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The following are paper presentations made during the FutureHistory AIGA Design Education Conference in Chicago 2004.

Andrea Marks
Oregon State University
Contemporary Issues in Design: A Writing Intensive Course

Andrea Marks is an assistant professor in the graphic design program at Oregon State University, where she and her colleagues recently "re-invented" the entire graphic design curriculum. The new curriculum was featured in CMYK magazine's 2003 summer issue. Her areas of interest in teaching include the intersection of writing and design. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Design Arts Grant, for her project "Women of the Bauhaus". This project explores the role of nine women who studied at the Bauhaus and documents their achievements through an interactive CDROM. She received her BFA in graphic design from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and received a Fulbright International Scholarship for post-graduate studies at the Basel School of Design in Basel, Switzerland. Currently, Andrea is producing a documentary about Polish posters called Freedom on the Fence. (

Paul Nini
Ohio State University
Sharpening One's Axe: Making a Case for Research

Paul J. Nini is associate professor, graduate studies chairperson, and coordinator of the visual communication design undergraduate program in the department of design at The Ohio State University. His writings have appeared in publications including Looking Closer 4 (AIGA/Allworth Press), Eye (UK), Information Design Journal (UK), and several design and education conference proceedings. He is a former board member of the Graphic Design Education Association, and former editor and designer of the IDSA annual education conference proceedings.

Leslie Becker
California College of the Arts
Nothing to Look At

Leslie Becker is professor of graphic design at California College of the Arts and head of Becker Design. She holds a BFA from the Cooper Union and MA in design from the University of California at Berkeley. She was founding designer/writer/editor of the SF.AIGA newsletter. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications, among them Print, Graphis New Talent, Design Book Review, Citizen Designer, and The Education of a Typographer. She has served on the SF Board of the AIGA, been a (fairly regular) presenter both at AIGA National conferences and AICAD conferences. She has made presentations in Beijing at Tsing Hua University and at the University at Wuppertal, Germany. Her design work ranges from custom furniture and lighting design to print graphics. She is currently a PhD student at Berkeley with a focus on design and ethics. Remembering what it feels like not to know is essential to good teaching.

Elizabeth Resnick
Massachusetts College of Art
Curating Graphic Design Exhibitions as an Act of Disseminating Research, Ideas and Knowledge

Elizabeth Resnick is associate professor and chair of the communication design department at the Massachusetts 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).

Jan Conradi
State University of New York at Fredonia
Stewards of the Typographic Landscape: A Model for Education

Jan Conradi is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at State University of New York at Fredonia, where she teaches a range of design, typography and design history coursework. Previously she was an Associate Professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Jan is currently writing a book about Unimark International which builds from her research interests in design modernism. An introductory textbook for graphic design is also under development.

Jan has written numerous articles and book reviews on design education and design history topics which have been published by Icograda, Design Issues, and Visual Arts Trends. Additional writings and projects have been published in books by Phil Meggs, Elizabeth Resnick, and Steven Heller. In addition, she maintains a freelance design and consulting practice and is the founder of ComingHome Press, a venture dedicated to producing limited edition letterpress books and posters. Jan earned both MA and BS degrees from Iowa State University. She is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA).

Muneera Spence
Oregon State University
Interdisciplinary Teaching in Central Asia

Muneera Spence (MFA Yale University, 1979) has taught at the university level for 17 years. Now an assistant professor of graphic design at Oregon State University where she teaches students from the sophomore to the senior level including a number of independent studies and honors thesis students. Her research interests are in exploring collaborative interdisciplinary teaching methodologies, applications and implementation in the graphic design curriculum at OSU in the College of Liberal Arts and in newly independent nations specifically Central Asia.

Her professional work in graphic design constitutes a wide range of projects from identity systems, museum catalogs, posters, brochures, invitation systems, and signage systems. Muneera's personal work explores mediums such as painting, drawing, photography, adornments, and concrete poetry. Subject matter focuses on issues pertaining to the family in a multi-cultural context. Her personal work has been exhibited at numerous venues.

Susan Merritt
San Diego State University
Designing Across Borders


Susan Merritt is a professor of graphic design at the School of Art, Design and Art History at San Diego State University and a design principal of CWA, Inc. (, a strategic and creative development firm whose mission "bridging the communication gap between cultures" guides solutions that meet the needs of their clients.

Merritt is cofounder with Calvin Woo of the nonprofit organization, the Design Innovation Institute, and coauthor with Jack Davis of The Web Design Wow! Book ( She has served on the board of the San Diego chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and as curriculum director on AIGA's national Creativity Kits Project. She is founder and faculty advisor to the AIGA Student Group at San Diego State.

