A man in tie reaching up to position a lowercase r above the height of an uppercase R.

Even better, have you ever tried to explain in detail the purpose of research to a non-researcher? It might be more important and difficult than you think. I recently tried, and (full disclosure) it was not easy at all. …


El escenario de TEDxEmilyCarrU 2021. Imagen orginal de Nidhi Hira

Para cuando leas estas líneas, se habrá llevado a cabo la edición 2021 de las TEDx talks en Emily Carr University of Art and Design en Vancouver, Canadá. …


An article authored by me and Dr. Kedrick James was recently published in Leonardo. In fact, I wrote a short piece about this publication a couple of years ago, when the article was accepted for publication. Both the article and the follow-up piece discuss how to create digital sound files…


The following text was presented at the 4th. Radical Research Summit in Vancouver, B.C., on September 27, 2019.

My background is in Design, Social Sciences and Humanities, which makes me lean towards qualitative studies or studies that involve visualization as a method of analysis. I have been doing research in…


I stole this image from Wikipedia.

Taking a job in the private sector after finishing a Ph.D. (as opposed to an academic job) has brought me many realizations about both environments. As someone that didn’t plan for the position I currently have, I cannot help but constantly compare where I am to where I think I…


After more than 20 years of being at the margins of every single design trend, I found myself face to face with UX. …


If you have a Ph.D. or are working towards getting one, you should know that chances are very few people in your cohort will get a tenure-track job. That includes you, unfortunately. I understand how hard it is facing this reality and although I would love you to feel not…


I am writing these lines two years after starting in my current job and roughly a year after defending my Ph.D. My job does not put me in a tenure track but it comes with all the fun stuff that involves doing research, except that now I have the resources…


Like many other designers, I decided to become an educator. It took a while, though. I started like pretty much every other designer of my generation: Finalizing a bachelor in a design-related discipline, some small gigs, eventually a larger company, freelancing, etc. Also, like everyone else, I had to design…


If you find transmediation and glitch art interesting and you haven’t read Masuma Ahuja and Denise Lu’s piece titled “What Paris look like with an echo” in the Washington post, I highly suggest you to do it. …

Ernesto Peña (he/him)

[Designer | Educator | Researcher | Immigrant] ernestopena.com

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