Robert strives to create compelling experiences through interaction and communication.
Robert is a professor of graphic design and interactive media in the School of Art & Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He believes in curiosity, user research, and practice.
As Feminisas de Depina
This composition is a bilingual feminist reimagining of The Girl from Ipanema, and a celebration of the artists and activists of Despina, an independent cultural organization in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The site was created in partnership with Tamara Brantmeier and Ellie Nikoo. The new lyrics were written with Lara Lima.
This project is a native app for iOS and Android devices. The app was created to bring the message of See Me in the Wonder to more people and in more ways. In addition to including an interactive version of the book, the app also offers a picture journal for people to save and share their own moments of wonder.
This Web app consists of an admin tool and a listening client. The app downloads and synchronizes playback of an audio file across multiple devices. It was created to support the public performance of Cirque d’Été Réduite, a music and juggling composition.
This microsite was created to support a Kickstarter campaign for a book written and illustrated by Laurel Fraher. The book, See Me in the Wonder, brings a gentle message that the loved ones we’ve lost are always with us.
This interactive composition is part of an ongoing phenomenological research project investigating the development of a sense of community in collaborative maker spaces. This piece was created with the other artists-in-residence at Standard Projects, and presents an experiential representation of the knowledge derived from the study.
This interface was designed as a teaching tool, and is comprised of three sub-compositions. Each of these contain characteristics that deliberately challenge conventions in contemporary commercial Web design.
Robert’s research explores interface design as a context for emotional and cognitive engagement.
Robert is interested in how interactive design and digital media can be used to promote individual expression and community involvement. This includes exploring topics like the therapeutic potential of digital media, novel forms of mobile communication, and design for pre-literate audiences.
Robert’s approach to education involves combining established theoretical concepts with industry-standard processes and technology.
Robert strives to inspire students to engage, both with the course content as well as with each other as peers in the studio environment. He seeks to develop individualized knowledge foundations to support students’ unique educational and professional goals. Finally, he works to cultivate a sense of curiosity within students to build on their knowledge foundations with life-long learning goals.