Commitment to the Discipline

DMI contributes widely and regularly to the field of dynamic media. Our faculty lecture frequently throughout the world at conferences and leading educational institutions. We sponsor public lectures by distinguished artists, designers, academics, and thinkers. We share our student projects online in a living archive of research and work. We publish our own catalogs that include faculty perspectives, student case studies, and essays. And the DMI community joins together to organize the Massaging Media series of conferences.


Joseph Auner
Chair, Professor of Music, Tufts University

Hugh Dubberly
Principal, Dubberly Design Office

Hiroshi Ishii
Muriel R. Cooper Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Margaret Livingston, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard University

John Maeda
Director, Physical Language Workshop, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Chris Pullman
WGBH, Vice President of Design

Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

David Small
Small Design Firm, Founder

Sherry Turkle
Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology, MIT. Author of Evocative Objects: Things We Think With, Simulation and Its Dicontents, and most recently, Alone Together.

Frank R. Wilson
Medical Director at the Peter F. Ostwald Health Program for Performing Artists, University of California School of Medicine. Author of The Hand: How Its Use Shapes the Brain, Language, and Human Culture.

Krzysztof Wodiczko
Professor of Visual Arts, Interrogative Design Group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massaging Media Conferences

Launched in 2002, the Massaging Media conferences were established to bring diverse voices together in real-time to think about dynamic media and its myriad roles in our culture.

The first Massaging Media conference, hosted by DMI coordinator Professor Jan Kubasiewicz and Judith Richland (MFA 2003) in November 2002, was a one-day forum of filmmakers, performers, dancers, musicians, designers, writers, and illustrators as well as theorists in culture, education, architecture, and philosophy. Massaging Media was a collaboration, a dialog, a discourse, a lecture, a performance, a multi-disciplinary experiment, a multi-sensory experience and, “… a process of subliminally sniffing out environmental change (Marshall McLuhan).”

Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media, held in April 2008 and sponsored by the AIGA and Adobe Systems Inc., was developed and co-chaired by Dynamic Media Institute Professor Brian Lucid and Associate Professor Joseph Quackenbush along with Heather Shaw (MFA 2003), Assistant Professor of Design, Curry College. The three day event featured keynote speakers, breakout sessions, roundtable panels, and spirited discussions about the future of dynamic media and its role in graphic design education.

DMI Publications

The Language of Dynamic Media: Works from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2000-2005, a catalog for the 2005 exhibit of the same name, features a wide range of work developed by students between 2000 and 2005 including interactive learning tools, application interfaces, studies in participatory narratives, motion and sound studies, physical interfaces, and multimedia installations. Curated by DMI's Program Coordinator and Professor of Communication Design, Jan Kubasiewicz, the exhibit was organized with extensive help from its alumni, students, and faculty and held in MassArt's Doran Gallery.

The Experience of Dynamic Media: Works from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2006-2010, celebrates the tenth anniversary of DMI with: essays from faculty, visiting faculty, and students; profiles of six alumni; collaborations between DMI and outside partners; and numerous examples of student work. The Experience of Dynamic Media was edited by Professor Jan Kubasiewicz and made possible by the generous efforts of DMI faculty, alumni, and students.

The Experience of Dynamic Media is available for download as a PDF. Learn more here.

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