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 Derksen, Gerry   Name:  Gerry Derksen 
Title:  Professor of Design 
M.Des., Visual Communication Design, University of Alberta
Office:  243 McLaurin Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2658 
Visual Communication Design

Prof. Derksen is originally from Canada, where he went to the University of Manitobas' architecture school. Under Jorge Frascara, he studied visual communication design, at the University of Alberta integrating user-centred design philosophy with visual communication strategies. His graduate research entitled, "Jury Perceptions of Animation," studied re-enactments of a crime scene to determine the prejudicial impact on a jury.

An associate professor of design at Winthrop University, Prof. Derksen is active in the practice, and research of visual information and communication design. His published work includes: "Jury Perception and the Uncanny Valley", "Film as Surrogate to Reality", "A Strategy for Teaching Technology", and "Design Processes: Interacting between Designer, Developer, and Marketer." He has also worked on projects for the Piedmont Medical Center, the Democratic National Convention and Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden.
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