2011 MFA in Media Design from the Graduate Media Design Program
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Awarded 2 major merit-based MFA Scholarships by the department faculty.
2001 BFA in Graphic Design with an Emphasis on Interaction and Motion Design, with Honors
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Selected as the top graduate from the Graphic Design department by the department faculty.
2016-Present IOWA LAKESIDE LABORATORY
Developed and taught a new 2 week immersive field study course on Acoustic Ecology
2012-Present IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
Associate Professor, Graphic Design undergraduate and graduate design programs
(Tenured in 2018)
Associate Professor, Masters of Design in Sustainable Environments
Faculty, Human Computer Interaction PhD program
Major Professor and Committee Member of several graduate students from multiple departments.
Undergraduate honors student mentor.
Bachelor of Design capstone mentor.
Member – Masters of Design in Sustainable Environments Curriculum Development Committee
Member – University Faculty Senate IT Committee
Member – College of Design Lectures & Exhibition Committee
Member – Graphic Design Department Computation Advisory Committee
Member – Graphic Design Department Graduate Curriculum Development Committee
Member – Graphic Design Department Undergraduate Curriculum Development Committee
2012 OTIS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Adjunct Faculty, Communication Design
COMD 478 Web Design, developed and taught
2008-2009 COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES
Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interaction Design.
2002-2008 COLLEGE FOR CREATIVE STUDIES
Adjunct Faculty, Graphic Design Department.
2007-2009 Graphic Design Department Advisory Board Member.
2002-2008 College for Creative Studies Adjunct Faculty, Graphic Design Department.
2005-2009 Graphic Design Department Interactive & Motion Advisory Board Member.
2016-Present Director, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Artist-in-Residence Program
2016-Present Faculty, Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center
A biological field research station in northwest Iowa
2016 Board of Directors, Grin City Artist Collective
Founding board member
2017-Present Education Director, AIGA Iowa
2017 Juror, Des Moines Arts Festival
2016 Peer Reviewer, International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) Journal
2015-Present Faculty Advisor, Graphic Design Social Club
2017-18 Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH)
For Coding Design / Designing Code in collaboration w/ Caroline Westort, Landscape Architecture
2014-2015 Iowa State University Foreign Travel Grant
Awarded travel funds to support being the artist in residence at the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture in Australia.
2013 Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) Research Grant
Recipient of a CEAH grant to begin work on “Listening in the Megacity,” a new series of projects that begins by recording noise and observing interactions in some of the most densely populated cities on the planet: Seoul, South Korea; Delhi, India and Shanghai, China.
2013 Computation Advisory Committee Grant – Sound Recorders for the College of Design
I was awarded a grant to purchase 15 portable sound recorders to be made available for student check out. When I arrived at Iowa State, there were no field recording resources for students in the College of Design. After securing these devices, I was able to develop a course called Interacting with Sound that put them to use immediately. Subsequently, they have been used by hundreds of students throughout the college in the creation of motion graphics work, podcasts, interviews and host of other applications.
2011 Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Grant for Artistic Innovation
Recipient of a Round VIII Investing in Artists Grant in order to continue work on the Listening Instruments project.
2010 Art Center College of Design Graduate Media Design Program Thesis Scholarship
Recipient of a generous departmental scholarship, awarded by the department faculty in recognition of work completed during the first year of study.
2015 Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. West Lake Okoboji, IA
This artist residency involved spending two weeks embedded in the biological field research station on West Lake Okoboji in Northwest Iowa working along side research scientists and students.
2014-2015 Bogong Centre for Sound Culture – Artist in Residence. Bogong Village, Australia
This two week supported residency in Australia Alpine National Park will be devoted to creating my project “Listening at the Intersection of Nature and Community.”
2013 Grin City Collective – Artist in Residence. Grinnell, IA
Spent 2 weeks living, working and making art on a small farm outside of Grinnell, IA with 10 other artists from around the world. This included working in the CSA garden and participating in community art outreach programs.
2013 Guesthaus Artist Residency. Los Angeles, CA
Spent 1 week in residence in association with a Listening Instruments Invention Workshop at Side Street Projects.
