Summary

Highly creative and collaborative educator, letterpress printer/book arts professional. 20+ years experience as designer and art director for major multinational organization. University instructor on graphic design faculty, with reputation for providing knowledgeable, attentive, and supportive guidance to students. Talented letterpress craftsman and printing instructor for community-based arts center. Exceptional communicator, disciplined leader, and flexible teammate. Passionate advocate for good design.

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design 2009
Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Thesis: “Is the American printed propaganda poster still relevant?”


Master of Arts in International Policy Studies 1992
Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California


Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish • 1989
Macalester College, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Teaching Experience

At George Mason University:

  • Developed and delivered Hand Lettering and Typeface Design (AVT419008 and AVT519-008) (Fall 2018)
  • Taught Corporate Design and Branding (AVT414002), Writing for Designers (AVT396-001) (Fall 2018)
  • Taught Corporate Design and Branding (AVT414001 and AVT414-002) and Brand Identity Design (AVT614001) (Spring 2017)
  • Taught Writing for Artists (Graphic Design focus) (AVT395-004, 005, and 002) (Spring and Fall 2017)
  • Taught Typography (AVT215-001 and 002) (Fall 2017)
  • Taught Typography (AVT215-A02) (Summer 2017)
  • Taught Corporate Design and Branding (AVT414001 and AVT414-002) and Brand Identity Design (AVT614001) (Fall 2016)

While basic curriculum for each course was received from department chair or incumbent (except for AVT419/519-008), all lectures were self-developed. Summer hybrid curriculum required special adaptation to meet the requirements of a compressed schedule. Developed and delivered special topics course on hand lettering and typeface design.

At Pyramid Atlantic Art Center:

  • Teach letterpress printing on both cylinder and platen presses in group and individual settings. Classes cover basics of press operation and safety, studio procedures, nomenclature, typesetting, registration, makeready, printing, and cleanup. (Ongoing since 2013)
  • Designed curriculum for and taught Art and Business, a multi-week pilot class for underserved middle and high school students. (2016)

At The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (The World Bank):

  • Developed and delivered seminar for World Bank Institute staff on understanding new branding guidelines, corporate identity, and use in print and online documents and platforms. (2013)
  • Provided ongoing client education on visual communications issues and design requirements to divisional staff for World Bank Institute publications. (2000–2015)

Software/Skills

  • InDesign
  • Illustrator
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat
  • AfterEffects (some)
  • HTML/CSS (some)
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Professional Experience

Adjunct Professor of Graphic Design, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA  •  2016–present

  • Motivate a diverse population of students through lectures, discussions, and studio work critiques.
  • Develop and deliver special topics courses when appropriate.
  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations.

Owner/Founder, Model Citizen Press LLC, Bethesda, MD  •  2013–present

  • Design, produce, and print letterpress greeting cards and small posters for a sophisticated and somewhat subversive audience.
  • Sell handcrafted work to customers worldwide via Etsy store online (http://modcitpress.com/retail) and at juried craft shows in the Mid-Atlantic region (including Crafty Bastards, Corcoran Community Days, and URBNMarket Bethesda).
  • Collaborate with local and international artists to create pieces for exhibition and sale.
  • Create custom letterpress work and commissioned pieces for both domestic and international clients.
  • Proficient with Vandercook 4T and Universal I proof presses, along with motorized C&P 8×12 jobbing press and C&P Pilot 7×10 presses.

Letterpress Associate/Instructor, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Hyattsville, MD    2013–present

  • Co-manage letterpress studio.
  • Teach letterpress printing to groups and individuals.
  • Maintain two Vandercook cylinder presses, three C&P platen presses, and one Line-O-Scribe showcard press. Monitor studio equipment and supply inventory.
  • Provide support for visiting scholars, artists, and community events.
  • Conduct extensive research into letterpress printing history and techniques.

Art Director/Graphic Designer, WBIEL/OP, World Bank Institute  •  2009–2015

Key Responsibilities

  • Provided in-house art direction and graphic design for a wide range of WBI capacity development projects.
  • Worked with WBI Communications group to contribute to WBI’s communication strategy/approach.
  • Acted as “Keeper of the Brand” for WBI and ensure adherence to and compliance with WBI branding standards.
  • Led on vendor procurement and provide leadership to selected project vendors.

Notable Accomplishments

  • Art directed and designed “The Science of Delivery Demystified” installation for Forum 2014
  • Conceptualized, wrote, and designed inaugural branding and corporate identity guidelines for the World Bank Institute.
  • In collaboration with the WBI Communications group, developed series of nine brochures outlining WBI’s primary focus areas, along with a 24-page overview of WBI.
  • Art directed and designed WBI Onboarding package, including presentation folder and all enclosed materials.

Publications Analyst/Graphic Designer, WBIFP, World Bank Institute  •  1999–2009

  • Provided art direction and graphic design for Finance and Private Sector Development division.
  • Designed and built individual, distinctive HTML-based websites for all WBIFP sub-groups and division events
  • Prepared divisional communications/publications strategy.
  • Advised and led on publications issues; developed divisional and public awareness materials and initiatives.

Consultant, World Bank Institute  •  1996–1999

  • Managed preparation of divisional publications, including design, layout, and final production.
  • Participated in on-site mission activities in Tanzania, Macedonia, and El Salvador. Led mission to El Salvador to conduct interviews for WBI documentary film.

Research/Editorial Assistant, World Bank Institute  •  1993–1996

  • Revised, edited, and laid out manuscripts for World Bank publications.
  • Prepared publications and course materials for global dissemination.

Service

  • Served on Executive Director Search Committee, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center (2016)
  • Rebranded and created identity system for Bethesda Cares, a local homeless outreach organization (2007)
  • Rebranded and created identity system for Herndon-Reston FISH, Inc., a Virginia-based aid organization supporting vulnerable populations (2009)
  • Acted as Building Coordinator for World Bank “Friends of Washington DC Shoebox Project” charity collection project (2000–2008)

Languages

  • English (native)
  • Spanish (proficient)
  • Norwegian (semi-proficient)

Exhibitions

  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center 10×10 Invitational (2016) (juried)
  • Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Member and Staff Exhibition (2015) (juried)

Publications/Articles

  • Contributing designer, composer and letterpress printer for All Type A All the Time, a Lead Graffiti creative letterpress book. George Mason University at Lead Graffiti, Newark, Delaware, November 2017. Limited edition of 40; included with imprints in the Rare Book & Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware; and Special Collections & Archives at George Mason University.

  • A Brief Look at Louise Ames Norman (article, forthcoming)

Certifications, Internships, and Memberships

  • Certificate, User Experience Design (2015) | General Assembly, Washington, D.C.
  • Certificate, Front-End Web Development (2015) | General Assembly, Washington, D.C.
  • Graphic Design Internship (2008) | Studio Hinge, Reston, Virginia
  • Politics Internship (1988) | House of Commons, London, England | Boston University London Internship Programme
  • Member, AIGA
  • Member, American Printing History Association, Chesapeake Chapter