About Me

James Pannafino is an associate professor at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. He teaches web, interaction, experience and motion design courses for the (BDes) Bachelor of Design degree. His research interests include interactive design fundamentals, interdisciplinary design, visual storytelling and digital narrative forms. He writes regularly for HOWDesign.com on interactive design concepts and tools. James wrote and published Interdisciplinary Interaction Design: A Visual Guide to Basic Theories, Models and Ideas for Thinking and Designing for Interactive Web Design.

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UX Methods

Co-Wrote, Designed and Published October 2017

UX Methods features 50 different research methods. Each method has concise instructions aimed at getting you in the field gathering insights as quickly as possible. A visual example in storyboard form is included with each method. Readers will quickly find a wide range of methods they can apply in numerous situations. Methods cover situations like user testing, discovering user preferences and behaviors, narrowing project focus with stakeholders and much more.
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Interdisciplinary Interaction Design

Wrote, Designed and Published November 2012

Interaction design has many dimensions to it. It addresses how people deal with words, read images, explore physical space, think about time and motion, and how actions and responses affect human behavior. It is my hope that this book is a starting point for creating a visual language to enhance the understanding of interdisciplinary theories within interaction design.
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Common College Sense

Wrote, Designed and Published March 2010

When young people go to college, they are expected to gain the knowledge to survive and thrive in their professional fields. But what about the common-sense knowledge that is needed to accomplish common daily tasks not typically taught in college? Tasks like tying a tie, changing a tire, or properly cleaning the kitchen. It covers important tasks and some lighthearted ones to not only educate but also entertain.


Conference Presentations

James is available for speaking engagements at both professional and educational conferences and events. Please email James for references and video examples of his presentations.

Understanding UX Methods for better User Experience
UCDA Design Conference, Baltimore, MD
Fall 2017

Narrative in Motion Design
UCDA Design Conference, Baltimore, MD
Fall 2017

UX Methods for Beginners Workshop
UCDA Design Education Summit, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA
Spring 2017

Graphic Arts in the Liberal Arts: Presented by Design Incubation Panel
UCDA Design Education Summit, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA
Spring 2017

The Visual Design of an Online Course
RECAP 2017 - A Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, West Chester University, PA
Spring 2017

Understanding Digital Design Tools
2016 Downingtown Educational Technology Conference, STEM Academy, Downingtown PA
Fall 2016

Interactive Design Project Case Studies
BarCamp 9 - Unconference focusing on the web and development
University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Wharton School’s Huntsman Hall, Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2016

Interactive Design Thinking - Conference Keynote
Learn x Design 2016 Conference, Dupont Environmental Education Center, DE
Summer 2016

Elements of Motion Design
Elements: The Web Conference at Penn State, State College, PA
Summer 2016

Motion Design: Principles and Process
HOW Design Live 2016 Professional Design Conference, Atlanta, GA
Spring 2016

Interactive Design Programs and Learning Apps
RECAP 2016 - A Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, West Chester University, PA
Spring 2016

The Education of a Designer through Information Architecture: Process, Meaning and Methods
Philadelphia’s World Information Architecture Day 2016, Philadelphia, PA
Spring 2016

Teaching Timeless Theory in Interactive Design through a Multidisciplinary Approach
Design Incubation Colloquium at CAA Conference, Washington DC
Spring 2016

Self-Publishing In Higher Education: Meaning And Approach
Design Incubation Fellowship, New York City, NY
Spring 2016

Interaction Design for Startups
UPNEXT FEST Harrisburg, PA
Fall 2015

Motion Design: Principles and Process
HOW Interactive Design Conference, Boston, MA
Fall 2015

Teaching Technology in Creative Courses
RECAP 2015 - A Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, West Chester University, PA
Summer 2015

Variable Grids in Interactive Design
2014 American Comparative Literature Association Conference, New York City, NY
Spring 2014

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Web and Experience-Based Design
Future of Web Design 2014, New York City, NY
Fall 2014

Mobile Design Process and Understanding the User
RECAP 2014 - A Technology Conference for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, West Chester University, PA
Summer 2014

Panel member for INTERACT: A Panel Discussion Led by Khoi Vinh
Design Week Baltimore 2013, an AIGA Baltimore chapter event, Baltimore, MD
Fall 2013

