Deborah Beardslee


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RIT - Rochester Institute of Technology

Deborah Beardslee is a designer, artist and associate professor in the School of Design at RIT. Her teaching focuses on design process and methodology, verbal and visual concept development, systems thinking, experiential graphic design and cross-disciplinary problem solving and collaboration. Professor Beardslee taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Department of Communication Arts and Design for two years prior to joining the faculty at RIT. Across her career she has worked and/or studied with Ben Day, Rob Carter, Meredith Davis, Phil Meggs, John DeMao and Victor Papanek.

Her time at RIT teaching graduate and undergraduate graphic design and cross-disciplinary design courses includes 15 years of coordinating the former Graphic Design MFA Program and several years as a co-chair of the undergraduate Graphic Design BFA Program. She has been a member of the faculty advisory group for the RIT Vignelli Center for Design Studies since its inception, and served on the curriculum development group for a Design Studies masters degree proposal affiliated with the Vignelli Center.

As further evidence of her commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration, Deborah Beardslee has participated as a faculty guest participant/critic in RIT's College of Business, devised and facilitated concept generation workshops for 5th year students in the College of Engineering, and delivers presentations on the relevance and application of design thinking and cross-disciplinary methods and methodologies in various BFA and MFA courses within the College of Art and Design. In addition, she is dedicated to creating off-campus opportunities for her RIT design students that connect them with important local and regional community organizations and initiatives.

Across her career Deborah Beardslee has worked on many collaborative projects, been an invited guest speaker at other universities in the USA and Austria, and delivered juried presentations at national and international design and cross-disciplinary conferences sponsored by organizations such as SEGD, CAA, IVLA, SECAC, the School of Visual Arts, Common Ground and the Toronto Design Exchange. Her talks, presentations and articles include a majority of original photography and incorporate relevant examples and contexts collected from her ongoing teaching, travel and investigation.

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