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Associate Professor, Visual Communication Design
M.F.A., University of Arizona, 2004.
I am the author of two books on design for Bloomsbury Academic, Sustainable Graphic Design: Principles and Practice published in 2016 and The Design of Race: How Visual Culture Shapes America, the first book in critical race studies for graphic design, published in February 2021. I am currently at work on my third book The New Design Documentary to be published in 2027. In 2019 I received a Fulbright Fellowship to Canada to begin this book project.
My creative work sits at the intersection of design, art, and literature in a critical analysis of type, text and image where I engage materially with these as visual ephemera, creating both and integrating the two.
I was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but have lived the majority of my adult life in the U.S. American West in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and now Wyoming. I practiced graphic design for fifteen years, during which time I also earned my AA, BA (Communication Design), and MFA (Visual Communications). I have been teaching design for fifteen years.
I teach studio courses in design and in design history emphasizing the role of the designer past, present and future.