And…2021 and we‘re still doing this.

Well, there ya go, over a year has passed since I last posted, and little has changed. Seems like that time just fell into a black hole. To sum up last year: mandated to teach hybrid with no technological support. Exhausting. This year: back to normal with zero health and safety measures: no masks, no…

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Designing and Teaching a Dedicated e-course

Even before covid-19 sent us all ‘pivoting’ to online we had a fairly new typography course for non-majors approved to have a dedicated online format. I ended up teaching the course, ARGD 2030e Introduction to Typography in Visual Communication, during the summer term. It was both a new course preparation/design as well as the challenge of learning…

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Snail Mail During a Pandemic

It’s crazy to think that aside from a few trips to pick up pre-ordered groceries I’ve pretty much been in my home since mid March and it’s now July. During this lockdown I’ve gotten out my Prisma colors and markers in an effort to do some lettering while making some snail mail cards. It’s quite…

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Senior Capstone in the Age of Covid

This spring I taught our Graphic Design Senior Capstone course in which senior design majors focused their efforts on issues related to local food systems, food sustainability and insecurity. Of course, when we parted for spring break we didn’t know that we wouldn’t see each other again except online, and that these graduating seniors wouldn’t…

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Design of the Report of the Ad Hoc Committee

As a designer, participating in exhibitions does not necessarily feel like quite the right fit for much of the work we do, since we tend to create highly functional or ephemeral work for a particular context that is not particularly precious, unlike the work more typically found in galleries. But exhibitions are the tradition in…

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Fieldwork on a Research Vessel: Hanging with Scientists

This past weekend I was fortunate to accompany a colleague in Marine Science and some of her students aboard the research vessel, R/V Savannah, that docks at UGA’s Skidaway Island Oceanographic Institute near Savannah. We stopped at five locations (stations) from the estuary out to the gulf stream where the students were able to sample…

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Poster Show 4: AIGA Atlanta

Book Cover as Poster: I was excited to have my poster chosen for inclusion in the 4th Annual Poster Show Poster Show: Chapter 4 by the Atlanta chapter of AIGA, which requested designs book cover designs in poster format. Submitted posters were curated with the winning entries displayed at the 4th Annual Poster Show in Atlanta this June.…

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Broadside Printing & Typography

I was fortunate this semester to co-teach a large class of Advanced Typography with my colleague, Eileen Wallace, who specializes in book arts and letterpress. The term culminated in the printing of a collaborative broadside that contained a custom designed letterform or numeral from each student (plus one from each of us to cover A–Z…

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Learning Codey-Code

p5.js Workshop I sat in on an afternoon workshop last week with my new colleague Xin Xin, a new media artist who is an assistant professor in both Art and Women’s Studies. We made dynamic flag designs using the p5 java script library. This is my ‘autumn’ flag

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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 studying contemporary art history with a colleague (sometimes meeting in a traditional classroom setting and sometimes an…

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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 a few years ago 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,…

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