2018 Water Quality Xylophone – Interactive Public Art, West Des Moines, IA
An interactive sound sculpture that sonifies and visualizes water quality data from the nearby Jordan Creek
2018 Based on a True Story – Octagon Art Center, Ames, IA
A multichannel installation utilizing Iowa water quality and naturesound recordings
2018 At the Intersection of Art + Science, Public Space One, Iowa City, IA
Lakeside Lab Alumni Group Show
2017 SUBMERGED, SciArt Center, New York, NY
Buoy Music was included in this international SciArt Center group exhibition focusing on projects connected to water.
2016 Maximum Ames Music Festival. Ames, IA
Performed a live Iowa soundscape listening experience during a 4 hour gallery installation as part of this city-wide music festival
2016 Iowa Artsits. Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines, IA
Installed Listen Right Here DSM in the Des Moines Art Center as part of Iowa Artists 2016.
2016 Live Lake Date Audio Performance. Gaming, Austria
Worked with 3 other musicians to develop a live performance of Lake Lunz data, performed at the lake as part of the GLEON18 meeting
2016 MO – New Works in Media and Publication. Moberg Wallnut St Gallery. Des Moines, IA
A small group exhibition featuring a new work Parts per Million.
2016 Listening Machines Bus Tour. Des Moines, IA
After installing solar powered sound recorders around the city of Des Moines, I lead a bus tour of 3 locations to discuss sound related issues throughout the city.
2016 Heritage Listening. Interactive Installation. Black Contemporary Ames, IA
A site-specific interactive installation performing sounds of a restored prairie into a dormant seed drying facility turned art space
2016 Rurally Good – Eldercore Live Performance. Grinnell, IA
Performed live with my band Eldercore at this art, music and food festival in Grinnell, IA
2016 Rurally Good – Parts Per Million Reactive Lighting Display Grinnell, IA
Installed an audio reactive sculpture in the farm field surrounding this art, music and food festival in Grinnell, IA
2015 Listen Right Here. Solo Exhibition. Grandview University Prairie Meadows Gallery. Des Moines, IA
A six week solo exhibition featuring sound art projects based on recordings made around the world.
2015 Art Vacancy – River Vacancy
Installed a sound art piece that performs activity in the Skunk River live for a floating audience. Ames, IA
2015 Rurally Good
Performed live with my band Eldercore at this art, music and food festival in Grinnell, IA
2015 Listening Walk
Developed and led a modified headphones listening walk in Mt Beauty, Victoria, Australia.
Noise performance as Eldercore w/ artist Ben Gardner & writer JJ Butts. Des Moines, IA.
2014 Journey to the Sun
Performed From Memory as part of Grin City Culture Lab’s theatrical event. Grinnel, IA.
2014 Art Vacancy
Performed & presented the Bureau of Infrastructure Tourism. Ames, IA.
2013 Des Moines Social Club NYE BASH
Modified headphone & DSM soundscape installation. Des Moines, IA.
2013 Cinema Rest / New Orleans Film Festival V
ideo work in collaboration w/ Meredith James. New Orleans, LA.
Alert Fatigue sound art installation. Long Beach, CA
2013 Rurally Good
Performed a live archery / sound art exhibition. Grinnell, IA
2013 Tiger Strikes Asteroid
Sonic Booms installation. In collaboration with Ezra Masch. Philadelphia, PA
Live modified listening noise-scape performance. Grinnell, IA.
2013 Grin City Collective pop-up gallery
Modified listening installation. Grinnell, IA.
2012 Kansas City SoundWalk
Flourish live performance with painter Meredith Lynn Morrison. Kansas City, MO.
2012 Sound Through Barriers: Listening in Continuous Spaces
Fort Collins, CO.
2012 Music, Mind & Invention
Invited to demonstrate Noisolation Headphones. The College of New Jersey. Ewing, NJ.
One of eight artists invited to Ghent to present Noisolation Headphones. Ghent, Belgium.
