Design Maymester in NYC

Art & Design Maymester in New York I just returned from a whirlwind month in New York City teaching in the School of Art’s maymester art & design field study program. The group of 32 students spent the mornings in contemporary class  with a colleague in art history (sometimes meeting in a traditional classroom setting and…

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Advanced Type Student Work in AIGA ATL Poster Show

Eleven of my Advanced Typography students recently had their work chosen for inclusion in AIGA Atlanta’s juried exhibition and fundraiser, Poster Show Part 3: Destination Unknown, in which designers were asked to submit poster designs promoting a favorite location—real or imagined— paying homage to the traditional travel poster. The exhibition opening reception was held on…

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Global Sea-Level Rise Graphics in Action

Graphics from these projects I worked on are still being used by collaborators to communicate issues related to climate change and predicted future sea-level rise scenarios. Here I was tagged on social media by former project colleague, Dr. Jason Evans, now a professor of environmental science and studies at Stetson University in Florida, as he delivers a…

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Typo-poetry

My colleague Moon Jung Jang recently asked me to participate in a type-driven design exhibition she organized, Typo-Poetry: Despite Black and White in Sound, that focused on language related to sound. She asked invited designers to explore typography as a way to write poetry and/or express ideas related to sound. The exhibition was on view at…

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Visualizing Deep Ocean Habitats

I’m excited to be collaborating with a marine science professor at UGA on a funded project, Mapping Deep Blue Habitat in a Changing Climate, that aims to create a digital tool to visualize data about specific species and their deep ocean habitats. This project was just awarded a $100,000 grant by the National Academy of Sciences Keck…

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UCDA Design Award

I just found out that this poster promoting graduate studies in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA received a 2017 UCDA Award of Excellence. Thanks to spring 2017 grad Nicole Kim for her design assistance.

Photo credit: Erica Hensley

A New Graduate Studies Publication

This annual publication had traditionally been solely an exhibition catalog for the graduating MFA candidates, but we expanded the content to include corresponding essays written by graduate students in art history, as well as general information about the School, its facilities and graduate program offerings. This additional content expanded the life and usage of the…

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Experimental (and Physical) Typography

Former student and now Assistant Professor of graphic design at Mississippi State, Cassie Hester, conducted a workshop with my Advanced Typography students earlier this semester in which they experimented with physical typography to create imagery for an event poster. They first completed exercises that forced them to physically alter printed letterforms, then were able to…

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Senior Project Students Win Awards in Watershed Stories Contest

For their senior capstone topic, my spring 2016 Senior Project students worked with content related to UGA’s campus watershed initiative, a town/gown stream restoration and protection initiative aimed at engaging the campus community in sustainability through watersheds. The UGA Office of Sustainability held a ‘Watershed Stories’ multimedia contest during the term so the students submitted…

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Words/Meanings Zines

My Type and Image students were asked to investigate the multiple meanings of a given word, generating content for a multi-page publication or zine. The design and content explored the various meanings of the word, both denotative and connotative, and perhaps commenting on related social/cultural issues. The title of the publication was the given word.…

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Collaborative Letterform Workshop

We were lucky to have design/educator Helen Armstrong visit earlier this semester. She conducted various workshops while she was at UGA including this one on collaborative letterform design with my ARGD 3060 students (+ plus a few random other students thrown in). The students digitized the letterforms after the workshop then did quick poster designs based on…

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A lovely g

I just received this awesome, lowercase g from a former student as a thank-you for helping her with job search materials. Most impressive is that she cast this herself. (Apparently it took a few tries because the ‘ear’ on the top kept getting burned out.)