Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Degrees earned: BFA
Visual Communications, University of Arizona; MA Graphics, University of
Wisconsin-Madison; MFA Graphics, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
experience: Over the past 15 years, Eric has worked as a graphic designer,
illustrator, animator, community college instructor, university professor and
business owner. Each of these experiences has garnered new skills and insights
into diverse design organizations, agencies, industries, and practices. Eric is
equally adept creating fresh brand experiences and marketing materials, as he
is developing illustrative paintings and futuristic hyper-stylized
environmental museum exhibitions.
Oakley, Intel, Girl Scouts of North America, Fox, PBS, Smith
Optics, Discount Tire, Elixer Coffee, Jewish Community Foundation of Phoenix,
Eller Media, Matter Creative, Iowa Rural Health Association, National
Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.
Teaching philosophy: My
multi-disciplinary experiences, both professionally and academically, give me a
unique perspective in which to direct and inform student work. Presenting
students with a variety of sources from art history, visual culture, arts and
sciences, and technology provides a contextual framework to build upon and
allows me the opportunity to make divergent connections across disciplines and
subject matter. My classes explore a variety of working methodologies and
systems intent to cultivate each students’ unique voice. Projects focus on
solving problems through an assessable and constructive research and ideation
process that focuses on a generative, active design model that encourages
innovative thinking through making. I believe that teaching graphic designs as
a process-oriented activity helps students to develop life-long skills of thinking
and tinkering; to establish habits that become practice; and to develop a
process that maintains creative curiosity across disciplines and technologies.
Today’s designer is a cross disciplinarian, collaborator,
instructor, author, and entrepreneur. I strive to foster a personal voice
within each design student that can thrive and flourish in professional
practice. Designers/artists are more than digital pixel pushers, they
contribute to the shape, and form of our visual culture; they are the future
innovators of our world.
For the first time in Earth’s history, humans have become the predominant
geophysical force. As a direct consequence of our industrial conquest
throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, mankind has transformed the world into
something more akin to fantasy. While scientists, designers, and makers sell,
augment, shape, and contaminate nature in ways both visible and invisible; it
has given rise to a variety of genetically modified organisms that litter our
landscape and pollute our food system. My work attempts to make visible the
invisible existence of genetically modified organisms, toxic expellant and
other global, environmental, pollutants that dominate our daily lives.
Clarke’s impact on
Eric: Clarke provides me with a spiritual platform to posit graphic design
as a vehicle of social change. It is important for me to speak openly about the
ethical and moral challenges that surround the industry of design, the impact
of our contribution to visual culture as designers, and the invisible act of
persuasion that defines the objects of visual communication in our daily lives.
I have also the great pleasure of working with various faculty and staff in
converged efforts across departments and disciplines – making for lively
student interactions and community grow on campus.
Eric’s impact on
students: I believe that students from the graphic design area are
competitively capable, and professionally ready post-graduation. My goal is to
encourage and model a rigorous work ethic that will continue to serve them well
throughout their lives – in any capacity.
Movie – Star
Wars. Episode V
Book – The Sun
Also Rises. Ernest Hemmingway
Quote – “Better
to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
Class in college
– Mythology, Dr. Solomon
Places traveled –
Throughout the United States: California – New York. Across the pond: France, Spain, Belgium,
Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland. Other places: Africa, Tahiti,
Mexico, and Canada (Vancouver B.C.)
Activity and hobby
– Avid mountain bike rider. Illustration, painting, textile design and embroidery.
I secretly desire to own an entire aisle of embroidery thread.