Noisolation Headphones demonstrations, Synesthetic Din installation plus a live performance with painter Meredith Lynn Morrison. Long Beach, CA
2011 You First @ Orange County Center for Contemporary Art
Noisolation Headphones + Synesthetic Din. Santa Ana, CA
2011-2012 Noises in the Void
Noisolation Headphones & See Also Noise featured in this online curatorial experiment by Pedro Torres
2011 Little Tokyo Design Week
Noisolation Headphones display and demonstrations. Los Angeles, CA
2011 4 Hours Solid
Interactive Sound Installation: Listening Instruments. ACCD Wind Tunnel Gallery. Pasadena, CA
2010 The 🙂 🙂 😐 🙂 Quartet
Experimental noise orchestra. ACCD Wind Tunnel Gallery. Pasadena, CA
In collaboration with Haejin Lee.
2010 Beat No. 2; Send
Networked participatory noise performance. ACCD South Campus Rooftop. Pasadena, CA
In collaboration with Haejin Lee, Jiha Hwang and Mikey “Mikey T” Tnasuttimonkol.
2005 Noise: Seen and Unseen Sound Art Festival
Richard Foreman‘s Ontological-Hysteric Theater. New York, NY
2005 College for Creative Studies Faculty Exhibition
CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI
2004 RE/VIEW: A New Media Art Exhibition
RX Gallery. San Francisco, CA
2003 VERT @ ©POP & 2003 Underground People Movers @ DAM
Reactive video performance. Detroit, MI
2002 – 2003 Element Art Salon
Game Boy music performances. Motor Lounge. Detroit, MI
2001 Action Basic
Game Boy music performance. Detroit Contemporary, Detroit, MI
In collaboration with Justin VanSlembrouck.
2001 Selections III
Physical Interaction Installation. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI
2001 Exhibit A: Evidence of Pleasure
International Juried Design Exhibition. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI
2001 14 Pieces : An Exhibition of Leftover Material, Design Methods, & Process
Tangible interface installation. Opening night live audio performance. CCS Center Galleries. Detroit, MI
2018 Coding Design / Designing Code, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Presented on my process & projects connected to code and design
2017 KeyNote Speaker – Touched by Science at the Iowa Lakeside Lab
Presented on my process for recording sound, making sound art, and turning data into music
2017 Cafe Scientfique with the Science Center of Iowa. Des Moines, IA
Presented my work at the intersection data, sound, nature, and science
2016 International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa). Winona, MN
Juried presentation on the importance of code & media in Design education
2016 AIGA Iowa Inspiration Hour. Des Moines, IA
Invited to presented things that inspire me and new projects I’ve been working on
2016 Des Moines Art Center – Iowa Artist 2016 Gallery Talk. Des Moines, IA
Presented the process, theory and implementation of my Iowa Artist sound collection, installation, and composition
2016 Chicken Tractor Micro-grant Dinner – by nomination only. Des Moines, IA
Nominated by Jeff Fleming, Director of the Des Moines Art Center, to be one of 5 artists to present at this year’s event.
*While I did not win the popular vote, my project was generously funded by 2 large organizations in the city and several individual benefactors*
2016 Oklahoma State University. Stillwater, OK
Presented work and process as part of being selected as their Graphic Design Program’s annual outside assessor.
2016 GLEON – Code for Designers. Gaming, Austria
Demonstrated Code for Designers using Buoy Data at the annual GLEON 18 meeting
2016 Sonification. Ames, IA
Presented my work and performances built using data to an information design graduate course at Iowa State
2016 Artist Talk. Ames, IA
Presented my process and creative scholarship to students in the Design Core at Iowa State
2016 Art and Design as a Profession. Eastland High School. Eastland, TX
Presented my career as a designer and work as an artist to art students in this small rural town
2015 International Design Congress. Gwangju, South Korea
Presented the updated Iowa State Graphic curriculum as part of the educational panel.
2015 GLEON – Buoy Listening. Chuncheon, South Korea
Demonstrated Buoy Listening to a group of limnologists at their annual GLEON 17 meeting
2015 Listen Right Here Artist Gallery Talk. Des Moines, IA
The gallery talk for my solo exhibition at Grandview University’s Prairie Meadow Gallery.
