This site is managed by J.R. (Wayne) Osborn. I'm a scholar and experimentalist of communication, and I enjoy making things. I've worked at Georgetown University since 2010, where I teach in the Communication, Culture & Technology (CCT) Program. I also created the Georgetown Certificate in Digital Media Production offered through Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies. I hold a Ph.D in Communication and a Certificate in Ethnographic Film from the University of California, San Diego. My CV can be viewed here.
My projects investigate media history and production, semiotics, technology, design, and aesthetics with a regional focus of the Middle East and Africa. In courses, I frequently combine hands-on production projects with theoretical and traditional scholarship. I emphasize a global perspective on technology and communication, having taught and studied in Jordan, Yemen, Turkey, Mexico, Zimbabwe, the U.A.E, China, and Switzerland.
I'm currently engaged in a number of research projects across a variety of media. More detailed information can be found on the projects page:
- Video – I produced and edited “Glitter Dust: Finding Art in Dubai,” a documentary feature, which premiered at the 2012 Gulf Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates. The film combines HD video and animation to examine the contemporary art scene in Dubai.
- Text – I'm completing a book on the aesthetic history of Arabic script (from calligraphy to digital typography).
- Interface Design – I design, program, and build interactive “unmixing” terminals for the National Postal Museum and other Smithsonian institutions
- Curatorial – I moderate the “Diagrammatica Project” as a study of communication and information design. The project collects significant diagrams as models of visual and spatial reasoning