Gerry Derksen

Design Professor, Researcher, Consultant

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Professor Gerry Derksen is originally from Canada where he went to the University of Manitoba’s architecture school and later graduate school at the University of Alberta. Under Jorge Frascara he studied visual communication design, which integrated user centred design philosophy with traditional marketing communication strategies. The subject of his masters thesis, “Jury perceptions of animation”, studied re-enactments of a crime scene to determine the prejudicial impact on a jury. Much of Prof. Derksen’s published research includes interactive media for the web and stand-alone applications on alternative platforms. Currently, he is a Full Professor at the Winthrop University in Visual Communication Design and active in the practice, research of communication design, usability and information design.

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Prof. Derksen is Prototype Chair at DRS LX in Turkey

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Returning to Urbana-Champaign Prof. Derksen continues working on his PhD. at the University of Illinois. As of August 18th, 2019 I will be in Illinois to work on my remaining courses. I am looking forward to my sabbatical ...from Winthrop to learn more about Informatics and Design. This is my second and last year of course work, which has been immensely rewarding. I am also anticipating continued conversations with my fellow PhD. students and advisors at the U of I. After such a hot summer I am even looking forward to some cooler weather in another Illinois winter. Check out our research group page at the Design Concepts Lab for project information and updates here.

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Teaching, Research, and Consulting


My dissertation topic and other research


Design thinking, innovation and system design work


My phylosophy for teaching design


Design Projects

Student Resources

The following DIFD classes link to their specific blogs

VCOM 362 VCOM 363 VCOM 462 VCOM 463

Other documents for your interest

Curriculum Vitea Research Statement