2014 International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa), Orem, UT
Presented “The Web is full of Eff’d Up Stuff” on a panel about design pedagogy.
2013 International Digital Media Arts Association (iDMAa) – LCAD, Laguna Beach, CA
Presented Listening Instruments workshops as critical design investigations
2013 Media in Transition 8: Public Media, Private Media – MIT, Cambridge, MA
Presented “Personal Performance Machines: Listening Interventions in the Public Soundscape”
2013 Ignite Ames Talk – Ames, IA
Voted to present my Listening Instruments process and experiments.
2012 Research Through Making
Invited to present my process and working methodology to graduate industrial design students.
2012 Friday Talks in the College of Design
Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to faculty and students.
2012 Graduate Media Design Colloquium at Art Center College of Design – Pasadena, CA
Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to media design graduate students.
2011 Critical Information: Mapping The Intersection of Art & Technology at SVA – New York, NY
Presented Listening Instruments on the panel Visualizing the Invisible: The Art of Sound.
2011 Institute for Media Literacy Digital Studies Symposium at USC – Los Angeles, CA
Invited to present Listening Instruments research, process & projects to research students from various majors.
2011 World Listening Day at Machine Project – Los Angeles, CA
Presented Noisolation Headphones as part of the World Listening Day events at the gallery.
2011 Design Strategic Projects Studio at Nokia Design – Los Angeles, CA
Invited to present Listening Instruments & spend the afternoon in conversation with researchers from the studio.
2011 Dorkbot SoCal 44 – Los Angeles, CA
Invited to present and demonstrate Noisolation Headphones at the June 2011 Dorkbot meeting.
2011 Media in Transition 7 – MIT, Cambridge, MA
Presented Listening Instruments as a method for Negotiating Noise as a Condition of Urbanization on a panel titled Urban Media.
2009 Interfaces ‘09 Conference – Royal Oak, MI
Co-presented the importance of design research to a student’s process using examples from our own classes with CCS teaching colleague, Meredith Morrison.
2007 Schools of Thoughts 3 – AIGA Design Educators Conference – Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
Co-presented the College for Creative Studies Graphic Design department’s collaborative teaching model at the AIGA Schools of Thoughts 3 conference with Doug Kisor, CCS Chair of Graphic Design.
2018 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop @ Iowa Art Summit Spent the day at the Iowa Arts Council’s Iowa Arts Summit demonstrated the Listening Instruments Invention workshop for summit attendees from all over the Midwest.
2018 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop – Octagon Center for the Arts A workshop for art camp elementary school children.
2018 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop & Sound Walk A half-day sound art workshop at the College of Design at Iowa State University as part of the summer Extension and Outreach Program.
2017 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop A half-day sound art workshop at the 4H camp in Madrid, IA.
Participants explore ideas of active listening, audio ecology and work as a family to create new inventions for listening around the 4H Camp grounds.
2017 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop 4H students at Iowa State – Ames, IA
Students learn about audio ecology and work in groups to make new inventions for listening around the university.
2016 Sonic Fiction at the Des Moines Art Center A multi-day workshop at the Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines, IA.
High school students from around the city are taught how to record and edit sound, build sound compositions, create sculptural forms based on these compositions, and wire up their sculptures as interactive controllers for their composed sound.
2016 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop A half-day family sound art workshop at the Des Moines Art Center. Des Moines, IA.
Participants explore ideas of active listening, audio ecology and work as a family to create new inventions for listening around the Art Center grounds.
2016 Code for Designers A multi-day workshop at Drake University. Des Moines, IA.
Graphic Design students are exposed to basic programming concepts through the development of systems that result in generative visuals.
2014 Noise is Fiction A week-long sound art workshop for high school students. Ames, IA.
Students explore the noises of Iowa State University by learning how to collect field recordings and composing those noises into expressive pieces based on basic design principles.
