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 Professor at the Clemson University in Graphic Communications and active in the practice, research of communication design, usability and information design.

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Work in progress: Prof. Derksen dissertation information available here. Prof. Derksen will also be presenting a paper at the IACIS conference on the Internet of Things entitled: Smart Toys for an Educational Framework.

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At the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Derksen continues working on his PhD in Informatics - Design, Technology, and Society. "Since August 18th, 2019 I have been splitting my time between Illinois and South Carolina and have recently finished my course work. ...I am excited to learn more about Informatics and Design as it relates to machine learning educational toys. Going back to school and taking classes again has been immensely rewarding. I am also looking forward to continued conversations with my fellow PhD. students and advisors at the U of I. 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 philosophy for teaching design


UX and Data Research

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 Vitae Research Statement