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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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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, Stephanie Kotula, and Rian Long. "Ready for the Task: Teaching at a Distance." Design Week Portland. Design Portland. Portland, Oregon. 3 Aug. 2020. Conference Presentation.
Cardona, Miguel and Dr. Kathryn Mariner. "Holding Pattern: A Collaborative Zine Workshop." Design Week Portland. Design Portland. Portland, Oregon. 6 Aug. 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.
Nae, Hye-Jin. UCDA. UCDA Design Awards, Gold Award / Apps Category. Smyrna, TN, 2020.
Nae, Hye-Jin. UCDA. UCDA Design Awards, Excellence Award, Digital Publication. 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 and Kathryn Mariner. "How to Make a Zine." Anthropology News Volume 61 Issue 5. (2020). Print.
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.

Currently Teaching

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 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.
3 Credits
Students will create innovative interactive product promotions and installations. The projects created in the class will embrace new technology 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.

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.

  • August 3, 2020

    professor looking at laptop.

    RIT faculty gearing up to apply spring learnings to fall classes

    The unexpected transition to remote learning during the spring semester challenged faculty across RIT to experiment, create, and deploy new methods of instruction to ensure student success. As the university gears up for in-person and online classes—or a combination of both—faculty members are applying a wide range of lessons learned from the spring to keep academic momentum moving forward in the fall.

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