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My work connects diverse collaborative teams through design & visual thinking.

Hello! I’m Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt, an Assistant Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. As a design researcher, educator, author, and scholar, I focus on using design to improve interpersonal interactions, and specifically collaborative work.

In my research and teaching, human connection drives the creation of socially responsible concepts. I co-authored the book Intercultural Collaboration by Design: Drawing from Differences, Distances, and Disciplines through Visual Thinking (Routledge 2020) with Denielle Emans, which introduces over 30 of our visual thinking activities to support collaborative online intercultural learning (COIL). We are currently working together on The ORBIT Project: Online Resource for Building Intercultural Teams.

Starting Nov. 13, 2020 at 8pm EST, you can watch my tenure talk, “The People Beyond the Screen: Designing for Human Connection,” presented as part of the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series. And through Dec. 4, 2020, I’ll be taking your questions about the talk through this form and responding to them via our research team’s ORBIT Project Instagram account.

Read my full bio on the Stamps website.

Call for contributions!

Lessons learned in creative classrooms can help designers, educators, and the general public cope better with the unexpected stressors and challenges of our current times.

We are looking for submissions from art and design educators, graduate students, and recent graduates across the globe for  Creative Resilience: Lessons from artists & designers for learning and living in an uncertain world. The book will feature case studies, project ideas, quick exercises, and perspective essays on 21st century best practices

More information is available in the submission form—click the “submit your proposal” button to preview more details and submission requirements.

Deadline: Monday, March 29, 2021, at 11:59pm in your time zone. 

Recent activities

My team and I love leading workshops, webinars, and discussions to help all kinds of groups and communities to improve creative engagement and collaboration skills. Please contact us to schedule a remote event for your group or organization at

“From Engagement to Collaboration: Creative Approaches to Support Joyful Social-Emotional Learning.” Natomas Charter School, Leading Edge Academy, October 2020.

“Understanding the Role of Visual Thinking in Task Design.” Virtual Exchange Community, University of Michigan, August 2020.

“Using Visual Thinking to Connect & Collaborate Remotely.” CultureSource, May 2020.

© Kelly M. Murdoch-Kitt 2020