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Please tell us a little about your education?
I have a double major in English and studio art from College of the Ozarks located in Branson, Missouri – really, look this town up if you love all things kitsch. Totally surreal college town. I received my MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln in 2004.
Please tell us a little about your design work history?
After college, I worked as an in house designer at a gift company in Omaha, Nebraska. I was in charge of packaging, advertising, web design and product development. Although I learned a ton from this job I knew that I wanted to go to graduate school. After two years working in Omaha, I moved to Lincoln for three years and received my MFA in 2004. From there I have happily been a maker of STUFF for myself and for other people. Some clients include The New York Times, Print Magazine, Princeton Architectural Press, J.Crew, 20×200, Ready-Made Magazine, Poketo and MYSELF. Along with client work, I happily participate in solo and group shows across the country with work that focuses on my personal consumerism. I am LUCKY and so happy to be doing what I do and working the way I work.
Where have you taught design?
I taught three years a graduate instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. After graduate school, I was an assistant professor for four years at Mississippi State University. This past year I also conducted zine workshops at the University of Georgia, Maine College of Art and Missouri State University. TOTAL FUN!
What is the focus of your creative research?
Consumer culture, craft + activism = craftivism, DIY ethics, internet and community, hand drawn typography, personal documentation and archiving. I was just asked to speak at the 2009 HOW Design Conference in Austin about Craftivism, so I am beyond excited about that.
What is your teaching philosophy?
Students learn from each other. When I think of some of my best teachers, I think of my classmates. They were the catalyst in my design education. I want to foster an interactive environment where knowledge comes from learning from other students as well as from me!
I like to think that I am fair and fun. I am enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I am supportive and encouraging. I nurture talking, talking and more talking. It is essential to develop a creative, open environment in the classroom.
An awareness of what is going on in the world is key for all successful designers. I never want to stop learning and looking. I want this type of hunger to be evident and passed along to my students.
What classes are you teaching this year?
Typography 254 and Communication Design Studio 320. So excited. Type is one of my favorite classes to teach and I am really looking forward to 320 as well! This winter I will be teaching Art 321 and 210. In the spring I will tackle Art 470, 120 and then back to Type 254. YEAH!
Who/What inspires you?
1960s illustration (saul steinberg, m. sasek), creative partners (ray and charles eames, robin and lucienne day), my buddy faythe, finishing to-do lists, fluxus, joseph beuys, dumb things that I scavenge from other people's trash, vernacular type.
Please share some links to sites that inspire you.