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Michael Niblett, Director

Michael Niblett

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 2112D
Office Phone: 245-2611
E-mail: MN25@txstate.edu

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.


 

Alice Lee, MFA Co-Advisor

Alice Lee

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3104
Office Phone: 245-6377
E-mail: AJL174@txstate.edu
Website: alicejlee.com

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.


 

Molly Sherman, MFA Co-Advisor

Molly Sherman

Assistant Professor: Communication Design
Office: JCM 3107B
Office Phone: 245-8098
E-mail: MAS518@txstate.edu
Website: molly-sherman.com

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.


 

Jeffrey G. Davis

Jeffrey Davis

Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3113
Office Phone: 245-2919
E-mail: JD29@txstate.edu
Website: jefemade.com

 

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

MiHyun Kim

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3107A
Office Phone: 245-8146
E-mail: m_k212@txstate.edu
Website: www.mihyunkim.org 

MiHyun Kim is a graphic designer, an educator and a researcher. Her main research agenda is to connect people with their communities by using technologies and data through screen-based interactive storytelling. She creates not only digital platforms, but also digital environments in which community members can participate by telling their own stories through writing, drawing and animating collectively. 

Her research has been recognized from numerous international and national design organizations and competitions including IxD (Interaction Design Association), ico-D (International Council of Design), AIAP–Associazione Italiana Design, AIGA Design Education Summit, UCDA Design Education Summit, Austin Design Week and eyeO festival. 


 

Grayson Lawrence

Grayson Lawrence

Associate Professor, Communication Design
Office: 4109
Office Phone: 245-1546
E-mail: GL16@txstate.edu
Website: grayscalestudio.com

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. 


 

Omari Souza

Souza, Omari

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 2112
Office Phone: 245-2611
E-mail: oas21@txstate.edu
Websites: Thesis Research | Revision Path Interview

Omari Souza is a first-generation American of Jamaican descent, raised in the Bronx NY. Before working at Texas State University, Omari gained work experience with companies such as VIBE magazine, the Buffalo News, CBS Radio, and Case Western Reserve University. He received his BFA in Digital Media from Cleveland Institute of Art and his MFA in Design from Kent State University. Omari's research explores the idea of perceptions, and how visual narratives influence culture, how we view ourselves and others around us.


 

Dimitry Tetin

Dimitry Tetin

Assistant Professor, Communication Design
Office: JCM 3116
Office Phone: 512-245-1496
E-mail: d_t303@txstate.edu

Dimitry Tetin's multi-disciplinary design practice grew out of his background in ecology, European literature and interest in language. Places and their relationships to the popular American imagination and identity act as an organizing principle for the content and form for the majority of the projects in his experimental publishing practice. He also works independently and collaboratively on publication, web, identity, motion, signage and wayfinding projects for clients in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. 

He is the coordinator of the Undergraduate Communication Design Program. Prior to moving to Austin to teach and do research at Texas State, he was an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design Design Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He also taught as an adjunct at Rhode Island School of Design and Parsons the New School for Design. He earned his BA in literature, ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Chicago, BFA in Visual Communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and MFA in Graphic Design from the RISD.