Dr. Jennifer Palilonis
George & Francis Ball Distinguished Professor of Multimedia; Director, Center for Emerging Media Design & Development
Dr. Jennifer Palilonis is a full professor in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, and the director of the Center for Emerging Media Design & Development. She holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the Indiana University School of Informatics & Computing. Prior to becoming the EMDD director, she was the coordinator for the nationally recognized journalism graphics sequence and director of the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio. Her fields of professional specialization are design thinking, human-computer interaction, cross-platform storytelling, visual journalism, page design, information graphics reporting, art direction, redesign, visual rhetoric, composition, electronic learning, collaborative learning, animation, digital publishing, research-informed design and development, human-computer interaction and interaction design. Professor Palilonis is the author of two textbooks: A Practical Guide to Graphics Reporting (Focal Press, 2006; 2016) and The Multimedia Journalist (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has developed three major interactive multimedia books, including Design Interactive, an e-text on basic design principles and Visualizing Electricity & Magnetism, an interactive set of visualizations used in 100-level electricity and magnetism courses at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
She serves as the Faculty Advisor of the Professor Garfield project. Her involvement in the project entails a variety of responsibilities including, but not limited to, managing the progress and collaboration between the project team, developing technologies team, video director, and graduate assistants.
Graduate Assistant, Graphic Designer
Erika is a first-year Emerging Media Design & Development student at Ball State University. As a graduate assistant for the EMDD program, she assists with various design assets needed for the Professor Garfield (PGF) prototype website. This includes, but is not limited to, video graphics, page layout designs, and branding for all PGF materials. In 2018, she was part of a Pulitzer prize winning team at the Arizona Republic.
Tiffany is a second-year Emerging Media Design & Development student at Ball State University. As project producer, she collaborates with the developing technologies team, video director, and graduate assistants to write content for the PGF prototype website, design the digital literacy modules, lesson plans, and materials, and assist the script writing of the instructional videos. She also manages the PGF news website blog, providing weekly updates of the project.
Senior Software Engineer for Developing Technologies
Kyle is an employee in Information Technology at Ball State University. He facilitates the conversations and development efforts between his team and EMDD. They collaborate to define the user experience for the activity modules, and develop the required functionality. In conjunction with Darik Hall, Kyle and his team serve as technology advisors for the project.
Software Engineer for Developing Technologies
Robert is a Software Engineer with the Developing Technologies group at Ball State. He and his team collaborate with the PGF project team to define the user experience for the activity modules and develops the required functionality to implement the individual learning modules on the website.
Graduate Assistant, Web Developer & Videographer
Darik is a first-year Emerging Media Design & Development (EMDD) student at Ball State University. As a graduate assistant for the EMDD program, he contributes to the web development of the Professor Garfield prototype website, assists with the structural design of the site, and films material for instructional videos. In conjunction with Kyle Parker and his team, Darik serves as a technology advisor for the project. He also worked for Jim Davis at Paws Inc. for five years before starting his own media company, Deftly Creative.
Software Engineer for Developing Technologies
Chaz is a Software Engineer with the Developing Technologies group at Ball State. He and his team collaborate with the PGF project team to define the user experience for the activity modules and develops the required functionality to implement the individual learning modules on the website.
Any is a first-year Telecommunications Digital Storytelling student at Ball State University. She develops and produces the PGF digital literacy instructional videos. While producing the videos, she defines the style, structure and content of each video, and is responsible for bringing the vision to life. Her role includes a variety of duties such as script writing and editing, shot composition, shot selection, briefing and managing the technical team, and video editing.