring aspects of graphic imagery, typography, usability and production for multiple digital devices and formats will be included.
NMDE-599
1 - 6 Credits
New Media Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. New Media Design Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.

In the News

  • May 6, 2021

    environmental portrait of student Stephanie Liu.

    New media design graduate taking talents to Amazon Web Services

    While she’ll look back on the pandemic as a most challenging time, graduating new media design student Stephanie Liu also takes pride in knowing how well she rose to the occasion. At the culmination of her internship with Amazon Web Services, the Chicago native was offered a full-time position as a user experience (UX) designer, starting in July.

  • October 14, 2020

    reseacher posing in lab.

    RIT, URMC receive grant to study benefits of AI-enabled toilet seat technology

    Toilet seats with high-tech sensors might be the non-invasive technology of the future that could help reduce hospital return rates of individuals with heart disease. A joint project by researchers at RIT and the University of Rochester Medical Center will determine if in-home monitoring can successfully record vital signs and reduce risk and costly re-hospitalization rates for people with heart failure. The five-year, $2.9 million venture is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

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