Interdisciplinary Interaction Design presentation series:
HOW Interactive Design Conference 2013 - Chicago, IL
EdUi 2013 - Richmond, VA
2013 Academic Innovation Conference - Shippensburg University, PA
2013 Web Conference at Penn State: UX: The User Experience - State College, PA
RECAP 2013 - Instructional Technology: The New Era - West Chester University, PA
AIGA Baltimore Chapter - Solo Presentation - Baltimore, MD
BarCamp 5 - Unconference focusing on the web and development. - Harrisburg, PA
Spring 2013 - Fall 2013

Web Design is in the Details: 7 Basic Web Design Components that are Often Overlooked
HOW Interactive Conference 2012, Washington, DC
Fall 2012

Interaction Design in Art Education: Teaching Interactive Theory Over Computer Competency
PA Art Education Association 2012 Annual Conference, Harrisburg, PA,
Fall 2012

Designing for Interdisciplinary Interaction Design
Designing for the Divide Conference, West Virginia University, WV
Spring 2012

Understanding Google SketchUp 3D Modeling 101
Pennsylvania Educational Technology Exposition & Conference, Hershey, PA
Spring 2012

Common College Sense: Soft Narrative and Instructional Design
International Visual Literacy Association ConferenceStockton College, NJ
Fall 2011

Typographic Narrative Design
New Narrative Conference: Narrative Arts and Visual Media, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
Spring 2010

The Future of Publication: Print or Online
APSCUF-PSEA Conference on Labor in Higher Education, Harrisburg, PA
Fall 2009

Understanding Wireframes and Visual Mapping
Web 2009: A Conference for Penn State Web Professionals, Penn State University, State College, PA
Summer 2009

Visualizing Narratives in Graphic Novels: Structure and Form
2009 American Comparative Literature Association Conference: Global Languages, Local Cultures, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Spring 2009

Graphic Novels to Graphic Design: Connections and Relationships
Graphica in Education: Bringing Graphic Novels Out from Under the Desk Fordham University, New York, NY
Spring 2009

Consumption-Free Design: Designing around Material Discovery and Personal Interaction
Social Studies: Educating Designers in a Connected World - AIGA Design Educators Conference, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Fall 2008

Sequential Art: Hand, Eye and Mind
The Sixth International Conference on the Book, Catholic University of America, Washington, DC,
Fall 2008

Visualizing Narrative Experiences and Cross-Cultural Communication
Glide 08: Global Interaction in Design Education, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Streaming Online,
Fall 2008

Variable Narrative Form in Gaming
Massaging Media 2 - AIGA Design Educators Conference, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA,
Spring 2008

University and Organizational Presentations

Variable approaches to Web Design
Quidsi - An Amazon.com based company, Jersey City, NJ
Summer 2016

Understanding Adobe Illustrator and Design Education
Hempfield High School - Technology & Engineering Education, Landisville PA,
Spring 2016

Design Thinking Workshop
Penn Medicine - Lancaster General Health, Lancaster, PA
Spring 2016

The Language of Interactive Design
New York Code + Design Academy, Philadelphia, PA,
Fall 2015

Transitioning to Web and Interaction Base Design
Girl Develop IT Philadelphia, PA
Fall 2015

Interdisciplinary Interaction Design presentation series:
St. Johns University, Queens, NY
Webpage FX Inc, Harrisburg, PA
THIEL Design LLC, Milwaukee, WI, (Synchronized online presentation)
Synapse Marketing Solutions - Private Corporate Presentation, Lancaster, PA
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA
State University of New York at New Paltz, NY, (Synchronized online presentation)
Pennsylvania College of Art and Design, Lancaster, PA
Spring 2013 - Fall 2014

Function and Time: Showing Passion in a Digital Portfolio
Messiah College, Grantham, PA
Spring 2012

The Future of Interactive Web Design: Function and Technology
Antonelli Institute, Glenside, PA
Spring 2012

Digital Publishing and Type Comics
Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA
Spring 2011

Typography in Comic Books
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, New York, NY
Summer 2010

Comics in the Classroom (Panel Presentation)
CGS Super Show 2010, Reading, PA
Spring 2010

Understanding Motion Graphics
Antonelli Institute, Glenside, PA
Spring 2010

Web Design: Principles and Process
St. Johns University, Queens, NY
Fall 2007