At WOU since09/16/2009
HobbiesMaking art & crafts, often from salvage materials or those I find combing the environment; camping; travel; exploring local craft breweries; chilling with my cats.
Fun factI was born in Washington DC and grew up showing guests around the best tourism sites.
Favorite book/moviemovies: Whalerider, About Time, Sound of Music... ; Books: Dharma Bums, Siddhartha, Poisonwood Bible, Secrte Life of Bees...
|Mondays in person, Wednesdays on zoom|
Course scheduleWinter 2023
|20230||A115||BEGINNING DESIGN:2-DIMENSIONAL||WF 1200-1350||HYBRD* CRS|
|20587||A321||GRPHC DSGN:FORM & COMMUNCATION||T 0900-1145||HYBRD* CRS|
|20230||A115||BEGINNING DESIGN:2-DIMENSIONAL||M 1200-1350||CH 210|
|20587||A321||GRPHC DSGN:FORM & COMMUNCATION||R 0900-1145||ITC 210|
Areas of responsibility
I teach many Graphic Design studios, occasionally an Art studio class, and also the History of Graphic Design. I also assist with curriculum development, advising students, and serve the larger university community on committees and boards.
What you will do and learn in my courses
Most of my classes are hands-on Graphic Design classes with much focus on understanding the creative process: blending theory, critical & contextual thinking, and skills for concept development. My studio classes help Art & Design students learn how to practice Graphic Design for personal and professional projects.
I am a graphic designer with 24+ years experience in higher education. I have a passion for logo design, typography, and graphic design history. My personal and professional research and interests include signs & symbols, collage, tattoo art, sustainability, and social justice. Portland, Oregon, has been home since 2006 and I couldn't be happier anywhere other than this amazing city.
I love logo & identity design, the history of design, and professional practice concerns for designers. Much of what I teach is how to come up with and develop great concepts for print design, whether that be logos, posters, books, or packages.
My personal research has delved into signs & symbols – origins, history, how they can cross barriers of language for universal communication, etc. I'm also interested in how Graphic Designers think and get inspiration.
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