Dr. Peter Coppin, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, is also a designer, visual artist, and cognitive scientist. His work seeks to improve information access through a better understanding of how individuals make use of their diverse perceptual-motor capabilities to interact with interfaces and other designed artifacts (e.g., diagrams in problem solving or sonic interfaces to financial charts and graphs).
Informed by his career journey (which cuts across engineering, design, and the visual arts), Peter’s work with government agencies and industry has included numerous projects related to the visualization of complex Earth and planetary datasets for NASA. He has authored numerous articles that focus on the perceptual-cognitive aspects of information interfaces with applications in diverse areas, such as diagrammatic reasoning, research on dyslexia, learning technology, telescience, human-robot interaction, and data analytics. Recent work tackles the challenge of accessible data analytics: interfaces that enable low-vision or blind individuals to access charts and graphs without visual perception.
Funding has been granted to Peter for his research by multiple NASA programs, the US National Science Foundation, the Heinz Endowments, R.K. Mellon Foundation, Buhl Foundation, Laurel Foundation, Center for Innovation in Data-Driven Design, Ontario Ministry of Training and Colleges, MITACS, and NCE GRAND. His work in electronic media art-design has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria), the SIGGRAPH Touchware Exhibition (Orlando, USA), MIR: Art & Space (Bolzono, Italy), and the Adler Museum (Chicago, USA).
Richard Hunt is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at OCAD University. He has worked in the design field for over 30 years, specializing in typographical practice and acting as a consultant to designers, architects, publishers, and organizations, such as Bruce Mau Design, the Getty Research Institute, and Zone Books. Richard has given presentations to and conducted workshops for the Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, the Design Thinkers Education Forum, as well as communication design firms in-house architectural design teams. He presented at the Typecon Typography Conference on “Typography: a matter of life and death” in 2014, looking at the potential of current typographic technologies to optimize legibility in high-stakes medical situations. In the same year, he was a panelist with Erik Spiekermann at the Design Thinkers Conference on the future of typography.
His practice focuses on typography for architectural applications and communication design. Richard’s research interests include the functionality of typography in health contexts (an area in which he has been involved with alongside the University Health Network and the Safefont project at OCAD University) and issues of legibility and readability in traditional and new media in both single user and environmental contexts.
Jutta Treviranus passionately believes that human difference is our greatest asset but that our current designs are a mismatch for all but the average or typical person. She established the Inclusive Design Research Centre in 1993 to help ensure that our emerging connected systems and practices are designed for the full range of human diversity, and the Inclusive Design graduate program in 2011 to grow a vibrant international community of inclusive designers. Jutta and her global team pioneer strategies that leverage networks and digital responsiveness to create systems and practices that are personalized to each diverse user and their diverse contexts. The team has received global recognition for the many applied innovations in inclusive design.