Tuesday and Thursday, October 5 and 7 @ 11:30-1:30pm
ART 448: Spacial Graphic Design
Humanities Building Room 6441, 6th Floor
455 N Park St
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dance Like You Mean Design is a two-day community-based, participatory and immersive workshop led by Iowa State University Professor of Graphic Design and co-founder of PIECE Studio, Bernard J. Canniffe.

If you have questioned the power and relevance of design, and how that relates to a world that is both more interconnected and paradoxically more fragmented, this workshop is for you. Join Canniffe and a group of your peers for a two-day experience where you will flex your creative skills, use design as a catalyst for positive change, think about design differently and consider how your skills can give back to a community.

Participants will practice a series of transformative group exercises and challenge preconceive notions of design. You will come to terms with the possibilities of design whether sitting at the grown-up’s table for the first time or grown up and facing important global challenges. This workshop will give you the skills to understand what it takes to engage in and with communities as well as developing groundbreaking real community projects.

Bernard J. Canniffe has published work in Graphis Design Annual, How magazine, STEP Design Magazine, GOOD Magazine, PRINT Design magazine, and CCPH Perspectives to name but a few. He is the recipient of the Graphis Designers for the New Millennium, 2000 Award, the Joseph Binder Award and is the recipient of two SAPPI Ideas That Matter awards. He co-founded the collaborative social design PIECE STUDIO in 2008 and is an advisor to the international social collaborative Project M. Three of his posters were included in the Beijing Poster Biennale and his work was included in This is for Real: War and the Contemporary Audience exhibition at Stoney Brook University. He was one of a few international artists invited to exhibit at the Museum of Art at the Newton Center for British-American Studies.

Canniffe’s ideas about Nomadic Design, Blue Collar Design Theory, PIECE Studio and social justice design have been widely published and cited. He has presented on the interconnections between design, social justice, entrepreneurship and innovation at Cumulus Design Conferences, the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, at Willem de Kooning Académie in Rotterdam, Lees McRae College in North Carolina, Zayed University, Dubai, Osaka, Japan, Seoul, South Korea and at the P&D Design Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and his work has been archived in the Library of Congress.

Canniffe is originally from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, has lived in the United States since 1991. He holds a BA (Hons) in graphic design from the Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales, and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.