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The Business of Holidays: A Faculty-Student Collaboration, Maud Lavin, Alyson Priestap-Beaton, Amy Fidler

Maud Lavin is an associate professor of visual and critical studies and art history, theory and criticism at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also graduate director of the MA in visual and critical studies at SAIC. She is the author of Clean New World: Culture, Politics, and Graphic Design (MIT, 2002) and Cut with the Kitchen Knife: The Weimar Photomontages of Hannah Höch as well as critical essays published in the New York Times Book Review, Print, Art in America, Art-forum, New German Critique, and other venues.

Alyson Priestap-Beaton is a freelance graphic designer and photographer who received her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked for clients including Neiman Marcus, Bank of American, CB Richard Ellis, Corgan Associates Architects, and SAIC. Her recent artists’ books are in the collections of Printed Matter, Colette, and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute.

Amy Fidler is a graphic design instructor at Bowling Green State University. She is production manager and co-designer of The Business of Holidays. Her graphic design clients have included the Ravinia Festival, the United States Pony Clubs and the Chicago Girls’ Coalition.

The LABtop: A Transitional Approach to a Laptop-Based Curriculum, Jean Dahlgren, Matthew McElligott

Jean Dahlgren is an associate professor and program coordinator of the graphic design program at the Sage College of Albany in Albany, NY. She is a partner in Octopus Design Group, an award-winning Albany design firm and her work has appeared in Vogue, Town and Country and Martha Stewart magazines. She recently served as exhibition coordinator for the Roy Kuhlman’s Grove Press Covers exhibition currently on view at Sage’s Opalka Gallery in Albany. She and colleague Matt McElligott recently completed the book design for The Yes Men, which, along with a documentary film by the same title, will be released this fall.

Matt McElligott is an associate professor and art technology coordinator at the Sage College of Albany in Albany, NY. A past president of the Graphic Artists Guild of Albany, Matt has been a professional illustrator for fifteen years and is the author/illustrator of several children’s books, including his latest, Absolutely Not (Walker & Co., 2004). He is currently working on the story of the hairiest pirate who ever lived and his quest to buy a new outfit.

Documentation in the Design Classroom, Linda Yaven, Cassandra Kegler, Dan Shafer, Maggie Fost

Linda Yaven is an associate professor in the graduate design program at California College of the Arts where she teaches “The Teaching and Documentation Project” and “Design Leadership: Case Study”. As an educational consultant she leads workshops on “Meaningful Assessment: Studio Critique, Documentation and Assessment”, “The Digital: Teaching Interpretation” as well as “Leadership in the Domain of the Creative”. She is a recipient of a Hearst Foundation grant to visit the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Linda is a documenter/advisor at Harvard University’s Project Zero’s Making Learning Visible Institute. She gives master classes on her approach at The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York and traveled to American bases in Japan, Europe and the USA leading workshops for the art teachers there. Linda Yaven is pleased to announce the 2005 launch of

Cassandra Kegler lives in San Francisco where she is a second year in the MFA in design program at the California College of the Arts. She has been a professional student for several years now, having received a BS in journalism from Northwestern University and a post baccalaureate certificate in visual communications from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently pursuing a design thesis on celebrity, politics and the media, for which she hopes to make use of both her skills and obsessions.

Dan Shafer is currently working on a degree in the MFA in design program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. He teaches in the visual communications department at Las Positas College in Livermore, CA. He has previously studied graphic design at Western Washington University and did a 2-year teaching assistantship in the book arts program at Mills College.

Maggie Fost is the 2004–2005 designer in residence at North Carolina State University. A designer, educator, writer, and artist, her research explores research itself—investigating how the tools, methods, and processes of other disciplines (particularly drawing and writing) can yield discoveries for design thinkers. She received an MFA in design from California College of Arts and Crafts in 2004 and a BA in studio art from Bowdoin College in 1996.

Tenure Review Process, Matthew Gaynor, Elizabeth Reznick, BJ Krivanek

Matthew Gaynor was born in 1959 in NYC, NY. BA Yale 1982, ground out a living as a designer in NYC. MFA Yale 1988; navigated the tenure maze in Lawrence, Kansas, San Bernardino, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio, where he pushed the right levers and finally got the cheese. He spent a year as creative director at a large publisher before being offered both wine and cheese at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Presently, he is dreaming of crackers.

