We are thrilled to announce that associate professor James Tweedie has won a New Directions Fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for 2015-16. This prestigious award goes to a handful of scholars who seek to add new areas of competence to their research and teaching.
Tweedie’s new direction is that of design. He is particularly interested in the crafts and theories of industrial design that have yet to be explored in film studies, but are nonetheless central to the history -- and future -- of media production. His new project both traces the role of design in film production since the studio era and explores how the art of the moving image shapes visualization technologies and other digital practices of the present.
Like all New Directions Fellows, James will spend this academic year in class -- as a student! He will take graduate courses in the UW’s programs in Human-Centered Design and Engineering, Industrial Design, Built Environments, and computer animation. And that is not all. Next summer, the award will take him to the museums of modern design in Paris, Berlin, London, Toronto, and New York City.
Please join us in congratulating James and wishing him well in this exciting new endeavor!