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Faculty Profile: Brad Hokanson

Brad Hokanson, RA, Ph.D


Specialties & Expertise

  • Graphic Design
  • Cognitive Tools
  • Interactive Media
  • Visual Thinking and Communication

Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

  • DES 1111 Creative Problem Solving

Selected Scholarship

  • Clinton, G. & Hokanson, B. (2012). Creativity in the training and practice of instructional designers: The Design/Creativity Loops Model. Educational Technology Research and Development. 60[1] 111-130.
  • Hokanson, B. (2012). The design critique as a model for distributed learning, in Huett, J. & Moeller, L., New directions in distance learning. Springer-Verlag.
  • Hokanson, B. (2012). The design critique as a model for distributed learning. In Moller, L. & Huett, J. (Eds.) The next generation of distance education: Unconstrained learning. New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-1-4614-1784-2 [publication date: 2.29.12]
  • Hokanson, B. & Hooper, S. (2010). Integrating Technology in Classrooms: We have met the enemy and he is us.  in Anglin, G. (Ed.), Instructional Technology: Past, present, and future. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited. 137-144. ISBN-13: 978-1563088063
  • Hokanson, B. (2010), in Martin, C. & Guerin, D., (Eds.), The State of the Interior Design Profession. Beyond function: Creativity in design. New York: Fairchild
  • Hokanson, B., in Horwitz, S. (2009), Desaparacedos: A tribute to Argentina's disappeared. Foreword to exhibition catalog. Minneapolis: Plaza Books.
  • Miller, C., Hokanson, B., Doering, A., & Brandt, T. (2010). Role-Based Design: Design Experiences, Educational Technology 50(6) 48-55.
  • Hokanson, B. & Miller, C. (2010). The Engineer and Craftsperson: Scientific Realization and Experienced Evolution through Role-Based Design, Educational Technology 50(1) 48-55.
  • Helle, K., & Hokanson, B. (2009). Between 2: Tango as Interactive Design, Interacting with computers, 21(1-2), 125-132.
  • Hokanson, B. & Miller, C. (2009). Role-based design: A contemporary framework for innovation and creativity in instructional design. Educational Technology 49(2) 21-28.
  • Hokanson, B. (2008). Too early: Circadian influences in measured creativity. In Puccio, Burnett, Cabra, Fox, Keller-Mathers, Murdock, and Yudess, (Eds). Proceedings of the 2nd Community Meeting of the International Journal of Creativity and innovation Management. (266-276).
  • Hokanson, B., Miller, C., & Hooper, S. (2008). Role based design: A contemporary perspective for innovation in instructional design. Tech Trends. 52(6) 36-43.
  • Hokanson, B., & Fraher, R. (2008). Narrative structure, myth and cognition for instructional design. Educational Technology.
  • Hokanson, B. (2007). The virtue of paper. In L. Botturi & T. Stubbs (Eds.). Handbook of visual languages in instructional design. pp. 76-90. Hershey, PA: IDEA Group.
  • Hokanson, B., Hooper, S., & Miller, C. (2007). Commodity, firmness, and delight: Four models of instructional design practice. In L. Botturi & T. Stubbs (Eds.). Handbook of visual languages in instructional design. pp. 1-17. Hershey, PA: IDEA Group.
  • Hokanson, B. (2007). By measure: Creativity in design. Journal of Industry and Higher Education, 21(5) 353-359.
  • Hokanson, B. (2006). Creativity in the design curriculum. Journal of Visual Literacy, 26(1), 41-52.
  • Hokanson, B., & Hooper, S. (2004). Levels of teaching: A taxonomy for instructional design. Educational Technology. 44(6), 14-22. Reprinted (2006) in the Distance Education Journal (China)
  • Hooper, S., & Hokanson, B., (Eds.). (2002). A learning software design competion. Educational Technology, 42(5), 5-28.
  • Hokanson, B. (2001). Silk and Silicon:Technology paradigms and education. Educational Technology, 41(3), 42-45.
  • Hokanson, B., & Hooper, D. (2000). Computers as cognitive media: Defining potential of computers in education. Computers and Human Behavior, 16(5), 537-552.
  • Hokanson, B. (2000). Why I have to paint: The importance of learning through one’s fingers in a digital world. Art and Academe: A Journal for the Humanities and Sciences in the Education of Artists, 11(2), 17-24.
  • Hokanson, B., & Hooper, S. (2001). Observations from a learning software design competition. Tech Trends, 45(2), 3-4. (Co-author).
  • Hokanson, B. (2001). Digital image creation and analysis as a means to examine learning and cognition. In M. Beynon, C. Nehaniv, & K. Dautenhahn, (Eds.), Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Cognitive Technology. Berlin: Springer.
  • Hokanson, B. (2001). If Einstein could paint: An investigation into the use of symbol systems and cognition, in Griffin, R., et al. (Eds.). Natural Vistas: Selected Readings of the International Visual Literacy Association. State College, PA: IVLA.      

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • College of Design Blue Ribbon [planning] Panel, 2009.

  • Design Institute interim director, Spring 2010.


  • Outstanding Teaching Award, College of Design, May 2008.
  • McFarland Creative Teaching Award from the College of Human Ecology, 2002.


Director of Educational Futures

College of Design

Professor, Graphic Design Program


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