Any institution preparing students for a career in design must teach three things: flexibility, transference of skills and a certain degree of entrepreneurial autonomy.
My design career started at the intersection of traditional pasteup and emerging digital technology, making me quickly aware that working in the industry would require constant adaptation. Embracing the new while still drawing from the old might well be my mantra, keeping me curious, engaged, and flexible in multimedia as both artist and designer.
As a design educator, I use systems and clarity to help students towards deep and dimensional comprehension of practices and strategies that took me decades to develop. I strive to express myself candidly, letting students know that I'm a life learner—continually growing as both a professional and a person. I genuinely enjoy the classroom dialogue, shared humor, and collective energy that critiques embody as the perfect practice for design thinking and practicum.
With a structured process that allows room for individual creative interpretation but also the ever-inspiring deadline, I find that students apply themselves, push their limits, and experience breakthroughs that allow them to see their own creative excellence. Helping to facilitate the resulting work has been an honor and inspiration. I hope you'll enjoy this gallery as much as I enjoyed tripping down memory lane through thousands of students and projects I've had the pleasure to know. Click any image to enlarge; hover over it to see student name and class.
Advanced and Contemporary Type: Draw with type to make a poster that raises awareness of a social, political, or spiritual cause.
Corporate Identity: Develop a company logo by deep exploration of many types of marks to authentically express a company's mission.
Experimental Type: Create work by hand that tells a personal story.
Contemporary Design Issues: Create innovative, sustainable packaging that addresses a targeted environmental problem.
Communication Design: Create an annual report using a theme that matches an organization's projected goals and vision.