Douglas Easterly

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Associate Professor and Head of School School of Design

Research interests

Computer Graphics, Drawing, Graphic Novels, Mathematics, Science Fiction, Speculative Fiction


MFA University of Texas at Austin, USA

BA University of Dallas, USA


Douglas Easterly is an artist who combines a variety of studio techniques, including drawing, painting, sculpting, electronics and computer programming to address a wide range of interests. His work has been awarded numerous prizes, including:

  • 1st place for Digital Storytelling at FILE, Brazil
  • 1st place at VIDA Art and Artificial Life, Spain
  • 2nd place at Transitio #4, Mexico
  • 1st place for Network Art prize, Postscapes, USA

He also has a project in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York City and a permanent outdoor sculpture installation in his hometown of Anchorage Alaska.


Doug is a cofounder of the artist collective SWAMP. Their new media artworks feature performance art, robotics, installation and computer programming to engage critically with various socio-economic phenomena. An archive of this work can be found at Much of SWAMP’s work relies on elaborate documentation to describe intricate concepts; this path has led Doug into his current area of research: computational graphic design. Full list of publications by Doug Easterly.



Doug is inspired by how design is an expressive discipline, and also one that can be used as a lens for exploring the natural and constructed environments we live in. When teaching programming, web design, graphic design or interaction design, he often refers to such diverse topics as mathematics, dance, martial arts, history, neuroscience or evolution to supplement design studio approaches and theories.