E D I T O R I A L A C T I V I T I E S
Current Editorial Board
Center Working Papers Press
International Journal of Business Anthropology
Multi: The Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design
Lawrence King Publishers (U.K)
Co-Editor (with Beth Tauke).(2006) Diversity & Design Peer-reviewed journal with 22-member editorial board. A pioneering technological initiative and an invaluable resource for the multi-disciplinary academic design community. The only publication of its kind, the journal is an international forum for in-depth and timely analysis of scholarly design issues related to social justice, diversity, and particularly, issues related to inclusive design. The journal is currently on hiatus and will be revived late Autumn 2008.
Jackson, Bruce (2008) Pictures from a Drawer: the art of prison portraiture. Temple University Press. ISBN-13: 978-1-59213-979-1.
Jackson, Bruce (2007) Cummins Wide: photographs from the Arkansas prison. Center Working Papers Press and Center for Documentary Studies. ISBN-13: 978-0-931627-25-5.
Greiner, William (2007) Location, Location, Location: a very special history of the University at Buffalo. Center Working Papers Press. ISBN-13: 978-0-931-627-24-8.
LaMarche, Jean (2002) The Familiar and the Unfamiliar in Twentieth-Century Architecture. University of Illinois Press. ISBN-10: 0-252-02785-X.
2002 Unlimited by Design (video) Companion video that introduces the Unlimited By Design exhibition which was originally exhibited at the Smithsonian institution Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and later installed in Toronto, Ontario, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Buffalo, New York. ISBN-10: 0-971-42022-X.
Editorial Review Board (2005) IntersightPeer-reviewed architectural journal with 15-member editorial board. ISSN: 1049-6564.
Bitterman, Alex (Editor). (2005)RERC on Universal Design E-Letter
Electronic newsletter that employs evolved technologies (such as XML and DHTML) to provide content-rich and topical news and feature items to an international audience of over 5,000 professionals, researchers, and academics with a broad range of physical abilities.
Bitterman, Alex (Moderator). (2005)RERC on Universal Design Listserv
Active discussion list of more than 15,000 subscribers.
Bitterman, Alex (Art Director and Associate Editor). (2005) (with Jordana Maisel and Edward Steinfeld) Visit-Ability: an online Tutorial Online course developed in response to the popularity of Visit-Ability: an Approach to Universal Design in Housing. The course was adopted by the Andrus Gerentology Center for certification.
Bitterman, Alex. (2003) Staff Writer, Associate Editor (with Danise Levine), and Art Director Universal Design New York 2 Sequel to Universal Design New York, a technical manual commissioned by and produced for New York City Department of Design & Construction and City of New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. ISBN-10: 0-9714202-3-8.
2002 Associate Editor and Art Director (with Steven Truesdale and Edward Steinfeld)
Visit-Ability: an Approach to Universal Design in Housing.
Manual produced for a consumer audience on universal design and accessibility in residential environments and other environments not covered by ADA guidelines. ISBN-10: 0-9714202-1-1.
2001 Assistant Editor and Graphic Designer
Universal Design New York Technical manual commissioned by and produced for City of New York Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities. ISBN-10: 0-9714202-0-3.
Intersight, (Volume 1, Number 6)
Peer-reviewed architectural journal with 15-member editorial board. This edition included the first and feature en Español to date in the Intersight series. ISBN-10: 0-9707863-6-0. ISSN: 1049-6564.
P U B L I C A T I O N S
Books & Book Chapters
Bitterman, Alex. (2011) Design Survey: a Workbook Introduction to the Design Professions, second edition New York, New York. Pearson Custom Publishers.
Bitterman, Alex. (2007) Design Survey: a Workbook Introduction to the Design Professions. New York, New York. Pearson Scott Foresman Custom Publishers. ISBN-10: 053-6517-363.
Summary: This text aims to guide the beginning design student, and allows for ample exploration along this journey. The ultimate goal is not only to present facts and vocabulary, per se, but to provide a road map to the design professions and a working vocabulary which will provide the tools necessary for each student to explore independently, now and into the future. Toward this end, the book is not intended to be a comprehensive compendium of all things design, but instead as a beginning point.
Bitterman, Alex and Joe Hirbar (2007) SoD ’06, Rochester, New York: k629 Press and RIT.
Summary: A collection of student work from the 2006 graduate design issues course.
Bitterman, Alex. (2006) Buffalo is a Cool Place to Live. Buffalo, New York: k629 Press. ISBN-13: 978-1-4116-8751-6.
