Bill Fischer [Chief Author]
Bill is a Professor at Kendall College of Art and Design, where he founded the Digital Art and Design program. He is the executive producer for the EPIC project and self-publishes research and articles at L.E.A.D. His career began designing toys and automotive components at Duramold Corp. Then, at GE Associates Architects, he created an original design for the library in his hometown of Flushing Michigan. At Lear Corporation, as a product design manager, working with his team, he created automotive control panels that were incorporated into three Motor Trend “Cars of the Year”, won Ford’s best new product award and received seven patents. He eventually formed a multimedia design studio, BlackBox, which won numerous Addy and Glima awards and enjoyed clients that included Delco Electronics, Wolverine International and The American Institute of Architects. He created an online art gallery with Susan Bonner, specializing in large-scale giclee’ prints called Visualpump.com. Visualpump has recently redirected its focus toward illustration, animation, and design for a variety of clients.
Susan is an Assistant Professor of Digital Art and Design at Kendall College of Art and Design. Through her leadership in the EPIC Project (epicsite.edu), she has developed processes and methods for creating media that moves the public beyond reaction to action by blending socio-emotional content strategies with entertainment based production methods. The game, Miner Madness, Dig into Code Theory that she developed with her team of students at KCAD won the Most Meaningful Student Created Game of 2018. She is involved with developing online teaching curriculum for the Digital Art and Design program. Previous to teaching, she worked as a researcher for the Department of Education at the University of Cincinnati and the National Association for the Advancement of the Arts in Education. The research created opportunities for Artworks! to begin by finding significant seed money. She holds a Masters of Fine Art from the University of Cincinnati Department of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.
Jean is a Web Developer, Designer, Content Manager, UX-UI expert, and an Instructor at Kendall College of Art and Design in Continuing Studies. Jean is also a neurodiversity advocate and KCAD Digital Art and Design program accessible design advisor. She is also a member of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, Ladies That UX, IXDA (Interaction Design Association, and Code For America. Her professional experience includes Web development at Cull Group, Ernst & Young, Fusionary, Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, and X-Rite, as well as Library Data & Web Specialist at Davenport University and producer of a Standards-compliant eBook EPUB3 workflow, coding and layout in Adobe InDesgin, HTML5.