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Communication Design Faculty

Michael Niblett, Director

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 2112D
Office Phone: 245-2611

BFA Texas Christian University, Graphic Design
MFA, University of Oklahoma, Art

Michael Niblett has over twenty-five years of experience in the graphic design field and has developed a personal portfolio of high profile, award-winning design. His work has been published in the most coveted design annuals and industry publications including Graphis Magazine’s Design Annual, Art Direction Magazine’s Creativity Annual, PRINT Magazine’s Regional Design Annual, HOW Magazine’s Design Annual, and the American Corporate Identity Design Annual. His identity work can be found in such books as The Big Book of Corporate Identity, Print’s Best Letterheads and Business Cards, The Big Book of Design Ideas, The Big Book of Logos, and Global Corporate Identity. He has also won numerous local and regional ADDY Awards, and a Gold ADDY at the national level. Regional design competitions sponsored by the Dallas Society of Visual Communicators, The Art Directors Club of Houston, and the Communication Arts Society of San Antonio have also recognized his work with Merit Awards.
Michael Niblett now serves as the Director of the School of Art and Design at Texas State University. Before coming to Texas State, he was Chair of Graphic Design Department at Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he earned tenure teaching design at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and was awarded the TCU College of Fine Arts’ Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Niblett also serves as an ADDY Juror for official American Advertising Federation Club Competitions throughout the United States.

Claudia Roeschmann, MFA Advisor

Associate Professor, Communication Design
Program Coordinator, Communication Design
Office: JCM 2111
Office Phone: 245-2646

Claudia Roeschmann is the coordinator of the Communication Design program and the graduate advisor of the MFA program. She has authored and been teaching courses in typography, typeface and editorial design, experimental book design, and brand identity since 2002 and has organized annual graduate field trips to Europe since 2009. She supports the entrepreneurial efforts at Texas State University as well as digitally engaged learning, and has been co-chair of the international DEL conference since 2013. Originally from Germany, she moved to New York in the late 90s to work for Vignelli Associates before moving to Austin, where she runs her design studio with a strong focus on non profit work. She holds a BFA and MA from the Hochschule für Künste, Bremen, and received her MFA at Texas State.

Jeffrey Davis

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3113
Office Phone: 245-2919

Jeffrey Davis (AKA "Jefe") is an award-winning designer and design educator, teaching Communication Design in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University-San Marcos since 2000. Prior to joining the faculty Texas State, he worked as the creative director at Judson Design Associates and Senior Designer at Hill Branding in Houston, Texas.

Jeff’s focus in teaching and professional practice is in human centered design, design at enterprise scale, and design centered innovation. He has a quarter-century of design experience in international and national corporate marketing and branding for a broad array of Furtune 500 and Fortune 100 clients across four continents including: Ritz-Carlton Residences, JCB Bank—Japan, Cushman Wakefield, Continental Airlines, Pepsi/Frito-Lay, Houston Rockets, Chevron, Exxon, HP, Mitchell Energy, ConocoPhillips, Cooper Industries, Howard Hughes, The Woodlands Development Company, Texas Medical Center and Hines.

Throughout his 25-year career Jeff has continually donated his time and talent for cause-based organizations. He has received international peer recognition for his designs, which have raised international awareness for education, global conflict, environmental issues, cancer, human rights, universal healthcare, and marine preservation.

Jeff has been recognized for excellence by leading communication design organizations, publications, and journals, which include: The New York Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, Communication Arts, Print, How, Good50X70, Logo Lounge, and Graphis Press. He has also served as a board member for AIGA.

His passion for design and design education is both tempered and fueled by a deep love of the outdoors—mainly surfing and fly fishing. He shares these outdoor adventures with his family — daughters Jess and Elli and three rescue dogs, always under the watchful eye of Shannon, his amazing wife of 15 years.

MiHyun Kim

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3107A
Office Phone: 245-8146

MiHyun Kim holds MFA from University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth and she currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. As a graphic designer, artist, educator and maker, she has always been interested in the relationships between binary pairs; Eastern and Western, Art and Eesign, and You and I. The in-between spaces are often hidden, secretive and few people pay much attention to them. For the past 10 years She has been teaching Graphic Design, specializing in typography, web typography, interactive design. Currently, she is teaching at Texas State University as an Assistant Professor of Interactive Design within the School of Art and Design.

Her ongoing research interest is interactive storytelling/screen-based design work. Over the last few years she has evolved greatly as a designer, specifically adopting new skills in computer programming for interactive design. These new skills also have lead me to the field of data visualization. Her recent research combining computer programming with Graphic Design has yielded strong and exciting results. Recently she spoke “Graphic Design in Code” at 2015 Eeum Design Connect: International Design Congress organized by ico-d (International Council of Design) in Gwangju, Korea. Also, one such work has been acquired for the permanent collection at The Denmark Poster Museum while another was recognized at the VII International Triennial of Eco-Posters in Ukraine. One of her artist books – Typography as Storytelling– is in permanent Lonsford Collection at Purdue University.