2014 Sonic Fiction / Sonic Forms Interactive sound workshop for middle & high school students. Ames, IA.
Young artists learn to use portable sound recorders, collect field recordings, develop expressive compositions, and build interactive 3D sculptures to perform their audio compositions.
2013 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop at Gilbert Middle School – Gilbert, IA
Students learn about audio ecology and work in groups to make new inventions for listening in their school.
2013 Listening Instruments Invention Workshop at Side Street Projects – Pasadena, CA
Artists and members of the surrounding community gather to invent new listening devices and explore active listening within the neighborhood.
2011 Listening Instruments Workshop for World Listening Day at Machine Project – Los Angeles, CA
Co-organizer with David Eng of Machine Project.
2009 Web Basics for Art & Design Instructors – Faculty Workshop – College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Sponsored by the Graphic Design department and the Continuing Education program.
2008 Code for Designers – Student Workshop – Detroit, MI
Sponsored by the Detroit Student AIGA chapter.
2002-2008 Various in-class & ad hock hardware & software demos for design students – College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
2018 Iowa Public Television – Featured on Iowa Outdoors
A feature piece on my Acoustic Ecology field study class at the Iowa Lakeside Lab aired on Episode of Iowa Outdoors
2018 WHOTV Channel 13 News – Water Quality Xylophone
Interviewed about my interactive public sound art piece that also visualized and sniffed water quality data
2018 KCCI Iowa Channel 8 News – Water Quality Xylophone
Interviewed about my interactive public sound art piece that also visualized and sniffed water quality data
2018 Iowa Public Radio Iowa – Lakeside Lab AIR Interview
Interviewed by John Pemble about my work as Director of the Iowa Lakeside Lab Artist-In-Residence program.
2016 DSM Shows
Interviewed about my process, work, Maximum Ames album release and Iowa Soundscape performance and installation as part of the Maximum Ames city-wide music festival.
2016 Iowa State Daily
Interviewed by Jacob Beals about my Iowa Soundscape performance and installation as part of the Maximum Ames city-wide music festival
2016 Iowa Public Radio
Interviewed by John Pemble for a radio piece about Listen Right Here DSM and being a 2016 Iowa Artist
2015 Iowa Public Radio – Talk of Iowa
Interviewed by Charity Nebbe about the Buoy Listening Project. The program is available online here:
2015 KHOI Radio
Interviewed on the 1 hour show Heart of Iowa
2015 Alpine Radio, Mt Beauty, Victory, Australia
Interviewed by Bill Sutton about my work and to promote the Mt Beauty listening walk.
2014 3CR – Melbourne Community Radio
Interviewed by Michael Smith about my work and my time as the Bogong Centre for Sound Culture artist in residence.
2014 The Ames Tribune – Sonic Fiction / Sonic Forms youth workshop story Link
Online story and documentary video in which students where interviewed about their projects and learning experience.
2013 The Art Blog – Sonic Booms review Link
Online review of a collaborative installation project created w/ Ezra Masch
2012 Neural Media Art Magazine – Issue 43 / Autumn 2012 (Italy) Link
Noisolation Headphones reviewed in the print and online versions.
2012 National AIGA Design Envy Blog Link
Features the NPR documentary made with SoCal NPR’s Mae Ryan about the Noislation Headphones
2012 Science & Vie découvertes No 161 – MAI 2012 (A French science magazine for children)
2012 KTLA Los Angeles – Evening Television News Technology Segment Link
Interviewed using the Noisolation Headphones in Downtown LA for a news story about Listening Instruments.
The story aired on February 29, 2012.
2012 KPCC 89.3 – Southern California NPR Station Link
Mae Ryan of KPCC created “Sonic City,” a radio & video documentary of the Noisolation Headphones.
The story aired during “Morning Edition” on February 7, 2012.
2012 Boing Boing : “Tuning in to ambient urban sound: Alex Braidwood’s Listening Instruments” Link
A piece about the Listening Instruments project and the Noisolation Headphones documentary made by KPCC
2012 LAist : “Meet the Man Who is Listening to Los Angeles” Link
A piece about my work with noise around the city from this popular site all about Los Angeles.
