Graphic Design studio

Graphic Design Faculty At-A-Glance

Helen Armstrong, Associate Professor
Research/Scholarship: Inclusive design; Design and computation; Participatory design; Author/Designer: Graphic Design Theory: Readings from the Field (Princeton Architectural Press, 2009); Participate: Designing with User-Generated Content, with Zvezdana Stojmirovic (PAP, 2011); Digital Design Theory: Readings from the Field (PAP, 2016).

Kermit Bailey, Associate Professor
Research/Practice: Graphic design for community engagement and collaborative design processes (e.g. Mapping a Cultural Legacy in South Park East Raleigh knowledge maps) and “On Place, a Framework for Multidisciplinary Place-based Narratives,” (Co-investigator).

Dr. Russell Flinchum, Associate Professor
Research/Scholarship: Design history from the Industrial Revolution to present; 19th & 20th Century European and American architecture; 19th & 20th Century European and American painting and sculpture. Author: Henry Dreyfuss, Industrial Designer: The Man in the Brown Suit (Rizzoli, 1997); American Design (5 Continents/MoMA, 2008).

Denise Gonzales Crisp, Professor
Scholarship/Creative Production: Typography and typographic tools; Improvisational pedagogy; Situational curation; Ornament in graphic design (DecoRational); Alternative design writing. Author/Designer: Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames & Hudson, 2012); Co-curator: Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern, (CAM Raleigh NC, 2012), and DesignInquiry: Futurespective (ICA MECA, Portland ME, 2019).

Dr. Derek Ham, Assistant Professor
Research: Emerging technology (virtual and augmented reality); Visual programming languages and tactile coding environments; K-12 STEM and design education; Computational thinking in design; Games and play systems. See “How Designers Play: The Ludic Modalities of the Creative Process,” Design Issues (Vol. 32, No. 4).

Dr. Deborah Littlejohn, Assistant Professor
Research: Design pedagogy and curriculum, especially within online learning environments; Interdisciplinary collaboration; Multidimensional (2D, 3D, 4D) interface strategies for visualizing multivariate data, including the visual translation of scientific research for non-specialists; Design-based teaching and learning. Founding Editorial Board Member: Dialectic (AIGA); Review Editor: Communication Design (Taylor & Francis).

Dr. Matthew Peterson, Assistant Professor
Research: Learning with visual media (interface, typographic variables, and the integration of text and image); Visual metaphor, visual narrative, and other cognitive functions of imagery and data visualization; Design-based learning; Design curriculum and pedagogy. Work is empirical and philosophical, to date affiliated with science education, communication, advertising, and medieval studies.

Scott Townsend, Associate Professor
Creative Production: Audience interaction and visual storytelling on issues of borders, traditional culture, diaspora, and effects on communities in transition. Scholarship: Participatory design, design and social innovation, public sociology. Essays and presentations: Design Philosophy Papers, Design and Culture, European Sociological Association, A4 Museum (Chengdu), TU Delft, Chicago Art Institute.


Tsai Lu Liu, Professor and Head, Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design

Denise Gonzales Crisp, Professor and Director of Graduate Program, Graphic Design