She would like to continue to explore in-between spaces and to be able to reveal their beauty.

Grayson Lawrence

Associate Professor, Communication Design
Office: 4109
Office Phone: 245-1546

Grayson was born in Austin, Tx and earned his BFA and MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University. After working in the field as a brand, advertising, interaction, and game designer, he returned to TxState to teach in 2004.

Other than wearing geeky t-shirts, slinging tons of “dad-jokes”, and drooling over British motorbikes, Grayson loves to teach Web and Mobile Application Design in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. He also teaches User Experience in our MFA graduate program. Grayson co-hosts an annual hackathon, creating teams of Communication Design and Computer Science students to solve real-world interaction design problems.

From a research perspective, Grayson has created mobile applications for museums, high-school Government classes, physician-physician communication, and campus safety. Currently, he is developing new rapid prototyping techniques for virtual reality (VR) and working with his students and co-researchers, designing environments to help veterans cope with PTSD.

Bill Meek

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3112
Office Phone: 245-0311

Molly Sherman

Assistant Professor: Communication Design
Office: JCM 3107B
Office Phone: 245-8098

Molly Sherman is an artist, graphic designer, and Assistant Professor of Communication Design at Texas State University. Her practice consists of socially-engaged projects and client-based collaborations. She has worked at Project Projects in New York and with a range of cultural institutions including the Hammer Museum and Amherst College. Her work has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, the Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis, New Seasons Market, the Parthenon Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Folk Art, and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University.

Holly Sterling

Associate Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3106
Office Phone: 245-8133

Holly Sterling is an Associate Professor of Communication Design. After graduating with a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University, she worked as an art director and creative lead for the Tombres Group, The Drawing Room, A. Richard Johnson, Stone + Ward, Undercover Books, and Y&R SicolaMartin. Her client roster included firms such as IBM, Dell, Motorola, Nickelodeon Network, Ruby Tuesday, The Rockefeller Foundation, and TCBY. After joining Texas State in 1995, she has continued to remain active as a creative strategist and pro bono designer partnering with area firms to work with clients including: Pervasive Software, Texas Department of Health Services, Glaxo Smith Kline, Abbott Spine/Zimmer, Motive, Profitfuel, Ivyworldwide, The Phoenix Center, American Cancer Society, Girlstart, etc.

Holly Sterling also serves as Communication Design Internship Coordinator.

Mark Todd

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3105
Office Phone: 245-3766

Mark Todd is a visual artist and creative writer who integrates images and words in paintings, drawings and book forms, and even more recently, audio forms. The content of the work is dark and disturbing—the context drawn from the most ordinary of life’s daily, but sometimes bizarre experiences.

His work has been shown throughout the world in one-person and group exhibitions and can be found in numerous private and public collections including the James Michener Collection at the University of Texas at Austin, the San Jose Museum of Art in San Jose, California, and the San Antonio Museum of Art. His work has been featured in many design publications, PRINT, Graphis, Communication Arts Magazine, and The Type Directors Club.

He has also worked for the music industry to produce posters, CD packages and promotional materials for many artists including Frankie Miller, Scratch Acid, the Jesus Lizard, David Yow, Scott Biram, Will Johnson, Richmond Fontaine, Richard Macintyre (Siiga), David Bazan, Leatherbag, Double Zero, RC Banks, Bruce Robison, Kirk Van Praag, and the Deal.

Todd has produced several books—INCIDeNTALS (2015), some ugly (2012), ugly child (2010), paste and spit (2009), the girls of rippey (2008), phantom pain (2008) and tub (2007). paste and spit was his first venture into the arena of songwriting and recording, in conjunction with the visual product.

Work from a book co-designed with David Shields entitled catfish hens was featured in the 2004 book Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age by Steven Heller and Mirko Ilic, published by Thames and Hudson.

Lindsay Starr

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3116
Office Phone: 245-1494

Lindsay Starr is a book designer, publisher, and educator. She is the co-founder of Cattywampus Press, a project based independent publisher specializing in the development, production, and dissemination of limited edition books and goods by and about artists. She received her BFA in Communication Design from Texas Tech University in 2005 and her MFA from Texas State University in 2017. For more than thirteen years, Lindsay has maintained a professional career in university press publishing and as a freelance book packager. Her private design practice provides a range of publishing services that help artists, authors, publishers, and public institutions to produce high quality printed publications. Her design work has been recognized by Print's Regional Design Annual, AIGA's 50 Book/50 Covers, the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show, The New York Book Show, and The Texas Institute of Letters.

Caleb Horn

Lecturer, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3117
Office Phone: 245-7422

Born of the vast expanses of the southern plains in 1980, Caleb grew up in small-town Texas. At 14 he moved to the gulf coast and discovered an active and inclusive DIY punk-rock scene that taught him to make the things he wanted to see in the world and challenge the status quo. He graduated high school early and began college at the tinder age of 17.

