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Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA
Professor June 2004-Present
Graduate Coordinator September 2011–Present
Ability to teach complicated theory, design research techniques, ideation skills,
practical knowledge and complex concept mapping to students of all backgrounds.
Teaching on-ground and on-line courses that include: design thinking, brand
development, typography, trademark and logo design, graphic design history,
design methods, and research methods for graphic design. Developed pedagogical
techniques, taken from professional practice, that introduce studio collaboration
with other college departments that included Design Management, Interactive
Design, Advertising Design and Industrial Design.
Courses Taught to date:
Research Methods in Graphic Design, Typographic Communications, Design
Methodologies, Type Studio I, Print Studio I, Graphic Design/Social Awareness,
3-D Graphic Studio, Visual Information Practice, Print Studio II, MA Final Project,
MFA Written Thesis, MFA Visual Thesis, Oversee Field and Teaching Internships,
Oversaw the completion of 15 thesis endeavors to date.
Typography I, Graphic Design Studio I, Typography II, Package Design, Graphic
Design Studio II, Portfolio Design. Oversee Field Internships.
Active member of the graduate Graphic Design Curriculum Review Committee
for both the MA and MFA programs. Contributed to the collaborative development
of the newly unveiled graduate program.
Tasked with curriculum advise for graduate students on the Savannah campus.
Collaborated with other graduate coordinators to organize and facilitate both 15
hour (MA) and 45 hour (MFA) reviews each quarter. Participated in the review
process all quarters since coming to SCAD.
Assumed leadership role during Undergraduate Development Workshop. May 2012
Chair of departmental committee who’s duty it was to bring visiting designers
on campus. Designers included: Massimo Vignelli, Matteo Bologna, Ken Carbone,
Wil Staehle, Debbie Millman, Joe Duffy, Steff Geissbuhler, Ann Willoughby,
Premiered “Typeface – The Movie” introduced by Executive Director at Kartemquin
Films, Justine Nagan.
Solely responsible for bringing the Type Directors Club annual exhibition to campus
for the past seven years.
Volunteered to work with inter-departmental team on organizing and overseeing
the daily programming for the Design Ethos conferences. Headed up student volun-
teer group both years. Entertained invited speakers and guests. Oct. 2010, April 2012
Prepare and accompany top Graphic Design undergraduate students to ADC
portfolio reviews. May 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012. Lead the call for departmental
portfolio submissions, set-up and judging of students to attend.
Faculty liaison for student AIGA chapter. Held position for 2 1/2 years. Helped to
facilitate group activities, oversaw design and production of monthly event poster,
collaborated with Rockport Publishing to bring authors to campus to speak to the
student group and attended every meeting during that time. Helped to increase
group attendance by 200%.
Lead three Graphic Design off-campus trips to New York City. June 2010, 2011, 2012. Studios visited: (partial list) Vignelli Associates, Carbone/Smolan Agency, Sterling Brands, frog design, IDEO, Interbrand, Razorfish, McgarryBowen, Mucca Design, ESPN Consumer Products Division and Wallace/Church. Two attendees have obtained employment through their participation.
Actively participated in each of the end of year student show (Secession) judging.
Provided institutional support through active participation on the Athletic Council.
Collaborated with Admissions department by traveling to out-of-state destination
for high school, transfer, and graduate portfolio reviews and counseling.
Former students and their current employment status: (partial list) Gloria Wu ‘12, Intern, Carbone/Smolan; Dan Ogren '13, Intern, Adidas Design Group; Ramona Todoca ’11, Art Director, Ogilvy & Mather; Shawn Hileman ’07, Curator/Screenprinter, Masthead Studios; Erik Braun ’06, Art Director, McgarryBowen; Angela Kowalski ’10, Designer, LPK; Ya-Yun Huang ’05, Designer, Deborah Adler LLC; Greg Mihalko ’10, Designer, Local Projects; Qian Sun ’12 Designer, Pentagram; Matthew McInerney ’10, Designer, Pentagram; Kyle Read ’10, Designer, Abercrombie & Fitch; Carl Gerhards ’07, Sr. Designer, Sterling Brands; Kathleen Scudder ’10, Designer, Mucca Design; Cassandra Smolcic ’09, Graphic Animator, Pixar; Becca Skinner ’07, Visual Designer, frog design.
