Trope Collaborative
Trope Collaborative is full of curiosity of how the world works and how different disciplines structure the world into models, languages, and expertise.

We believe in developing hiqh quality content for a diverse set of communities in business, design, UX, the arts and humanities.
Trope reflects the contemporary realities that face organizations around ambiguity, shifting markets and technologies. Products and services are intertwined creating additional challenges to shifting expectations of users.

We integrate organizational strategies and goals with business processes, brand positioning and multi-channel message delivery systems. Our solutions are focused on solving with every interaction that make the abstract tangible by clearly expressing value and benefit to markets.

Professional Publications

AIGA Chicago
InForm was the main local journal on design.


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When is the Facade
a Fallacy?
inForm : AIGA Chicago
Volume 13, Number 1
2001
Page 16-22

When is a Facade a Fallacy pdf link

 
A fun look at when buildings were painted with advertising messages. Co-created with Paul Gehl of the Newberry Library.



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Forums Without Principle
inForm : AIGA Chicago
Volume 14, Number 3
2004
Page 23-30

Forums without prinicple pdf Link

Focused on design conferences as a business model and exploring if design conferences have any impact on the profession.


Design Management Journal
Dedicated to design as a strategic business resource.


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Managing Ambiguities: the Impact of Digital Technologies on Design Relationships
Design Management Journal
Volume 11, Number 3
Summer 2000
00113KAL38 Page 38-45

Managing Ambiguation pdf link

 
Design is technology intensive, yet the processes that were used to manage design had not changed. This article explored these issues that were facing managing design relationships.


FATE in Review
FATE is a journal centered on college art-foundation theory.

SPAN Magazine (USAID)
Bridging US and India Relations


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SPAN Website
 
 
 

SPAN Publication pdf download


This is an interview about my views on design in India when I was at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India.


Academic Publications

Design Issues
The first American academic journal of design history, theory, and criticism.


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Feeding the Lion: One Internal Design Group's Odessey
Design Issues
Volume 23, Number 3
Summer 2007
Page 16

Feeding the Lion: One Internal Design Group's Odessey
 

This article took ten years to publish and covers my time as Design Director at Andersen Worldwide. It shares the challenges of running an internal design group.



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Thinking Design
(Book Review)

Design Issues
Volume 18, Number 3
Summer 2002
Page 91

Thinking Design Link

 
I was asked to write the book review about design in India as I was a Fulbright recipient to the National Institute of Design in Ahmedadbad.



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Improvisational Design
(Book Review)

Design Issues
Volume 22, Number 1
Winter 2006
Page 80

Feeding the Lion:Balarm pdf link

 
This book review dealt with a unique perspective on digital systems and new metaphors that allow for more immersive user experiences.


FutureForward
Journal of Integrative Teaching International.


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Leading Change
Breakout Group
FutureForward
ThinkTank4



Leasding Change Breakout Group PDF
 

The goal of this transcription was to capture the dimensions of leadership for change, using critical, connective, constructive and creative thinking based on the ideas of Howard Gardner.



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Changing Leadership
FutureForward
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Thinking Design Link

 
This was an afterward based on the ThinkTank that focused on leading change at the academic level and tried to tie the diverse ideas of the breakout teams into changing the definition and qualities of leadership.


Interviews
Topical perspectives on design.


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Launching the Imagination is one of the main textbooks for art foundations and is a major source of information on art and design concepts and techniques. As art and design has migrated to address methodologies and their articulation as a skill, Mary Stewart wanted to include in the book a section that focused on Problem Seeking and Problem Solving. This overview of design methods is customized for incoming freshman.


Other Content

ADMCi
Design In The Moment


Design Feast
American Design and Master Craft Initiative
Design In The Moment 85: Adam Kallish
Jim Jacoby & Jim Cohen interview Adam Kallish as part of their Design In The Moment series.

Design Feast
Interview on motivation for design.


Design Feast
Nate Burgos interviewed me about what drives me as a designer.


Online Content
A variety of links relating to trends.


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These are article posts on a wide variety of topics.






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Wikipedia
Design Methods
 
Nate Burgos and I created the first footprint article on Wikipedia and collaborated with many users on shaping its content.




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