the studio

About "the studio-site"


A year ago, my school traded the academic cloud repository, Blackboard, for a much more affordable, and (in my opinion) inferior alternative. The new software came with a Facebook-style interface that supported conversation over document and record storage. But I needed a spot, similar to Blackboard, where I could easily store organized links, handouts, instructions and articles for my students and my research. The new software made this difficult at best.

In addition to the issues I and my students were having with the interface, the contents of 3 classes (links, resources, articles, etc) were lost in the migration from Blackboard. As I was going to have to re-create all of thismaterial from scratch no matter where I put it, I figured I might as well organize this new space as I wanted it to be.

So, here it is. I wanted materials to be easily found, and to have the ability to create sections of information that can be shared among all sections on the site. Just as in any well-organized online magazine, one can access the all-important "Food" section from any point in the site.

This site is my place to store and keep and reflect. This is my online "office". Everything here is something I use in my work and in my teaching. This is a place for me to park ideas, and as I roll it out, I hope will become an online place for others to easily share their ideas and work as well. For now, this is a place of resources and, I believe, important ideas.

my office

While I was working on this site, The New York Times announced they were changing one of my favorite sections, The Week in Review. This lovely little recap of eclectic ideas and important issues has been replaced by even more punditry - an extended opinion section. We may not really know what is going on, but we certainly have plenty of access to people who think they know. In spite of the loss of the WiR, I still collect eclectic bits of information.

As I roll out The Studio-Site, I hope it will be my own little Week in Review. I plan on adding in articles, links, and various pieces I come across weekly in my reading of that lovely-smelling stuff (paper books and magazines), my listening to that other dead media that won't die (radio) and my incessant trolling of the web.

Oh, and yes. I have a section that includes my own design work as well. When possible, works in progress will be recorded there, as well the documentation of finished works.



About Mari


Mari Interviewing Robert Roche
Photo by Mary Jo Toles

Mari Hulick grew up in Detroit.

She received a degree in History (with a minor in Philosophy) from the University of Michigan. With that degree and a lot of luck, she was able to apprentice in print shops in Chicago, finally becoming an assistant journeyman in the Graphic Artist's Guild. On a whim (and in the middle of a divorce), she took an art class.

After receiving her MFA from Northwestern University, she began her teaching career at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She then left the Midwest to teach in California (U Cal at Santa Barbara and then UCLA). She fled Los Angles in 2000 for France, ultimately winding up in New York where she taught at Parsons School of Design.

She is currently Associate Professor of Communication Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She is still not quite sure how this has happened.

Involvement in community and education has been at the core of Mari's life. She has worked successfully with groups as varied as graduate students in New York to "kids at risk" in South-Central LA, all the way to a group of blind students creating sculptures in Santa Monica.

Her most recent projects, The Collaborative Campus, and Legacy are centered on realizing her life's dreams; to use design tools and training to help people create real change in their communities.

When she grows up, she still wants to be a dancer.