Allen is a Shreveport-based educator, trainer, designer, and all-around creative thinker with over 25 years of combined professional and teaching experience. As an Associate Professor in the LSUS Digital Arts Program, he teaches a number of design courses to include website design/development, interactive and game design, and creative problem solving/design thinking. He is currently the Education Chair and a past president of the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of Shreveport-Bossier. He also serves on the AAF’s National Education Executive Committee, the Adobe Education Leader advisory board, and is an active member of IDEO’s Community of Practice. In his career, he has received national recognition and several national awards, as well as multiple ADDY advertising awards, for his designs. Allen also holds multiple industry-level Adobe certifications and is a past recipient of AAF District 10’s Outstanding Educator of the Year award. Allen holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in design from Louisiana Tech University, master’s degrees in both education and design from Northwestern State University, a bachelor’s degree in design from LSUS, and attended the Husso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) at Stanford University.
ADVENT10N TOPIC: Developing Your Creative Mindset
Your mindset while solving a creative problem is just as important as how you choose to solve it. During this active session, we’ll discuss some common creative barriers and ways to work through them!