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Janet Fairbairn

Visiting Lecturer

Art & Design

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Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

Typography basics. An introduction to the history and creation of letterforms and the relationship between content, typefaces, and the page. Assignments focus on the beauty and structure of text, use of basic letterforms, expressive typography, typographic grids, contrast and legibility.

Typography basics. An introduction to the history and creation of letterforms and the relationship between content, typefaces, and the page. Assignments focus on the beauty and structure of text, use of basic letterforms, expressive typography, typographic grids, contrast and legibility.

Offered as needed to present material in the design field. The specific topic is stated when the course is scheduled. May be repeated with change of content

Offered as needed to present material in the design field. The specific topic is stated when the course is scheduled. May be repeated with change of content

Addresses social and ethical design perspectives while developing communication strategies built on models of conversation and participation. Students examine and identify public needs, constraints and/or opportunities for community partners and clients. Emphasis is on presentation skills, research and concept development as a process, systems and predicting outcomes of design action.

Capstone course. Students focus on their self-directed, multi-dimensional degree project. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach to design, exploring their individual strengths and interests in the field. Guest critics and lecturers are in integral part of the course, which culminates in the Senior Exhibition.

Capstone course. Students focus on their self-directed, multi-dimensional degree project. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach to design, exploring their individual strengths and interests in the field. Guest critics and lecturers are in integral part of the course, which culminates in the Senior Exhibition.

Capstone course. Students focus on their self-directed, multi-dimensional degree project. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach to design, exploring their individual strengths and interests in the field. Guest critics and lecturers are in integral part of the course, which culminates in the Senior Exhibition.

Capstone course. Students focus on their self-directed, multi-dimensional degree project. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach to design, exploring their individual strengths and interests in the field. Guest critics and lecturers are in integral part of the course, which culminates in the Senior Exhibition.

Ms Fairbairn’s education includes an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Yale University School of Art in 1991, a BFA degree in Graphic Design from Maine College of Art in 1988, two years of study in Advertising at the School of Visual Arts, two years studing Fine Arts at the University of Maine, and one summer abroad in Yale’s Summer Graphic Design Program in Brissago, Switzerland. She has worked as Principal of Fairbairn & Company over 30 years—a graphic design studio that produces a range of print publications, identities, branding, books and exhibition catalogs. Ms Fairbairn concurrently holds the positions of Senior Critic at Rhode Island School of Design and Lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; previously held the position of Assistant Professor at suny Fredonia; Visiting Lecturer at Rhode Island Colege and at Yale University School of Art. She has lectured nationally & internationally.

Her work has been shown in numerous juried shows including: aiga 50 Books/50 Covers, aiga Design of Understanding 2, New York is Book Country festival, The International Platform Association and Maine Coast Artists among others. Recent lectures and workshops include: Higher Education Press, Beijing, China; 4th International Conference on Arts in Society, Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism, Venice, Italy; DesignInquiry, Pass•Port: Identity in the Information Age, Vinalhaven, Maine.

Academic Research/Areas of Interest

Being a teacher, designer and artist allows me to move among many worlds. My academic and design work remain within a contemporary, academic dialogue while my art is mostly inspired by nature—eliciting and transforming memories of the past within contemporary compositions.

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