2011 Boing Boing, October 07
Noisolation Headphones posted on this influential tech blog via we-make-money-not-art.com interview
2011 We Make Money Not Art, October 06 Link
Interviewed about Noisolation Headphones project & process for the popular art blog we-make-money-not-art.com
2011 Rafu Shimpo LA Daily Japanese News, Saturday July 16
Noisolation Headphones featured in a story about Little Tokyo Design Week
2011 Brand X Magazine, Week of 6/22/2011 Vol 3, No. 10.
Featured on the cover and in the cover story “Digital artists add whimsy to mobile gaming.”
2011 Los Angeles Times, Sunday June 05 Print Edition. New Media section, D10.
Featured in the story “Apps Evolution: A new wave of digital artists is adding whimsy to mobile gaming.”
2011 The Orange Dot, Art Center College of Design’s online publication
Synesthetic Din featured in a piece about helping to define the future of mobile devices.
2006 – Present Formalplay LLC : Ferndale, MI / Los Angeles, CA / Des Moines, IA
Principle and Founder
Partial Client List:
Alluvial Brewing, Chicken Tractor, Iowa State College of Design, University of Southern California’s Institute for Media Literacy, College for Creative Studies, Art Center College of Design – Graduate Broadcast Cinema Department, Elevator Access, Defrost Design, Fuse Communications (Audi), Campbell-Ewald (Chevy, XM Radio, Alltel, USPS), Organic, Inc (Jeep, Chrysler), Y&R Brands (Mercury)
Developed and built an interactive lighting installation for the 2016 SXSW festival in Austin Texas working STRUCK in Portland, OR
Developed the branding and all materials including signage, website, trade show booth and t-shirts for Alluvial Brewing.
Designed a dynamic identity package for Chicken Tractor, a new and exciting arts organization in central Iowa.
2007 Elevator and Formalplay receive Best in Show – Interactive at the 2007 Detroit AIGA Design RE:View for the design and development of Mottoform.com. Designed by Elevator and Developed by Formalplay.
2007 Formalplay and Fuse Communications receive honorable mention for the design and development of Audi USA’s North American International Auto Show interactive tour at the 2007 Detroit AIGA Design RE:View. Interface Design, Motion Design and Development by Formalplay.
2007 Organic, Inc and Formalplay awarded the Adobe Site of the Day for the Chrysler “Another Day” website.
2006 Campbell-Ewald and Formalplay created the online experience for the Chevy Tahoe / The Apprentice online promotion. As a result of the user experience provided by this website, it was featured in the New York Times, discussed on NPR’s All Things Considered, and featured as part of the cover story of Wired Magazine, Dec 2006.
2010 Friends of Friends of Friends – Design Research Intern : Pasadena, CA
A design research project by Media Design Program artists in residence Ben Hooker and Shona Kitchen with support from the Intel People and Practices Research Group and the Graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design.
2007 College for Creative Studies Interactive media consultant – Graphic Design Practicum course.
2004 – 2006 Organic, Inc : Bloomfield Hills, MI
Senior Experience Architect
Responsible for motion design and development of online experiences created for the main brand websites of Chrysler; Chrysler, Jeep & Dodge.
Highlights during the position
Received many local, national and international awards including multiple Caddies, 7 Webby Awards, 6 Web Marketing Association (WMA) Awards, 4 Adobe Site of the Day Awards, 2 Favorite Website Awards and 2 GLIMA Awards
2001 – 2004 Freelance and Contract Design
Partial Client List
Defrost Design – Royal Oak, MI – Interactive Design and Development
Elevator – Windsor, ON – Graphic / Interactive Design and Development
AIGA Detroit Chapter – Detroit, MI – Interactive Design and Development
Pluto Post – Birmingham, MI – Interactive Design and Development
Organic, Inc – Bloomfield Hills, MI – Interactive / Motion Design & Development
VectorForm – Detroit, MI – Interactive Design and Development
WDIV Channel 4 – Detroit, MI – Collaborative Typeface Creation with James Houff
CLEAR Magazine – Royal Oak, MI – Interactive Design and Development