The computer is a mental straight jacket, the pencil is your fastest computer.
I attended many fine graphic design programs as a student and teacher including the prestigious School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA, Visual Communication, 1998). Enrolling in Virginia Commonwealth University allowed me to participate in the Teaching Practicum course because I knew I wanted to become an educator. As an undergraduate, I studied at Eastern Michigan University, which nurtured a relationship with Kathy McCoy of Cranbrook Academy of Art and graduates Scott Makela, and Ed Fella to name a few. Areas of teaching expertise include Visual Literacy, Typography, Graphic Symbolism, Narrative Design, Branding, and Advanced Thematic studies. My Graphic Design History course was inspired by Philip Meggs who shared personal stories of his research at V.C.U.
My earliest introduction to design occurred at a local community college in Ann Arbor, Michigan when print reproduction was film based and before the personal computer. This included film processes (stat camera, plate emulsion) to running the printing press. I'm grateful for having this knowledge and learning the tricks of the trade. It was during these formative years as a T.A. in early Macintosh program courses that students suggested I become a teacher.
I've lectured nationally and internationally on graphic design pedagogy including Havana Cuba, Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA), Arizona State University and CAA. I also serve as a Graduate Adviser in the MFA Program. My research and publication interests include Cuban Graphic Design, and Internet Culture and Sub-Cultures. I've interviewed educator Rudolph Arnhem on my earliest proposal for The Collaborative Classroom which has been an ongoing design project conducted between multiple classrooms.
University of Texas
Exterior of ISDI (School of design) Havana, Cuba.
Students working in ISDI classroom.
ISDI Student design, history of a typeface poster.
ISDI Student design, Cuba Vision logo.
Student designed poster.
Student exhibit at ISDI
Student designed poster, ISDI.
With design faculty, ISDI. Havana, Cuba.
Semester project for a Havana hospital by ISDI students.
Old Havana, Cuba.
Student designed poster. ICAIC 2007
Student drawing trip in the mountains.
Student designed poster.
The Malecon, Havana, Cuba.
Student trip to Viñales, Cuba. Tobacco plantation.
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