M.F.A., Rochester Institute of Technology
Carla Tedeschi's client-based design work has been recognized both internationally and nationally in a multitude of competitive venues. She is actively engaged in the research and practice of socially focused design and responsible activism. She lectures nationally on the topic and was one of four key Texas Tech University faculty members named to the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Her research explores language and semiotics. Signs, symbols, and words often trap segments of society in motionless roles and Tedeschi's research offers ways to disrupt traditional dialogue to examine new meaning. Her explorations test the dual nature of word and image as both communicative sign and visual form questioning the function and traditions of verbal and visual language.
B.F.A., West Texas State University
Dirk Fowler is an internationally recognized graphic designer. His work has been honored by The Society of Publication Directors, Type Director's Club, American Advertising Federation and the American Poster Institute. His letterpress posters have been featured in design periodicals, Communication Arts, STEP Inside Design, PRINT, NOVUM and numerous books including New Masters of Poster Design: Poster Design for the Next Century, The Art of Modern Rock and Swag 2: Rock Posters of the 90s and Beyond, for which he co-wrote the forword. He has also exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide and lectured nationally. He curated the 2004 exhibition, Graphic Content: Art of the New Music Poster, which toured in the US in 2005 and 2006.
Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Dr. Francisco Ortega-Grimaldo is an Associate Professor in Graphic Design and Coordinator of the Fine Arts Doctoral Program at the School of Art, Texas Tech University (TTU). He earned his undergraduate degrees and MA at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and his PhD in Critical Studies and Artistic Practice at TTU (2008). As a practicing artist and scholar, he is interested in: Historical and Critical Perspectives in Animation, Game Design Theory and History, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Web Media, Interdisciplinarity in the Arts, Border Studies, and Glocalization. Among his most recent publications is “Socially-Based Board Games” in Jason C. Thomson, Marc Ouellette (Eds.) The Game Culture Reader, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, and a forthcoming publication in 2018 “Con A de Animacion” (in Journal of the Research Group on Animation: Art and Industry, Polytechnic University of Seville).
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