Merritt studied at the Basel School of Design with Armin Hofmann, Wolfgang Weingart, Andre Gurtler and Kurt Hauert. While living in Europe for six years and in Hawaii for five years, Merritt developed a deep appreciation for different cultures and their communities. She continues to travel and research the role of visual communication design within the context of culture.

Chemi Montes-Armenteros
American University
Stock Imagery as Contemporary Iconography of Race, Class and Identity

Chemi Montes-Armenteros is currently the graphic design program director at American University in Washington D.C. He obtained his MFA in graphic design at The Pennsylvania State University, and his BA in graphic design and audiovisual media at the University of Salamanca, in his country of birth, Spain. Chemi taught design at Penn State prior to a brief period in the industry.

His professional experience encompasses print, video and film graphics and web design. A combination of agency and freelance practice has allowed Chemi to work with a diversity of clients ranging from small businesses and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. His work has received awards in design competitions and juried annuals, as well as appeared in several design books and design periodicals, including Graphis Logo, Applied Arts, How, Step, and Print. He also has published writings on design and semiotics, one of his areas of research.

Stephanie Cunningham
Florida Atlantic University
The Female Design Student and the Art of Overestimating Worth

Stephanie Cunningham is an associate professor of graphic design at Florida Atlantic University and serves as co-president for the AIGA Miami chapter. She received a BFA in Industrial design from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA in design from the University of Notre Dame. Her design interests encompass a continuum from the practical to the esoteric. Stephanie's work has been exhibited widely and recognized by a number of awards and acquisitions. Her work has appeared in a number of publications including, Big Book of Logos, Prix Ars Electronica, The Computer in the Visual Arts, and Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design. After enduring eight Chicago winters she now lives on permanent spring break in sunny Fort Lauderdale.

John Jennings
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Gangsta by Design: An Exploration into the Visual Communications in Hip-Hop

John Jennings is an Illinois-based designer, illustrator, writer, and art educator. His work spans a diverse array of media in the visual arts including illustration, graphic design, fashion design, web based media, and fine art. Jennings' clients include: Jackson State University, Universoul Circus, Close-Up Magazine, Pepsi inc., RAGE inc., Burger King, Brock Innovative Group, Primeridan, Robinson Communications, and Black Thought Publishing. He has been working professionally for over a decade in the field of Commercial Art. Jennings is active in the Champaign, Illinois community and experiments with visual statements that address social and political concerns. He is currently an assistant professor of graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Will Temple
North Carolina State University
History Lessons: Rethinking the Future of Design's Past

Will Temple is a designer and educator. He is currently an assistant professor of Design at North Carolina State University. Previously, Will was an assistant professor of graphic design at College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and Architecture and Design Forum coordinator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Past clients have included College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Art Museum and Brown Medical School. Will received his MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Nancy Mayer
Moravian College and University of Pennsylvania
Reclaiming Our History: The Mysterious Birth of Art and Design

Nancy Mayer is a principal in the design firm of Mayer & Myers, Philadelphia, whose work has been published internationally and recognized by the AIGA, ACD, and the President's Committee of Art and Humanities. She has taught design history at the Otis College of Art and Design, serves as a visiting design critic at The University of the Arts, and teaches classes on the beginnings of art and design at Moravian College and the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Mayer has visited many of the painted and engraved caves in Western Europe, including a recent trip where she had the rare opportunity to visit the caves of Lascaux in France, and Altamira in Spain, both of which are closed to the public. Ms. Mayer's current research focuses on the first development of abstract symbols and the faulty assumptions that archaeologists have delivered to the history of visual communication.

Jennifer Anderson and Craig M. Vogel
Carnegie Mellon University
The History of Objects and Images

Jennifer N. Anderson is a candidate for the masters of design in communication planning and information design at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to entering her graduate program, she received her bachelor of arts with departmental honors in philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, Jennifer has 7 years of professional practice, including interface design for a subsidiary of Activision, project management for a multimedia company in Los Angeles, and contract work. She has been a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) since 1997. Jennifer will be teaching design history at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University this fall.

Craig M. Vogel, FIDSA, is the newly appointed director of the research center for the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past fourteen years he has been a professor in the School of Design Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA. He has been involved in curriculum and course planning for over 20 years at Carnegie Mellon, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Institute of Design, IIT. He teaches first year studio, design history and co-developed an integrated new product development course with faculty in business and engineering. He is co-author of the book Creating Breakthrough Products with Jonathan Cagan. He has lectured, conducted seminars and taught in Belgium Canada, China, Korea, Finland, Mexico, New Zealand, and Taiwan. Professor Vogel is a fellow and past president elect of The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).

