Dori Griffin earned her MFA in graphic design from the University of Florida and her PhD in design history, theory, and criticism from Arizona State University. Her research centers around the history of popular visual culture in the twentieth century, particularly as it relates to maps, tourism, travel, and typography. Her first book, Mapping Wonderlands, was published by the University of Arizona Press in 2013. She teaches graphic design and design history.
Don Adleta arrived in 1994 and served as the chair of the graphic design area for 17 years. Don’s book, focus drawing, is a case study of one of his drawing classes. It includes the taxonomy of his teaching processes. It is the first of a series of focus books he intends to publish on design education. His Adleta Perpetual Calendar has been recognized nationally and has received multiple awards worldwide. It is in the permanent collections in Novi Sad Museum of Art and Design, Serbia, in Zurich’s Museum für Gestaltung, and was also available at the Museum of Modern Art Bookstore, NY. Don continues to work with his mentors from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland. His special interest is in documenting the way the Basel Weiterbildung was. Don managed Adleta Galleries, Ltd. 2001-2006. And still maintains a presence online with those artists that showed at his gallery. adleta.us
Don enjoys traveling and encourages his students to do the same. Shortly after he arrived in 1994 he began taking students to Bali in the summers of ‘95, ‘97, ‘99 and 2000 to visually translate the color experienced close to the equator. In 1996, he joined two of his colleagues and 25 students in a study abroad venture in Prague for a full academic term. He has taken students to New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Zurich and London to visit with professional designers such as: Wim Crouwel, Tibor Kalmar, Michael Bierut, Wolfgang Weingart, Fritz Gottschalk, Massimo Vignelli and Jerry Kuyper. He has taught and lectured at the National Institute of Design in Ahmadabad, India, and the Wellington Polytechnic in New Zealand. Don was a professor of design and letterform at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1982 to 1987. He also taught at Western Michigan University from 1989 to 1992. Don was a Senior Art Director for The Upjohn Company from 1987 through 1993, where he received several Special Recognition Awards for his design and working process. In 1982, Don completed his post-graduate studies in Graphic Design at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. His undergraduate studies were at the University of Cincinnati and Ohio University where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1975.
Mark Franz is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art + Design. He also serves as the Chair of the area of Graphic Design. He received an M.F.A. in Art & Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an M.A. in Electronic Art & Animation from Ball State University. His exhibitions and primary research projects involve the creation of interactive installations that reflect on issues of violence, dislocation, and other social constructions important in contemporary cultures. Recently this work has been exhibited as part of the PhxArtcade in conjunction with The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Art of Video Games presented by the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ, as well as at TriTriangle’s Magic Mansion Offline exhibit in Chicago, IL and is featured in Strangest Thing: An Introduction to Electronic Art Through the Teaching of Jacques Lacan, by David Bard-Schwarz. This work explores the boundaries between visual art, interaction design, and serious games. The foundations of graphic design, especially regarding considerations concerning form and the composition of formal elements, play an essential role in this practice, as time-based elements, interaction, and sound, take this work in new directions.
Franz’s secondary research involves creating custom hardware and software for audiovisual performance and installation, and references the art historical current of visual music commonly discussed as part of animation history. This work has been exhibited at Pixelerations at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University in Providence, RI, the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago, IL and the Society for Literature Science and the Arts conference in Milwaukee, WI. This work extends the tradition of visual music by challenging technological conventions and experimenting with synesthetic responses to objects, imagery, and sounds. These projects have often been collaborative. By learning from, observing, and working with other new media artists, this work has provided an opportunity to create complex projects that draw from various practices and technologies.