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Ed Johnston is a multimedia designer, artist, and educator working in a variety of contexts involving interactive design and three-dimensional digital technologies. Johnston has presented, published and exhibited his creative work and research nationally and internationally. Recent highlights include his TEDx talk and peer-reviewed presentations and papers at the UCDA Design Education Summit and the ISEA International Symposium on Electronic Art. Johnston worked on an award-winning project Augmented Asbury Park, which involves digitally reconstructing key historic landmarks on the Asbury Park boardwalk in New Jersey through augmented reality. The free mobile experience invites people to interact with historic structures that are no longer there. He has recently received funding to document Liberty Hall Museum in New Jersey using mixed reality technologies.


  • MFA, University of Michigan
  • Post-baccalaureate Certificate, MICA
  • M.Ed., University of Notre Dame
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame

Courses Taught

  • Design for Mobile
  • Motion Graphics Design
  • Immersive Motion Graphics
  • UI/UX Design (User Interface/User Experience)

Areas of Expertise

  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • User Interface/User Experience Design
  • Immersive Design
  • Motion Graphics

Teaching Philosophy

I create a welcoming learning environment for my students, which focuses on exploration, collaboration and mindful feedback. My students learn to approach their projects through a design thinking methodology while developing lifetime learning habits essential for any creative professional.

The best part about teaching at Kean University

The best part about teaching at Kean University is collaborating with students on creative research projects and connecting that work to their professional goals.