This international event brings together motion design educators from different areas of expertise to present work and discuss motion and how it enhances, effects, changes messages, meaning, and communication. The conference takes place at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, 07–09 June 2017. Conference presentations will take place at the Wexner Center for the Arts and Hayes Hall.
MODE is a gathering of design educators who specialize, research and teach in the area of motion design. We see this event of particular interest and relevance to graphic design, visual communication design, typography, cinema, theatre, fashion design, animation and storytelling. Together we will help shape the professional, theoretical and educational aspects of motion design. We encourage all interested parties to submit, as our definition of motion is quite diverse.
We are inviting papers that explore different aspects of Motion Design education
and practice. Upon acceptance, your work will be part of a peer reviewed anthology of motion design materials to be published in the conference proceedings. Keynote speakers for the conference will be announced in the coming months.
The 1st MODE Summit took place at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The 2nd MODE Summit took place in Dublin, Ireland at the Royal Irish Academy. Conference attendees came from a wide range of academic institutions and international locations. We expect to build on the momentum created in 2013
and 2015 as we continue this exciting discussion.
June 7–9th, 2017
The Ohio State University
Department of Design
Join us as we discuss the future of motion design education with students, educators, researchers and practitioners.
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Apply to present a workshopPlease include the following: + A current curriculum vitae + Contact information: name, email, phone number
and website, blog or online portfolio.
+ A description of the workshop, please include activity, purpose, and audience
+ A personal bio
Important DatesJuly 15, 2016 – Open Call for Proposals
October 1, 2016 – Abstract Submission DeadlineNovember 15, 2016 – Notification of Accepted Abstract
January 15, 2017 – Paper Deadline
March 15, 2017 – Notification of Paper Accepted with Reviewer Feedback
April 15, 2017 – Revised Paper, Ready for Publication DueJune 7, 8, 9, 2017 – Conference at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
June 30, 2017 – Conference Proceedings will be ready to download
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Apply to be a ReaderPlease include the following: + A current curriculum vitae + Contact information: name, email, phone number
and website, blog or online portfolio.
+ A short statement of interest, 250 words or less.
+ A personal bio
Student ShowcaseAre you a student with design skills? Have you been making incredible animations in your motion design class? Do you love Saul Bass, Kyle Cooper and Richard Greenberg? Are you more focused on watching the film titles than the film? Send your work best work to MODE and submit it to our student showcase! Our juried show will exhibit the best work and prizes will be awarded for the top three submissions. Your entry be anything utilizing motion design that was completed while you were a student. This could be an animated icon, an experimental poster, a film title, a public service annoucement or even an animated typographic experiment. We are open to your interpretation.
Please include the following: + A web link to your project on Google Drive or Vimeo + Your professor’s name and course name + Your Institution’s name + Year in school when work was completed. (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student)
+ Expected graduation date + Work must have been produced in the last 2 calendar years + Contact information: name, email, phone number and website + A personal bio (250 words or less)
Deadline: February 15, 2017
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Add your experience and expertise to the discussion on motion design. How do you use motion as a method for the dynamic delivery of information, storytelling, education,
persuasion, motivation, interaction, entertainment, expression and ephemera? Draft a 500-word or less abstract proposing a paper and presentation that pertains to one of the following areas of motion design:
Practicing: Professional case study of effective motion design work(s) for corporate, institutional, philanthropic, collaborative or artistic intent (~1000–2000 words).
Visualizing:Presentations on strategies or best practices in using motion to translate data into a visual form that enables understanding or affords decision making. (~1000–2000 words).
Theorizing: Scholarly academic paper on history, critique, research, analysis, processes, application of motion design (~2500–4000 words).
Teaching: Detailed descriptive summary of innovative pedagogical strategies, philosophies, curriculum, and outcomes pertaining to motion design education (~2000–3000 words).
Projecting: 8x8 extended abstract and rapid-fire series of 8-minute presentations on an intriguing, motion-related, boundary-crossing topic (~800-1000 words).
Accepted peer-reviewed proposals will be then be developed into media-rich papers and presentations. Presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings in digital format available at the start of MODE ‘17.
Include in your proposal submission:Proposal title and category500-word abstractName, institution, e-mail and phone number of author(s)200-300 word bio for each author written in the third personOptional accompanying media sourced from Dropbox, Google Drive, Vimeo, YouTube, etc.
Proposals will be considered using the following criteria:Is the title and proposal informative?Is there a clear and sound thesis statement?Does this work add something new and meaningful to motion design as an emerging discipline?Are the claims valid and substantiated, with quantitative or qualitative data?Is it clear how educators (or other designers) can make use of the results?Are the conclusions clearly stated?Is supporting media informative, necessary, and acceptable?Avoid all language that may identify the author.
Proposal abstract submission deadline: October 1, 2016