I am a multi-disciplinary designer and educator creating work that investigates social and cultural systems. I am interested in how messages and intention relate. I see this pursuit as a specific segment of social design that connects graphic design with the human condition through education, advocacy or activism. I believe the designer’s role is to tangibly present messages that may inspire or enact change. Furthermore, I am interested in assemblage as a theory and practice within the bounds of graphic design.
My disciplines and areas of professional expertise include…
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Invited Designer, Tomorrow Labs
Fellowship, Firebelly University
Camper, Camp Firebelly
Assistant & Collaborator, Moving Design
- AFT, IFT, University Professionals of Illinois
- ChiDM, Chicago Design Museum
- AIGA, The Professional Association for Design
- STA, Society of Typographic Arts
- UCDA, University & College Designers Association
My teaching approach is rooted in formal practice and vocabulary. I believe that students should have a core understanding of historical idealogy, industry terminology and fundamental principles related to the profession. Students should understand abstract and spatial arrangements as critical to formal presentation and as a conceptual framework to be redefined. Students should understand principles related to typography, grid systems and content organization.
I challenge students to make messages through a rigorous design process. I place an emphasis on contextual research combined with social awareness. I want students to understand that being an effective communicator requires keen observation. To have reliable observations, students must maintain writing skills to document critical analysis; students must translate this analysis into formal directives that measure objectivity; and students must seek out feedback to understand the effectiveness of solutions.
I create assignments to push students beyond the classroom. I encourage students to challenge their notion of what type and images represent in a broad cultural context. I want students to continually question the social constructs that define the meaning of words and images. I want students to present work that connects to people through a shared human condition.
I promote students to take a holistic approach to design solutions. I want students to be resourceful and use any means necessary to craft appropriate responses to given problems. I want students to see every person as a potential collaborator. I want students to engage their peers and invite other disciplines into their study. I want students to explore the means of production, both analog and digital. I want students to possess craft and take pride in all aspects of presentation.
Overall, I prepare students to be curious; value their personal perspective; define problems; respond to cultural issues; think critically; possess a creative process; collaborate with people; and employ formal arrangement for positive change.
ART 490, Independent Research
ARTD 412, Advanced Visual Communication II
ARTD 411, Advanced Visual Communication I
ARTD 405, Professional Practices in Design
ARTD 319, Interaction Design II
ARTD 318, Interaction Design I
ARTD 311, Intermediate Visual Communication I
ARTS 215, Fundamentals of Graphic Design
ARTD 212, Type & Image
ARTD 211, Typography
ARTD 201, Introduction to Visual Communication