Gene Mayer Associates Milford, CT
Design Director Oct. 1999-Aug. 2000
Senior Designer/Art Director Jan. 1999-Oct. 1999
Concept development and design. Refinement of direction toward production. Art
direct photography/illustration. Oversaw and participated on projects from design development through print production. Participated in client presentations. On press supervision.
Clients: United Technologies, General Electric, and The Hartford Insurance Group.
Deskey Associates New York, NY 1989-1992
Clients: Procter & Gamble, Dannon, McNeil Labs, Black & Decker.
Frank Fatta Design Cos Cob, CT 1988-1989
Clients: General Foods, Kraft, The National Football League.
Charles Zunda Design Greenwich, CT 1986-1988
Clients: General Foods, Playtex, The Estee Corp.
Projects include strategic brand analysis, package design, structural concepts, in-store collateral, marketing communications, corporate communications, identity design, logotypes, calendar of events, collateral material and brochures for national distribution. On press supervision and responsible for color approval.
Clients: Evoca LLC, Aramis and Designer Fragrances. NY, NY, Estée Lauder/ Prescriptives NY, NY, Daniel Scharfman Design, NY, NY, Bevier Gallery & HEOP Office at R•I•T, King Casey, New Canaan, CT, Barnhart/Ziaman, NY, NY, Liz Claiborne, NY, NY, Ardel Records, John Frieda, Wilton, CT, Meyer & Assoc., NY, NY, Dakota Group, Wilton, CT.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY May 1995
Master of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. Minor in Computer Graphic Design.
Thesis: “The “New” New Typography. A Critical View of Typography”. Wrote and designed book on the state of typography in the digital realm and its historical precedents.
Received Outstanding Achievement Award as graduate teaching assistant. Responsible for support in senior and sophomore Graphic Design studio courses.
Manhattanville College Purchase, NY May 1983
Graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Minors in Art History and Psychology.
“Developing a Killer Portfolio”, given multiple times to AIGA-SCAD group as well
as to the ID/Furniture Design student group.
“Effective Self-Promotion”, presented to AIGA-SCAD. May 2011, March 2012
“The MFA is the NEW MBA – Literally”, presented at the UCDA Design Education
Summit: “The State of Design Education” May 2011
“Design Thinking and the Future of Design Pedagogy”, presented at the UCDA
Design Education Summit: “Designing Design” July 2010
“Design Thinking: The Future of Design?” Presented to the student design group
The Union. February 2010
“Think. Share. Educate.” Conceptual work presented during the faculty show. Fall 2009
“Interpretive Typographic Exploration”. Presented Type Studio I book project
showcasing past outcomes and theories connected to said outcomes.
SoTA TypeCon Conference. July 2009
“Preparing Your Portfolio & Resume for Real World Interviewing”. Collaborated with
Career Services to bring first-hand portfolio building and resume design knowledge
to interested participants. November 2008
“Everything is Design” Book that was designed for faculty show. Fall 2007
“The Grid in Graphic Design”. Georgia Southern University. April 2006
Invited guest of the Rochester chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts
to participate in a panel discussion entitled “The State of Typography Today.”
AIGA GAIN “Design for Social Change” Oct. 2012
Design Thinking/Service Workshop June 2012
TEDx “Decoding the Future” May 2012
AIGA National Conference: “Pivot” Oct. 2011
UCDA Design Education Summit: “The State of Design Education” 2011
UCDA Design Education Summit: “Designing Design” 2010
AIGA National Conference: “Make/Think” Oct. 2009
SoTA TypeCon Conference: “Rhythm” July 2009
AIGA Design Education: “Future History3” March 2009
UCDA Design Conference: “Shift” Sept. 2008
AIGA Jacksonville: “Recharge” April 2008
AIGA National Conference: “Design” Sept. 2006
TypeCon 2006: “The Boston T Party” Aug. 2006
AIGA Design Education: “Revolutions” June 2005
AIGA Design Education: “Future History” Oct. 2004
Extensive knowledge of Adobe CS5, Quark XPress, and the Macintosh operating system. Working knowledge of BBEdit, Dreamweaver and HTML.
Member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Type Directors Club, and the
Art Directors Club.
Served as volunteer portfolio reviewer for the Jacksonville Chapter of the AIGA