Professor Johnston is a multimedia designer, artist, and educator working in a variety of contexts involving interactive design and three-dimensional digital technologies. An overarching interest in his practice involves visualizing the unseen.
Recently, he gave a TEDxNavesink talk and Research Days 2014 presentation about his collaborative project Augmented Asbury Park, which involves the digital reconstruction of key historic landmarks on the Asbury Park boardwalk in augmented reality. Professor Johnston has received numerous awards and grants including an Editor’s Choice Award, World Maker Faire New York 2013; the YAP Grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, partly funded by the National Endowment for the Arts; the Harold and Vivian Shapiro/John Malik Award and Jean Paul Slusser Fellowships, University of Michigan.
Professor Johnston’s creative works have been shown nationally and internationally, including at the Lumen Prize Exhibition in Shanghai, Hong Kong; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; the Tank Space for Performing and Visual Arts and the Philoctetes Center in NYC.
Degree Information: M.F.A., School of Art and Design, University of Michigan; M.Ed and B.A., University of Notre Dame
Courses Taught: Web and Interactive Design 1 + 2, 3D Modeling and Animation
Primary Area of Expertise: Multimedia Design, with a focus on 3D media as it relates to interactive web, 3D printing, and visualization
Advice for Students Preparing for Your Class: "Be prepared. Show up. Make. Then make a lot more. Be ready to talk about and present your work. Learn how to ask for and receive criticism. Learn how to give useful, respectful feedback."