As an advertising designer and art director, my work has been honored in six countries on four continents. Yet, I find mentoring, sharing with, and teaching the next generation far more rewarding.
My teaching philosophy can be summed up in three key elements:
a) create an environment where students build a solid graphic design foundation based on the design process and the development of technical and analytical skills;
b) foster a passion for design and
c) create emerging leaders in the
design field who are involved in their community through active employment and volunteer service.
Students need to feel secure enough to push their current abilities and be open to critical analysis in a group setting and one-on-one with the instructor. This can only happen when mutual respect is established between professor and students and, as the instructor, managing the many diverse personalities in a classroom.
Active learning in the design studio is the only way to help students become independent thinkers who actively use the design process (concept to finished product) to reach their individual learning potential for a creative and successful career in the real world. This happens through doing: conceptualizing, creating, critiquing and revising while implementing time management skills and being deadline oriented. All of these outcomes will be actively applied once entering their
field of practice.
Studying and pursuing a career in graphic design is one of the most exciting career paths of our current time. Our culture has had an awakening in recent years of the importance of graphic design, and how well-designed products and branding can help influence our lifestyles. To be a successful designer, one must live a creative lifestyle. Living a creative lifestyle and being a lifelong learner helps a student embrace design wholeheartedly.
Design is everywhere and as a designer we must take notice: relish the opportunity of a graphic design education, read magazines (design and others), attend galleries and museums, study fashion and interior design, travel, be engaged in your community, embrace technology, pay careful attention to the design details that companies implement to catch the viewers attention when you browse your local retailers. Real world design is always in flux and not being a lifelong learner, one will be left behind creating design solutions that are archaic either conceptually or aesthetically.
Successful graduates in my program carry with them a lifelong desire to be leaders in their community through active employment and volunteer service. Many organizations need educated designers to contribute their knowledge base whether it is graphic design or community service oriented. I highly encourage students to join local community service projects that are of interest to them and to actively network in design organizations for internship/employment opportunities that can propel them to reach their potential.
The local American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and local Advertising Clubs need strong leaders who are passionate about design and contributing to the design education of clients and overall community.
Volunteer service opportunities are plentiful and that doesn’t always have to mean giving your graphic design services pro bono. It can simply mean volunteering your time. The problem solving and aesthetic skills students learn in the graphic design classroom are valuable tools that are used throughout their life.
Masters of Fine Art, Vermont College of Fine Art
Bachelors of Visual Art, Georgia State University
Chowan University, North Carolina
Southern New Hampshire University
University of North Florida
Southeastern University, Florida
The Portfolio Center, Atlanta
The One Show, New York
Cannes Film Festival, France
Communication Arts magazine
Art Directors Club, Atlanta, London, New York, Toronto, Sao Paulo Brazil
Hollywood Broadcasting Awards
Young and Rubican, Toronto, New York
McCann Erickson, Atlanta, New York
Burton Campbell, Atlanta
Bressler Loftis, Atlanta
West Wayne, Tampa
Courses taught and/or developed
Graphic Design History
Graphic Design I thru IV
Graphic Design Capstone Projects
Digital Design for Video Production
Website Concepts and Design
Social Media Design and Communication
Adobe Creative Cloud Suite
Image Manipulation for Internet and Print
Digital & Analog Color Printing