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Miguel Cardona

Assistant Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design

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Monday 2-3:30PM Wednesday 2-3:30PM Friday 1-2PM
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Miguel Cardona

Assistant Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design


BFA, MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology


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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.
3 Credits
This course applies design methodologies to multimedia applications. Students communicate ideas and information to specific audiences through interactive, instructional applications. Course work will integrate content research, developing measurable objectives, and information architecture with interactivity. At the completion of this course students will be able to design site maps and flowcharts, implement an effective graphical user interface, communicate layered information through a hierarchical structure, control user navigation and feedback using interactivity, and design cross-platform projects for entertainment, games, information systems, and education.
1 - 4 Credits
Visual Communication Design Independent Study will allow students to obtain instruction in specialized areas of interest to enhance their individual course of study. Working with a faculty adviser, students will propose a focused curriculum related to their academic and/or future career interests. Visual Communication Design Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor to enroll.**NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
3 Credits
Students will create innovative interactive product promotions and installations. The projects created in the class will embrace new technolgy and will focus on innovative solutions for real world design problems. An emphasis will be placed on researching new technology and using it in conjunction with solid interactive design skills to create innovative projects.
3 Credits
This course examines the user-centered and iterative design approaches to application and interactive development with a focus on interface design, testing and development across multiple devices. Students will research and investigate human factors, visual metaphors and prototype development to create effective and cutting edge user interfaces.

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Invited Keynote/Presentation
Jr, Miguel A Cardona, et al. "Beyond the bubble: Developing the next generation of designers." Config. Figma. San Francisco, CA. 6 Feb. 2020. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel. "Ethical Considerations of Micro-Decisions and Intentionality in Design." ITX UX 2019: Beyond the Pixels. ITX. Rochester, NY. 5 Oct. 2019. Keynote Speech.
Cardona, Miguel. "Industry Inspired Innovation in Design Education." Pearson Next/Now in Learning. Pearson. Scottsdale, Arizona. 24 Apr. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel and Hye Jin Nae. "Stealing Bubblegum: Design Ethics and Intentionality." FITC Spotlight: Design Ethics. FITC. Toronto, Ontario. 21 Oct. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel. "The User is the Hero: Understanding the Role Storytelling in Product Innovation." IDSA Northeast District Design Conference 2018. IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). Rochester, NY. 14 Apr. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel and Hye Jin Nae. "Digital Literacy and Capacity Building to Counter Extremist Narratives." Digital Forum on Terrorism Prevention 2019. Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, PA. 11 Sep. 2019. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel A. "Animated GIFs and Beyond: Motion Design for Impact and Performance." Web Unleashed. FITC. Toronto, Ontario. 25 Sep. 2017. Conference Presentation.
National/International Competition Award Winner
Cardona, Miguel and Hye Jin Nae. Graphic Design USA. American Web Design Award. New York City, NY, 2020.
Cardona, Miguel and Hye Jin Nae. RIT College of Art & Design. Frank J. Romano Endowed Prize for Publishing Entrepreneurship for Ex-Out App & Website. Rochester, NY, 2020.
Published Conference Proceedings
Cardona, Miguel. "First day of class with Figma Design." Proceedings of the UCDA Design Education Summit. Ed. TBA. Smyrna, Tennessee: University & College Designers Association (UCDA), 2020. Web.
Cardona, Miguel. "The Role of User Storytelling in Designing for the Near-Future." Proceedings of the Human Centered: UCDA Design Education Summit. Ed. TBA. Smyrna, Tennessee: University & College Designers Association (UCDA), 2020. Web.
Invited Article/Publication
Cardona, Miguel. "11 activities in Figma for your classroom." Figma for Education. (2020). Web.
Cardona, Miguel, Sean Flaherty, and Paul Gebel. "The Significance of Contributive Design." Product Momentum Podcast. (2020). Web.
Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Golden, Mary and Miguel Cardona. "Web Based Collaborative Learning: ​The Virtual Design Studio." Proceedings of the Provosts' Learning Innovation Grants 2019 Showcase. Ed. TBA. Rochester, NY: RIT Innovative Learning Institute.
Cardona, Miguel. Fertile Ground Vol.1 Just Visiting. By Kathryn Mariner and Miguel Cardona. 1 Oct. 2019. Community Design Center Rochester Design Gallery, Rochester. Exhibit.
Cardona, Miguel. Love is Universal Banner Diptych. By Miguel Cardona, et al. 28 Mar. 2019. Morgantown, West Virginia. Installation.
Cardona, Miguel. Los Muertos - Digital Illustration. 20 Oct. 2018. 1975 Pop Up Gallery. 661 South Ave. Suite A. Rochester, NY 14620, Rochester. Exhibit.
Cardona, Miguel. Coffee Cups, Day Dreams & Chimeras: Illustrative and Photographic Work of of Miguel Cardona. 1 Feb. 2018. Fuego Coffee Roasters. Rochester, NY, Rochester. Exhibit.
Cardona, Miguel. Day Dreams & Chimeras: Digital and Photographic Illustrations of Miguel Cardona. 1 Dec. 2017. Lovin Cup, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Full Patent
Cardona, Miguel, et al. "User Interface for Just-In-Time Image Processing." U.S. Patent US 9654602 B2. 16 May 2017.