Professor Robert M Fraher

Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin- Stout
Design Department
College of Arts, Communications, Humanities and Social Sciences

Office: 323B Applied Arts
Phone: 715-232-5323
Email: fraherr@uwstout.edu
Personal website: robertfraher.com

Brief Biography

Robert Fraher is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin–Stout. He has a Master of Fine Art degree in graphic design with an emphasis on interactivity from the University of Minnesota. His research explores how interactive design and digital media can facilitate individual expression and community involvement. He has exhibited, published, and presented research in the fields of graphic design, art, instructional design, interaction design, and creativity.

Research Interests: Novel Interfaces, Multi-sensory Stimulation, Visual Language, Design Methodology, Design Pedagogy

Professional Interests: Interactive Design, User-Experience Design, Graphic Design, Motion Graphic Design, Object-Oriented Programming, Usability Testing, Identity and Branding

Education

    • MFA Graphic Design
      University of Minnesota
      Twin Cities, MN, United States, 2010
    • BS Interactive Digital Media Design
      University of Minnesota
      MN, United States, 2006
    • Specialized Associate in Recording Engineering
      Full Sail Center for the Recording Arts
      1995

Work Experience

    Academic - Post-Secondary

      • University of Wisconsin- Stout, School of Art and Design
        Associate Professor
        August 2011 -
      • University of Minnesota
        Graduate Instructor, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant
        September 2007 - June 2010

    Industry

      • Antidote X, Inc.
        Interactive Designer and Flash Developer
        August 2010 - June 2011
      • Medtronic, Inc.
        Interactive Designer and Creative Producer
        September 2002 - September 2007

Intellectual Contributions

    Conference Proceeding

    • Fraher, R. (2015). The Tale of Two Initiatives: Reflective Practice for Collegial Discourse in Design Education and The Global Studio Model. , 139-143, Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma.
    • Fraher, R. Production-composition-audience analysis methodology and pilot study. , 172-185, Smyrna, GA: University & College Designers Association.
    • Fraher, R. (2012). Cursor dynamics: Aesthetic exploration of the bubble cursor. , 765-766, New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery.
    • Fraher, R. (2010). Gestalt theory, engagement and interaction. , 3211-3216, New York, NY: Association for Computing Machinery.
    • Fraher, R. (2008). Dynamic space: A learning tool for creating interactive concept maps. , 250-255, Bloomington, NY: Association of Educational Communications and Technology.

    Journal Article

    • Fraher, R. Toward an interactive digital media-based therapeutic modality. The International Digital Media and Arts Association Journal, 9(2), 6-13.
    • Fraher, R. (2011). Process and pedagogy in undergraduate graphic design education. The Design Journal, 14(4), 390-412.
    • Fraher, R. (2009). A requiem to modernism: The future has arrived. Multi: The Rochester Institute of Technology Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design, 2(2), 13-24.
    • Fraher, R. (2008). Narrative structure, myth and cognition for instructional design. Educational Technology, 49(1), 27-32.

    DVD journal

    • Fraher, R., & McCarthy, S. (2010). No horse in particular: Video demo and commentary (DVD journal). Aspect: The Chronicle of New Media Art, 15.

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

    Online gallery publication

    • Fraher, R. (March 1,2015 - Present) Untitled.
    • Fraher, R. (July 1,2014 - Present) Student Web Awards.
    • Fraher, R. (August 8,2012 - Present) The online portfolio of Robert Fraher.

    Art - Exhibition, Competitive

    • Fraher, R. (January 4,2016 - February 9, 2016) Typespace v.1. Typography Art. Heyde Center for the Arts. Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA.
    • Fraher, R. (September 12,2015 - October 10, 2015) Context is king. Geometry. Hera Gallery. Wakefield, Rhode Island, USA.
    • Fraher, R. (November 8,2012 - November 11, 2012) The online portfolio of Robert Fraher. iDEAS_12: A Retrospective. International Digital Media and Arts Association, 2012 conference. Miami, Florida, USA.
    • Fraher, R. (October 16,2009 - November 13, 2009) No horse in particular. Accessibility 2009: Cross Currents. Sumter County Gallery of Art. Sumter, South Carolina, USA.
    • Fraher, R., & Hokanson, B. (October 27,2009 - October 31, 2009) + (plus) creativity system. Design Showcase. Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Annual Conference. Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
    • Fraher, R. (April 10,2009 - April 10, 2009) The sonic locator. Sound of It. Garage Art Gallery. San Diego, California, USA.

