Teaching Portfolio
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.
Teaching Experience:

Fall 2017








Fall 2013
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.

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.

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

Dakota Bragdon

2017

02.

Book of Collections

Roy Lewis

2017
03.

Alphabet: Found Typography
Maddie Peirce

2017

04.

National Parks of America
Maddie Peirce

2017
05.

Tiny Portfolio

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.

60/60
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