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Visual communication design brings together essential human activities: relationships, personal expression, and the pursuit of meaning and beauty.
I find inspiration in studio classes, where curiosity, research, and experimentation are encouraged. I emphasize the balance of intuitive design and analytical critique as a significant characteristic of the design process. I am driven to help students understand commonalities in visual expression within a culture and throughout history, and to interpret them meaningfully for a specific goal.
Good design is an aid to good community life. My hope is that this classroom experience will be a solid foundation for the student’s contribution to public life, and towards continued growth in this ever-changing and multifaceted profession. The occasions when I can refer to my own work are opportunities to show an application of these ideas developed in the classroom.
Joan is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Visual Communication Design, teaching since 1982. She is also working toward a Ph.D. in higher education administration, with an emphasis on first-year students and interdisciplinary studies.
She has taught introductory-level design courses, including:
Visual Design for Media (for non-VCD students)
Basic Studio Skills
Introduction to Visual Communication Design (Lecture and Studio)
Introduction to Typography
History of Graphic Design
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