Bernard Canniffe, B.A., M.F.A.
Newport College of Art & Design, University of Wales (Graphic Design); Savannah College of Art and Design. Mr. Canniffe, originally from Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, has made presentations on design for the common good at international medical, design, and academic conferences throughout the world. He was a presenter at the Cumulus Design Conference in Portugal; National Institute of Design Conference Ahmedabad, India; Willem de Kooning Academie, Holland; Zayed University, Dubai; Osaka University, Japan; Shinghwah University, China; Samsung Design Academy, South Korea; Yale University, Connecticut; P&D Design Conference, Brazil; Virginia Commonwealth University, Qatar, and Johns Hopkins University, Maryland. Mr. Canniffe has led design projects and workshops that address socioeconomic and cultural topics, and he has spent the last several years working extensively in the Middle East developing mechanisms to promote cultural acceptance. Mr. Canniffe is the recipient of the Graphis: Inspiring Designers for the New Millennium Award, 2000, the Baltimore Step 10 Most Influential Designers Award, and The Joseph Binder Award, 2010. His work has been published in Graphis, HOW, STEP, Metropolis, GOOD, PRINT, Concept-Indonesia, Design-South Korea and CCPH Perspectives.
Jeffrey Bleitz, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Iowa State University (Graphic Design; Minor - English); University of Arizona (Visual Communication). Recipient of several merit and silver awards from the Art Director's Association of Iowa. Works published in Graphis Letterhead 4 and HOW Magazine. American Platinum award winner. AGFA International Young Creatives, 2000.
Kimberly Elam, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Parsons School of Design (Graphic Design); Cranbrook Academy of Art (Graphic Design). Writer, educator, and graphic designer. Author of Expressive Typography: The Word as Image (Van Nostrand Reinhold) and Geometry of Design: Studies in Proportion and Composition (Princeton Architectural Press), Grid Systems: Principles of Organizing Type (Princeton Architectural Press), Typographic Systems, Rules for Organizing Type (Princeton Architectural Press), and Graphic Translation, A Graphic Design Project Guide (BookSurge). Awards: Poynter Institute Fellowship, The Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award, Ohio Arts Council Graphic Design Fellowship. She has lectured internationally and her current work focuses on the development of a web site for design educators. studioresourceinc.com
Allen Harrison, B.F.A., M.F.A.
University of Akron (Graphic Design); Maryland Institute College of Art (Graphic Design). Teaching experience: University of Akron; MICA. Past professional experience: Interactive Director, 427 Design; Associate Creative Director, Mission Media; Creative Director and Interactive/Web Developer, Static Spark; VP of Creative, Interactive/Web Developer, Zeris Interactive; Graphic Designer, Interactive/Web Developer, Interlink New Media. Recipient of numerous awards, including 2007 Outstanding Part-time Faculty Award, University of Akron; 1998-2006 ADDY Awards. Wrote, designed and produced Friction Magazine, a publication recognized for design and content by Print Magazine, the ADDY® Awards, Utne Reader, The Nation, Mother Jones, PBS, Yahoo.com’s “Daily Pick,” Clamor, Punk Planet, and various independent ’zines. Clients include National Geographic, STX Lacrosse, Oracle, Scion, Babe Ruth Museum, Akron Art Museum, University of Akron, Piper Aircraft. www.monkeybubblemedia.com
Douglas Higgins, B.F.A., M.A.E., M.F.A.
Virginia Commonwealth University (Painting); Rhode Island School of Design (Art Education); Virginia Commonwealth University (Design). Major exhibitions include: Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York City; Chicago International Art Exposition; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Public Collections: Mobil Oil Corporation, IBM, Federal Reserve Bank. Awards: Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship and award in printmaking, exhibition catalog awards - American Association of Museums.
Polly Johnson, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Western Michigan University (Graphic Design); Virginia Commonwealth University (Visual Communication). Recent articles: "Design Education in Progress: Process and Methodology, From Stasis to Motion"; "Zed 5: Implications of the Object, Big rigs and mudflapgirls"; "Zed 7: Public and Private, Just in case we have to do some cooking." Work published: "Experimental Typography, Innovations in Digital Graphics."
Joani Spadaro, B.F.A., M.F.A.
Academy of Art University, San Francisco (Graphic Design; Minor - Printmaking); Cranbrook Academy of Art (Graphic Design; Minor - Printmaking). Joani continued her studies at Duke University, where she studied literature, writing and critical theory in the Master’s of Liberal Studies degree program. Professional experience: Herron School of Art, Indiana University; College of Design, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC; Ohio University School of Art, Athens, OH. Joani developed and directed the Program in Graphic Design at USF, St. Petersburg, FL, and chaired the graphic design programs at the College of Design at NCSU and Ohio University. She was also the education chair of AIGA Raleigh and the inaugural president of AIGA Tampa Bay, where she remains on the advisory board. Joani’s design work has been honored in a number of shows and publications including the 100 Show, the AIGA Annual, ID Magazine and Émigré Magazine. Her areas of interest include typography, language, literature and feminist studies. She explores the intersection of these areas in mixed–media paintings and drawings and has exhibited her work in both solo and group shows. She is one–half of the design firm doubledagger.net.
Edwin Utermohlen, B.F.A., M.F.A.
East Carolina University (Painting; Minor - Woodworking); California Institute of the Arts (Graphic Design). Work has been recognized by the American Center for Design, HOW Magazine, Adobe Systems, the Society of Publication Designers, and the Art Director's Club of Indiana. Exhibitions: "Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture"; "Designer as Author: Voices and Visions." Publications: Typographics 1: from Digital to Dyeline and Typographics 2: CyberType; Speak; Aldus; Print.
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Jennifer Mumford Brady, M.F.A.
Director of Ringling College Design Center
Virginia Commonwealth University (Visual Communications). Recent clients: Sarasota Ballet of Florida, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. Recipient of numerous ADDY® awards and grants. Invited speaker at University and College Designers Association (UCDA) and CASE national conferences.
Stephen Sidelinger, B.F.A., M.S.
Syracuse University (Design); Illinois Institute of Technology (Visual Communications). Stephen was a Professor of Design for 14 years at the Kansas City Art Institute and for the last 20 years in the Communication Arts Department of the Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. He is the author of the book Color Manual, and was artist in residence to Tina Beebe for the L.A.-based architectural firm of Charles Moore, Ruble, Yudell. His works are in both public and private collections throughout the world, including the UCLA Rare Book Library, Los Angeles, CA; Marriot Library, University of Utah; Phillip Kline College, Chicago, IL; University of Texas Artist’s Book Collection, Austin, TX; Nelson-Atkins Museum Library, Kansas City, MO. www.stephensidelinger.com
Yael Campbell, B.F.A.
Ringling College of Art and Design (Graphic Design; Minor - Photography); Diploma in Copyrighting, Abudi School of Advertising, Ramat-Gan, Israel. Past professional experience: Owner, Donnelly’s Printing, Sarasota, FL; VP, Art Director, Idoleaf, Inc., Sarasota, FL; Graphic Designer, Vincent Ciulla Design, Sarasota, FL; Graphic Designer, A Studio, Raanana, Israel. Yael is the recipient of numerous awards, including an ADDY® Award for Girls, Inc. and a Charlie Award.
Sean Harris, B.F.A.
Ringling College of Art and Design. Sean has been the Owner/Designer of Design Spur, LLC, a Sarasota-based graphic design firm since 2004. Clients and collaborations include The State of Florida, Sarasota County Government, Asolo Theatre, Metropolis Magazine, and Seminole Tribe of Florida. www.designspur.com