My name is Michael Lahey and I'm a design educator in Atlanta, GA. I spend most my time designing curriculum and syllabi as an Associate Professor and the Coordinator of Interactive Design at Kennesaw State University. I teach classes on interaction design, how ethnography relates to contemporary design practice, design thinking, and digital culture.
My research is informed by cultural studies, ethnography, reception studies, and STS. The research topics I'm most interested in are how taste & culture shape design, the perceived gap between design education and design practice, and how we might view design as a form of control. I wrote a dissertation on some of the ways television companies design experiences with audiences across digital platforms. Here is my cv.
I use tumblr for inspiration, instagram, take photos for fun, and occasionally re-tweet others. I try not to use linkedin but sometimes it happens. I tinker with creative endeavors //coming soonish//, and will occasionally make a mix when I'm burnt out and need to focus on rhythm & melody. I'm on a mission to read more in 2018.
Some things I'm into include: Finland, Nordic design, (all the) Danish TV (I've seen), modernism (to a point), the NY Mets, NBA basketball (in general but mostly the Hawks & Spurs), checks & balances, doodling, absurdity, delta waves, the practice of recycling and composting, owning less, artichokes, space ice cream, and being an out-of-touch musical omnivore.
If you ever get the feeling, drop me a mlahey (at) kennesaw (dot) edu!