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Slayden, David

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • My current research is led by innovation development and through design practice affected by evolving via education from design learning. I have two new books in design, both of which are in contract and being published and released in 2024. AND note that as of July 1, I selected Pa ris Tashakori to succeed as director of the graduate program in our dedicated STUDIO in downtown Boulder. My following role is to serve as mentor for Parisa and to assist her by providing advice as needed and to continue to focus on funding and research opportunities from this juncture on within the STUDIO and graduate program, I will enable the STUDIO's efforts and continue to provide support for the STUDIO and Parisa's efforts as director.


  • agile methodologies, innovation, commercial culture, social Innovation, creative technologies, gutter tech, responsive systems, social entrepreneurism, systems design, innovation by design, designer founders, the future of work and play, a new culture of learning, experience design, design thinking, integrative thinking within industry and the arts



courses taught

  • APRD 3102 - Story Design I
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Spring 2024
    Explores the development of interactive concepts that meet the strategic brief's brand objectives. Emphasis is placed first on developing strong digital ideals. Students also master the styles appropriate for different digital media and then use those skills.
  • APRD 3301 - Social Media Strategies for Public Relations
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Emphasis on how social media and internet marketing influence public relations; understand the fundamentals and best practices in social media management, visual communication and mobile applications.
  • APRD 3500 - Story Design II
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023
    Explores the uses of story and how the design of story must adapt to different platforms and genres, including both short- and long-form narratives, visual narrative, film, personal essay and advertising copy writing.
  • APRD 4100 - Brands and Culture
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2024
    Explores the intersection between culture and marketing communication. Students will examine brand communities, brand and category culture as well as popular culture and the impact on and within marketing communication. The goal is for students to become more aware of the importance of culture in the ability of communication to disrupt the status quo within a market.
  • APRD 4931 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Internship course.
  • APRD 5002 - Experiential Design Studio 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Provides a comprehensive understanding of design thinking and its processes to design innovative branded experiences and exchanges in a variety of strategic communication contexts. Students learn design methods applications that can be applied not only to experiential design, but to a problem where design thinking is meaningful to branded experiences. They learn standard and currently practiced design methods and, through repeated application, internalize them into a personal design aesthetic.
  • APRD 5011 - Book Lab
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Dedicated to building out an industry ready professional portfolio, this immersive studio consists of four client facing project sponsored by and developed in collaboration with the program's industry partners. In a series of three-week intensives, students will work from design briefs to concept, design and solve a variety of design problems for real world clients. Ranging from finished supercomps to functional prototypes - physical, video, projections mapping, etc. - students to market portfolios will demonstrate their command of strategic communication design across a range of media platforms. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.


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