Leslie Atzmon
Eastern Michigan University
Typography in a Brave New World: van Doesburg/Schwitters

Leslie Atzmon is an associate professor of graphic design at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Atzmon received her MFA in graphic design at Eastern Michigan University and is currently completing a PhD in design history at Middlesex University in London, England. Her creative and scholarly work includes visual projects as well as research, writing, and publishing in design history.

Atzmon has published articles in the journals Design Issues and Visual Communication and is currently editing a collection of essays entitled Visible Culture: Design Artifacts and Participated Meaning expected from Parlor Press in late 2005. She has presented her work at the Design History Society conference, the Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference, the Modern Language Association conference, and the International Conference of Design Studies. Her principle areas of research interest are the impact of Victorian science on late nineteenth-century fantasy illustration and the history of typography.

Randall Hoyt
University of Connecticut
Hindsight: Fifty Years of the Yale Graphic Design Thesis

Randall Eugene Hoyt is a graphic designer/educator currently working with an energetic team to build a communication design program at the University of Connecticut. Randall's award-winning Connecticut studio practice encompasses screen-based and environmental design projects for national and international clients including The Museum of Money and Financial Institutions, American International Schools, American Institute of Architects and Yale University. Randall received his MFA from the Yale School of Art Graphic Design Program in 2001.

Heather Corcoran
Washington University
Designing a Science Education

Heather Corcoran is principal of Plum Studio and assistant professor of visual communications at Washington University in Saint Louis. Her work focuses on communication through stories and systems. Recent projects include a brand audit for the Saint Louis Zoo, design for a book about the history of comics, an exhibition catalog about women's health, and the writing and design of a limited edition book about moving between houses over time.

At Washington University, Heather teaches typography, design and advertising studios, and thesis. She is co-founder of WashUCity, a graphic design program for high school students. She has written articles for How Magazine, Education International, and the AIGA's journal InForm and presented at the University of Arizona, the Kansas City Art Institute, and the College Art Association's annual conference. She holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and a BA in English from Wesleyan University where she also studied letterpress typography and calligraphy.

Yoshiko Burke
University of Cincinnati
From the Silver Screen to Cybercinema: Conceptions of Space in Interactive Narrative Design

Yoshiko Burke is an assistant professor at the School of Design in the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati. She has worked extensively in the area of digital design producing web/multimedia content for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Her current area of interest is narrative design for digital interactive environments.

Stacie Rohrbach
Carnegie Mellon University
Interactive Sensory Patterns

Stacie Rohrbach teaches courses in design fundamentals, typography, web design, and dynamic information design as an assistant professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. She is interested in the way people perceive and process information and how their ability to learn may be improved by translating complex, abstract information into concrete, experiential forms. Stacie has worked professionally as a designer and art director in both print and digital media. She is currently conducting research studies with faculty members in human computer interaction, advising graduate and doctoral students, and freelancing in the Pittsburgh area. She received her BFA in graphic design at Carnegie Mellon University and her master of graphic design at North Carolina State University.

Stephanie Munson
University of Illinois at Chicago
Challenges for the Future: The Convergence of Artifacts and Information

Stephanie Munson is an assistant professor of industrial and interactive design at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches studios in design foundations, industrial design, and interactive product design. She received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, and a masters in industrial design from the Rhode Island School of Design.

The focus of her work has been in the emerging hybrid practice at the intersection of industrial and interaction design—or the mediation between people, stuff, and technology. She is interested in design as a way of thinking and has a great interest in all design disciplines. She has focused on building a multidisciplinary approach to design with work experience in industrial design, interaction design, engineering, and business at Ford Motor Company,, Armstrong Industries, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

John Bowers and Karen White
University of Arizona
Shaping Design Education through Visual Culture, Community and Distance

John Bowers is an associate professor in graphic design and new media at Oregon State University and a visiting scholar in the Treistman Center for New Media at the University of Arizona. His research explores private and public identity issues of participation and interaction. He recently received an Oregon Council for the Humanities Research Grant to examine how billboards influence the physical and cultural landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

He studied under the architect and industrial designer Hu Hung Shu at the University of Iowa, where he earned a BFA, MA, and MFA in design, and conducted post-graduate work with Wolfgang Weingart and Armin Hofmann at the Basel School of Design. His professional experience includes working as senior identity designer at Landor in San Francisco. He has been published in American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual, Communication Arts, Graphis, and I.D., and is the author of Introduction to Two Dimensional Design: Understanding Form and Function (Wiley, 1999).

