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Karl V. Fast, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

I teach user experience design, information architecture, human-information interaction and related courses. I'm faculty member in the Information Architecture & Knowledge Management program.

I study how people make sense of digital information in their everyday life, and how our technologies rarely accommodate the messy, ad-hoc, and emergent patterns of this behavior.

Selected Publications

Selected Conference Presentations

  • Fast, K. V. (2011). Information is an opportunity. Information Architecture Summit 2012, New Orleans, Lousiana, March 21-25, 2012.
  • Fast, K. V. (2011). Thinking with your hands. Midwest UX 2011, Columbus, Ohio, April 9-10, 2011.
  • Fast, K. V. (2010). The architecture of piles. Information Architecture Summit 2010, Phoenix, Arizona, April 9-11, 2009.
  • Fast, K. V. (2009). Is interaction necessary? Information Architecture Summit 2009, Memphis, Tennessee, March 20-22, 2009.
  • Jörgensen, C., Fleischmann, K., Fast, K. V., von Eberstein, A., & Jörgensen, P. (2005). Towards a research agenda for visual informatics. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Information Science & Technology, Charlotte, North Carolina, October 28 – November 2, 2005.
  • Fast, K. V. (2004). Information visualization: Failed experiment or future revolution? Information Architecture Summit 2004, Austin, Texas, Feb. 27-29, 2004.

Invited Presentations

  • Fast, K. V. (2012). Information Architecture i(s|n) the future. World Information Architecture Day, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Feb. 12, 2012.
  • Fast, K. V. (2011). Information as opportunity. World Usability Day, Cleveland, Ohio, November 10, 2011.
  • Information as opportunity. (2011). World Usability Day, Cleveland.
Research Areas
  • Human Information Interaction
  • Information Visualization
  • Information Architecture
  • Multitouch surfaces
Karl V. Fast, Ph.D.
Colleges, Schools, and Departments

For Fall 2012
Thursdays: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Fridays: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Summer 2014
  • IAKM 60792 - 001 Internship In Iakm
  • IAKM 61199 - 001 Thesis I