Michael Stamper holds a BA in Graphic Design and Art History, and a Masters in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Interactive, Graphic, Information Design and Data Visualization, both from Indiana University-Bloomington. He has extensive experience working in all aspects of design in academia, for private companies, and the Federal Government. Before coming to Virginia Tech in the Fall of 2016, he was Dr. Katy Börner’s [https://www.ils.indiana.edu/people/profile.html?profile_id=2] Senior Designer at the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science (CNS) Center at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he specialized in creating many dynamic data visualizations for research and the world-traveling Places & Spaces: Mapping Science data visualization and art exhibit.
He has taught as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. He is a multifaceted designer with a vast body of work that ranges from large (and small) scale data visualizations and information design projects to traditional graphic/interactive design for print and Web. One of his favorite and most satisfying aspects about working on data visualization and analysis projects is being able to bring simplicity to complexity through the strategic application of design. Michael’s role involves supporting administrators, faculty, and students assess, organize, and draw meaning and insights from their data and making sense of it all through visual means, and lecturing on the importance of “good” design practices for creating data visualizations, infographics, and user interface and experience design.