Karen White is currently an associate professor in visual communications at the University of Arizona. She has also taught at the University of Hawaii in Manoa and Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research examines the relationship between art, design, culture, and technology within the context of the environment. Through her visual work, she strives to interpret the idea of place through the analysis of information derived from site-specific information.

She is intrigued with the relationship between typography and photography and has been exploring this relationship through writing, graphic design, and personal artwork. Her on-going research has produced visual works that examine, compare, and contrast visual and typographic signs in public and private spaces most recently from both sides of the Arizona/Mexico border. She has been published in The Education of a Designer, The Education of an E-Designer, Computers and Type, Zed, and the AIGA Journal.

Molly Schoenhoff
Arizona State University
More Ways Than Right

Molly Schoenhoff is an assistant professor of graphic design at Arizona State University, where she lectures on the history of graphic design and conducts the senior research studio. In teaching, she emphasizes the application of design thinking and practice to issues of social concern, and encourages critical thinking about both intended and unintended affects of mediated images and texts. She is interested in the ideological nature and social function of design, and in the pursuit of an educational process that contributes to the creation of a more loving, just society.

Previously she taught at University of Dayton, Miami University and Rhode Island School of Design. She has presented and published on graphic design education, public history and intercultural communication. For design practice, she has been recognized nationally by the AIGA, SEGD, American Center for Design, Print Magazine and Public Broadcasting Service. She earned degrees in graphic design from University of Cincinnati and Rhode Island School of Design.

Teal Triggs
University of the Arts, London
Critical Thinkers or Political Pawns?

Teal Triggs is head of research, School of Graphic Design, London College of Communication, University of the Arts. As an educator and design critic she has lectured widely and her writings on graphic design, typography, education and feminism have appeared in numerous design publications and books internationally. She is co-editor of the interdisciplinary journal Visual Communication (Sage Publications) and is author of The Typographic Experiment: Radical Innovation in Contemporary Type Design (Thames & Hudson).

Matt Soar
Concordia University, Montreal
Graphic Design Is Immaterial

Matt Soar ( is assistant professor in the department of communication studies at Concordia University, where he teaches classes in media studies and digital media production. His critical writing on graphic design has been published in AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Eye: The International Review of Graphic Design, Cultural Studies, Journal of Consumer Culture, Looking Closer 4, and Citizen Designer. Soar's current research project aims to explore some of the relationships between logos, branding devices, and urban space. From 1996 to 2001 he was the in-house designer for the Media Education Foundation (

Eric Heiman
California College of the Arts
Three Wishes

Eric Heiman is co-founder of the award-winning creative collective, Volume Design, Inc., based in San Francisco. Volume specializes in everything from exhibit catalogs to exhibit design, and their work has been published in a variety of publications including the AIGA 365 Year in Design Annual, I.D., Communication Arts, Graphis, Type Director's Club Annual, Print, and STEP Inside Design. Volume's work was also included in the 2003 California Design Biennial exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Eric is also assistant professor of design at the California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC), and in 2003 was awarded the college-wide Excellence in Teaching Award. His writings on design have been published in Emigre and the AIGA online journal, Voice. Eric holds a bachelor of architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor of fine arts in design degree from CCAC.

Laurie Churchman
University of Pennsylvania
When a Profession Changes, How Can Curricula Respond?
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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.

The following were papers accepted for publication on the FutureHistory AIGA Design Education Conference 2004 website.

Elizabeth Alderman
New Mexico State University
Crossing the Border: Integrating Communities of Technology, Disciplines, and Culture

Elizabeth Alderman is an assistant professor of design at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Elizabeth received a MFA from the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. She studied painting and printmaking in Urbino, Italy, received a BA in history at Lawrence University, and studied at the School of Visual Arts and FIT in New York City. She served as a grants panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts in the area of digital arts. She has a background in print publication, as a multimedia developer and internet designer.

Artworks range from artist books, video, installation pieces, to other forms of electronic media, including work on the Internet. Her work Glasshaus deals with issues concerning the future of the book and information in a digital culture.

Cheryl Brzezinski-Beckett
University of Houston
The Art and Design of Walking

Cheryl Brzezinski-Beckett serves as the area coordinator of the graphic communications program at the University of Houston. Special student projects include: See Read Said Read, a poetry book collaboration with the UH Creative Writing Program, the Design in Diversity Symposium with Randy Swearer of UT Austin, and Borderlands: The U.S./Mexico Border, crisscrossing cultures along the Rio Grande. Beckett serves as the Creative Director at Minor Design Group with clients including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Museum District’s “Wayfinding Trees,” Harris County Public Library system, and the Rice Design Alliance’s Cite Magazine. Beckett has recently been published in Steven Heller’s Teaching Graphic Design and Design Education is Progress distributed through VCU. Beckett has served on the board of the Texas Chapter of the AIGA and AIGA Houston.

