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Matt Scott Barnes
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Teaching Experience:
Fall 2021


Fall 2017



Fall 2017



Fall 2013



Fall 2013
PUCD 4205 Core 4 - Thesis 1
The New School's Parsons School of Design

Art 432 - Portfolio
Western Kentucky University
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Art 431 - Illustration for Designers
Western Kentucky University
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VCD1 Typography
Art Academy of Cincinnati
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VCD3 Integration
Art Academy of Cincinnati
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The Teaching Assistant: A Teaching Zine for Graphic Design Educators
During my MFA education, I went through a phase of angst. It was fueled by the idea of comparison. The comparison of one design education versus another. I had always questioned the choices I had made picking schools and the lack of knowledge that I (really) had about them. So easily I would question why are they even a thing. Shouldn't we just rid of 90 to 99% of the programs that exist? This being an on thought out urge, Why not flip the issue. Instead of erasing and start over why not try to do something else about it.

I created this small publication as a small part of my MFA These work to share projects, understandings, and goals with other educators. We all can't be lucky enough to go to an elite school, but we can all have a hand at the same projects.

Projects are created with a goal of specific learnings, similar to the way I work with a client at my day job I build roundabout ways to have a better understanding with the client. Here we create projects that allow students to learn concepting and how to speak about their work.



My approach to the education of graphic design is based on the following: historical research, contemporary practice, critical writing, and open conversation of design theory. With the years of operating a working design studio working in the cultural and commercial sectors and curating exhibitions focused on the unexplored aspects of design, I believe, we need to teach how to concept work with a foundation in history. Also, introducing new ideas to what graphic design is. Students should not be afraid to go against the grain; however, build work full of conceptual thinking and not just work full of current trends or ironic in nature.
Fall 2021
PUCD 4206 Core 4 Thesis 1
The New School’s Parsons School of Design
Thesis 1 & Thesis 2 are year-long self-driven investigations into the research, prototyping and design of an identified question, critique, or point of view. It provides an opportunity for design innovation and inquiry through the rigorous research and development of a capstone project, through various pathways across platforms. The goal of the first semester is to research, develop and articulate a thesis concept and create experimental prototypes, including designed presentations of research and process. Thesis 1, in particular, focuses on process, which includes primary and secondary research, ideation, prototyping, documenting and writing about one’s own work. Students will be asked to reflect on how their ideas—as expressed through design—sits alongside historical precedent and shapes culture in the present. It provides an opportunity for visual innovation through the development of a rigorous design process.


01. Future Flyer Project

Originally promopted by Ed Fella.

Updated Description:
The content is YOU (let’s pretend) giving a lecture or exhibition or (pretend?) work, the date, time, place/venue and any clever things you have to say about it or show about it that would make one want to come to the event and be amazed!

Over the next week you are going to produce ten (10) layouts for your future flyer. Pic a date or a set of dates (ie. 1500 years in the future or 200 years in the past)



Student:
Aaron Deng

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Juriel Furukawa

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Nora Lombardo

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Samantha Chun

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Sarah Kim

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Sofia Cacho Sousa

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Tara Boroumandi

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Zach Tinubu-Karch

10 — 11 in x 17 in
Student:
Zeid Jaouni

10 — 11 in x 17 in

02. Describe + Transcribe
Each of student will receives a poster design and study the selected design in secret without sharing it with their partner. Open a text editor on your computer and start taking notes

Restrictions:
Do not use the name of any color just describe it without a name of color.

The partner will follow the written notes that were handed off to you. 
Repeat.

(Left)
Original by
João Araújo and Rita Huet

Described by
Aaron Deng
 
(Center) Transcribed by
Carmen Pleitez

Described by
Germaine Mai

(Right)

Transcribed by

Ivy Kurniawan

(Left)
Original by
Guillaume Sbalchiero

Described by
Nora Lombardo
 
(Center) Transcribed by
Oz Osborn

Described by
Samantha Chun

(Right)

Transcribed by

Sarah Kim

(Left)
Original by
Maziyar Pahlevan

Described by
Sarah Kim
 
(Center) Transcribed by
Sofia Cacho Sousa
 
Described by
Tarra Boroumandi

(Right)

Transcribed by

Zach Tinubu-Karch

(Left)
Original by
Caleb Halter

Described by
Juriel Furukawa
 
(Center) Transcribed by
Kelly Liu

Described by
Nora Lombardo

(Right)

Transcribed by

Oz Osborn


Fall 2017
ART432 Portfolio
Student Work
Western Kentucky University
As a continuation of the concepts and content covered in previous courses during your education at Western Kentucky University, this course applies the components and principles of design and typography to a variety of visual communication design contexts. While exploring, investigating, and analyzing greater conceptual considerations in both assigned and self-defined projects, students will delve deeper into ideation and visualization to produce and execute more refined and sophisticated solutions to complex problems.

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01.

Title:
The Roadrunner, the Catherdral, and the Electric Company from Neenah, Wisconsin

Student:
Dakota Bragdon

2017
02.

Title:
Book of Collections

Student:

Roy Lewis

2017

03.

Title:
Alphabet: Found Typography

Student:

Maddie Peirce

2017

04.

Title:
National Parks of America

Student:

Maddie Peirce

2017
05.

Title:
Tiny Portfolio


Student:

Maddie Peirce

2017

Fall 2017
ART431 Illustration
Student Work
Western Kentucky University
The course will emphasize individual investigation and discovery while remaining open to collaborative projects that many cross disciplines within the department (new media, digital design, printmaking, photo, advertising, etc.).

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01.

Title:
60/60


Student:

Audrey Payne

2017


02.

60 Illustrations 60 Minutes

Craig Ostertag

2017
03.

600 Minutes of Drawing
Isabelle Johnson

2017

04. Mazes

1-4
Sarah Schott

5-6
Mason Brennenstuhl

7-10
Emily Vogler

11-13
Isabelle Johnson
05. Visual Diary

1-3
Audrey Payne

4-8
Lauren Miller