Elizabeth Resnick is associate professor and chair of the communication design department at the Masschusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts. She holds both a BFA and MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. Elizabeth is the principal in Elizabeth Resnick Design, specializing in corporate communications and publication design. She serves on the Board of Directors of the AIGA Boston chapter and has organized numerous graphic design lectures and events over the past 14 years. She is a design curator and has organized three large exhibitions: Russell Mills: Within/ Without (1991) with Teresa Flavin; Dutch Graphic Design: 1918–1945 (1994) with Alston W. Purvis; and Makoto Saito: Art of the Poster (1999) with Jan Kubasiewicz.

Her publications include Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics, John Wiley & Sons Publishers (2003) and Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication, Prentice-Hall Publishers (1984). Elizabeth also writes short critical commentaries and event reviews, and has published interviews with prominent designers and design educators in EYE (England), AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (USA), Graphics International (England), tipoGrafica (Argentina) and IDEA (Japan).

BJ Krivanek is principal of Krivanek+Breaux/Art+Design (Chicago+Los Angeles), artistic director of Community Architexts (Chicago) and associate professor of art at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He develops urban communication programs, infiltrating the urban landscape with metaphoric forms, infrastructures, inscriptions and media, integrating the languages of architecture and technology with the lost languages of diverse urban communities in Seattle, Phoenix, Chicago and Los Angeles. He's completed over 20 public commissions and site specific performances funded by the NEA, the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Phoenix Arts Commission, et al., located at CSU (Long Beach), the LAPD (Los Angeles), ASU (Tempe) and, most recently, the 9/11 Memorial at LAX. The perceptual, navigational and interpretive experiences of the resulting siteworks engage the public as active pictorial and performative agents within civic space. His public art and design work has been included in numerous publications and exhibitions affiliated with the AIGA, SEGD, ACD, Graphis, et al., including the National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum (New York).

Making a Case for Typeform Studies in Contemporary Design Education, Laurie Churchman, John V. Clarke

Laurie Churchman is an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Pennsylvania and the principal of Designlore, Philadelphia. She has almost 20 years of design experience in branding and corporate collateral and has taught at NC State University and Seton Hall University. She is a past board member of World Studio Foundation, AIGA/New York and AIGA/Raleigh and is currently co-chairing the 2005 FutureHistory conference in Philadelphia.

John V. Clarke is an assistant professor of visual communication design at the University of Dayton in Ohio and design director of dialogue3. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned an MFA in graphic design, he was previously a member of the design faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work in both print and electronic-based design has received recognition from the Art Director’s Club, American Center for Design, American Association of Museums, and other design publications and organizations. He recently completed a presentation to Major League Baseball owners and general managers on the principles of effective information design. With a strong focus on typography in his design, John has taught courses ranging from investigations of the hand-drawn and hand-carved letter to advanced undergraduate studies in information design.

Teaching Graphic Design within Pre K–12, Kristina Lamour, Scott Schaller

Kristina Lamour teaches graphic design at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She received her BFA from The University of the Arts and her MFA from Yale School of Art. In addition to teaching she is the faculty liaison for AIB’s dual degree in visual art education and one of the core faculty for the MFA in visual arts program. Her research interests include preschool age design processes, Polish poster design, and graphic design education history. She has consulted for 10 years with K–12 schools and educational publishers on projects that bridge graphic design with general education. She is currently developing graphic design projects with several Boston area schools and is planning to publish a book on graphic design for teaching and learning.

Scott Schaller is a teacher at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc, California. He is also a part-time instructor at Allan Hancock Junior College. Scott graduated from CSU, Chico with a BAS in visual communications, social science, and geography. He has been a teacher at Cabrillo High School for eleven years. Before teaching, he worked as a designer in Sacramento and Chico, California.

Discussion with Rebeca Méndez, Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Méndez is professor at UCLA design/media arts department in Los Angeles, California, where she leads the ‘Brand Lab’, dedicated to the development of design research and strategy, in particular in the areas of organization, culture, and identity. The group studies how complex organizations are defined by their public identities, and how those identities can be strategized and designed. Méndez was born and raised in Mexico City and received her BFA (1984) in communication design and her MFA (1996) in digital art from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Her career extends in various areas of practice—academic, cultural and corporate simultaneously, and her work has been exhibited and collected by institutions such as the SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art), The Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Museo Jose Luis Cuevas in Mexico City, and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

Through her business, RMCD: Rebeca Méndez Communication Design, she has collaborated with video artist Bill Viola, architect Thom Mayne of Morphosis, architect Greg Lynn, GLFORM, and with film director Mike Figgis. RMCD’s clients include The Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, The Guggenheim Berlin, The Getty Museum and MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Los Angeles. As creative director of Brand Integration Group, Ogilvy & Mather, NY and Los Angeles (1999–2003), Rebeca lead global brand identity projects for clients such as IBM, Motorola, BP (British Petroleum), AT&T Wireless, and Mattel. Recently, Méndez was invited to, and won, a competition to design the user interface to the MICROSOFT HOME—the premier venue for communicating what Microsoft sees as possible for technology in the home.