    Art - Residency

    • Fraher, R. (August 8,2015 - August 15, 2015) The Quality without a Name. Standard Projects, Hortonville, Wisconsin, USA.

Presentations

    Panel Chair

    • Fraher, R., Beck, D., Griffey, J., Nelson, M., & Richison, M. (November, 2013). Traditional and Emerging Ideas in Interactive Media Curriculum. International Digital Media and Arts Association 2013 conference, Laguna Beach, CA, United States.

    Paper

    • Fraher, R., Frazier, P., Hokanson, B., & Greer, C. (November, 2012). Therapeutic potential of interactive digital media . , Miami, FL, United States.
    • Hokanson, B., Fraher, R., Goncu, G., Helle, K., & Sakaimbo, N. (March, 2009). Reflections on pedagogy in creativity training. American Creativity Association (ACA) 2009 conference., Philadelphia, PA, United States.
    • Fraher, R. (October, 2008). A requiem to modernism: The future has arrived. Outside the Frame: Kendall Colloquium on Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI, United States.

Grants, Contracts, and Sponsored Research

    Grant

    • Fraher, R. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Stout , $1916.
    • Fraher, R. $992.
    • Fraher, R., & Beck, D. $3000.
    • Fraher, R. Sponsored by University of Wisconsin-Stout , $1200.
    • Fraher, R. $2638.
    • Fraher, R., & Hokanson, B. Sponsored by University of Minnesota, $5000.

Media Contributions

Awards, Fellowships, Honors, and Scholarships

    Award

    • Student Showcase Award, iDEAS_13, International Digital Media and Arts Association (2013)
    • Best Designs Award, Cool Home Pages: Design Inspiration (2012)
    • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (May 15, 2012)
    • First Place Award, SpaceTime Interactive Works Student Competition, Association for Computing Machinery's (2009)

    Honor

    • Nominee, CSS Winner, Awarding and Showcasing (2012)
    • Nominee, Mary Hoover Award for Graduate Student Teaching Excellence, (2009)

Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques (ACM SIGGRAPH)
  • Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (ACM SIGCHI)

Service

    Department / School

    • Committee Chair, Curriculum Committee (September 3,2015 - Present)
    • Committee Chair, Ad-hoc Course Evaluation Revision Committee (September 1,2015 - Present)
    • Faculty Advisor, Interactive Media Club (March 1,2015 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Emerging Instructional Technology Committee (September 1,2013 - Present)
    • Committee Member, MFA in Design Program Advisory Committee (September 1,2013 - Present)
    • Committee Member, Faculty Senate (February 1,2012 - September 2, 2015)
    • Secretary, Curriculum Committee (September 1,2011 - September 1, 2012)

    University

      UW Stout

      • Committee Chair, Ad-hoc Course Evaluation Revision Committee (September 2015 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Graphic Design Search Committee (September 2014 - Present)
      • Emerging Instructional Technology Committee (September 2013 - Present)
      • Committee Member, MFA in Design Program Advisory Committee (September 2013 - Present)
      • Committee Member, 9-Credit Teaching Load Ad Hoc Committee (February 2012 - Present)
      • Department Representative, Faculty Senate (February 2012 - Present)
      • (September 2011 - Present)
      • Committee Member, Graphic Design Search Committee (September 2013 - April 2014)
      • Committee Member, Graphic Design Search Committee (September 2012 - April 2013)
      • Secretary, Curriculum Committee (August 2011 - September 2012)

    Professional

    • (June 2014 - Present)
    • Advisory Board Member, International Digital Media and Arts Association (iDMAa) (June 2013 - Present)
    • Advisory Board Member, International Digital Media and Arts Association (June 1,2013 - Present)
    • Conference-Related, International Digital Media and Arts Association (June 1,2012 - Present)
    • Member, Peer Review Committee Conference (June 2012 - Present)
    • Article Reviewer, Multi: The R.I.T. Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design (February 2009 - Present)

    Community

    • Committee Chair, Julia's Journey Memorial Fundraiser (August 2006 - July 2010)