Gerry Derksen is a full Professor of Design at Winthrop University in South Carolina and a PhD student in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Under Jorge Frascara at the University of Alberta, Canada he studied visual communication design, integrating user-centred design philosophy with visual communication strategies. His graduate research, entitled “Jury Perceptions of Animation,” studied re-enactments of a crime scene to determine possible prejudicial impact on a jury. He has also worked on experience design projects for the Piedmont Medical Center and the Democratic National Convention, as well as systems design projects for Grainger Hardware and Steelcase Office Furniture. With qlab: interface design.
Priscilla Ferronato is a Ph.D. student in Informatics at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, researching the intersection between design, technology, and society. She is a research assistant interested in the development of new models of interpretation and the de-centering of the human in the open (meta) design process, particularly in the context of addressing social problems. Priscilla has been working with strategic design for the last 5 years and has an MDes in Strategic Design from the University of Vale do Rio dos Sinos, on the subject of slow and fast thinking, emphasizing the use of intuition in the design process. She has also collaborated as a visiting scholar at IIT Institute of Design in Chicago, University of Waterloo and Politecnico di Milano. With qlab: experience design.