Shakespeare; Renaissance literature; graphic design and design theory
Helen Armstrong views design from across the spectrum of a practicing designer, a college professor and a published author. She is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at North Carolina State University. In addition to teaching, Armstrong works as principle of her company. Strong Design. Her clients have included Johns Hopkins, T. Rowe Price, US internetworking and Euler ACI. Her work has been recognized by Print and How Magazine and highlighted in numerous design publications. She currently serves on the editorial board of Design and Culture and as a member of the AIGA National Board of Directors and is a past co-chair of the AIGA Design Educators Community Steering Committee. Armstrong authored Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009) and co-authored Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011) with Zvezdana Stojmirovic. Her new book Digital Design Theory: Readings from the Field explores works by both designers and programmers, examining the two threads of discourse—design and computation—that have rapidly merged to define contemporary graphic design.
history professor (design, comics, animation), graphic designer, author, editor, photographer
In my work, which critically engages with my background as a designer working in the tech industry, I take up the mantle of the artist-as-experimenter—questioning “the limits of preconstituted fields… along with the accepted criteria of judgment by which they would be held to account”—in order to critique Graphic Design’s participation in the distribution of the sensible—the delimiting of sensory experience that determines how we participate as political subjects. Graphic Design and User Experience Design guide us as we experience the world, allowing us to perceive some things while concealing others, and, therefore, shaping our modes of participation. In my creative work, I render the invisible visible, illuminating the politics of design in technology, as well as the ideas about the future embedded within our technologies themselves. I seek to contextualize, critique, and, maybe optimistically, modify the way that Design distributes the sensible, the way it shapes our understanding of ourselves as political subjects through our technologies, and how this circumscribes the way we imagine the future. To do so, I carve an intellectual space that utilizes a constellation of theories and methods from the fine arts, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Cultural Studies, Media Studies, and Philosophy.  Lyotard, Jean-François. 2003. “The tomb of the intellectual,” in Jean-François Lyotard: Political Writings. London: UCL Press, 3.  Hall, Gary. 2016. The Uberfication of the University. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 49.  Rancière, Jacques. The Politics of Aesthetics: The Distribution of the Sensible. New York: Continuum.
Dr Katherine Hepworth is a graphic design practitioner-researcher, currently employed as the Assistant Professor of Visual Journalism at The Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada Reno. She has over ten years professional experience as a graphic designer, focusing on information design and user experience for books and websites. Her current research interests are the relationship between visual communication and power, and visual communication effectiveness in higher education.
Digital media poetics, twentieth and twenty-first century American literature, critical security studies, digital game design, transnational American Studies, diaspora, graphic narratives
Originally from Long Island, New York, Elena Maria Rogalle has a long history in graphic design, television art direction, and media creation. After obtaining her Masters in English, Rogalle began teaching English Composition at the University of Central Florida in 2008. A year later she was offered a job in a new online Media Design MFA program and Rogalle put her past professional design experience together with her background in writing and began teaching the Effective Copywriting course along with Personal Development and Leadership at Full Sail University. Rogalle is creative director and owner of Rogalle Media, a freelance design firm that specializes in copywriting, social media management, media planning, and graphic design for nonprofit organizations.