Michael Gibson, professor

Michael R. Gibson

Coordinator, M.A. in Interaction Design Program
Professor, Communication Design: User-Experience Design
Department of Design
Dialectic producer and co-managing editor

Art Building, Room 304

Gibson oversees learning experiences for M.A. candidates in Interaction Design and M.F.A. candidates in Design Research, including the supervision of sponsored projects, capstone experiences and thesis and practicum projects. He also teaches classes in Interaction and user experience design, critical writing/critical methods, design research theory and methods, and communication design history.

As a co-coordinator of sponsored human-centered, interaction design and user experience design projects, Gibson works with fellow faculty members Keith Owens and Troy Abel. These sponsored projects are facilitated on behalf of North Texas-based businesses, government and non-government organizations, local communities and community groups and educational institutions.

More about Professor Gibson

Michael R. Gibson is an ex officio member of the National Steering Committee for the Design Educators’ Community of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His articles on integrating and teaching others to integrate select design processes with emerging technologies to positively affect the design of complex information systems have appeared in journals such as Visible Language, Information Design Journal, The International Journal of the Humanities, Zed: A Journal of Design Thinking, Design Education in Progress and several others. He also has lectured widely and operated a private visual and interaction design consultancy for more than 30 years.

Gibson’s experiences as a design educator and researcher have taught him that collaboratively engaging in inclusive design processes can help people construct knowledge-cum-understandings that forge and sustain connections between social perceptions, practices and behaviors. These ideas have guided the work he has undertaken over the past two decades to affect positive changes in design education, children’s healthcare and education, and how people interact with computerized, information delivery systems.

Gibson is the producer and co-managing editor of Dialectic, a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design. For more information about Dialectic, please visit the Dialectic website. 

He earned a B.F.A. in graphic design at the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, Mo., and holds an M.F.A. in graphic design with a specialization in design research from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. 

Dialectic • Call for Submissions

Due April 23, 2021, 5 p.m. CDT: Authors are invited to submit works for possible publication in the upcoming fifth issue of Dialectic, the biannual scholarly journal of the AIGA Design Educator's Community. Dialectic is devoted to the critical and creative examination of issues that affect design education, research and scholarly inquiry. Contact Professor Gibson, Dialectic’s producer and co-managing editor, for more information about this issue’s theme and editorial guidelines not covered in the Call for Submissions.

Communication Design Highlights


July 31: Using Professional Practice to Get Tenure (and Promotion) - YouTube

July 29: Strengthening Academic Writing in Design - YouTube 


July: Design Decision-Making, Throwing Out Assumptions, and Creating for the User: UNT Professor of Visual Communication Design Michael Gibson explains why, in design, he celebrates failures for their learning potential.

June: UxD students’ design work nominated for international “new talent” design award

April: User Experience and Interaction Design Students Design Prototype for a Dallas-Based “Zero-Waste” App

April: CVAD comm design students take 16 awards, 61 percent of prize money and UNT garners 'best school' in this national competition