Rebeca Méndez lectures nationally and internationally and her work has been the subject of numerous publications and exhibitions such as Clean New World: Culture, Politics and Graphic Design, 2002, Women Designers in The USA, 1900–2000: Diversity and Difference, 2001, The National Design Triennial: Design Culture Now, 2000, and Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, 1996. Méndez has served as jury member in numerous graduate academic reviews, among them for architects Saha Hadid and Greg Lynn at Harvard University School of Design, and Hanni Rashid at UCLA, architecture department.

Pedagogical Approaches in Non-Latin-Based Language Cultures, Amy Gendler

Amy Gendler has worked in the design field for 20 years on three continents. In 1996 she founded Thinking Eye in Hong Kong, which produced award-winning bi-lingual design solutions for a variety of industries—from fashion to finance. Currently stateside (Philadelphia), she divides her time between teaching and practice. Multi-lingual and multi-cultural design are abiding interests.

Amy graduated from Yale University with a BA in art history and an additional concentration in design. She studied at Yale’s joint program with the Basel Kunstgewerbeschule in Brisaggo, Switzerland, and subsequently, received her MFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. Amy has taught design since 1989 at University of Hartford, Tong Ji University in Shanghai China, and Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. In Philadelphia, she teaches at Moore College of Art and Design and University of the Arts. She is fluent in Mandarin.

Reconsidering the Discipline: Addressing Design Education from Multiple Perspectives, Sean Donahue, Danielle Foushée, Wendy S. Walters

Sean Donahue has recently concluded an appointment as the designer-in-residence at North Carolina State University’s College of Design. The research appointment was part of Sean’s exploration as principle of ResearchCenteredDesign, his Los Angeles based design practice. As principle Sean has curated a practice consisting of professional commissions, self-initiated research, publishing, design education and advocacy. Since graduating from Art Center College of Design Sean has accumulated a portfolio of projects whose very execution questions how and where design is able to make a significant contribution. Sean’s persistence in moving from theory to practice has resulted in projects ranging from media impact studies to transmedia vehicles for authoring history. As such, Sean has lectured and published internationally on the practice of media design and design research. Recent work leading his discourse has been published by the University of Cambridge, Design Philosophy Papers, MIT Press, Princeton Architectural Press, and the Royal College of Art.

Danielle Foushée is a design practitioner and educator based in Los Angeles. She has taught in the vastly different design programs at UCLA, Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art & Design, and Utah State University. While maintaining an active freelance practice, Danielle is senior graphic designer at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Her work has been recognized in the HOW International Design Annual and the American Center for Design 100 Show. It has also been published internationally in several books and journals including Communication Arts, Typographics 5, Page Layout, Big Type, and Whereishere. Danielle’s research focuses on issues of physical and emotional experience in relation to the processes of finding connections, making design, and relating to audiences. She received her MFA at Cranbrook Acaemy of Art and her undergraduate degree in graphic design from North Carolina State University.

Wendy S. Walters is an assistant professor of English at RISD. Recent scholarly works include “Turning the Neighborhood Inside Out: Imagining a New Detroit in Tyree Guyton’s Heidelberg Project” in TDR, “Detroit in Present-Future Tense: Broadside Press, Motown and Detroit Techno” forthcoming in New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement (Rutgers) and “After the Death of the Last: Reviving Identity in Native and Black Performances of History” forthcoming in Crossing Waters, Crossing Borders (Duke). Walters has participated in residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Cave Canem, and Yaddo. Current projects include Loving Family, an opera/musical with composer Derek Bermel, in development with the Music Theatre Group (NY) and Harriet! an operetta based loosely on the life of Harriet Tubman. A poetry chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles is forthcoming this fall from Palm Press. She holds an MFA in poetry and PhD in English literature both from Cornell University.

The general session speakers will also participate in a group panel on the last day of the conference.


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