Type Specimen Poster: How to Begin to Imagine an Interactive Experience for a Poster Design

With the uncertainty of available resources for large-format printing, we introduced a new assignment, the interactive type specimen poster. This project included a hands-on prototyping activity to conceptualize the visual design, layout, and interactive features of the interactive poster.

Students create video demonstrations of unique mobile apps designed to engage community

Students designed digital products for mobile application that add and expand on Greenville’s sense of place through additional programming (or activity). Students chose a local partner to work with and defined unique goals based on the needs of their partner as well as the end user of their application

Active Voice: Students create campaigns about social justice, diversity, anti-racism, and equity.

Access to Healthcare Campaign by Chelsea Davis. Seeks to shift behaviors and attitudes towards equity in healthcare sectors. Graphic design and visual communication can be a powerful tool to affect change, shape culture, and persuade opinions and actions of audiences across social, cultural, economic, and/or political circumstances. This project introduces students to graphic design as…… Continue reading Active Voice: Students create campaigns about social justice, diversity, anti-racism, and equity.

A New Motion Design Project with Graphic Design Seniors at ECU

This semester, the graphic design seniors at ECU were introduced to graphic design principles in motion and storytelling. Students were challenged to consider the element of time in their work effectively to communicate a message or idea. We surveyed a lot of sample work on Vimeo from historical to contemporary examples. To view our Vimeo…… Continue reading A New Motion Design Project with Graphic Design Seniors at ECU

Design Activism and Impact in the Classroom: Presenting at CAA 2019 with Design Incubation Panel in New York

Last month, I presented work at the College Art Association (CAA) 2019 Conference in New York with the Design Incubation panel. My presentation reviewed a methodology, based on my research and design practice, called the ‘blended perspective’, that merges rigorous social impact assessment (SIA) guidelines from the social sciences with a human-centered design approach to…… Continue reading Design Activism and Impact in the Classroom: Presenting at CAA 2019 with Design Incubation Panel in New York

Design for Good: Students Work with Shelby County Health Department to Raise Awareness around the Opioid Crisis

Students at the Memphis College of Art designed campaigns for Shelby County Health Department to build awareness around the opioid addiction crisis in our community and help shift attitudes and behaviors around the stigmas of this addiction. Three campaigns were designed with all the campaigns communicating the core message that opioid addiction can happen to…… Continue reading Design for Good: Students Work with Shelby County Health Department to Raise Awareness around the Opioid Crisis

Graphic Design Students work with Loeb Properties to Create Public Art Tour in Overton Square

Loeb Properties has invested in a variety of art installations in Overton Square and would like to highlight these works by creating a public art walking tour. They have approached MCA to work with a team of students to design a “stroll” that celebrates and connects these works together, engaging visitors and activating the outdoor…… Continue reading Graphic Design Students work with Loeb Properties to Create Public Art Tour in Overton Square

The Intersections of Typography, part 2

The second annual exhibition of the Intersections of Typography opened at Memphis College of Art in January. Students across many disciplines showcased work that highlighted typography as art form in 2D, 3D, analog and digital formats. The exhibition ran until February 2016 in the Lower Gallery of Rust Hall. All photography by Natalie Schuh.

Clothing, Food, Shelter: An exploration of identity, place, and change

Clothing Food Shelter is a collaborative design research project between departments at the New York City College of Technology of The City University of New York in Brooklyn and the Memphis College of Art in Memphis, Tennessee conducted in the spring semester of 2015. Eight students, four from each institution, acted as research assistants for…… Continue reading Clothing, Food, Shelter: An exploration of identity, place, and change