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All NSCAD campuses closed at noon, February 24, 2024 due to freezing rain. All campuses will reopen at 9 a.m. on February 25.

BIO

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<ӣƵ class="elementor-heading-title elementor-size-default">Michael Leblanc
<ӣƵ class="elementor-heading-title elementor-size-default">Associate Professor
Division of Interdisciplinary Design
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Office Number: N215
Phone Number: 902 494 8160
Email: mleblanc@nscad.ca

<ӣƵ class="elementor-heading-title elementor-size-default">Background

I’m an Associate Professor, first appointed to NSCAD in 1990. I hold an Hon. BA from the University of Guelph and an MFA from York University, where I concentrated on drawing and printmaking. I’m an interdisciplinary designer with interests in web, user interface design, physical computing and product design. From 2000 to 2016 I served the Division of Design as Chair for 15 years and Director of the Master of Design program for two years. Over the years I’ve held Creative Director or positions at several Halifax-based start-ups, including ITC Learning, PhotoPoint, Knowledge House, and Origin BioMed. In addition to my teaching activities in Canada, I’ve taught design in Ghana and I hold an official position as Visiting Professor at Foshan University, China.

<ӣƵ class="elementor-heading-title elementor-size-default">CURRENT RESEARCH AND/OR CREATIVE PRACTICE

My main focus is on UI/UX, working in web-based and 3D design. I’m currently developing apps and products engaged with data from the Internet. With Prof. Yasushi Akiyama of Saint Mary’s University, I was awarded a $100k Mitacs Accelerate grant to investigate solutions to the problem of medication adherence in elderly patients. The grant, titled “Medication Adherence Using HomeEXCEPT’s Non-Intrusive Monitoring Platform” will fund 8 NSCAD MDES and SMU Master of Computer Science interns. It’s scheduled to begin May 2021.

<ӣƵ class="elementor-heading-title elementor-size-default">SIGNIFICANT PUBLICATIONS/EXHIBITIONS
2016 “Nothing Uninteresting” a biography of Official Canadian War Artist and illustrator Eric Aldwinckle ()
2013 “The Technology of Good Intentions” Anna Leonowens Gallery, NSCAD
2003-14 Creative Director, Origin BioMed, Halifax
2000 Web Development Team Leader, PhotoPoint.com, Halifax and San Francisco
1999 Director of Media Design, Knowledge House, Halifax
1997-99 Creative Director, Mentor Networks/ITC Learning, Halifax and Herndon VA
1991-97 Media Design, Windhorse Productions, Halifax
1990 Media Arts Resident, Banff Centre School of Fine Arts
1989 Graphic Design Specialist, University of Toronto Computing Services Text and Imaging Group
1986-90 Designer and Consultant, Instructional Technology Group, University of Guelph
1980, 1981, 1983 Solo Exhibitions, Gadatsy Gallery, Toronto