Summary: Buffalo is a Cool Place to Live features a series of interviews with current and former Buffalonians. Illustrated with splendid images of architectural details from around the city, the book is a collection of memories, hopes, and opinions about Buffalo. Buffalo is a Cool Place to Live is a must-have for anyone that calls—or has ever called Buffalo home.
Bitterman, Alex. (2006) “The Branding of Marginal Linear Urban Spaces.” Chapter 11 in Searching for America: Essays on Art and Architecture, Robert Sheardy, ed. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press. ISBN-10 1-84718-081-7.
Bitterman, Alex and Daniel B. Hess (Forthcoming 2010) “Branding Bus Rapid Transit Fuels a Change in Public Transportation.” Trip Planner Magazine.
Bitterman, Alex and Daniel B. Hess. (2008) “BRTud: Universal Design of Bus Rapid Transit Identity.” Disability & Society, 23(5): 445–459. DOI:10.1080/09687590802177015
Hess, Daniel B. and Alex Bitterman. (2008) “BRTid: Bus Rapid Transit Identity.” Journal of Public Transportation, 11(2) 2008: 19–42. Available online at: http://www.nctr.usf.edu/jpt/pdf/JPT11-2Hess.pdf
Abstract: The popularity of new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in recent years has prompted transit agencies across North America to establish new and unique identity programs that communicate various benefits of improved bus service. However, because these identities and brands rely largely on perception and emotional reaction, accepted quantifiable methods do not yet exist to measure the efficacy of BRT identity programs (BRT IdP). This assessment of twenty-three BRT IdP examines the typical constructs used to establish BRT identity: visual identifiers, nominal identifiers, and color palate. We find that when deployed consistently across a range of media, BRT IdP can help to further build and reinforce a positive perception of BRT service and, by extension, a positive public image for public transit in general.
Hess, Daniel B. and Alex Bitterman. (2006) “Inside Out: Reconstructing Lives in New Orleans.” Journal of Interior Design. 31(4):6-10.
Abstract: The devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provides a unique opportunity for interior designers and allied professionals to engage the devastation and learn lessons in an effort to provide significant and long-lasting value to the design professions. The innovations that will come from the many lessons to be learned across the embattled Gulf Coast could be applied to any number of disasters and hazards, including floods, wildfires, earthquakes, or terrorist attacks. Interior designers play a unique role in both the assessment as well as the reassembly of disaster zones. Quite simply, this unique role—assessing life safety requirements, advocating for reformed and updated building codes, and understanding the human connection to space and place—could not be filled by practitioners outside of the interior design profession.
Bitterman, Alex. (2005) “What’s Next for Broadway-Fillmore?” Intersight. No. 8.
Bitterman, Alex. (2000) “Interview with Nan Ellin.” Intersight. No. 6. p.104-112.
Under Review/Pending Publication
Bitterman, Alex. “Branding the Great Lakes.” Submitted to: Third Coast Atlas. Submitted August 2010.
Bitterman, Alex. “Toward a typology for place brands: establishing common reasons and expected outcomes for the place branding enterprise.” Submitted to: Journal of Town & City Management. Submitted August 2010.
Lee, George, Ernest Sternberg and Alex Bitterman (Forthcoming, 2009) Building Bridges: a Practical Guide for Policymakers.
Bitterman, Alex. “The Metrics of Disability.” Submitted to: Disability and Society. Submitted June 2010.
Bitterman, Alex. The Future of Design Submitted to: Lawrence King Publishers. Submitted August 2010.
Bitterman, Alex and Joe Hribar. “Electing Equality: designing a standardized and inclusive voting system for the United States.” Submitted to: Interdisciplinary Design and Research. Submitted January 2009.
Bitterman, Alex (Manuscript under review, manuscript complete). Brandtopia: Examining the current trend of branding public places. Submitted to Yale University Press.
Working Papers and Projects
Bitterman, Alex, (2010) “Aesthetic Plagiarism.”
Bitterman, Alex, (2009) “Taxonomy of Place Branding.”
Bitterman, Alex. (2007) “The Sexual Politics of Branding: Effects of Place Branding on Women.”
Bitterman, Alex. (2007). “Graphic Standard Systems in Printed Nutrition Facts Labeling, A Basis for Understanding The Need for Accessible Nutrition Information.”
Bitterman, Alex. (2005) “Method | Matrix: The Convergence of Social Science and Design Methods in a Studio Environment.”
Bitterman, Alex and Beth Tauke. (2005) “Principle Identity: Post-development Assessment of Universal Design Principle Icons.”