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ABOUT

Jonathan Aitken is currently building a new company, Tacit Design Strategy, applying his interest in participatory design methodologies to facilitate design and design research into large, complex problems. For details on this company, please click here.

Previously, Aitken was the Director of the Health Design Lab and Associate Professor in Communication Design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design (2010-2016). The Health Design Lab is a research centre that applies design thinking to healthcare, bringing human-centred design research methodologies to complex problems. Aitken’s education in Communication and Industrial Design helped him bring an interdisciplinary focus to his research practice, and outcomes included interaction, industrial, and communication design.

Aitken studied as an undergraduate student at York University, in Toronto, where he earned BFA in 1981. He subsequently studied industrial design at the University of Alberta and attained an MVA in 1986. He owned and operated a communication design studio, Pages Design Ltd, in Toronto for 15 years, where he was involved in designing and producing everything from corporate annual reports, web sites, identity programs and books to exhibit displays and signage. He taught graphic and web design at Ryerson University for several years before his current appointment at Emily Carr.

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Abbreviated CV

Education

1986  MVA (Industrial Design), University of Alberta, Edmonton

1981  BFA (Graphic Design), York University, Toronto,

Employment

2016-Present Tacit Design Strategy, Founder

2012-2016 Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Director, Health Design Lab

2011-2013 Emily Carr University of Art and Design,  Assistant Dean of Design

2010-2011 Emily Carr University of Art and Design,  Associate Professor

2009-2010  Simon Fraser University, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Surrey, Visiting Professor

2009-2010  Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, Designer in Residence,  Sessional Faculty

1997-2010 Ryerson University, Toronto. Associate Professor

1988–2003 Pages Design Limited, Toronto.  Owner and Principal Graphic Designer

Research Funding

2007 SSHRC, Research Creation in Fine Arts, $180,000

2003-2007 Various Ryerson internal grants

Creative & Research Activities

2010

On the Edge of Chaos, Contemporary neuroscience, creative patterns and
material production. Symposium, Emily Carr University of Art and Design,
January 2010. Panelist in a breakout session.

Typographic Entanglement. Collaborative project with graduate students at
School of Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU, part of SSHRC grant project.
Final live performances, April 29-30, MoCap Studio, ECUAD.

 Signal/Noise. Collaborative project with graduate and undergraduate
students at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, part of SSHRC grant project.
Final live performances, April 29-30, MoCap Studio, ECUAD.

2009

Hansel and Gretel Losing it in the Woods. Final theatrical performance of SSHRC grant project. Abrams Theatre, Ryerson University

Communicating Emotion with Animated Text. Visual Communication Journal.
Vol. 8, No. 4, 469-479 (2009). (co-authored with Sabrina Malik and Judy Waalen)

 

 2008

Dislocation. Nuit Blanche. Performance art piece with multiple collaborators.

Hansel and Gretel Losing it in the Woods. Workshop theatrical performance of SSHRC grant project, work in progress. Abrams Theatre, Ryerson University

2007

Typographic Play: the application of kinetic typography to live performance. Plus International Design Festival. Birmingham, England, 2007

Book review of New Typographic Design. Material Culture Review. Vol. 66, Fall 2007. pp 83.

2006

Artists, poets and engineers: bridging disciplines with kinetic typography. The International Journal of the Arts in Society. Vol. 1., No. 3, pp 107-112. (co-authored with George Swede and Kevin Worthington)

Expressing Emotions Using Animated Text. 10th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs. Published in Springer’s Lecture Notes on Computer Science, Volume 4061/2006. pp. 24-31 (co-authored with Raisa Rashid and Deborah Fels)

2005

Haiku in Motion: Kinetic Typography Enhances Poetic Meaning Humanities Conference 2005, Cambridge, England

Applying kinetic typography to traditional haiku. Exhibition at St. Bride Conference “Temporary Type”. London, England.

Animated Haiku, Simply Haiku: An E-Journal of Haiku and Related Forms Spring 2005, Volume 3, Number 1