Unsure of what he wanted to do with the rest of his life he studied his favorite topic, human cognition and behavior. Around this time he migrated to the liberally minded city of Austin and immersed himself in the music and movie culture that he found there. He worked for various audio and video companies ushering in the inevitable digital revolution while serving in every conceivable role from production assistant to live audio engineer and cameraman.

He began designing album covers for bands while working at a recording studio in Austin. It was there that Caleb realized he could make extra money selling art to musicians. He was still painfully unaware of the field of design. He began to do the same thing with movie posters for the independent Austin film scene.

Eventually he had built up enough skill, knowledge, and confidence to pursue a paid design internship. It was here that he learned the ins-and-outs of producing creative work on a daily basis, collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team, meeting deadlines, and packaging files for delivery to clients or printers. He was later hired in an expanded role as a junior-level designer for the same agency. He worked there for a handful of years before being offered a senior-level design position at a prestigious engineering school.

After about a decade of the creative grind Caleb decided to head back to his alma mater to finish his high-falutin’ Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Communication Design degree. He relinquished the comfort of a high paying job and launched his own free-lance business that same month. He kept his head above water by investing his time as a partner in a bar, working with his vast network of colleagues in the Austin area and becoming a Teacher’s Assistant at his school. After one year he had sold his steak in the bar, began instructing his own courses in the undergraduate design program, and putting all other free-lance work on hold to finish his thesis in education reformation for low-income schools.

Caleb finished his MFA degree in May 2016. He currently teaches Communication Design full-time at Texas State University. You will most often find him sitting on the desks talking to his freshmen students about concepts in the foundations courses, or discussing the series of cognition in his trademark and branding classes, or sometimes hovering over student’s computers correcting their HTML syntax in interactive media.

It was a long road from West Texas to Austin but Caleb’s overall focus as never shifted from the junction of art and people. His career now focuses on how design thinking can be best utilized to serve communities and individual alike.

Alice J Lee

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3104
Office Phone: 245-6377

Alice J. Lee is a graphic designer, researcher, and educator with over 14 years of professional experience across print, digital, and interactive media. Her research interests include alphabetic systems, concepts of interconnectedness, and the dynamic of complementing opposites. She received her BA from Yale University and her Master of Design in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Joining the Art & Design department at Texas State University as Assistant Professor of Communication Design this fall, she believes teaching is an act of social justice and incorporates an aspect of civic engagement in her courses.

Carolyn Kilday

Lecturer, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3117
Office Phone: 245-7422

Carolyn Kilday is a graphic designer, art director and illustrator with over thirty years of experience and numerous awards. She has worked for clients in multiple markets. Including retail, medical and technology. She concepted and developed ad campaigns for clients such as Melvin Simon Malls and Schlotsky’s. She designed collateral and identity for St David’s Hospital, Prucare, Citrix, Motorola and Dell Computer. She developed illustrations for clients such as The Texas Department of Agriculture. Carolyn has experience in UI/UX as she developed onscreen interfaces for Polycom, a video conferencing company.

She has taught at Texas State University for eleven years as a full-time lecturer. Carolyn led the first communication design study abroad program, held in Florence, Italy in the summers of 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Most recently she has combined her love for design, photography and Italy into a book about artisans working by hand with a project called “Fatto o Mano” or Made by Hand in Assisi. She completed this project as an artist in residence at Studio Arte Ginestrelle in Assisi in the summer of 2016.

In the classroom, Carolyn likes to create an atmosphere of hard work, fun and collaboration in order to draw the best creative results from all of her students.

Genaro Solis Rivero

Lecturer, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3107C

Genaro Solis Rivero is the Founder and Creative Director of Genaro Design, a boutique branding agency in San Antonio, Texas. He is originally from Mexico City; although he has learned and lived the American culture since high school while studying at Missouri Military Academy.

Genaro earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts at Texas State University-San Marcos in May 2002. He moved back home and worked as a graphic designer for Equilibrio and in 2005 he co-founded Contrasto Group, both graphic design studios in Mexico City. His relentless passion for continue learning took him back to his alma mater and in August 2012, he received a Master Degree in Fine Arts with his dissertation: Bricks for Justice, a Traveling Exhibition for International Justice Mission, a Human Rights Organization.

Genaro strongly believes in giving back to the community; hence, he has utilized his expertise in graphic design to support several NPOs throughout the years. His philanthropist spirit began with his active involvement with the Shriners Hospitals for Children in the mid 90s.

His communication design has been featured in the discipline leading publications including: LogoLounge, LogoLounge Master Library, and Graphis. Additionally, his design work has received several awards and been honored in national and international competitions such as the American Advertising Federation, Art Directors Club of Houston, Creative Summit, Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Good50x70, Graphis, LogoLounge, and LogoLounge Master Library.

Genaro enjoys the outdoors, a good glass of wine—cabernet is his favorite—, espresso is a must and he is fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He is member of Community Bible Church, loves its Worship Ministry, and Christian contemporary music. He is married to Maria Fernanda and they have two children: Alonso and Fernando.