Kathleen Brandt

Kathleen Brandt

Adjunct Faculty

  • Communications@Syracuse (online)

Contact Information


  • M.F.A. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Kathleen is an interdisciplinary educator, designer and design researcher who works across a range of mediums to foster and support creative, strategic thinking and decision-making in design, the arts and the humanities. Since 1995, her work has embraced new technology and electronic communication media in the forms of information visualization, multimedia storytelling, online publication, database design, documentary video, wearable computing and physical installations, as well as the development and delivery of innovative curricula and teaching environments.She is co-founder of the research and design practice at KBLstudio as well as of Thinklab, a design and research laboratory at Syracuse University dedicated to exploring tools, technologies, and methodologies that support innovating approaches to thinking. Through Thinklab, she has served as principal investigator or consultant on research grants from the National Science Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research; and the New York State Council on the Arts, in addition to private foundations and corporate sponsors. Thinklab itself was the recipient of a CORE77 Educational Initiative Professional Notable award in 2013. Through KBLstudio, she recently co-designed the Einhorn 21st Century Studio in the Syracuse School of Architecture, which also received an Educational Initiative award from CORE77 in 2014.Kathleen is the managing editor of PUBLIC: Arts, Design, Humanities, an online journal she co-founded and co-designed that supports the peer-reviewed publication of interactive and multi-media work in the area of engaged practice and scholarship. In addition, her designs, projects and installations have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art and SIGGRAPH (Special Interest Group of Computer Graphics) among other venues, and she has had her work profiled in many books, journals and online publications.