I am Assistant Professor of Design Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I am currently investigating the social influence of design through perception, the construction of meaning, and the forms of experience in human interaction and services. I received my Ph.D. in Design in 2007 from Göteborg University, Sweden. My doctoral research is an example of practice-based design research guided by the strategy of Productive Science and Poetics, offering insight into the aesthetic and acoustic qualities of hand-tufted fibre art in the context of interior spatial design. A central feature of my work is a philosophical reflection on the nature of unity and emotional expression in art and design.