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Laura Franz she/her


Art & Design




College of Visual & Performing Arts 204A

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1997Carnegie Mellon UniversityMDes
1991Western Michigan UniversityBFA


  • Graphic Design History
  • Introduction to the History of Art
  • Typography (print, web, screen, typeface design)
  • Digital Essentials




Research activities

  • "Expanding the First-Year Survey without Breaking First-Year Students" (with Dr. Anna Dempsey). Expanding Art History Discourse panel, SECAC Conference, Baltimore, MD, Fall 2022.
  • "Graphic Design History + Research + Student Agency." UCDA Design Education Summit. Johnson City, TN, Spring 2022.
  • “Using Categorical Analysis to Identify Underrepresentation in Graphic Design History” as part of "Hidden Histories: Gender in Design: Historiography and Methodology" -- one of a series of lectures organized by the Design History Society, London, UK, Spring 2022.
  • "Who Wore it Better: Augustus Prima Porta or Daniel J. Levy? Identity, Power, and Protection" as part of the LGBTQ+ lunch series sponsored by the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality, UMassD, Spring 2021.
  • "Dangerous" a collaborative text sculpture installation (with Stacy Savage) as part of the exhibition "Intolerance as Violence" Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI, Spring 2018. Juror: Ian Alden Russell Ph.D., Curator of David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University.


Research interests

  • Research & Writing & Student Agency in Graphic Design/Art History
  • Reframing the story of Graphic Design/Art History
  • (TL:DR) Redefining Reading: the history and mechanics of reading to better understand how and why people read.
  • Web Typography: traditional typographic practice and theories applied to web typography
  • Typography & the Body: Identity, Power, and Protection

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Inspired by the intersection of tradition and technology, Laura's research interests include how we can use theory from established media to inform our understanding of new media and contemporary messages. She writes, presents, and makes art related to typography, how and why people read, and art/design history.

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