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When a student gets it, when he or she makes a little leap and clearly understands and implements a concept or technique — these breakthroughs are what I am looking for, working for. They never happen when you think they will.
Festival poster from SUU typography class, Terral Fox.
Paula and I have returned to the Midwest, where I am teaching graphic design in the Art Department at Eastern Illinois University. I'll change and update this site as I can. Good to be back in the Midwest, or, as Westerners say, the East. —D
I tell my students the world of graphic design has changed, keeps changing; that students who are gravitating more toward print design must also clearly understand the fundamentals of interactive design, and vice versa. As a student moves through her career, she will have time to focus and define and refine her niche, but a recent graduate's career should begin with a solid knowledge of both interactive and traditional print-based design and the projects that demonstrate this understanding. For good measure, toss in video-editing, packaging and exhibition design; mix with courses in philosophy, ethics, small business management. Print-making, for sure. Finish confidently with a tight, finely honed portfolio, and the ability to discuss current design practice and trends, and not a word misspelled on a typographically nuanced résumé.
I tell my students the world of graphic design keeps changing. To hold on and enjoy the ride.
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Above, selected interactive projects by Southern Utah University students. New work coming.
Above, selected print projects by Southern Utah University students. New work coming.
Above, projects by Indiana University-Bloomington students.