Jean Dahlgren and Matt McElligott
Sage College of Albany
The LABTop: A Transitional Approach to a Laptop-based Curriculum

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.

Maggie Fost
North Carolina State University
Dead Animals: Considerations Toward an Expanded Practice in Design

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.

Cassandra Kegler and Dan Shafer
California College of the Arts
Documenting the Classroom: Community and History

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 the 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 was a teaching assistant for two years in the Book Arts Program at Mills College.

Kristina Lamour
The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
All I Really Needed to Know About a Graphic Design Education I Learned in Kindergarten

Kristina Lamour teaches full time at AIB in 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 had 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.

Keith Owens
The University of North Texas School of Visual Arts
Bad Things Done: Aesthetics and Immunity, Ethics and Duty.

Keith Owens is an assistant professor at the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts. Teaching communication design at every level, he is also researching design ethics and responsibility ascription. Owens also finds time to run Keith Owens Handmade Books. The company produces one-of-a-kind books. Prior to this, he owned Rebus Design. The Dallas based firm provided its clients with graphic and information design. Before starting Rebus Design, he was the senior designer at Davison Design in San Francisco. The firm specialized in package design for consumer software. From 1985 to 1990. Owens was a Design instructor at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. While teaching there, he also obtained his masters degree at West Texas State University. Owens is an honors graduate of Texas Tech University and West Texas State University. He is currently a member of the AIGA, the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators and the National Guild of Book Workers.

Scott Schaller
Cabrillo High School
First Steps: A High School Design Program

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.

Barbara Sudick
California State University, Chico
If the Shoe Fits: Multiple Intelligences in User-Centered Design Education

Barbara Sudick is an associate professor of graphic design in the department of communication design at California State University, Chico. She received an MFA in graphic design from Yale University, a BFA in Arts and Crafts from Kent State University and studied with Armin Hofmann and Wolfgang Weingart in Brissago, Switzerland.

Her work as a principal in a Connecticut interdisciplinary design-photography firm has received numerous national and international awards and has been published in design journals, including Graphis, the AIGA Annual, and Print.

She currently teaches a capstone class that provides service learning for community non-profits and is the founding advisor for the new AIGA student chapter at CSUC.

Her current area of research explores of the role of context in design and has been presented at the AIGA-Chicago FutureHistory conference in 2002, the Creating Communicational Spaces conference at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, in 2003 and the AIGA-Jacksonville Re:Charge conference in 2004.

Al Wasco
Cuyahoga Community College
Cave Walls to Mouse Clicks: Storytelling, Emotion and the Computer

Al Wasco was one of those smart kids in high school who was told he had a future in Chemistry. College Calculus and Organic Chemistry told him otherwise. He wised up and got a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from the University of Dayton. A long time ago. After college he worked as a department store window dresser, a graphic designer for small studios and print shops, and ran his own small design studio that primarily worked for non-profit social action agencies. Low pay, low budgets, but good work.

He took a ten year side trip into homeowner education, co-founding the Housing Resource Center in Cleveland, Ohio and serving as coordinator of communication. He designed books, newsletters, posters and an entire renovated house with cutaway walls, floors and ceilings that showed how the plumbing, wiring and insulation were installed. He answered innumerable phone calls about damp basements and can tell you which exterior paint is better, latex or oil. In 1995 he took a summer workshop in Multimedia at Kent State University, had a “digital epiphany” and has never looked back. After earning a Master’s Degree in Visual Communication Design from Kent, he taught at Herron School of Art/IUPUI in Indianapolis, Lakeland Community College, Cleveland State University, and is currently assistant professor, Visual Communication and Design/Interactive Media at Cuyahoga Community College. He loves what he does.

Linda Yaven
California College of the Arts
Documentation, Assessment, and the Digital: Teaching Interpretation in Design Education

Linda Yaven is a painter, public speaker and educational consultant leading workshops on Meaningful Assessment: Studio Critique and The Responsive Document. She is an associate professor in the graduate design and Diversity Studies Programs at California College of the Arts. Most recently she gave master classes on her approach at The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. In 2003–04 Linda traveled to American bases in Japan, Europe and the USA leading workshops for the art teachers there. She is a recipient of a Hearst Foundation grant to visit the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Linda was a documenter/advisor at Harvard University’s Project Zero’s first Making Learning Visible Institute this summer. Linda Yaven is pleased to announce the 2005 launch of


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