VCD Professor Earns Design Award for Children's Book
Visual Communication Design Assistant Professor, Daphne Peters, was recently recognized in the PRINT Regional Design Awards Midwest for her design and illustration work in A Comprehensive Mathematics Dictionary for Grades K-8.
Peters had previously worked with one of the authors on several children’s books she had written, and reached out to Peters to ask her to design and illustrate this as well.
“The author felt there was a need for a math dictionary geared towards these kids in kindergarten to 8th grade, and maybe this book wouldn’t make math seem so intimidating to them,” Peters said.
Peters hopes this book will make math seem more logical to kids and break down some barriers.
“These concepts are interesting, and can actually be fun,” she said. “From a young age kids say they don’t like math, but there’s a lot of beauty in it.”
Peters obtained her Bachelor’s in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon, but after doing a design internship, she knew that was the career she wanted to pursue.
Peters’ first job out of college was at a design firm in Chicago. It was there where she really found her niche in environmental graphics, which covers the design of physical spaces and interiors.
Peters decided to continue her education in Barcelona, Spain. She attended Elisava, Escola Superior de Disseny where she obtained her Master’s in Design and Art Direction.
Peter’s career then took her to Amsterdam, Netherlands. There, she worked as a senior lead designer and brand strategist.
After spending time abroad, Peters returned to the United States. She initially took a job at a web design firm in Cleveland before deciding she was interested in teaching and came to Kent State.
“Kent State’s VCD Program is a well-known throughout the U.S. and the students are really strong,” Peters said. “It was a wonderful opportunity to join the faculty here.”
This semester, she is teaching Graphic Design 1, Intro to 3D, Professional Portfolio, where she is helping VCD seniors put together their final portfolios, and Retail Design, a special topics course where she is leading a group of VCD, fashion merchandising, and architecture students in the redesign of the FS Store in downtown Kent.
A Comprehensive Mathematics Dictionary for Grades K-8 is currently available for purchase on Amazon.